Thursday, October 30, 2008

Being on the Bubble

Yes, in this very first of many likely half assed posts we're going cliche. As it turns out, it really is crunch time on tour. With only two events remaining on the schedule players on the bubble looking to finish inside the top 125 and retain their card in 2009 have little room for error. There are a couple of notable names near the bubble who are going to have to grind it out these two weeks or else may be looking at relegation to Q-School or the Nationwide tour.

Davis Love III is currently sitting 115th ($867,237) and a month ago it looked like he might have to rely on his career earnings position to stay on tour in 2009. However, two top tens and an eleventh place finish last week have vaulted Love into this pretty safe position. On top of that, he is playing again this week, so it's unlikely he falls too far if any.

David Toms is surprisingly sitting in 124th position ($799,144) and isn't playing this week, or likely at all from here on in. He's battled injury and inconsistency the past couple of seasons. No need to worry here though. His multiple wins on tour have him exempt through 2011.

2006 Ryder Cup team member Vaughn Taylor is on the outside looking in right now sitting in 129th ($761,783). Taylor turned heads winning twice early in his career and looked poised for big things. However he's trended the wrong direction this season and needs a couple of strong finishes coming home. Incidently I believed Taylor was a sleeper pick in my golf pool this season and he's pissed me off week after week with his inconsistent play, particularly on weekends.

There are a host of other players on the outside looking in who need big finishes as well as those on the bubble hoping to hang on and not have to grind out six grueling days at Q-school next month. Either way, and whoever gets in it should be two great weeks with elation for some and disappointment for others.

Tune often for as much lame information and poor grammar anytime here where I'll most likely spend most of my time making fun of poor play, bad shots and terrible performances in general. That, and anything Tiger Woods related as it'll become fairly evident I have quite the man-crush.