TPC Sawgrass to host 2013 Tour finale

Chris Condon/PGA TOUR
October 28, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA TOUR has announced that TPC Sawgrass will host the fourth and culminating event of the Tour Finals, which will debut in 2013. The Tour Championship will be played Sept. 26-29 on Dye's Valley course at TPC Sawgrass, located at PGA TOUR headquarters.

The Tour Championship will finalize the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2013-2014 season and their eligibility positions under the TOUR's new qualifying system, which makes the Tour the pathway to the PGA TOUR.

The Championship will have a $1 million purse. The field size is projected to be approximately 144, depending on player overlap with other eligibility for the PGA TOUR. Golf Channel will provide live coverage all four days.

The Championship will be preceded in the Tour Finals lineup by the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., (Aug. 29 -- Sept. 1), the Chiquita Classic in Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 5-8) and the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio (Sept. 12-15).

"The new Tour Finals will create a unique and exciting four-week finale to the Tour season, beginning in 2013, with everything playing out at the last event at TPC Sawgrass," said PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. "Hosting the culminating Finals event at the home of the PGA TOUR and in's hometown of Jacksonville will be a perfect way to conclude the first year of the Tour Finals."

"We are extremely pleased that the Tour Championship will be played in our backyard in 2013," said chairman and CEO David L. Brown. "TPC Sawgrass will be a great showcase for what is sure to be a very exciting competition, and we're delighted that our entire community, including our Jacksonville-based employees, will have the opportunity to see some of the world's best professional golfers compete here at home."

"Dye's Valley has already proven to be one of the toughest venues on the Tour," said Tour president Bill Calfee. "The pressure to perform under critical circumstances will be intense when the players come to Ponte Vedra Beach with one last chance to earn one of the 50 PGA TOUR cards."

The fields for the Tour Finals will be formed as follows:

• Top-75 money winners off the Tour money list at the conclusion of the Tour Regular Season.

• Those who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list at the conclusion of the PGA TOUR's Regular Season.

• Non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points based on their performance on the PGA TOUR to place them 126-200 on that points list.

The 50 PGA TOUR cards will be awarded as follows:

• The 25 leading money winners on the Tour will be guaranteed cards at the end of the Regular Season.

• Another 25 cards will go to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

A player's finish on the four-event Finals' money list will determine his position within the PGA TOUR priority ranking, which is used to form fields for TOUR events, with two exceptions. The Tour's leading money winner during the Regular Season and the player who earns the most money during the Tour Finals will be fully-exempt, meaning he is guaranteed a spot in PGA TOUR events the following season (excluding invitationals). Both will earn invitations to THE PLAYERS.

Dye's Valley, which hosted the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open presented by Planters from 2010 through 2012, drew high praise from Tour contestants and delivered one of the sternest tests on Tour. In 2011, it produced the highest winning score among the 26 tournaments played.

The four-event Tour Finals schedule in 2013 is as follows:

2013 Tour Finals
Date Event Location
Aug. 29-Sept. 1 Hotel Fitness Championship Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sept. 5-8 Chiquita Classic Weddington, N.C.
Sept. 12-15 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 26-29 Tour Championship Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.