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Sims soars to 87th on money list

Michael Sims has climbed into his highest spot on the Nationwide Tour money list for two years after his outstanding performance at the weekend’s Price Cutter Charity Championships in Missouri.

His tie for ninth, which equalled his best-ever finish since joining the tour five years ago, earned him $16,875. And that catapulted him from 115th to 87th on the list which was released yesterday.

His earnings this season total $35,958 after making five cuts in the 14 tournaments in which he has played.

But the 32-year-old Rhode Island University graduate still has some way to go in order to better his 2009 season when he collected $96,927 and finished 67th on the money chart.

At the end of each season the top 25 on the list are automatically promoted to the lucrative PGA Tour.

Keegan Bradley, the winner of Sunday’s PGA Championship the final major of the year and the man he beat in a three-way play-off, Jason Duffner, are both products of the Nationwide Tour.

Bradley will now play in the Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal in October which features the four major winners.

Earlier this year Sims placed 29th at the Mexican Open but his only international win came in the Bermuda Open in 2005.

His showing on the par-72 Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield over the weekend came after he had missed the cut in his four previous tournaments, and represented an astonishing turnaround in form.

Over the four days he carded four rounds in the 60s, his best being a five-under 65 on Saturday, finishing at 18-under-par.

He’ll be hoping to maintain that form when he travels to Kansas this week for the $500,000 Midwest Classic at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park.

Things can change quickly on tour as winner of the Price Cutter event, Steve Friesen, proved.

He started the tournament in a tie for 208th on the money list but his $112,500 winnings vaulted him into 23rd position, although he’d only played in one other event this year.

The tour’s top player this year is Mathew Goggin who has pocketed almost $344,000 from 12 starts. He’s followed by J.J. Killen with $326,500 from16 starts.

Sims’ statistics this season show he is ranked 10th overall in driving, with an average of 310 yards, but it’s his putting that has let him down. He’s ranked 127th in that bracket with an average of 30.43 putts per round.

This year’s stats also show the Bermudian is at his best on the par-three holes. He’s rated ninth overall with 28 birdies on the short holes.

Some 255 different players have appeared on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.

Michael Sims (right) consults with his caddie. The 32-year-old golf pro has moved up to 87th on the Nationwide Tour money list after his ninth place finish at the Price Cutter tournament on Sunday.

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Published August 16, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 16, 2011 at 9:32 am)

Sims soars to 87th on money list

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