The PGA Tour money list will be relevant for at least one more year.
When the tour goes to a wraparound season next year, the original plan was for the top 125 who qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs to earn full cards for a new season that would begin in October 2013, just two weeks after the Tour Championship. The next 75 in the FedEx Cup join the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour for a three-event “Finals” that would determine 50 more cards.
That makes 2013 a short season – January until the middle of August to earn a card through the FedEx Cup. Previously, players outside the top 125 on the money list still had four Fall Series events to make up ground, as Rod Pampling and Sunghoon Kang did a year ago.
But there will be a reprieve.
The PGA Tour board has approved giving cards to the top 125 in the FedEx Cup and the top 125 on the money list next August.
TOUGH TIME: Hunter Mahan won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2006. He might not be watching it, either.
“I don’t think so,” Mahan said when asked if he would watch the matches on television. “Being there, having gone through it ... it’s tough to say that, too. You have so many friends on the team and you want them to do well. I don’t feel good saying that, but I think it would be hard to sit and watch it. I’ll watch the match results each game, at the end of each day.”
Mahan, a two-time winner this year, missed qualifying by one spot and then was overlooked as one of the four captain’s picks.
He had talked about the empty feeling last week at Crooked Stick after not getting picked, and it showed. He closed with an 80-77 weekend to finish in last place at 12-over 300. He was 32 shots behind Rory McIlroy.
“It was hard – harder than I thought,” Mahan said. “Golf is hard right now. I just can’t deal with it all. It doesn’t have much appeal. It feels empty. . ... You need to be mentally and emotionally invested in each round. And if you’re not, then it’s hard to compete out here. I’m not even technically good right now.”
FLOYD’S WIFE: A private service is planned Friday for Maria Floyd, the wife of four-time major champion Raymond Floyd, who died last week at age 69. She had bladder cancer.