Draper begins play today at the Cypresswood Golf Club in Texas in the PGA Tour's first stage of qualifying school. Generally, you need to finish in the top 20 in each of the first two stages of Q school to advance to the final stage. The first two stages are 4 rounds of play, and usually have about 80 golfers at each qualifying site. The final stage has something like 160 golfers competing over 6 rounds for 35 spots (plus ties) on the PGA Tour, with the other players earning at least conditional status on the Nationwide Tour, which is like the minor league for the PGA Tour over here.
I heard Draper was playing some on the Australian Tour this year. No idea if he had any success. Anyway, the 100th ranked player on the PGA Tour this year (isn't that about what Draper was ranked in tennis?) will earn about $850,000 in prize money. It looks like the #100 player on the ATP money list will make about $230,000. Golf's prize money has increased drastically in recent years. I heard it has something to do with some guy named Tiger.
You can track Draper's progress at the pgatour.com website.
On the ATP, Scott was ranked in the Top 50 But at that difference in prize money. I really didn't know that and it comes as a shock as well. I can't understand tennis is losing out to golf in popularity (I am inferring higher prize money has to do with differences in popularity).
Well, the main reason is the huge TV deals that the PGA Tour has over here. Golf is on network tv almost every weekend, and even though the ratings aren't very high, the advertisers like the fact that the audience tends to be wealthy.