Bolli wins season finale, earns TOUR cardOctober 28, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) -- Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 on Sunday to win the Web.com Tour Championship, making him one of three players who moved into the top 25 on the money list to earn a PGA TOUR card for next season.
Bolli was No. 44 on the money list going into the Web.com Tour's final event of the year. He earned $180,000 to move to No. 9 with his two-shot victory over James Hahn, who birdied the last hole for a 69. The top 25 on the money list earned PGA TOUR cards.
Hahn was No. 13 and virtually a lock to secure a PGA TOUR card going into the last round. But his final hole determined the fate of two players.
Adam Hadwin of Canada closed with a 65, getting up-and-down from behind the green on the par-5 18th at the TPC Craig Ranch for one last birdie. He was projected to go from No. 48 to No. 25 on the money list and earn his tour card if he stayed in a three-way tie for second with Hahn and Morgan Hoffman, who closed with a 64.
Hahn's second shot into the 18th went well right of the green and onto a cart path. He took a free drop, and then lofted a chip that stopped just inside 3 feet away. Hahn knocked in the short birdie putt to finish in second place by himself. Hadwin, who would have made $74,667 for a three-way tie for second, earned $58,000 for his two-way tie for third. The difference was enough to allow Jim Herman to finish 25th on the money list.
Hoffman, who started the year with no status on the Web.com Tour, was No. 31 on the money list and easily cracked the top 25 to graduate to the big leagues. Doug LaBelle was at No. 26 and tied for 13th to move into the top 25.
"I attacked very well today," Hoffman said after posting the lowest score Sunday. "It worked out great. I'm sitting here happy now. I feel like I have to go to a Monday qualifier, it's so ingrained what I've been doing the last year-and-a-half. It just feels great."
Hudson Swafford (23), Joseph Bramlett (24) and Camilo Benedetti (25) fell out of the top 25. Their next stop will be Q-school for PGA TOUR cards. Bendetti wound at No. 26, $940 behind Herman.
Bolli finished on 16-under 268.
Hadwin played bogey-free and knew where he stood after he finished. He went out to the 18th green to watch the finish and said, "I hate to wish a par for James, but I hope he does." That was the Canadian's only way to secure a card, only Hahn delivered a clutch chip for the birdie.
The birdie was meaningful for Hahn as he finished fifth on the money list, which will improve his priority ranking going into next year. Casey Wittenberg won the Web.com Tour money list, meaning he is eligible for THE PLAYERS Championship and has guaranteed status all year.
This is the final year of the top 60 players from the Web.com Tour money list meeting in a Tour Championship to decide the 25 cards.
Next year, the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list will be assured their PGA TOUR cards, but they will join the next 50 players from the Web.com Tour money list and 75 players from the PGA TOUR who fail to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Those players will compete in four tournaments called "The Finals," where 25 additional PGA TOUR cards will be awarded. Those who already finished in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list will be playing the four-event series to determine only their ranking for the 2013-14 season that will start next October.
The final event of that series will be played on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
DIVOTS: Hoffmann, Luke Guthrie and Ben Kohles finished among the top 25 without having any status at the start of the year. The others to earn cards were Russell Henley, Luke List, Shawn Stefani, Robert Streb, David Lingmerth, Justin Hicks, Paul Haley II, Cameron Percy, Andres Gonzales, Scott Gardiner, Lee Williams, Darron Stiles, Brad Fritsch, Brian Stuard, Andrew Svoboda, Nicholas Thompson and Alistair Presnell.