So much at stake at Web.Com Tour final
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2013 Web.com Tour Championship | Preview | 25 Sep 2013
The Web.Com Tour Finals reach their conclusion this week when the Web.Com Tour Championship is played at the Dye’s Valley Course at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida, a Pete Dye designed layout adjacent to the significantly more famous TPC Sawgrass.
At stake is not only the US$1 million purse (US$180,000 to the winner) but for everyone in the field the chance to walk away from this event with the knowledge they have a PGA Tour card safely tucked away for use in the 2014 season.
For some that PGA Tour career could well start in two weeks time at the Frys.Com event in California but for the moment all focus is on the race for one of the 50 cards to be distributed at the completion of this week’s event.
Twenty five of those cards are already designated to those players who finished inside the top 25 on the season long Web.Com Tour money list but even those players have something at stake this week as the further up the accumulated money ranking from the four Web.Com Tour Finals they finish the better they will be in the pursuit of starts in early 2014 season PGA Tour starts.
The other 25 places however are very much up for grabs based on monies earned over the final series. That is especially the case given that it is likely to be a figure around US$40 – $45,000 required to make the top 25 of those otherwise not already qualified. With US$40,000 available to even the 5th place finisher this week then it is on for young and old.
There are just so many permutations this week that it might not be until the last putt is holed on Sunday that the fate of those fifty players is finally decided providing a fitting finish to the season and a fitting climax to the chase for the right to play at the highest level in professional golf.
As it stands right now two Australians (Bronson La Cassie and Scott Gardiner) are assured of PGA Tour status next season, La Cassie for the first time and Gardiner retaining the status he lost at the conclusion of his rookie PGA Tour season this year.
Two New Zealanders (Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee) are also heading back to the PGA Tour.
For the other Australasians however it is a race to the finish. Alistair Presnell likely needs a top 15 finish, Adam Crawford, Matthew Goggin, Rod Pampling and Nick O’Hern a top 12, Aron Price a top 8, Cameron Percy a top 6, and Steve Alker, Nick Flanagan, Nathan Green and Ashley Hall a top 5.
I say likely as it is a moving feast and will be until Sunday evening before we finally know. All are guaranteed some level of Web.Com Tour status in 2014 but there are bigger fish to fry.
Spare a thought for Victorian Ashley Hall. A month ago he was on the cusp of finishing inside the top twenty five on the regular season money list and earning a PGA Tour card following what had been an impressive rookie season. He was twice runner-up after playoffs in the middle of the year and at that point seemed assured of advancing.
A run of missed cuts however has left him requiring an almost ’USA Oracle’ like performance if he is to gain what appeared was already his three months ago.
The thing Hall must remember however is that he is not yet out of it. If he can find a way to finish inside the top five this week, admittedly a big form reversal, he can still get there.
The Web.Com Tour Championship has often been a make or break tournament but never quite this intriguing.