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Cards on the line at Disney

Golfers battling to keep their PGA Tour cards will be hoping for a little magic this week at the Walt Disney Classic in Orlando.

With just two full field events remaining on the schedule until the season-ending Tour Championships it is a tense time for many players visiting Orlando, home of Disney's Magic Kingdom, as they try to claw their way into the Tour's top-125 money list to secure their playing privileges for next year.

Led by number five Vijay Singh, only four of the world's top 25 players have made the trip to Lake Buena Vista but the tension is sure to be as high as at any major among those fighting for their jobs and a slice of the $4.6-million purse.

Since the tournament began in 1971, it has produced 16 first-time PGA Tour winners.

Brian Bateman would like nothing more than to add his name to that list.

The American veteran is the man on the bubble occupying the 125th spot, just $648 clear of John Cook and 10 other players within $100,000 of the cut.

"Well, this is the first time I've been in this position," Bateman, who has made four trips back to qualifying school and does not relish a fifth, told reporters. "When I kept my card a couple of years back I was well within the 125. And the years I missed it, I really had to play top-three golf the last tournament.

"I don't really feel I'm bubble boy yet because it's still a week away but it's been a long year for me and I'm kind of ready to get it over with. But I still have work to do."

Among those occupying the top end of the money list there is also plenty of incentive for a good finish this week, especially among those bidding to squeeze into the top 30 and earn a place in the season-ending championships which start on November 2 at the East Lake Golf Club.

Tim Clark holds the coveted 30th spot but will not play this event while Canada's former Masters champion Mike Weir will be in Florida in a bid to leapfrog the South African and earn a trip to Atlanta.

One player with no worries is Tiger Woods, who has won the Disney twice and lives just 30 minutes away but will not take part this time.

The world number one, who failed to make the cut at last year's Classic, is not expected to play again until the Tour Championships where he will attempt to capture a seventh consecutive PGA Tour title.

Those who do tee off at the Disney resort on Thursday, however, can expect tight finishes and a feast of birdies at the tournament that will be played over two layouts: the par-72 Magnolia and Palm courses.

The last six champions have posted winning totals of 22 under or better, including last year's winner Lucas Glover, who holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker at the 18th for a one-shot victory over Tom Pernice Jr. and a four-round total of 23-under 265.

Singh has also gone low at the Disney, lifting the title in 2003 with 23 under.

Other members of the top 20 joining the Fijian in Florida include number 13 Trevor Immelman of South Africa and Americans Chris DiMarco and Davis Love, ranked 18 and 19 respectively.

October 19, 2006


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