Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Stiles' PGA Tour Hopes Rest on the Next Three Weekends.(Sports)

Byline: Dennis Latta Journal Staff Writer

SANTA ANA PUEBLO Darron Stiles came close last year. He needs to come even closer this year.

The New Mexico Classic golf tournament opens today at the Santa Ana Golf Club with 31 of the top 32 on the tour money list competing in the field of 153. The purse has been increased from $225,000 last year to $425,000, with the winner earning $76,500.

Stiles is one of many golfers on the Tour who are trying to move up the money list. After this week, the tour stops in California for the last regular event and wraps up the season with the tour championship in two weeks.

The top 15 on the Tour get their cards to play full time on the PGA Tour for next year. …

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