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Ricky Barnes Update

Just wanted to give a quick update on how my man Ricky Barnes did this past weekend at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. I’m not exactly thrilled with the Pro-Am style tournament. You essentially have to play three rounds with some donkey that doesn’t belong on the same course as a professional. I guess there is intrigue to a degree, but what golfer really wants to spend 3-4 hours a day with somebody like Chris Berman? I’d rather just go ahead and shove an ice pick right through my ear!

I’ve read where these Pro-Am style tournaments usually favor players who actually like the setup. I don’t know how Ricky views this, so all we can do is speculate. Maybe he doesn’t like it as his results weren’t typical Ricky Barnes results!

I’m sad to report that this was the first tournament of 2010 that Barnes missed the cut. He missed it by 2-strokes. On Thursday Barnes shot an eve par 72 which he followed up with a 3-under par 69 on Friday. He needed to replicate his 3-under 69 on Saturday to make the cut, but he came 2-strokes shy with a 1-under 71 putting him at a 4-under 212 while he needed a 6-under 210 to get to Sunday.

In case you didn’t know, Dustin Johnson repeated as tournament champion and took home a cool $1,116,000 as a result of the victory. Making the cut guaranteed you $11,842.

With Johnson winning this tournament, we’ve yet to have a repeat winner in any tournament thus far in this young PGA Tour year. So far the winners have been:

Dustin Johnson: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM (Johnson’s 3rd PGA tour win)
Steve Stricker: Northern Trust Open (Stricker’s 8th PGA tour win)
Ben Crane: Farmers Insurance Open (Crane’s 3rd PGA tour win)
Bill Haas: Bob Hope Classic (Haas’ 1st PGA tour win)
Ryan Palmer: Sony Open (Palmer’s 3rd PGA tour win)
Geoff Ogilvy: SBS Championship (Ogilvy’s 7th PGA tour win)

Barnes’ updated results are:

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (2/11-2/14): T80th (missed cut), 4-under, $0
Northern Trust Open (2/4-2/7): 9th, 9-under, $185,600
Farmer’s Insurance Open (1/28-1/31): T22nd, 6-under, $50,880
Bob Hope Classic (1/21-1/24): T33rd, 18-under, $26,417
Sony Open (1/14-1/17): T62nd, 1-over, $11,825

Next week Barnes will either play in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun in Mexico. If you are wondering why Barnes will not be playing in the Accenture Match Play Championships, it’s because as of as of late week Barnes ranked #169 in the World and the Accenture takes only the top-64. Some of the players are not playing, most notably Tiger Woods & Phil Mickelson, but you’d have to have at least the top-128 players drop out before Barnes would be able to play. Ricky is making significant strides in 2010 so hopefully in 2011 we’ll see him play in this tournament.



February 15, 2010 - Posted by | Golf, Ricky Barnes


  1. I was pretty jacked about Duval. He doesn't have a full-time card this year, so he needs to do well and get his card back for next year. His 2nd place finish puts him at $557,400 for the year.

    You have to be Top 125 on the money list to be fully exempt for the next year. Last year, 125th place earned $662,683.

    The total prize money for all PGA events has dropped this year to $270.8 million (estimated) from last year's total of $274.7 million.

    Using those numbers, I would predict 125th this year to be just under $655,000.

    So Duval looks like a lock to get his card for next year, except that he isn't fully exempt now. He has a conditional card, which means he can enter tournaments when spots are left over after all the fully exempt players have had the chance to enter. Or, he can get in on a sponsor's exemption.

    However, it's enough of a gray area to keep me watching closely. Duval is also going to Mexico this week, as obviously there are spots open with the Match Play going on.

    I hate this Match Play event, by the way. I'll be watching the Mexico event on the Golf Channel instead.


    Comment by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ricky Barnes is only about $380,000 away from being exempt for all events in 2011! LET'S GO RICKY BARNES!

    It was a pretty slick Sunday really. Johnson was trying to choke it away but his lead was just so big. Still, you had Johnson, Duval, Goydos, Mickelson, Holmes, Harrington, Estes, Donald, Choi, McCarron & Snedeker all hanging around. That's a pretty solid leaderboard.

    I too was hoping Duval could snatch the victory. It would have been pretty sweet.

    I know I'm in a significant minority, but I sort of like watching the golf a lot better now that Woods isn't around.

    Comment by College Football Mafia | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. I agree. Nantz probably doesn't know what to do since he doesn't have Tiger to slurp endlessly.

    Comment by Anonymous | February 15, 2010 | Reply

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