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Brent Kelley

This Week: It's Busy, and It's Interesting

By October 8, 2012

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It's not very common in the modern pro golf world for an unaffiliated tournament (one not sponsored by any of the major world tours) to be the headline event in the same week as regular tour events are taking place. But this might one of those weeks.

The 8-man Turkish Airlines World Golf Final ($1.5 million first prize) boasts Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods and takes place from Tuesday through Friday. The other six players in the field are Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Charl Schwartzel.

The eight golfers are divided into two groups of four. Each plays a stroke-play match against the other three in his group, and the top two advance to the semifinals. The championship match is on Friday.

What's happening on the tours? The PGA Tour has the Frys.com Open, headlined by Ernie Els. But the storyline will focus on golfers trying to secure their cards for the 2013 season by staying in - or climbing into - the Top 125 on the money list.

John Daly is one of those trying to get into the Top 125, and we'll see how he reacts after his meltdown in Las Vegas last week. He's now No. 137, falling five spots from last week. Others currently on the outside include the bubble boy, Rod Pampling, at 126; plus Justin Leonard, Tim Herron, Jerry Kelly, Heath Slocum, Camilo Villegas, Stuart Appleby and Angel Cabrera, all playing at the Frys.com.

European Ryder Cupper Nicolas Colsaerts, a special temporary member of the PGA Tour, is also trying to secure full-time status for 2013. Colsaerts has to make enough money in PGA Tour events that he would rank inside the Top 125 were he a member. He currently has $652,886, which would place him 120th. So a good week will secure Colsaerts' spot on the PGA Tour for next year.

The European Tour has the Portugal Masters, which boasts a pretty good field. Among those playing are Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer, Thomas Bjorn, Alvaro Quiros, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Matteo Manassero and Jose Maria Olazabal.

The LPGA Tour begins its Asian swing with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, where Na Yeon Choi is the defending champ.

But there's also the second stage qualifier for LPGA Q-School Tuesday-Friday. The biggest name in the field is LET winner Melissa Reid, a Solheim Cupper. Check the LPGA's Q-School page for the field, pairings and scoring updates.

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