By petedirenzo
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sports Illustrated is keeping score this season on The Ex-Men (Exemption Men), the players who receive sponsor's exemptions on the PGA Tour. The race just got a little closer at the top this week.
Scott McCarron and Joe Ogilvie received sponsor's exemptions for the Shell Houston Open. They've had four exemptions each, leaving them one behind leader Brad Faxon. Six other players at Houston received their second invites of the season—Erik Compton, Ross Fisher, Will MacKenzie, Scott Piercy, Charles Warren and Lee Westwood.
In the matchup between Monday qualifiers and those playing on sponsor's exemptions, it's no contest. Based on cuts made, sponsor invitees have a big edge—43 of 108 have made the cut  (a .398 batting average) vs. just 8 of 31 Monday qualifiers (.258).
Four players with sponsor’s exemptions have finished among the top 10, led by Scott Stallings, who was third at the Transitions and won $374,000.  No Monday qualifiers have finished among the top 20 this year. Frank Lickliter’s 22nd-place finish at Phoenix was the best performance by a Monday qualifier. Sponsor’s Exemptions (Cuts made) 5 Brad Faxon (0) 4 Scott McCarron (2) 4 Joe Ogilvie (2) 3 John Daly (1) 3 Sam Saunders (2) 2 Joseph Bramlett (0) 2 Lee Janzen (1) 2 Erik Compton (1) 2 Ross Fisher (0) 2 Will MacKenzie (0) 2 Matteo Manassero (1) 2 Scott Piercy (1) 2 Brett Quigley (1) 2 Brendan Steele (1) 2 Peter Tomasulo (2) 2 Duffy Waldorf (1) 2 Charles Warren (0) 2 Lee Westwood (1) Money Won by Ex-Men Players $374,000 Scott Stallings $251,600 John Cook $222,650 Gary Woodland $177,375 Shigeki Maruyama $132,425 Sam Saunders $126,680 Joe Ogilvie $88,000 Peter Hanson $82,650 Justin Hicks $55,481 Martin Kaymer $55,481 Matteo Manassero $35,462 Lee Westwood $34,965 Brett Quigley< Money won by Monday qualifiers $54,987 Frank Lickliter $51,837 Erik Compton $34,925 John Merrick $17,356 Josh Broadaway $13,542 Troy Kelly $11,275 Will Claxton $11,261 Sal Spallone $10,788 Jason Gore

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