Outside Looking In: Final Chances On the Big Tour

As the TOUR moves to the Chrysler Championship this week, many players will battle it out to retain their tour cards. Last week's FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort began with Q-School grad Brian Bateman sitting on the 125th spot of the Tour's official money list, but fell to 126th after Bubba Dickerson made his second consecutive cut to move from 127th to the 125th position. All players within the top 125 on the money list will have full playing priveleges on the 2007 PGA Tour, while those outside will play in limited PGA events, Nationwide and other mini-tour events, or go back to Stage 3 of Q-School to move back onto the big tour. Notable names outside of the top 125 include 1993 Ryder Cup member John Cook who comes into the Chrysler this week at 126th. Cook was limited to ten events originally after coming in 165th last season, the fourth time in his career he has fell of the PGA Tour. Mark Calcavecchia will likely finish outside of the top 125, but will retain his card for next season with an exemption resulting from his win at the Bell Canadian Open in 2005. As this will be the final TOUR full field event(the TOUR Championship brings only a select field), many player will look for strong finishes in order to play again next season.

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