The Fall Series: Who’s Playing For His Card?
By Merf under PGA Tour

Heath Slocum won (It’s his fourth career victory!) the inaugural McGladrey Classic at Sea Island on Sunday, moving up to No. 29 on the money list. If he stays in the top 30, he will earn spots in next year’s Masters and U.S. Open. So there’s still some meaningful golf left.

Then there is the traditional card-watch — players trying to finish inside the top 125 and keep or earn fully exempt status. Is anyone going to make a Rickie Fowler-like push this year?

But it’s easy for golf to fade into the sports background this time of year, since it has to compete with college football, the NFL, baseball playoffs, the start of the NHL season, and soon LeBron mania — and it’s only shown on the Golf Channel.

This week’s Frys.com Open in San Martin (a half hour south of San Jose) might be going up against one of the busiest weekends in Bay Area sports history. The Giants play in the NLCS Saturday and Sunday (although in Philadelphia), the 49ers host the Raiders (putrid matchup, but intense rivalry),  the Sharks play their home opener on Saturday, and the LPGA is hosting a tournament in Danville — 60 miles away from San Martin.

The Frys.com Open might not rank high on that totem pole, but it has its significance in the golf world, since it is one of only three Fall Series tournaments remaining. Here are some notable players fighting to finish inside the top 125 in the last month of the PGA Tour season. No. 125 Aron Price has won $693,502 this year.

Should be safe:

  • Corey Pavin (102) – yeah, he should stick to playing
  • David Duval (109) – he finished 130th last year

Could be close:

  • Robert Garrigus (119) – St. Jude’s gaffe prevented first win
  • Aaron Baddeley (121) – made 18 of 21 cuts, but only one top 10
  • Woody Austin (124) – has missed 12 cuts this year

What happened?

  • Mike Weir (142) – made the Tour Championship last two years
  • Jeev Milka Singh (163) – he’s slipped from 50th to 164th in the OWGR this year
  • Rocco Mediate (182) – he’s only made nine of 23 cuts this season
  • John Daly (195) – he’s made 12 cuts, but only has one top 25
  • Todd Hamilton (213) – the 2004 British Open champ has made just three of 18 cuts

(AP Photo/Terry Dickson)