Monday Morning Golf Report

Nov. 9, 2009

Last week was a slow week for former Deacons in the professional ranks. Nobody was in action as the PGA Tour took the week off for the HSBC World Golf Championship in China. Both Webb Simpson and Bill Haas will be back in action this week at the Tour's final official event of the year, the Children's Miracle Network Classic, at Disney's Magnolia & Palm Courses outside of Orlando, Fla.

Simpson and Haas are both well inside the top-125 and have secured their cards for next season. Haas is currently 63rd with over $1.3 million and Simpson is right behind him in 67th at just under $1.25 million.

Simpson is also right in the middle of the Rookie of the Year race. Out of all of the first year players, Simpson is second in money winnings behind Marc Leishman, who has earned over $1.7 million. Leishman has made 18 cuts in 28 starts and has three top-10s with his best finish of tied for second and the BMW Championship. Simpson has made 16 cuts in 29 starts with four top-10s. His best finish came at Bob Hope Classic where he tied for 5th.

Jay Haas is back to help the Champions Tour defend its title at the Wendy's 3 Tour Challenge this week in Las Vegas. The Challenge, which is an event that benefits adoption, pits three top players from the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours against each other for tour bragging rights and a share of a $1 million dollar purse. Haas has played in the event each of the last five years.

Chad Wilfong, Chris McCartin and Bobby Collins will have one more week to prepare for second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, which is played at one of six sites next Wednesday through Saturday (Nov. 18-21). Ron Whittaker, who spent this past season on the Nationwide Tour, will also likely be in one of the six fields.

Kyle Reifers finished 56th on the Nationwide Tour money list this year, making just over $120,000. By finishing in the top-60, he earned a spot in the final stage of Q-school which is being played on Dec. 2-7, at the Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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