3. Winners from 23 PGA TOUR cosponsored events in 2009, which shall be identified as those 23 PGA TOUR events from 2008 with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating, having a rating of 40 points or more.
Bear with me. First this:
11. Four Chinese players
And? Nothing else? Just "Four Chinese Players" as a category?
Alright here's what I found interesting:
13. If necessary to fill the field to 78 players, additional Tournament Winners from the 2008 HSBC Champions through the event preceding the 2009 WGC-HSBC Champions, which shall be identified as those winners of events from the 2007 HSBC Champions to the 2008 HSBC Champions with the highest Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating, having a rating of 40 points or more, not listed in an above category:
2008/2009 Events Winner
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic Perez, Pat
Justin Timberlake Classic
John Deere Classic
RBC Canadian Open
Valero Texas Open
Turning Stone Resort Champ.
Casio World Open Oda, Koumei
BMW Italian Open
Estoril Open de Portugal Hoey, Michael
US Bank Championship
Japan Tour Championship
World Ranking gurus out there, I'm wondering if this is the first time that the line has been so publicly drawn with event winners needing to come from events "having a rating of 40 points or more?"
If so, seems it could set an interesting precedent for other world events or majors?