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Last PGA event sorts out the top 125

For weeks now, the talk surrounding the PGA Tour has been about who's on the bubble.

After the Chrysler Championship concluded, the bubbles have burst.

Now we know who retained their exempt status for 2004 and who has made the field for the Tour Championship next week.

For the latter, there was only one change, with Briny Baird displacing Rocco Mediate.

Baird finished solo third behind Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh to earn $326,400 and jump from 35th to 22nd on the money list.

Mediate missed the cut at the Chrysler to fall to No. 31.

As the top 125, there really wasn't a lot of movement there, either.

Canada's Glen Hnatiuk tied for 49th this week to move from 130th to 124th in earnings with a paycheck of $11,976.

Mexico's Esteban Toledo missed the cut at the Chrysler Championship and slipped from 123rd to 125th, but still earned the last fully exempt spot with season earnings of $487,495.

Per-Ulrik Johansson, who entered the week at No. 125, missed the cut and ended up in 126th -- $2,918 behind Toledo.

France's Thomas Levet needed no worse than a two-way tie for fifth to jump into the top 125, but finished tied for sixth for his first top-10 performance of the season.

His earnings this week of $160,800, jumped from 153rd to 133rd on the money list to get partial status in 2004. Mike Grob (150) was the other player that jumped into the top 150, edging past Chris Anderson and Darron Stiles.

Finishing anywhere from No. 126 to 150 is often overlooked, but can be crucial. Those players usually end up playing approximately 20 events the following season, enough to regain their full exemptions.

The 2002 No. 126 finisher, David Frost, played in 26 tournaments (through a combination of top 150 status, past champion, sponsor exemptions and Top 10s) in 2003 and finished 114th in earnings.

Three other players, Jay Don Blake (128th, 27 events in 2004), Deane Pappas (129th, 24 events in 2004) and Kaname Yokoo (130th, 22 events in 2004) finished between 126-130 and played in at least 22 events.

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