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Tour Report: Colsaerts can earn card without playing

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — One player can secure a  PGA TOUR card for the 2013 season without hitting a shot in this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

Special Temporary Member Nicolas Colsaerts has $677,011 in non-member earnings this season (a large chunk from seventh-place finishes at the British Open and Wyndham Championship), which puts him just over $57,000 inside the current No. 125 on the money list, Billy Mayfair.

While Mayfair is in the field (and without an exemption for 2013), Colsaerts is not. If Colsaerts’ earnings are equal to or better than whoever finishes 125th, he’ll earn a card for next year, presuming he wants one.

“When you get a chance to play this TOUR with all these players, the courses you play on on such a big stage, it would be stupid not to consider it,” Colsearts said last month at the Open, his last start on TOUR. “I’ve always played in Europe for a lot of years. It’s an unbelievable tour to play on and get your grades up, but once you get a taste of what the possibilities here are they get you pretty excited.”

A handful of other players in the same situation as Colsaerts, meanwhile, have already locked up that opportunity coming into this week (see chart).

Player Non-member earnings* Amount inside top No. 125
Peter Hanson $1,511,221 $891,260
Ryo Ishikawa $871,051 $251,090
David Lynn $865,000 $245,039
Nicolas Colsaerts $677,011 $57,050

*includes PGA TOUR and World Golf Championships official money events

As for Mayfair, he has just one top 10 in 27 starts this season. But he also hasn’t missed a cut since July, and he tied for sixth here a year ago, moving from 127th to 109th.

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