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Claxton Shoots For PGA Card
Monday, 22 October 2012

October 22--  The upcoming weekend is a big one for Vidalia native pro golfer Paul Claxton.  It's the last chance this year he will have to earn a PGA card and a chance to play on the "Big Tour" next year.  The top 25 money winners on the Web.Com Tour will get PGA cards.  Claxton is currently 27th.

The Web.com Tour’s 27-tournament season (formerly Nationwide Tour) will come to its annual pressure-packed conclusion this weekend at the Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch in the Dallas, Texas suburb of McKinney (Oct. 25-28).  Tour players have been engaged in a season-long quest to finish among “The 25” leading money winners, which will ensure a PGA TOUR card for 2013.  The week will be particularly nerve-racking for those in and around the 25th spot, with every stroke having potential bearing on their personal outcomes.

Below are the top-60 money winners who will be at TPC Craig Ranch this week.  With a $1 million purse and a first prize of $180,000 on the line, every player in the field has a shot at earning a PGA TOUR card.  The second-place payout is $108,000, giving the runner-up a chance at a card as well.  The difference between No. 25 Camilo Benedetti and No. 60 Ben Martin is $74,038.  The difference between Benedetti and No. 26 Doug LaBelle II is a mere $287.

Pos. / Name (wins)

Earnings

Residence (native of, if not U.S.)

College

 

 

 

 

1 – Casey Wittenberg (2)

$407,453

Memphis, Tenn.

Oklahoma State

2 – Luke Guthrie (2)

$384,593

Quincy, Ill.

U. of Illinois

3 – Russell Henley (2)

$365,366

St. Simons Island, Ga.

U. of Georgia

4 – Luke List (1)

$345,539

Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt U.

5 – Shawn Stefani (2)

$303,311

Houston, Texas

Lamar U.

6 – Ben Kohles (2)

$300,652

Cary, N.C.

U. of Virginia

7 – Robert Streb (1)

$297,191

Edmond, Okla.

Kansas State U.

8 – David Lingmerth (1)

$261,148

Fayetteville, Ark.

U. of Arkansas

9 – Paul Haley II (1)

$259,781

Dallas, Texas

Georgia Tech

10 – Cameron Percy

$244,118

Raleigh, N.C. (Australia)

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11 – Justin Hicks

$237,159

Royal Palm Beach, Fla.

U. of Michigan

12 – Andres Gonzales (1)

$232,405

Olympia, Wash.

UNLV

13 – James Hahn (1)

$229,530

Alameda, Calif. (South Korea)

U. of California - Berkeley

14 – Scott Gardiner

$225,745

Farmington, Ark. (Australia)

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15 – Lee Williams (1)

$217,168

Alexander City, Ala.

Auburn U.

16 – Brian Stuard

$202,151

Jackson, Mich.

Oakland U.

17 – Darron Stiles (1)

$200,911

Pinehurst, N.C.

Florida Southern C.

18 – Andrew Svoboda

$198,217

Larchmont, N.Y.

St. John’s U.

19 – Alistair Presnell

$187,342

Melbourne, Australia

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20 – Nicholas Thompson

$186,451

Coral Springs, Fla.

Georgia Tech

21 – Brad Fritsch

$186,168

Holly Springs, N.C. (Canada)

Campbell U.

22 – Jim Herman

$177,941

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

U. of Cincinnati

23 – Hudson Swafford (1)

$174,478

Tallahassee, Fla.

U. of Georgia

24 – Joseph Bramlett

$171,673

Saratoga, Calif.

Stanford U.

25 – Camilo Benedetti

$168,941

Windermere, Fla. (Colombia)

U. of Florida

26 – Doug LaBelle II (1)

$168,654

Scottsdale, Ariz.

U. of New Mexico

27 – Paul Claxton

$159,594

Sea Island, Ga.

U. of Georgia

28 – Alex Aragon (1)

$157,984

San Diego, Calif. (Mexico)

Stanford U.

29 – Chris Wilson (1)

$154,296

Dublin, Ohio

Northwestern U.

30 – Michael Putnam

$151,356

Lakewood, Wash.

Pepperdine U.

31 – Morgan Hoffmann

$149,540

Wykcoff, N.J.

Oklahoma State U.

32 – B.J. Staten

$141,521

Cottonwood Heights, Utah

U. of Houston

33 – Scott Parel

$140,101

Augusta, Ga.

U. of Georgia

34 – Skip Kendall (1)

$138,985

Windermere, Fla.

UNLV

35 – Dawie van der Walt

$132,183

Kingwood, Texas (South Africa)

Lamar U.

36 – Philip Pettitt, Jr.

$131,685

Murfreesboro, Tenn.

U. of Tennessee

37 – Aaron Watkins

$131,468

Mesa, Ariz.

Kansas State U.

38 – Cliff Kresge

$131,175

Heathrow, Fla.

U. of Central Florida

39 – Tyrone Van Aswegen

$127,866

San Diego, Calif. (South Africa)

Oklahoma City U.

40 – Nick Flanagan (1)

$126,487

Concord, New South Wales, Australia

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41 – Rob Oppenheim

$124,865

Orlando, Fla.

Rollins C.

42 – Aaron Goldberg

$124,217

Carlsbad, Calif.

San Diego State U.

43 – Matt Weibring

$121,839

Dallas, Texas

Georgia Tech

44 – Justin Bolli

$120,924

Simpsonville, S.C.

U. of Georgia

45 – Scott Gutschewski

$116,031

Omaha, Neb.

U. of Nebraska

46 – Edward Loar (1)

$114,901

Dallas, Texas

Oklahoma State U.

47 – Brice Garnett

$114,752

Gallatin, Mo.

Missouri Western State U.

48 – Adam Hadwin

$110,713

Abbottsford, British Columbia, Canada

U. of Louisville

49 – Peter Tomasulo (1)

$110,569

Long Beach, Calif.

U. of California – Berkeley

50 – Richard Scott

$110,394

St. Simons Island, Ga. (Canada)

U. of Georgia

51 – Tag Ridings

$110,290

Keller, Texas

U. of Arkansas

52 – Fabian Gomez

$106,712

Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina

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53 – Sam Saunders

$104,482

Orlando, Fla.

Clemson U.

54 – Kevin Foley

$101,536

Somerville, N.J.

Penn State U.

55 – Steve LeBrun

$100,146

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Florida Atlantic U.

56 – Tim Wilkinson

$  97,537

Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (New Zealand)

St. Peters C.

57 – Michael Letzig

$  96,427

Kansas City, Mo.

U. of New Mexico

58 – Jim Renner

$  96,350

Plainfield, Mass.

Johnson and Wales U.

59 – Woody Austin

$  95,033

Derby, Kan.

U. of Miami

60 – Ben Martin

$  94,903

Greenwood, S.C.

Clemson U.

The benefits for the players based on their final position on the money list are:

·         Leading money winner is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2013 and earns a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship.

·         Nos. 2-25 are exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2013. 

·         Those who finish 26-60 are fully exempt on the Web.com Tour in 2013, in the event they do not secure their PGA TOUR card via the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament in December.

·         Players who finish 26-40 are exempt into the Finals of the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament; players who finish 41-70 are exempt into Second Stage of the Qualifying Tournament.

The Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch will air live on Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday at 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET. 

Beginning in 2013, the Web.com Tour becomes the pathway to the PGA TOUR with all 50 PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September. 

 

 

 
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