Please please please don't call me a negative-nanny (or reasonable facsimile), but being a mellow Friday night, watching a bit of WGC event (via PVR) and some of the Puerto Rico event, and wine being part of the equation, I began thinking about Mike's future scenarios, re exempt status on the PGA Tour.
I'm sure there's a thread on this somewhere? ... over the past months there has been some discussion about Mike being "guaranteed" TWO
full years exempt status based on his PGA Lifetime Moneylist
status. Mike currently 15th. Safe?
... I think you know where this is going, right?
When I look at that list, and the group immediately behind Mike, and then look at the 2011 PGA Money List I see 7-9 guys that could pass Mike very quickly ... even this year, assuming Mike continues to struggle, a la '2011 and 2012 ytd'.
Going forward, it is then probable Mike will use the Lifetime Top50
exemption in 2013. Agreed? So that leads us to the possibility that Mike continues to struggle (in 2013) makes a few cuts, earns some cash, but is a long way from Top125. Is it possible that at the end of 2013 Mike could actually be in jeopardy of falling below the Top25 Lifetime (and losing that exemption)?
Beyond those right behind Mike, that made significant $$$ last year, you can look all the way down to 36th and a guy like Hunter Mahan ... $3.5M last year, and talked about as getting better, so maybe $8M+ in 2012-2013, that would move him well up there ... close to Mike, or past him?
I dunno ... just speculating on a Friday night and hoping Mike soon starts playing to a level that will make this thread redundant.