Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces list of eligible PGA TOUR players – Finals events to play pivotal role in determining 2014-2015 PGA TOUR membership



Columbus, Ohio – Officials of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship released today the contingent of PGA TOUR players currently eligible to compete in the Tour Finals when the drama returns to The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, this September 8 – 14 as the third of four Finals events on the Tour.

The 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Regular Season came to a close on Sunday, August 17th at the Wyndham Championship, completing one half of the Tour Finals equation. Players from the PGA TOUR finishing Nos. 126 – 200 on the regular season FedExCup points list (less those with exemptions) are eligible to compete in the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. That list includes PGA TOUR veterans Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, Ben Curtis, Trevor Immelman, Sean O’Hair and Tim Petrovic.

One name that is not on that list is Seung-Yul Noh. The winner of the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will not return to defend his title. The young Korean, 23, who grabbed the lead in round two of last year’s Finals event at OSU Scarlet and never looked back, has continued his solid play on the PGA TOUR this season. After winning in Columbus, Noh went on to record his first-career PGA TOUR title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and will tee it up this week for the start of the 2013-14 FedExCup Playoffs at the Barclays.

“We are excited to see how the tournament unfolds and what storylines develop as the blended field of players competes for a 2014-2015 PGA TOUR card,” said tournament director Kip McBride. “The Scarlet Course is always a great test of golf and a fan-friendly venue for central Ohio golf fans.”


The field of 150 professionals for the Finals events will be completed with the top 75 players from the 2014 Tour money list at the conclusion of this week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft.


The following list is for informational purposes only and is subject to change.

PGA TOUR FedExCupList 126 – 200 as of8/18/14
126 Nicholas Thompson**
127 Martin Laird*
128 J.J. Henry
129 Heath Slocum
130 Charlie Beljan**
131 Ben Curtis
132 Greg Chalmers
133 John Merrick*
134 David Lingmerth
135 Roberto Castro
136 Jonathan Byrd
137 Andrew Loupe
138 Richard Lee
139 Mike Weir**
140 Brian Gay*
141 Briny Baird
142 Will Wilcox
143 Bud Cauley
144 Tyrone Van Aswegen
145 Trevor Immelman
146 Hudson Swafford
147 Jim Renner**
148 Josh Teater
149 Charlie Wi
150 Johnson Wagner
151 Brad Fritsch
152 Chad Campbell
153 Wes Roach
154 Ted Potter, Jr.
155 James Driscoll
156 Tommy Gainey
157 Ken Duke*
158 Kyle Stanley
159 Chad Collins
160 Sean O’Hair
161 Peter Hanson×
162 Davis Love III(ʟ)
163 Spencer Levin
164 John Rollins
165 Troy Matteson
166 Scott Piercy
167 Y.E. Yang
168 Woody Austin*
169 Steve Marino
170 Joe Durant
171 Derek Ernst*
172 Jamie Lovemark
173 D.A. Points*
174 Jeff Maggert*
175 Thorbjorn Olesen
176 Jason Gore
177 Kevin Tway
178 Peter Malnati
179 John Peterson
180 Dicky Pride
181 Tim Herron
182 Jim Herman
183 Mark Wilson
184 Eric Axley
185 Lucas Glover*
186 Bronson La’Cassie
187 Scott Gardiner
188 Padraig Harrington*
189 Miguel Angel Carballo
190 Stephen Ames
191 David Lynn×
192 Tim Petrovic
193 D.H. Lee
194 Blake Adams
195 Ryuji Imada
196 Nicolas Colsaerts×
197 Kenny Perry(ʗ)
198 Darren Clarke (ʄ)
199 Bernhard Langer(ʗ)
200 Doug LaBelle II Tour MoneyList Top 75 as of8/18/14
1 Carlos Ortiz
2 Andrew Putnam
3 Zack Sucher
4 Justin Thomas
5 Alex Cejka
6 Tony Finau
7 Blayne Barber
8 Andres Gonzales
9 Jon Curran
10 Adam Hadwin
11 Steven Alker
12 Derek Fathauer
13 Cameron Percy
14 Daniel Berger
15 Jonathan Randolph
16 Max Homa
17 Jason Gore
18 Steve Wheatcroft
19 Ryan Armour
20 Mark Hubbard
21 Byron Smith
22 Bill Lunde
23 Roger Sloan
24 Fabian Gomez
25 Sebastian Cappelen
26 Greg Owen
27 Kyle Reifers
28 Aaron Watkins
29 Martin Piller
30 Harold Varner III
31 Ryan Blaum
32 Matt Weibring
33 Kris Blanks
34 Brett Stegmaier
35 Steve Allan
36 Bronson Burgoon
37 Rod Pampling
38 Zac Blair
39 Ashley Hall
40 Alex Prugh
41 Sam Saunders
42 Chase Wright
43 Vaughn Taylor
44 Alistair Presnell
45 Henrik Norlander
46 Dawie van der Walt
47 Tom Gillis
48 Manuel Villegas
49 Peter Tomasulo
50 Michael Kim
51 Richard Johnson
52 Aron Price
53 Matt Davidson
54 Darron Stiles
55 Jeff Curl
56 Chris Wilson
57 Travis Bertoni
58 Oscar Fraustro
59 Scott Pinckney
60 Sung Kang
61 Nathan Tyler
62 Roland Thatcher
63 Adam Crawford
64 Hunter Haas
65 Mathew Goggin
66 Tom Hoge
67 Sung Joon Park
68 Colt Knost
69 Shane Bertsch
70 Casey Wittenberg
71 Zack Fischer
72 Kelly Kraft
73 Carlos Sainz Jr
74 Nick Taylor
75 Roberto Diaz


NOTE – Eligible PGA TOUR Non-Members include: Jason Allred, Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Manassero, Robert Karlsson, Miguel A. Jimenez, Richard Sterne, Stephen Gallacher, Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, George Coetzee


**PGA TOUR Money List Top 125  * Tournament winner       Major Medical           (ʟ)Life Member       ×Did not meet 15 event min    (ʗ)Champions Tour   (ʄ) Foregoing 2014-15 PGA TOUR Membership


The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2014-2015 season. At the end of the four Finals events, PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to the 25 leading money winners on the Tour with the remaining 25 cards going to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

The top-25 from the Tour Regular Season will carry their earnings into the Finals. Their order of priority will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

The exempt player from the Tour Regular Season Top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any Top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

Last year, for the first time, all 50 PGA TOUR cards came through the Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

In additional tournament news, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is projecting record charity donations in 2014 as top-level sponsorship packages have sold out.

When tournament officials announced in the fall of 2012 the selection of the tournament as a Finals event, a new business plan was put into place to help offset increased expenses inherent with operating the elevated event, including the $1,000,000 purse. The central Ohio business community answered the call in 2013 resulting in a record-setting charitable donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital of $874,169. Year two as a Finals event has produced an even more impressive outpouring of support from the private sector. As a result the tournament’s top-level sponsorship packages are now fully subscribed and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is poised to significantly increase the charitable donations reached last year.

“We had a vision for what this tournament could become as a Finals event, but we knew it would take the support of the central Ohio business community to reach our goals,” said Rich Foster, President of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “Due in large part to the commitments ofNationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, Worthington Industries and The Limited Foundation, we are in position to accomplish our goals for a second consecutive year and stage an event that can make a bigger impact for Nationwide Children’s Hospital by raising more charity dollars and generating more national exposure.”

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-60 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

Tickets for the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its seventh year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit

For questions concerning ticket availability, how to become a volunteer and general Tournament information, please visit or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf and on Facebook at






The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at




Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at





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