Crapped out: Jhonny Vegas is poster child for changes in PGA Tour qualifying
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Crapped out: Jhonny Vegas is poster child for changes in PGA Tour qualifying

A year from now, likely FedEx Cup bubbly boy Jhonattan Vegas will be heading to the Tour Finals.

Vegas began the final week of the PGA Tour's regular season at No. 124 on the FedEx Cup points list.

Needing to remain inside the top 125 to qualify for the first playoff event at The Barclays next week, Vegas missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship. As of Saturday afternoon, he is projected to finish as the bubble boy for the playoffs at 126th.

Next season, that would mean Vegas will be heading to the Tour Finals - the three-event series essentially replacing Q-school to decide 50 PGA Tour cards for the following season.

Vegas would be joined by players Nos. 127-200 on the FedEx Cup points list, as well as the top 75 on the Tour money list in three events. The total money earned in those events would decided the status of 50 PGA Tour cards, though only 25 will really be up for grabs during the series. The top 25 finishers on the regular season Tour money list will be assured some kind of PGA Tour status in the following season.

OK, fine. Why should you care? Well, if the PGA Tour used the money list to determine who makes the playoffs and who doesn't, Vegas would comfortably have his card a year from now.

The Venezuelan came into the week at No. 100 on the PGA Tour money list. The 24-place difference between his money list and FedEx Cup rank is one of the biggest on Tour.

Only two players have it worse off. Alexandre Rocha and Stephen Gangluff are 28 places worse on the FedEx Cup than their money list standing. Neither had a realistic chance to make the playoffs.

Vegas is joined by Brendan Steele (126th in points, 108th in money), David Mathis (136, 120) and Retief Goosen (127, 122) as guys negatively impacted by the difference in the two systems.

Jason Bohn and Boo Weekley could have breathed easier this week if they used the money list.

Conversely, Chad Campbell is all set for the playoffs next week. He came into the Wyndham at No. 110. He's 126th on the money list.

Gary Christian benefits, too. He's 124th in money but 114th in FedEx Cup points. Jerry Kelly, too - 120th in points, 129th in money - as well as Trevor Immelman 122nd in points and 125th in money.

Really, only 14 players of 256 have the same ranking on the money list and in FedEx Cup points. Tack on another dozen that are just one spot different, either way.

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