There's the front-runner, Michael Putnam.
Any sweat beads from him this week at Champions Run are from the late-summer heat, not worries about his pro golf future.
He's No. 1 on the Web.com Tour season money list, with only three in the 156-player Cox Classic field able to dislodge him. Even if Ben Martin, Chesson Hadley or Edward Loar would take the top spot — and a full exemption on next season's PGA Tour — by winning the $144,000 first prize this week, Putnam still will be among the top 25 money winners leaving Omaha as new members of the PGA Tour in advance of the new Web.com playoffs.
“It's a cash grab for me,” Putnam said. “People ask why I'm playing and I said they're giving me money the next four weeks (after Omaha).”
There's a bubble boy, too.
Zack Sucher is No. 76 on the money list. Only $126 from being 75th, the cutoff for getting into the playoffs.
Check for his sweat beads twice, first on Friday to see whether he makes the weekend cut that is essential for his season to continue. If so, then he has to fare better Sunday than those immediately ahead of him — No. 73 James Nitties has won only $713 more than Sucher's $64,058.
“I think I'd rather be in the situation I have right now than be 73rd or 74th,” Sucher said. “I know I have to make money this weekend, which means playing well and taking care of business.”
Sunday's winner, even if he is No. 184 James Sacheck — the last to get in the tournament — would qualify for next year's PGA Tour as one of the top 25.
They and the rest of the top 75 go into the playoffs with those who were 126th to 200th on the PGA Tour's regular-season money list. The 150 golfers will be eligible for all four playoff events. The top 25 money winners during the playoffs also go to next season's PGA Tour.
Rather than the customary January start, the PGA Tour's 2013-14 season opens in late October and all 50 new members are eligible to play in the first event.
“That will be a big plus for guys from this tour,” Putnam said. “You're coming off playing well all year.
“Not sitting around in the offseason, thinking about what they did, also should benefit the younger guys. It's good for the PGA Tour, too. It needs younger guys playing well.”
At 30, Putnam will be on the regular tour for the third time after stays in 2007 and 2011 into 2012 because of a medical extension.
The Tacoma, Wash., native, who graduated from Pepperdine, won back-to-back weeks in late spring and has topped the money list since May 26. He's had eight top 10s in 18 events, adding a second and a third to his wins.
He came close to getting his third win — which would have resulted in immediate PGA Tour membership — at last month's Boise Open. He shot 63 on Sunday.
“That's the only time I thought about it on the course,” Putnam said. “I'd still like to win again and call it the battlefield promotion, get into the record books.”
Sucher has been happy just getting into tournaments. It took him until August to make enough money to gain tour membership, although he tied for second in late April at the South Georgia Classic.
If he had been second by himself, or even in a two-way tie, he would have attained the necessary money threshold. But Putnam and DJ Brigman made it a three-way tie with birdies on the last hole.
After missing the cut the next week, he was back to Monday qualifiers until getting into the field for the Mylan Classic in Pittsburgh. It, like the Cox Classic, used the season money list to build its field and he tied for 10th there.
“The year could have been a lot different if one less guy makes his putt,” Sucher said.