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A PGA Tour veteran whose lone victory came at the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational, Goydos, 42, was facing a return to the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He came into the week 160th on the money list. He had missed the cut by "a billion'' at Disney. And when you've played poorly most of the year, it is difficult to think you are going to put it all together in one week.
But that's what Goydos did. He put himself in position to win the tournament, entering the final round one shot behind eventual winner K.J. Choi. He eventually finished four back, but the tie for second earned him $486,400 and vaulted him all the way to 97th on the money list. No Q School.
"Considering how I played all year, obviously this is a pretty good week,'' Goydos said.
|Got a question about the PGA Tour? Ask ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig, who will answer some inquiries in his column each week.
Q. Will the $10 million prize for next year's FedEx Cup be counted as official money?
A. No, that is simply bonus money. Each of the playoff events, however, will offer prize money that will count toward the money title.
Q. What happened to Beth Bauer? I remember when she came out of Duke early, she was supposed to be the next big thing on the LPGA Tour.
A. Bauer was the LPGA Tour rookie of the year in 2002 but it's been one problem after another since. She has gone through equipment changes, swing changes and coaches trying to get back on track. Bauer, 26, made just two cuts in 17 starts and earned just over $24,000. She missed the cut in her last six events and did not shoot better than 74 in any of them. For the year, Bauer shot just two rounds in the 60s. She is expected to return to the LPGA Tour's qualifying tournament.
Q. I keep hearing that the courses in Bandon, Ore., stack up with any in the country. Will there ever be a PGA Tour event at any of these venues?
A. Not anytime soon. The PGA Tour's new television contract, which begins with the 2007 season, is for six years, meaning most of the events are locked into the schedule through 2012. There is a possibility new events could crop up in the Fall Series portion of the schedule. Or, if a sponsor bails out, anything could happen. The tour has long neglected the Northwest, as Seattle is also without a tour event. As far as Bandon Dunes, there would also be logistical issues to consider that go beyond the worthiness of the venues from a playing standpoint.
Bob Harig covers golf for the St. Petersburg Times and is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.