Peter Hanson has been trying for the past several years to take up PGA Tour membership, especially after moving his young family to Orlando and joining Lake Nona.
He finally broke through in the two World Golf Championships.
Hanson reached the quarterfinals of the Match Play Championship and earned $270,000, and then he tied for fourth last week in the Cadillac Championship and made $362,500. That’s more than enough to be eligible for special temporary membership, and he’s virtually a lock to be able to become a full PGA Tour member next year.
Hanson has $632,500. He still has the Bridgestone Invitational (guaranteed money), along with four majors and four more regular PGA Tour events for which he already has exemptions.
Hanson is limited to 12 tour starts. Being a special temporary member allows him as many exemptions as he wants. Oddly enough, Hanson might not take any more. This being a Ryder Cup year, he still wants to play a full European Tour schedule to give himself a chance to make the team through European tour money or world ranking points.
His other four PGA Tour events are Transitions, Houston Open, Hilton Head and the Memorial. He also plans to play in the Volvo China Open, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the French Open and Scottish Open.
Also eligible for special temporary membership is Ryo Ishikawa, on the strength of his runner-up finish in Puerto Rico.
That pushed his earnings to $487,471, which is more than 150th on the PGA Tour money list last year.
CLARKE’S PERK: British Open champion Darren Clarke recently picked up another prize that he holds in high regard – membership at Pine Valley Golf Club, perennially rated the No. 1 course in America, and considered among the best in the world.
Clarke said he was waiting for official word, though “it would be a huge honor and privilege.”