February 13, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
The race for a PGA TOUR card will begin this week in Bogota, Colombia.
The 23rd Nationwide Tour season gets started this week with the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Samsung.
A new season means a fresh start, as players fight for sports in the top 25 by the end of the season on the Tour's money list. Players who finish in the top 25 after the Nationwide Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas in late October will earn PGA TOUR cards for 2013.
But there's a lot of golf to be played before then and it will start Thursday with the first round at the Country Club de Bogota.
This week's Tour opener will have the added attraction of former President Bill Clinton participating in pre-tournament activities. He's scheduled to play in a pro-am and will be the first sitting or former president to attend at Nationwide Tour tournament.
|Power Rankings: Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship |
| || ||Russell |
|Expected to be one of the top young players on the Nationwide Tour. Henley won on Tour last season as an amateur while playing at the University of Georgia. There is usually some time needed to adjust to pro golf but Henley won't need that time.|
| || ||Joseph |
|The 23-year-old former Stanford All-America played in 25 PGA TOUR tournaments last season but only had two top-25 finishes. He's a young player who has already had some experience so it shouldn't take him much time to get going on Tour.|
| || ||Tag |
|It's not all about the young guys and Ridings is poised to have a good season on the Nationwide Tour. Ridings, 37, has fought through injuries in the past and last season played on the PGA TOUR where he had two top 25s. If he stays healthy, look out.|
| || ||Adam |
|He has never played full time on the Nationwide Tour but will get his chance this season. He won twice on the Canadian Tour and reached the final stage of q-school in the fall. One of those wins on the Canadian Tour was in Bogota so he's got that going for him .|
| || ||James |
|He won last year on the Nationwide Tour and finished No. 26 on the money list. He's got a lot to prove this season in hopes of breaking through into the top 25. A tad more consistency this season and he just might find himself on the PGA TOUR again in 2013.|
The defending champion is Brenden Pappas, who is in the field this week. Pappas won last year when the tournament was reduced to 36 holes because of bad weather throughout the week.
John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 18 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.