Now that the PGA TOUR Playoffs are over, the focus is on keeping playing rights for the 2010 season. The Fall Series is the next five events on the PGA schedule, starting this week with the Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, New York.
The goal over the next few weeks is to finish the season in the top 125 on the official PGA TOUR money list. Players in the top 125 get full playing privileges for the next season and those outside that number, well, it’s back to Q-school, the PGA TOUR’s qualifying tournament. If a player finishes between 126 and 160 on the money list, they do receive an exemption from the first stages of Q-school and are automatically entered into the final event.
The five events of the Fall Series are Turning Stone Resort Championship, Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Frys.com Open, Viking Classic and the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
Last year, rookies Dustin Johnson and Marc Turnesa won for the first time on the PGA TOUR with victories at the Turning Stone Resort Championship and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, respectively. This year, players like Webb Simpson and Michael Sim look to capture some of that magic.
Simpson had a great start to his rookie season, finishing in the top 10 in his first two tournaments. He qualified for the FedEx Cup and played in three of the four events, missing out on THE TOUR Championship.
Sim just received a promotion to the PGA TOUR after winning for the third time on the Nationwide Tour. He did play in this year’s U. S. Open and PGA Championship, finishing 18th and 51st, respectively.
But, the Fall Series is not just for rookies. Top level players like Adam Scott, Charles Howell III and Rory Sabbatini are scheduled to play at this week’s Turning Stone Resort Championship. They are trying to make 2009 a winning season and hopefully turn some momentum in their favor heading into the offseason. Other popular players that are going to need to climb a few spots on the money list this fall are Corey Pavin, Stuart Appleby, Rocco Mediate, Chris DiMarco and Vaughn Taylor.
In all, the Fall Series may not have the star power that a summer event does but, the drama and excitement is there as players are fighting for their futures. Also, the Fall Series gives fans a chance to see some of the young, up-and-coming stars of the game.
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