17. Life members, those who have been active members for 15 years, with 20 or more tournament wins. Greenbrier pro emeritus Tom Watson and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III are both coming.
18. Top 30 on the previous year's FedExCup points list. Classic third-timer Charles Howell III is one of four on this level.
19. Top 125 on the previous year's money list. This is the level players must maintain for what is termed full membership. The most populous category, as one might expect.
20. Top 125 non-members from the previous year. Bud Cauley played his way to a card out of college in 2011, but he's not coming here.
21. Major medical extensions. This allows players who are sidelined by long-term injuries a chance to retain their membership, if they're good enough when they return. 2011 Classic runner-up Bob Estes is one of three Classic entrants out of this category.
22. Leading money winner from 2011 Nationwide Tour (hey, it wasn't named Web.com then). J.J. Killeen is coming.
23. Medical exemptions from Nationwide/Web.com Tour money leaders. Jamie Lovemark will be here, desperately trying to keep his status.
24. Top 10 and ties from the previous tour event (in this case, the AT&T National). Daly freed up a sponsor's exemption for last year's Classic by earning entry in this fashion.
25. Top 25 from 2011 "Q School" tournament, plus the second-through-25th players on the 2011 Nationwide money list. This is the dreaded "reshuffle" list, reordered five times during the season. Win an event and you flee this list, becoming the envy of your reshuffling peers.
With the Classic's field of 156 players and a "regular" tour status, it appears all the "reshufflers" who entered will play.
26. Winners of three Web.com Tour events in the current year. This is the "battlefield promotion," which nobody has achieved so far this year.
27. Minor medical extension. Dean Wilson is the one player, and he's coming.
28. Players 126-150 on the 2011 money list. Roland Thatcher, who finished fourth at the recent Travelers Championship, plays out of this list. But that's about all, for now - Steven Bowditch is the first alternate.
29. Non-exempt, major medical/family crisis.
30. A hodgepodge of five remaining categories, reordered several times a year by position on the season's money list. Daly and Weekley are in this subterranean level, which explains why they need a sponsor's exemption to play next week.
Those remaining categories:
31. Past champions, ever.
32. Special temporary members. A nonmember (for example, a player just out of college or an international player) can earn enough money to win this designation.
33. Team championship members. A tribute to Ryder Cup alums, etc.
34. Veteran members, or players who have made 150 cuts in their careers.
35. Positions 151-200 on the previous year's money list.
Combine all those levels with a $6.1 million purse, and you can find 156 players for any golf tournament. This year's Classic didn't need to go to the bottom.