Winning not only thing that matters this weekend

October, 26, 2012
10/26/12
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The Web.com Tour Championship provides the biggest purse of the year. And the winner not only gets the paycheck, but an exemption into The Players Championship as well.

But more than the win, what each player covets is that top spot on the Money List, which means he earns a full exemption on the PGA Tour for 2013 (just as if he'd finished in the top-125 on the PGA Tour in 2012). Casey Wittenberg came in as No. 1 on that list and is five shots back through two rounds.

For some, winning this event would mean a fully-exempt PGA Tour spot even if they didn't jump Wittenberg for the money title. Three wins in one season means an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour. Wittenberg is one of those with two wins already this season. But others that can jump to the Tour with a win on Sunday: Luke Guthrie, Ben Kohles and Shawn Stefani.

There's also that magic top-25 on the money list number. Anyone who finishes in that top-25 after Sunday's final round gets PGA Tour cards for 2013. But those 25 are lumped in with 25 who qualify out of PGA Tour Qualifying School and have conditional status. So there's plenty of incentive to finish as high as possible on that money list to improve your standing to get into tournaments early in the season. After that, things are shuffled (after the first 10 events) based on how those players do on Tour.

That makes this event a fun one. Winning is certainly a big deal. But there's plenty to play for besides the trophy at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney this weekend.

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