By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For players looking to secure a spot in the top 125 on the money list, the season has come down to this: One round of golf to secure a job for next year.
Charlie Beljan, who leads by two after three rounds of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, came into the week on the outside looking in. But a win of course takes care of everything for the rookie. Others will be playing for position.
Here’s a look at who moved up, and who moved down, in the projected money list with just 18 holes left in the season.
Vaughn Taylor: He came in 142nd on the money list and in need of a big week after three missed cuts in his last five starts. So far, Taylor is having just that. He shot his second straight 68 Saturday to move into a tie for fifth at 10 under. As a result, he’s projected to move to 125th. In other words, he can’t afford to slip up on Sunday. Started: 142nd. Projected: 125th.
Jeff Maggert: The veteran is right back to where he started the week following a 68 on Saturday. That was a two-shot improvement from his second round, but at this point every shot counts. Started: 122d. Projected: 122nd.
Charlie Beljan: A win would take of a lot of things for the 28-year-old rookie. But even if he doesn’t hang on, he can still easily secure a spot in the top 125 — as long as he doesn’t completely tumble down the leaderboard. Started: 139th. Projected: 63rd.
James Driscoll: The Boston native missed the cut, and he’s fallen three spots in the projections, but he should be safe when it all shakes out on Sunday. Started: 120th. Projected: 123rd.
Tim Herron: Thanks to a 67 on Saturday, Herron moved up three spots in the projections. But if he wants to finish in the top 125, Herron is going to have to move up the leaderboard again on Sunday. Started: 136th. Projected: 133rd.
Camilo Villegas: The three-time TOUR winner moved up four spots on the leaderboard thanks to a third-round 70, but he needs to move up even more to finish inside the top 125 and secure a card for next season. Started: 150th. Projected: 132nd.
Kevin Chappell: Three bogeys on the final four holes of his front nine hurt as Chappell carded a 72 and fell seven spots down the leaderboard. He’s now precariously close to falling outside the top 125, too. Started: 123rd. Projected: 124th.
D.J. Trahan: The good news: Trahan moved 16 spots up the leaderboard after a 68 Saturday that included two birdies over his final three holes. The bad news: He’s still projected to finish outside the top 125. He’ll need another good round on Sunday. Started: 130th. Projected: 126th.
Alexandre Rocha: A 75 sent Rocha crashing down the leaderboard and into a tie for last at 77th. Likewise, he fell a few spots in the projected standings and is going to need a big turnaround Sunday. Started: 128th. Projected: 131st.
Rod Pampling: The Aussie missed the cut and is sweating out the results from home. Saturday, he fell a few spots and out of the projected 125. He’ll need some help from others to move back up. Started: 124th. Projected: 127th.
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