Heath Slocum didn’t have China on his itinerary until winning at Sea Island three months ago. That not only got him into the HSBC Champions, it gave him two weeks—and two different paths—to try to qualify for the Masters.
Slocum is at No. 55 in the world ranking, and the Shanghai field is about on par with the depth found at FedEx Cup playoff events. The winner this week gets 68 points. Slocum plays so many tournaments, however, that he probably would need to finish among the top three to crack the top 50—and stay there the rest of the year.
He then goes to Disney World for the final PGA Tour event. The top 30 on the money list get into the Masters, and Slocum is holding down the 30th spot by $132 over Ryan Moore, who already has qualified for Augusta National.
“I’ve got two weeks,” Slocum said. “I don’t know which way is going to be easier.”