PGA TOUR’s Fall Series: More at Stake than You May Think
Although the golf season appears to run year-round, it “officially” ends after The TOUR Championship (September 23-26, 2010), but the competition doesn’t end there. The battle to avoid Qualifying School heats up during the TOUR’s Fall Series, which consists of five events. During this stretch, players on the bubble are trying to earn enough cash to break into the top 125 on the money list to gain full status on TOUR for the following year. So their motivation is twofold: avoid playing multi-stage monster known as Q School; and earn full status for next year’s regular season events. The challenge to achieve this goal has led to some pretty impressive performances. For example, at the 2009 Frys.com Open, Troy Matteson emerged victorious from a three-way playoff with Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler after all three finished at 18 under for the tournament – pretty impressive play on Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor course. The year before that, Cameron Beckman edged out Kevin Sutherland in a playoff after they too finished deadlocked at 18 under.
Long story short, despite the NFL kicking off and the MLB rounding third base, don’t overlook the PGA Tour. There’s a ton of talented players still slugging it out for a substantial payday, and in some cases, they’re playing for something more important than money: their future as a professional golfer. Either way, it results in a compelling drama that only the PGA TOUR can deliver.