November 9, 2012

Wi leads Disney -- could this be his first Tour win?

Charlie Wi is winless in 184 career starts, but others are in tougher spots trying to keep their Tour cards.

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Charlie Wi, Mark Urbanek
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Charlie Wi, left, hands a ball to caddy Mark Urbanek, after finishing his first round at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday.

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Chappell is well aware of his standing on the money list, though he was doing his best to hit good shots and to try to make putts. He changed coaches this year and was making decent progress until getting a six-week break when he failed to get past the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

"I got engrossed with the golf swing, and when I came back to the fall finish, I was playing golf swing. I wasn't playing golf," Chappell said.

The first two days of Disney are a pro-am, and it's common for some players to ask to be paired with friends -- Mike Weir and Dean Wilson, Harris English and Brian Harman. A year ago, the tour put Luke Donald and Webb Simpson in the same group as they battled for the money title.

This year is a little different.

Rod Pampling is at No. 124 on the money list. He was paired with Billy Mayfair, who is at No. 125. Right behind them were Gary Christian and Alexandre Rocha, who are at No. 127 and No. 128 and right in the mix to keep their jobs.

Pampling opened with a 70 and Mayfair a 72. Christian and Rocha each had a 71.

"I was a bit surprised by that," Pampling said, grinning. "We're all grinding. ... You don't need the guys right behind you and next to you. But that's OK. Billy is easy to play with. And it's not going to change anything, anyway."


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