October 22, 2013
The 2013 season featured a great many competitive highlights by players on the Web.com Tour and Tour alumni on the PGA TOUR, including many listed below.
- For the first time ever, all 50 PGA TOUR cards for the following season came directly through the Web.com Tour. Meet the graduates
- Of the 50 graduates, 14 are first-time members of the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. A like number were born outside the United States.
- Four players won two tournaments a piece – Michael Putnam, Ben Martin, Andy Svoboda and Chesson Hadley.
- In May, Chesson Hadley became the third Tour member to shoot 27 (8-under) when he did so in the final round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at Thornblade Club in Greenville, S.C. It equaled the lowest nine-hole score in Tour history. Watch highlights
- In July, Chad Collins became the fourth member to shoot 27. His second-round 60 at the Utah Championship included the best birdie-eagle streak of the year – six birdies and an eagle over holes 12-18. Watch highlights
- Michael Putnam led the money list for 15 weeks – after winning the Mexico Championship, through the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. It was the Tour’s sixth longest streak for consecutive weeks at No. 1.
- Will Wilcox (Utah Championship) and Russell Knox (Albertsons Boise Open) fired 59s in July to become the fourth and fifth players, respectively, to record the magic number on Tour. Highlights from Wilcox's 59 | Knox's 59
- Mark Anderson recorded the fifth lowest 72-hole aggregate score in Tour history, 259 (27-under), en route to victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Watch highlights
- Two players recorded three eagles in the same round – Brad Elder and Chris Smith – both in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open. They became the 18th and 19th players in Tour history to do so.
- Hunter Haas recorded consecutive eagles (a three and a one on holes 16 and 17, respectively) in the fourth round of the Albertsons Boise Open. Seven players recorded back-to-back eagles on the year. Haas was the 55th player in Tour history to do so.
- There were 22 holes-in-one, bringing the total since 1990 to 488 and the average number of aces per year to 20.3.
- In January, 2012 graduate Russell Henley won in his first start as a PGA TOUR member at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
- Another 2012 grad, David Lingmerth, made a run at THE PLAYERS in his first appearance, finishing T2 behind winner Tiger Woods. 2012 Web.com Tour Player of the Year Casey Wittenberg was also in contention, finishing T8 following a 75 on Sunday.
- Jason Dufner claimed the 18th major title by a Web.com Tour alumnus with his victory at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.
- Twelve Tour alumni – eight on the U.S. team and four on the International team – competed in The Presidents Cup in October, the most in 10 playings of the Cup.
- The Web.com Tour alumni win count on the PGA TOUR at the end of the 2013 season was 365.
- Russell Henley earned $2,008,026 on the PGA TOUR this year and two other members of the 2012 Web.com Tour graduating class earned $1 million-plus, David Lingmerth and Brian Stuard. Another four earned between $850,000 and $1 million, Luke Guthrie, Nicholas Thompson, Morgan Hoffmann and James Hahn.
- South African-born Tyrone Van Aswegen became a United States citizen in ceremonies on June 19th in San Diego, Calif. In September, Van Aswegen earned his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
- Among 2013’s non-winners, John Peterson had the most timely and probably the best stretch of golf of the year when he finished third in the Regular Season finale, the Cox Classic, and T5, T3, third and T2 in the Web.com Tour Finals to secure the No. 1 spot on the Finals money list and fully-exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. Get to know Peterson
- This year’s “iron men” (those who competed in all 25 events) are Miguel Angel Carballo, Ashley Hall, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Hudson Swafford, Andrew Loupe, Adam Crawford and Scott Harrington.
- Now a member of the PGA TOUR umbrella, PGA TOUR Canada’s five leading money winners earned Web.com Tour cards for 2014. They are MacKenzie Hughes, Riley Wheeldon, Mark Hubbard, Hugo Leon and Wil Collins. At the conclusion of their 2013 season in early December, the five leading money winners from PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will be awarded similar privileges. Meet The Five
- In June, Peter Malnati was a Monday qualifier. In August, he was the News Sentinel Open tournament winner in Knoxville, Tenn. And in August, he had secured his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card as a result of finishing 18th on the Regular Season money list. All this took place in the course of just eight starts.
- Steven Alker’s back-to-back rounds of 64-61-125 in the second and third rounds of the Utah Championship, which he would go on to win, were one off Kevin Chappell’s all-time low of 124. Alker joined eight others in shooting 125 in back-to-back rounds.
- Ben Martin topped the All-Around Ranking stat with 111 points. This was the second best total (shared with Zach Johnson/2003) since the stat was created in 1998. Greg Owen recorded the best, 102 points in 2008.
- Chesson Hadley earned the second most money in Tour history, $535,432 (Regular Season + Finals). Michael Sims’ $644,142 in 2009 is the record. View the Finals money list | Regular Season
- Patrick Cantlay’s win at the Colombia Championship in Bogota in February made him the second youngest winner in Tour history. He was less than a month shy of his 21st birthday. Jason Day was the Tour’s youngest winner in 2007 (19 years, 7 months).
- The Putnam brothers (Michael, Andrew) twice recorded top-10 finishes in the same event (Colombia Championship, Rex Hospital Open). Only the Pappas brothers (Deane, Brenden) have done it more times (three).
- Web.com launched its series of Small Business Forums, designed to help small businesses learn how to be successful on the Internet. Forums were conducted in conjunction with all 20 Web.com Tour domestic events in 2013, with the program expanding on the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour in 2014.
- John Peterson became the first full-time Web.com Tour member to earn an invitation to the Masters tournament, a reward for his T-4 finish in the 2012 U.S. Open. He finished 60th at Augusta National Golf Club.
- Key stat leaders for the year were:
Scoring Average: John Peterson (68.94)
Driving Distance: Clodomiro Carranza (315.8)
Driving Accuracy %: Heath Slocum (78.25)
Greens in Regulation %: John Peterson (75.00)
Total Driving: Will Wilcox (35)
Putting Average: Edward Loar (1.707)
Birdie Average: Edward Loar (4.58)
Eagles (Holes Per): Randall Hutchison (74.8)
Sand Save %: Nate Smith (69.44)
All-Around Ranking: Ben Martin (111)
- Peterson and Martin finished in the top five in five of the stat categories. Edward Loar and Wilcox finished in the top five in four of them.
- Of the 21 different winners of the Web.com Tour’s 25 tournaments, 14 were in their 20s, with Cantlay (20 years, 11 months, 15 days when he won in February) the youngest. There were 14 first-time Tour winners and five rookie winners.
- The oldest winner on the year was Scott Parel, who at 48 years, one month and two days of age captured the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.
- Of the 21, 15 of the winners were American-born and six were born outside the United States.
- Toughest Courses: 1 - TPC Avenel Farm (+2.762); 2 - U. of Georgia GC (+1.396); 3 - Victoria National GC (+1.237)
- Easiest Courses: 1 - The Reserve at Lake Keowee (-2.792); 2 - Hillcrest CC (-2.586); 3 - Willow Creek CC (-2.493)
- Toughest Holes: 1 - Victoria National / par-4 14th (4.566); 2 - TPC Potomac / par-4 11th (4.470); 3 - Victoria National GC / par-4 18th (4.469)
- There were no playoffs in the first 13 tournaments, but five in the last 12. Only in one other year did the first tournament playoff come later in the season (1997, in the 18th event).
- 13 of 25 events were either suspended or delayed due to weather.
- There were no wire-to-wire winners.