WEB.COM TOUR FINALS
Bubble watch: Long on verge of first TOUR card
August 08, 2018
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- August 08, 2018
- Duke alum Adam Long stands 23rd on the Web.com Tour money list entering this week's Ellie Mae Classic. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
HAYWARD, Calif. – With two events remaining in the Web.com Tour Regular Season, Adam Long knows he’s on the verge of securing his first PGA TOUR card.
The Duke alum has recorded four top-20 finishes in his last six starts, moving to No. 23 on the money list entering this week’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
This marks Long’s fourth consecutive full season on the Web.com Tour. Each year, he has comfortably maintained full status, but fallen just short of his first TOUR card.
This year could be different, though.
The 30-year-old has recorded 10 top-25 finishes in 21 starts this season (his previous career-best was six, last year). He has made 11 cuts in his last 12 starts.
He’s playing his first full season as a married man, and he’s enjoying all sorts of eclectic off-course activities from chairlift rides (at Sundance Mountain Resort in Salt Lake City) to pickleball in Kansas City.
And with strong play over four days at scenic TPC Stonebrae, he could punch his ticket to the PGA TOUR.
“I’ve felt both over the last few weeks, for sure,” said Long when asked to describe the balance of fun and nerves in chasing a TOUR dream. “It’s fun, and I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can, but it’s also a little tense and nerve-wracking at times.
“I’m trying to get myself to enjoy it a little more, and embrace it, because it is a pretty awesome opportunity.”
Adam Long interview prior to Ellie Mae Classic
Long currently holds $159,853 in season-to-date earnings, more than $6,000 clear of No. 25 Henrik Norlander.
The St. Louis-area native knows there’s still work to be done, and he has an idea of what needs to be done. Still, he tries not to immerse himself in the money list, knowing that good finishes are the best path toward certainty.
“It depends on how other people play, which I can’t control or predict,” Long said. “I know there are only two events left in the Regular Season, but there are six total events left (between the Regular Season and Finals). If I have one great week in those last six, I’ll do it.
“I don’t know if I’ll do it this week, or in Portland, or in the Finals. But hopefully it will happen.”