Interview: Jeff Maggert
Prior to the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Jeff Maggert meets with the media to discuss the importance of finishing in the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nearly two decades ago, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, known then as the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, was the site of Jeff Maggert’s first career victory on the PGA TOUR.
Now he’s just hoping to keep his card.
At 122nd on the money list coming into this week, this is an important tournament for the 48-year-old. He’ll turn 49 in February and would like to be fully exempt for next season before becoming eligible for the Champions Tour in 2014.
“As long as I’m fully exempt out here I’ll probably weight my schedule more to the regular TOUR, but I will kind of go back and forth,” Maggert said Tuesday.
“There’s a big discrepency between [Champions Tour] prize money and [PGA TOUR] money. The regular TOUR has really jumped ahead. If you can play well on this tour, from an economic standpoint you have to win 4-5 times on the [Champions Tour] to boost your earnings compared to what can you make on the regular TOUR.”
Eventually, however, as Maggert points out, you can’t fight time. “Year after year, it gets harder to compete,” he said.
Maggert just hopes he has at least one more fully exempt year to do so.
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