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Sims facing another Q School test

Michael Sims is heading to back Q School after an indifferent season on the Tour.

The 34-year-old Bermudian is currently listed 127th on the money list and only the top 75 are eligible for the new four-event Web-com Tour Finals.

The first tournament in that series was last weekend — the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana — which was won South Africa's Trevor Immelman who was 2008 Masters champion.

By winning that event he secured a spot on the PGA Tour for next season.

This week sees the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, North Carolina followed by the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio, and the Tour Championship from September 26-29 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

But again Sims won't competing.

On top of the 75 players are the pros who finished between 126 and 200 in the PGA Tour Fed-Ex standings.

That means Sims won't be get the chance to play in the next three Tour events.

The top 25 on the money list are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards.

Sims has made just four cuts this year, earning $30,201. He has played in 17 events.

He appeared to have find some form early in August when he finished 17th at Sentinel Open but then missed the cut at the following event, the Cox Classic, after a promising start when he carded a 69 only to shoot an even-par 71 in the second round.

Tour stats show that Sims' major problem is putting. He is listed 131st in the putting rankings and 136th on the 'Putts Per Round' list.

In contrast he's ranked 32nd on Driving Distance and 30th on Drving Accuracy.

Yet there are several big names on the Tour who are further down on the money list — Skip Kendall, Cameron Beckham, Sean O'Hair, Heath Slocum. Todd Hamilton, Lee Janzen, Billy Mayfair and Paul Stankowski, all of whom have made their mark on the PGA Tour, although most have played in less events than Sims.

At last year's Q School, Sims earned provision status to play in the Tour and has able to compete in just about every tournament this year.

However, he now has to go through various sectional events in order in retain similar status.

Michael Sims: 127th on this year's Tour money list.

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Published September 04, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 03, 2013 at 6:52 pm)

Sims facing another Q School test

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