Web.com impact expanded with qualifying changesUnder the new model, players on the Web.com Tour will have two chances during the year to secure PGA TOUR cards.July 10, 2012
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
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Commissioner Tim Finchem has released details on the new qualifying structure. A total of 50 PGA TOUR cards will be earned through a season-long race and season-ending Web.com Tour Finals.
"I think it's great for the Web.com Tour," Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said. "I think it's a better system where performance matters over the entire season. We still have the top 25 getting PGA TOUR cards and now you will add even more excitement to the final events with a lot of up for grabs with the next 25 PGA TOUR cards available."
The PGA TOUR Policy Board, after receiving input from the PGA TOUR and Web.com Player Advisory Councils, has approved a system that will award cards to the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list after the regular season. Under the new system, though, there will be 25 additional cards up for grabs during the season-ending tournaments in September, which are anticipated to have purses of $1 million.
"With the Web.com Tour becoming the pathway to the PGA TOUR, it was important to continue rewarding season-long performance," Finchem said. "In addition, we wanted to create a system that would award additional PGA TOUR cards based on a player's performance in a series of season-ending tournaments."
The leading money winner going into the finals will be fully exempt for the PGA TOUR and will receive an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship. Cumulative earnings during the Web.com Tour Finals will determine the remaining 25 cards for the following PGA TOUR season.
How players qualify The Web.com Tour Regular Season will award 25 PGA TOUR cards based on the final money list.
The Web.com Tour Finals will determine the remaining 25 cards
Players eligible to compete in the Finals will be the top-75 leaders on the Web.com Tour money list, those who finished 126-200 on the PGA TOURs FedExCup points list and non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points from their performance on TOUR to place them 126-200 on the official FedExCup points list
The 50 players who earn their membership will be next in priority for PGA TOUR tournament fields following the top 125 from the previous seasons FedExCup Points List and other exempt eligibility categories. The race for the 2014 FedExCup will begin in October 2013 and conclude in late September 2014 with the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola
If the leading money winner in the Web.com Tour Finals is not the regular-season money winner, he also will be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR and receive an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship.
Other players who can compete in the final events will be the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list, 126 through 200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list and non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points from their performance to place them 126-200 on the official FedExCup points list.
Calfee points out players just out of college can still get to the PGA TOUR by winning enough money through sponsor's exemptions and Monday-qualifying.
"I think the biggest impact is the fact that the Web.com really will be the pathway to the PGA TOUR," Calfee said. "But at the same time you can still play your way to the PGA TOUR, such as Bud Cauley was able to do after he turned pro."
Calfee said that the way the system is set for next year will make it easy for players to adjust.
"It ties the Web.com Tour more closely with the PGA TOUR," he said. "And also there's still that chance for PGA TOUR members to have a shot at regaining their cards."
Q-school will still be in place with the new structure, but those who advance through it will earn status on the Web.com Tour. Calfee says that the new system will weed out the players deserving of a PGA TOUR card.
"I think at the end of the day if a guy can play, he will get through and get to the PGA TOUR," Calfee said.
Finchem said the additional PGA TOUR cards coming from the Web.com Tour will provide a boost to both tours.
"We wanted it to be objective and equitable to all competitors and be easy to understand for players, fans, television viewers, sponsors and the media alike," Finchem said. "This structure accomplishes that and will no doubt result in an exciting, compelling conclusion to the Web.com Tour season."