This is it! This is where Tour cards are locked up early and we take a look at the serious gamers on the Nationwide Tour, who are ready to join the PGA Tour 2011 Season. We have the Top 60 Money Leaders on the Nationwide Tour and they’re competing for their ultimate prize.
The Top 25 all get their guaranteed Tour Cards, so that’s the magic number. However, here’s how the full money list will break down;
1-25 :: 2011 PGA Tour Card
26 -40 :: Exemption into final stage of Q-School
26-60 :: Full playing status in 2011 Nationwide Tour
I’ll highlight the 4 Nike Golfers in the field and talk about their chances.
Jamie Lovemark (1)
Ladies and gentlemen, we start at the top. Jamie Lovemark has been here for for awhile. While he only has 1 win (compared to 4 others who have 2 wins), in 21 events, Lovemark has made 15 cuts, picking up 8 Top 10’s and 10 Top 25’s. He also has 3 2nd place finishes this year. Let’s also not forget about his 2nd place finish in the Frys.com Open last year. He’s a rookie on the Nationwide Tour, who has clearly had the best game. The kid is 22 and a complete stud. I think he’ll probably win this week, only 2 weeks removed from his T30 at this years Frys.com Open.
Jhonatta Vegas (7)
VEGAS, baby. JVegas went on a nice streak through August and September to get to this position. After a win in early August, he went T2-T3-T11-T18 leading into October. However, he’s missed his past 2 cuts. I don’t think he’s in any danger of dropping out of the Top 25, but I just hope he’s not cruising, thinking he’s automatically in.
Kevin Kisner (11)
Kisner is a streaky cat. Similar to Vegas, his win came late in the season (September) and has also put in a T11 and T2 in October. However, K2 has been streaky with missed cuts. Aftter starting the year making 7 straight cuts, he missed the next two, proceeded to make the next 3 cuts, then miss the following 3. His last start was a missed cut, so let’s hope he doesn’t follow up on that and finish in the 50-60 range. He needs to step up here, as nothing is guaranteed for him. He needs a Top 30, I would say.
Chris Nallen (25)
Bubble boy, I guess is what they’re calling him. Nallen is the old veteran of the bunch, as this is his sixth season on the NWide. This has been his best season yet, but it’s not surprising that he’s in this position. Nallen makes a lot of cuts. This season in 25 starts, he’s made 17 cuts, better than most. Heck, he has a better scoring average (69.92) than Kisner (69.95). Nallen has posted 5 Top 10’s this year, but was held winless on the year. He was on a heck of streak – in 6 months (19 events) he only had 3 missed cuts! However, September – October consisted of a MC streak of 5 events. Nallen did somewhat bounce back last week by putting up a T39 in the Winn-Dixie. I say, he catches his streak again and posts up a Top 10.
See all four of you in the PGA Tour next season. Count it.