Chase Seiffert earns 2019 Tour card

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, the world watched as Tiger Woods and Justin Rose vied for the a tournament win and a $10 million prize.

At the same time in Atlantic Beach, 62 men who made the cut for the Tour Championship (the PGA Tour's minor league feeder) played for less money, but for something arguably more valuable: tour cards.

One of those was Mosley and Florida State alumnus Chase Seiffert.

Seiffert shot a nearly flawless six-under 65, moving up into a tie for eighth at 17-under for the tournament. Although he played well all week (66-67-69-65), there is good news and bad news that accompanies Sunday's results.

The bad news is that Seiffert comes up just shy of fulfilling his goal of earning a PGA Tour card. After the for Finals events, his ranking of 37th is 12 positions (and ultimately one stroke) away from that line.

The good news is that all is not lost. Positions 26-75 earn Tour card for 2019, meaning Seiffert has at least obtained a full-time home for next season.

After years of pushing his luck in Monday qualifiers, Seiffert isn't taking this opportunity for granted.

"I ended up being one shot short of a PGA Tour card, but I am pleased. I'm going to look at it that way," Seiffert said.

"I've had to battle. I'll play well all year, and for some reason won't quite get it done in Q-School. To be able to skip Q-School completely this year, and lock up full status next year, it's so nice. To kind of now use the offseason to prepare and get better for a set schedule, it's a wonderful thing. I'm thrilled."

The Tour begins the 2019 season with a pair of January events in the Bahamas, and 27 tournaments in all.

"I'll play a lot early. I think it's maybe five straight to open, and then a week off, and then a couple of events. I know it ends with 19 straight tournaments, so that's going to be the tricky part: trying to find where to take off in those 19 to try and get a little rest and some recovery because you just can't play that many weeks in a row. I'll start taking a look at that in the next week or two and try to iron that out."

Including the four Tour Finals events, the Tour features 27 events running from the second weekend of January through the first weekend in September.