Finale at Disney World provided more excitement than usual this go-round

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No one was waving the white flag last week at Disney World as several players made successful charges into the all-important top 125 on the season-ending money list.
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Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 7:05 p.m.

For all the complaints about overseas tournaments taking away from the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney World, why would the PGA Tour’s season-ending tournament want to change what it had this year? An exciting finish not just for the event, but for the final spots on the money list.

The PGA Tour tracks the movement of the 125th spot on the money list each week, and historically it does not change by more than $25,000. But on the final day of the season, the one-week change was a whopping $63,649.

Troy Merritt at No. 121 should have been safe all along, but he nearly tumbled out of the top 125 -- he made it on the number -- because so many players outside the top 125 were in contention. That’s a rarity.

Five players from the top 10 on the leaderboard started the week outside the top 125. That enabled three of them -- Roland Thatcher, Michael Connell and Mark Wilson -- to secure their cards for next year.