PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR today announced the 2013 Web.com Tour schedule, which features 25 tournaments, played in 16 states and five Latin American countries, and the debut of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, which will conclude the season in September.
The Web.com Tour enters a new era in 2013 with Web.com as its umbrella sponsor and a dramatically reconfigured PGA TOUR qualifying structure in place that will result in all 50 PGA TOUR cards for the 2013-14 season coming through the Web.com Tour.
The Tour's 24th season will start the third week in February with consecutive events in Panama, Colombia and Chile. The Panama Claro Championship will celebrate its 10th anniversary, and will be followed by the Colombia Championship and the Chile Classic, which enter their fourth and second years, respectively.
The first domestic event is the Chitimacha Louisiana Open near Lafayette, which celebrates its 22nd year in 2013, March 21-24.
The Web.com Tour travels back to South America, April 1-7, for a new event in Brazil, which will be home to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and see the return of golf to the Games. The Brasil Champions presented by HSBC will be played in Sao Paulo.
With the 2013 season ending one month earlier, several tournaments have new dates. The WNB Golf Classic moves from mid September to April 11-14 and the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft from September to July. The Mexico event will be played six weeks earlier, May 23-26. The newly named Mid-Atlantic Championship returns to its original spring time frame, ending on June 2nd. The Midwest Classic presented by Cadillac moves from August into July, while the Mylan Classic will end on Aug. 4th vs. Sept 2nd this year.
Four tournaments that have been on the schedule since the Web.com Tour's inception in 1990 return once again in 2013 -- the Wichita Open in Kansas, Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Mo., Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft in Idaho and News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Cox Classic presented by Lexus of Omaha will close out the 21-event Regular Season on Aug. 25th. The tournament will determine 25 PGA TOUR card recipients for the 2013-14 season as well as identify the top-75 Web.com Tour players who will go on to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals. Both the 25 and 75 figures will be based on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 75 will be joined at the Finals by the 75 players who finish 126 to 200 in FedExCup points on the PGA TOUR.
The inaugural Web.com Tour Finals will consist of four events ending on Sundays in September. A new event on the Web.com Tour schedule, the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., will launch the Finals. It will be followed by the Chiquita Classic outside Charlotte, N.C. and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio. After a week off, the 2013 season will culminate with the Web.com Tour Championship, which will be played at TPC Sawgrass/Dye's Valley Course at PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. As the fourth Finals event, the Championship will determine which players earn the 25 additional PGA TOUR cards for the 2013-14 season and where all 50 card recipients will be positioned in the priority ranking system, which is used to form fields for TOUR events.
"The 2013 season is going to be a landmark year for the Web.com Tour," said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. "It marks the debut of a restructure of the PGA TOUR's qualifying system that will put a great deal more spotlight on the Web.com Tour. Individual player performance in all 21 Regular Season events will be critical and set the stage for the Web.com Tour Finals, which will bring the season to an entirely new and dynamic conclusion in September. With Web.com entering its first full year as umbrella sponsor and the Web.com Tour set to become The Path to the PGA TOUR, we think the year ahead is going to be the most exciting in our 24-year history."
"We can't wait for the 2013 Web.com Tour season to get underway, so we can see the great golf competition that the new structure promotes," said David L. Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com. "We look forward to supporting these dynamic Web.com Tour athletes as they pursue their coveted PGA TOUR card."
Individual tournament purses will be announced in January.