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The rise and fall of DiMarco

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Chris DiMarco used to be a household name, at least around the year 2006.

In tonight’s 'PGA Tour Primetime presented by Michelob Ultra' we examine an interesting statistic, discussing where DiMarco has gone.

From 1999-2006, the Florida Gator played 226 events, winning three times, finishing runner-up 12 times (including his playoff loss in '05 to Tiger Woods at the Masters and his runner-up to Woods in the '06 British Open), and collecting 52 top 10s. But from 2007 to 2011 in 122 starts, he has not won or finished second, and only has three top-10 finishes.

Regardless, thanks to his play early in his career, DiMarco is 26th on the PGA Tour all-time career money list. That’s the reason he’s able to play on the PGA Tour this season, by using his one-time, one-year exemption from being among the top 50 in career earnings at the end of the preceding calendar year.

To retain his playing privileges for the 2012 season, he must finish inside the top 125 on the '11 money list at the end of the season. DiMarco has made $325,240 so far this year, which has him just inside the magic number at 116th.