Web.com Tour Finals


The Webcom Tour Finals is a series of four golf tournaments that, beginning in 2013, replaced the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament as a means of earning PGA Tour membership for the following season "Tour cards"

Prior to 2013, the main ways to earn a PGA Tour card, other than by winning a PGA Tour event or finishing in the top-125 on the PGA Tour money list, were to finish on the top-25 of the Webcom Tour money list or to finish in the top 25 of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Fifty PGA Tour cards are available during the Finals

Contents

  • 1 Tournaments
  • 2 Qualification
  • 3 Tour cards
  • 4 Criticism
  • 5 Winners
    • 51 Tournament winners
    • 52 Money leaders
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Tournamentsedit

The Finals are the final four tournaments of the Webcom Tour season For 2013–15 they were:

  • Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Small Business Connection Championship in Davidson, North Carolina
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio
  • Webcom Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

In 2016, the DAP Championship1 replaced the Hotel Fitness Championship and the Albertsons Boise Open replaced the Small Business Connection Championship

Each event has a purse of US$1,000,0002 the 2013 purses for other tournaments range from $550,000 to $800,000 with a median purse of $650,0003 They feature a 36-hole cut of the top-60 and ties standard Webcom Tour cut2 The events are worth a minimum of 16 points for the Official World Golf Ranking, up from 14 points for regular season Webcom Tour events The Webcom Tour Championship is worth a minimum of 20 points as the Tour's flagship event, as in the past4

Qualificationedit

There are four ways to qualify for the Finals:2

  • Finish in the top-75 on the Webcom Tour's regular season money list
  • Finish the PGA Tour's regular season ranked 126–200 on the FedEx Cup points list Not all players with this criterion will compete, as some are already exempt through other means
  • As a non-member of the PGA Tour, earn enough FedExCup points to place 126–200 on the points list
  • Special medical exemptions5

Tour cardsedit

In 2013, the top-25 on the regular season Webcom Tour money list were guaranteed PGA Tour cards regardless of their performance in the Finals and the Finals determine their priority ranking Money earned in the four Finals events determined the remaining 25 PGA Tour cards The leading money winners on the regular season Webcom Tour money list and the Finals money list were fully exempt on the PGA Tour; the remaining 48 players were ranked for PGA Tour priority purposes based on their Finals earnings2 In addition, the money leaders in both the regular season and the Finals received places in the following year's Players Championship

In 2014 the determination of the priority ranking changed The top 25 from the regular season money list carried their earnings to the Finals, competing among themselves for priority The top 25 earners in the Finals only, not including the top 25 from the regular season, again earned PGA Tour cards The priority rankings were then determined be a "zipper method" with the top 25 in combined regular and Finals earnings taking rankings 1, 3, 5, and the top 25 from the Finals taking rankings 2, 4, 6, 67

Those who win their third event of the season during the finals are also fully exempt on the PGA Tour Players who finish in the top 50 on the Finals list and Top 75 on the regular season money list also are guaranteed full Webcom Tour status for the next season The remainder will either attempt to regain their cards through Webcom Tour Qualifying School or make use of limited PGA Tour status if available

Criticismedit

One unintended consequence of the change in Q school is that more amateurs are turning professional earlier in the year June instead of August in order to have a better chance at earning a PGA Tour card through high finishes via sponsors' exemptions8

Winnersedit

Tournament winnersedit

Year Nationwide Children's
Hospital Championship
Albertsons Boise Open DAP Championship Webcom Tour
Championship
2017 Peter Uihlein
Year DAP Championship Albertsons Boise Open Nationwide Children's
Hospital Championship
Webcom Tour
Championship
2016 Bryson DeChambeau Michael Thompson Grayson Murray Canceled
Year Hotel Fitness
Championship
Small Business Connection
Championship/Chiquita Classic
Nationwide Children's
Hospital Championship
Webcom Tour
Championship
2015 Henrik Norlander Chez Reavie Andrew Loupe Emiliano Grillo
2014 Bud Cauley Adam Hadwin Justin Thomas Derek Fathauer
2013 Trevor Immelman Andrew Svoboda Noh Seung-yul Chesson Hadley

Tournament canceled due to Hurricane Matthew

Money leadersedit

Year Regular season
money winner
Finals winner Overall
money winner
2017 Brice Garnett
2016 Wesley Bryan Grayson Murray Wesley Bryan
2015 Patton Kizzire Chez Reavie Patton Kizzire
2014 Carlos Ortiz Derek Fathauer Adam Hadwin
2013 Michael Putnam John Peterson Chesson Hadley

Bolded golfers received full exemptions for the PGA Tour not subject to re-order In 2013, golfers who led the regular season money list and the Finals money list received full exemptions9 Since 2014, golfers who led the overall money list and the Finals money list received full exemptions10

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Warsinskey, Tim December 7, 2015 "Webcom Tour championship coming to Canterbury, affiliated with LeBron James charity" clevelandcom Retrieved December 7, 2015 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eligibility for the 2013 Webcom Tour Finals" PGA Tour Retrieved August 26, 2013 
  3. ^ "2013 Webcom Tour – Tournament Schedule" PGA Tour Retrieved September 5, 2013 
  4. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking Board Announces Adjustments To Ranking System" OWGR August 20, 2013 Retrieved August 26, 2013 
  5. ^ "Field study: Webcom Tour Finals" PGA Tour August 23, 2013 Retrieved August 26, 2013 
  6. ^ "Eligibility for the 2014 Webcom Tour Finals" PGA Tour June 1, 2014 
  7. ^ Hoggard, Rex May 30, 2014 "Major Webcom Tour Finals changes midway through season" Golf Channel 
  8. ^ Herrington, Ryan June 18, 2014 "Why so many top amateurs are turning pro this week – and the unintended consequence" Golf Digest 
  9. ^ "Meet the graduates: 2013 Webcom Tour Finals top 50" PGA Tour Archived from the original on December 14, 2013 Retrieved September 13, 2015 CS1 maint: Unfit url link
  10. ^ "Meet The 50: Who's headed to the PGA Tour for the 2014-15 season" PGA Tour Archived from the original on September 12, 2015 Retrieved September 13, 2015 

External linksedit

  • Official website


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