Web.com Tour Finals
The Web.com 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 Web.com 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.
The Finals are the final four tournaments of the Web.com 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
- Web.com Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Each event has a purse of US$1,000,000 (the 2013 purses for other tournaments range from $550,000 to $800,000 with a median purse of $650,000). They feature a 36-hole cut of the top-60 and ties (standard Web.com Tour cut). The events are worth a minimum of 16 points for the Official World Golf Ranking, up from 14 points for regular season Web.com Tour events. The Web.com Tour Championship is worth a minimum of 20 points as the Tour's flagship event, as in the past.
There are four ways to qualify for the Finals:
- Finish in the top-75 on the Web.com 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 exemptions.
In 2013, the top-25 on the regular season Web.com 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 Web.com 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 earnings. 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, ...
Those who win their third event of the season during the finals are also fully exempt on the PGA Tour.
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' exemptions.
Children's Hosp. Ch.
|2014||Carlos Ortiz||Bud Cauley||Adam Hadwin||Justin Thomas||Derek Fathauer||Derek Fathauer||Adam Hadwin|
|2013||Michael Putnam||Trevor Immelman||Andrew Svoboda||Noh Seung-yul||Chesson Hadley||John Peterson||Chesson Hadley|
Bolded golfers received full exemptions to PGA Tour via the Web.com Tour Finals.
- "Eligibility for the 2013 Web.com Tour Finals". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "2013 Web.com Tour – Tournament Schedule". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "Official World Golf Ranking Board Announces Adjustments To Ranking System". OWGR. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Field study: Web.com Tour Finals". PGA Tour. August 23, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Eligibility for the 2014 Web.com Tour Finals". PGA Tour. June 1, 2014.
- Hoggard, Rex (May 30, 2014). "Major Web.com Tour Finals changes midway through season". Golf Channel.
- Herrington, Ryan (June 18, 2014). "Why so many top amateurs are turning pro this week – and the unintended consequence". Golf Digest.