4th Web.com event to be determined
The road to a PGA Tour card will go through Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio -- and a fourth tournament still to be determined.
The PGA Tour announced Tuesday three new tournaments that will make up the "Web.com Tour Final," a series of four events that effectively replaces the old Q-school and will determine which 50 players get full tour cards for the following season.
The fields will be comprised of the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, the players who fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs (Nos. 126-200 on the points list) and nonmembers who would have earned enough FedEx Cup points to place them between Nos. 126-200.
Each of the four "Finals" events will have a $1 million purse, with the cut made at top 60 and ties.
The Finals will start Aug. 29 with the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind. The next week will be the Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview outside Charlotte, N.C., followed by the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship on the Scarlet Course at Ohio State.
The original plan was for three tournaments, but the tour added another tournament to the Finals. That event has not been determined, though it would be played Sept. 26-29, giving the players a one-week break before the last tournament.
All players start from scratch in the Finals, though the top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season will be assured of getting their cards. The next 25 on the list also will get cards. The separate money list from the Finals will determine the pecking order to get into tournaments in the 2013-14 season that begins in October.
The tour said the leading money winner from the Web.com Tour regular season, as well as the leading money winner from the Finals, will be assured of getting in every regular tournament the following year, including The Players Championship.
The idea behind adding a fourth tournament was to bring out the most consistent players.
"With the introduction of this new qualifying process and four Finals events in 2013, the Web.com Tour is about to embark on the most exciting era in its 23-year history," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
The final event would be held a week after the Tour Championship. The new season would start two weeks later.
As for Q-school? That will continue, though only Web.com Tour cards will be awarded.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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