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May 31, 2009

Rub of the Green: Quest is not easy, but Valley product Chad Collins should go for PGA’s pot of gold

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Even though the PGA Tour has in the past declared itself an “all exempt tour”, in actuality it has been anything but “all exempt.” Chad got to compete in 24 tournaments in which he made 12 cuts. There are more than 30 tourneys played on tour. Top 125 finishers are “in” for the upcoming season. Other categories include some medical exemptions, those who qualify with lifetime earnings on tour, winners of “Majors,” sponsor’s exemptions and of course the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour.

By the time Nationwide qualifiers get to play, it may be that two or three tournaments have been completed. Then there is the matter of reshuffling. That’s when players are moved up and down on the qualifying list depending on how they have fared in their opportunities to tee it up.

At any rate, that “Synergy” thing we mentioned did work out. Chad’s overall rating for a number of statistics combined, put him at 159 out of 200 players. His driving distance placed him 174th among his fellow competitors. Although Chad’s putts per round figure was outstanding, he ranked 183rd on greens in regulation which means he missed a few more greens than others which led to shorter and fewer putts per round.

All in all, Collins has proven that he has the necessary skills to not only play the PGA Tour, but also to be successful, but there is that fine line between succeeding and missing. Several of the players who finished behind Collins have been winners on the PGA Tour in the past.

With many buckets of gold out there for the winners, strong players like Collins need to go for it. The quest is not easy, but huge rewards are waiting. One hundred four players earned more than one million dollars on the PGA Tour in 2008.

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