With two majors down and two to go, the PGA Tour is halfway through its season, and some of the Augusta-area players have work to do to retain their PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. Here's a mid-season look at Augusta-area players (and those who played at Augusta State and USC Aiken) on their respective professional tours. If someone is not in the top 200 on their respective money list, then they are not listed. And if I missed someone, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll update in the near future.
Charles Howell, 59th on the money list, $896,483. Had a great conversation with Charles in March at the Honda Classic. He seems to have found added happiness being a father of two. Though he's missed three of his past five cuts, look for him to bounce back and finish the year strong.
Blake Adams, 92nd on the money list, $627,017. With three consecutive top-30 finishes, the Swainsboro resident is putting together a solid year.
Brian Gay, 96th, $618,043. Only posted one sub-70 round in past 21 rounds.
Vaughn Taylor, 113th, $462,618. Recorded best finish last week with a tie for 11th at Travelers Championship with closing rounds of 65-65.
Will Claxton, 115th, $453,062. Added biggest check of the year ($102,000) with T-15 at Travelers Championship.
Kevin Kisner, 157th, $198,854. Despite a missed cut at the Travelers Championship, Kisner seems to be hitting his stride.
Scott Brown, 177th, $148,749. In his rookie season, former USC Aiken star is seeking a breakthrough after making just two of 14 cuts.
Patrick Reed (non-member), $130,790. Former Augusta State star is 4-for-4 in Monday qualifiers and is seventh in non-member earnings -- he needs to reach $411,943 in PGA Tour earnings to earn exempt status for the rest of the year. Don't be surprised if he makes a run at playing his way onto the PGA Tour with a favorable schedule in the next four months.
Scott Parel, 23rd on money list, $89,509. The 47-year-old Cinderella kid is on pace to graduate to the PGA Tour for the 2013 season. Will need to continue to play well the rest of the season (15 tournaments).
Matt Hendrix, 85th, $24,406. Despite eight missed cuts in 11 events this year, his tie for sixth earlier this year provided a big boost.
Larry Mize, 23rd on money list, $363,647. Former Masters Tournament champ having a solid year with nine top-25 showings.
Scott Jamieson, 72nd, 182,491 euros
Jamie Elson, 77th, 166,466 euros
Oliver Wilson, 126th, 79,957 euros
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
James Heath, 43rd, 14,492 euros
Major Manning, 87th on money list, $6,564
Kyle Bradley, 161st, $2,443
Mitch Krywulycz, 16th on money list, $31,009. Top 20 members at the end of the season will have their PGA Tour Q-School paid for. That's a big incentive for Krywulycz to continue his hot play.
David Robinson, 26th, $20,254
Henrik Norlander, 41st, $14,696
Stephen Poole, 46th, $13,085
Alex Hamilton, 76th, $6,478
Roberto Diaz, 109th, $4,821
Scott Usher, 158th, $2,533
Jake Amos, 166th , $2,313
GATEWAY PRO TOUR
Ryan Dillon, 5th on money list, $24,479.