Time running out on Web.Com Tour
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2013 News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot | Preview | 15 Aug 2013
With just two more events to play before the Web.Com Tour Finals get underway on the August 29th, this week’s News Sentinel Open in Knoxville in Tennessee takes on a special meaning for all those chasing a place in either the top twenty five who are assured PGA Tour cards in 2014 or a place in the top 75 who get to play the Finals.
All 75 are required to play the finals, those inside the top twenty five assured of a PGA Tour card but not sure of their ranking which will be based on just where they finish in the Finals.
Given that the FedEx Cup Finals begin next week it is likely that next week’s final Web.Com Tour event of its regular season schedule will be flooded by PGA Tour players who have missed out on a start in the first of the FedEx Cup finals and are keen to keep their game in shape before the first of the four Web.Com Tour finals get underway on August 29th.
This week therefore could well be the last on the Web.Com Tour in 2013 for several.
You can be excused for being a little confused by all this but one established the new concept should gain legs so to speak.
The players ranked 126 to 200 on the FedEx Cup points list will join the leading 75 Web.Com Tour money list players to battle it out for the right to play the PGA Tour next year.
The New Sentinel Open will be played at the venue used for the event since 1999, the Fox Den Country Club where in 2012 Darron Stiles defeated Australian Scott Gardiner.
It is a golf course that has been generally good to Australians with Jarrod Lyle and Kim Felton both successful here and Scott Gardiner, Aaron Baddeley and Terry Price having finished runner-up over the years.
New Zealanders Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee are assured of a place in the top twenty five at the completion of next week’s Cox Classic but every other of the Australasians who have played the Web.Com Tour in 2013 will be on tenterhooks.
Mathew Goggin has slipped to 21st on the money list, New Zealander Steve Alker is 22nd, Ashley Hall is 27th, Bronson La Cassie 31st, but we need to go out to 66th to find the next Australian Adam Crawford and to 72 to find James Nitties.
Nick Flanagan, who ten years ago next week won the US Amateur Championship, is 77th and Aron Price 78th, both being former PGA Tour players.