The last official PGA Tour event for 2011 is the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World, which starts tomorrow. TV Coverage is Thursday-Sunday, 2-5pm ET on Golf Channel. One storyline is the guys trying to stay inside the top 125 in money, securing their PGA Tour card for 2012.
But the bigger storyline is Luke Donald trying to catch down Webb Simpson for the money title. Luke is trying to make history, becoming the first player in history to be a member of both the PGA and European Tours and win both money titles in the same year. Webb is hoping for the five year exemption that goes along with winning the money list.
According to the PGA Tour, these are the scenarios for Luke to even have a CHANCE at passing Webb, keeping alive his shot at history:
If Donald wins: Should Donald win at Disney, he will claim the first-place check of $846,000. If that happens, Simpson would need to finish solo second (worth $507,600) to stay atop the money list.
If Donald finishes solo second: Should Donald win the $507,600 that goes with a solo second, Simpson would need to finish solo eighth or better to stay atop the money list. Solo eighth is worth $145,700.
If Donald finishes tied for second: A two-way tie for second is worth the aforementioned $413,600. If Donald accomplishes that, Simpson would need to finish in at least a four-way tie for 21st (worth $50,760) to stay atop the the money list. A three-way tie for second (worth $350,933.33) will not be good enough for Donald.
It’s one tall task.