Web.com Tour releases 2014 schedule
January 17, 2014
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR has announced the 2014 Web.com Tour schedule, which features 25 tournaments, played in 15 states and six countries outside the United States, and culminates with the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September.
In 2014, the Web.com Tour looks to build on the 2013 introduction of an enhanced qualifying and scheduling format that combined a Regular Season and four Finals tournaments, with players competing for all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season. And in a move that further elevated its stature, the Web.com Tour became the destination for players from PGA TOUR Canada, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR China.
The 2014 season will be the Web.com Tour’s 25th, with the Tour having been launched in 1990.
Eleven events will be televised on Golf Channel, with all 11 airing in HDTV for the first time. The Web.com Tour will also be seen in 192 countries and territories, reaching a potential 93 million households via the PGA TOUR’s international broadcasting operation.
"The 2013 season was an historic one for the Web.com Tour," PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem said. "It was the first full year with Web.com as the Tour's umbrella sponsor and saw the introduction of the Web.com Tour Finals and all PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour. With the addition of PGA TOUR Canada, NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and PGA TOUR China as qualifying tours to the Web.com Tour, this tour is clearly positioned as the path to the PGA TOUR. We believe the Web.com Tour's global appeal, presence and structure are at an all-time high and positioned to be elevated even higher."
"Last year was a big year for the Web.com Tour and we have a lot to celebrate in 2014," Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said. "The Tour turns 25 and four tournaments share the anniversary with us. We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all of our tournament organizers, host venues, sponsors, volunteers and fans and extend a very special thank you to Boise, Idaho, Knoxville, Tenn., Springfield, Mo. and Wichita, Kan. for all they have done to promote the Web.com Tour and impact their communities over the last quarter century."
"2013 was a pivotal year for the Web.com Tour as it became the path to the PGA TOUR. And what a season it was -- filled with excitement, drama, and some phenomenal golf," said David L. Brown, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Web.com. "At Web.com, we are very delighted to partner with the PGA TOUR and, as the 2014 season gets underway, we look forward to another successful year for the Web.com Tour players and the communities that host our events."
The Tour welcomes three new tournaments in 2014, the Cleveland Open, Nova Scotia Open and WinCo Foods Portland Open, all of which will be televised in HDTV on Golf Channel:
• The Cleveland Open is scheduled for June 5-8 at the A.W. Tillinghast-designed (1921) Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio, marking the return of professional golf to Cleveland, where the PGA TOUR first held an event in 1938.
• The Tour ventures to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia for the first time, with the Nova Scotia Open. It will be played July 3-6 at Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course in Halifax. A formal tournament announcement is scheduled for early February.
• The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft will be played Aug. 21-24 at one of Oregon's best golf courses, Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. It will be the 21st and final Regular Season event of the year. The first 25 of 50 PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15 will be awarded and the stage set for the Web.com Tour Finals. Witch Hollow was the site of Tiger Woods’ third consecutive U.S. Amateur win in 1996.
Returning to the Tour schedule in 2014 is the Stonebrae Classic, which took a one-year hiatus to make way for construction of a new 28,000-square foot clubhouse. It will be played July 31- Aug. 3 at TPC Stonebrae in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Hayward, site of tournaments in 2009 through 2012.
The Tour's silver anniversary season will begin Feb. 13-16 at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro, which returns to Bogotá for the fifth year.
Three weeks later, the Web.com Tour returns to Latin America to play successive weeks in Santiago, Chile (Chile Classic March, 6-9), São Paulo, Brazil (Brasil Champions presented by HSBC, March 13-16), site of golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016, and Panama City, Panama (Panama Claro Championship, March 20-23).
The 23rd Chitimacha Louisiana Open, near Lafayette, will once again kick off the domestic schedule March 27-30.
The four tournaments joining the Web.com Tour in celebrating 25 years on the schedule are:
• Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna in Wichita, Kan. (June 19-22)
• Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft in Idaho (July 17-20)
• Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Mo. (Aug. 7-10)
• News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn. (Aug. 14-17)
After a strong reception in 2013, the Web.com Tour Finals will return to the same four outstanding venues and be played over consecutive weeks, beginning Aug. 28-31 and ending Sept. 21st:
• Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills GC, Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Chiquita Classic at River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.
• Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State University GC-Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
• Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass-Dye’s Valley Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The culminating Web.com Tour Championship (Sept. 18-21) will award the second set of 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15 and determine player positioning in the priority ranking system, which is used to form fields for TOUR events, for all 50 card recipients.
Setting the table for 2015 will be the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. First and Second Stage events will be played in September, October and November, with the Final Stage, a six-day, 108-hole competition, taking place in mid-December. Approximately 150 players will reach or be exempt into the Finals where they will compete for their all-important ranking positions for the upcoming season.
Among the 289 players who have Web.com Tour eligibility in 2014 are recent collegiate/amateur standouts and new Tour members Daniel Berger, Blayne Barber, Albin Choi, Steven Fox, Max Homa, Michael Kim, Nick Taylor, Justin Thomas, T.J. Vogel and Eugene Wong, Qualifying Tournament Finals’ medalist Zack Fischer, plus four sons of former PGA TOUR winners -- Olin Browne, Jr., Tyler McCumber, Jamison Sindelar and Matt Weibring.