Gardiner and La'Cassie graduate
BY Bruce Young | 30 Sep 2013
A very dramatic final day of the 2014 Web.Com Tour Championship is over and so too is the seven month long season 2014 Web.Com Tour season.
At the completion of both, fifty players have been granted PGA Tour for 2014, half of those coming as a result of the four tournament final series which ended today when Chesson Hadley won his second tournament of the Web.Com Tour season, defeating Australian Scott Gardiner, Brenton Todd, Brad Fritsch and the man who completed the final series as the leading money winner, John Peterson by two shots.
The other half of the fifty recruits were determined a month ago when the leading twenty five players from the full season were determined, those players still required to play the Finals to determine where they sit amongst the fifty graduates.
Peterson deserved his position atop the money list having finished three times 3rd and once 5th in the four event final series after a recording a superb rookie season when finishing 3rd on the regular season money list.
The great consistency of Peterson through the Finals has earned him the top position in accumulated money in that period. He edged Hadley by just $433 to earn the top spot and importantly full exemption in the 2014 PGA Tour season and access to the Players Championship.
Also earning such privileges is the winner of the season long money list before the finals started, Michael Putnam, who despite finishing 15th in monies earned during the Finals gains full access to the PGA Tour through his success over the season long schedule.
There were many great stories on the final day, none more so then the drama involved in the group of Lee Williams and Andres Gonzales. Coming to the final hole both were locked in a battle for one of the last cards. It appeared at that point as if Gonzales had the inside running especially when he hit his approach to 15 feet.
Williams pulled his second left and had a 45 foot putt up and over a ridge. Williams holed and Gonzalez missed, reversing their placings with Williams gaining his card and Gonzalez missing by just one position. It was agonising stuff although Gonzalez reacted in a classy way high fiving his opponent when the lengthy putt dropped.
It was a story played out on several occasions on the final day although not at such a dramatic moment.
In the final wash-up only two Australians managed to earn their way to the PGA Tour through the Web.Com Tour in 2014. Bronson La Cassie finished 6th on the regular season money list and was already secure before missing the cut this week.
Scott Gardiner on the other hand played his way back to the PGA Tour through some very good play in the Finals, finishing 3rd in the opening event and joint runner-up today.
That will give Gardiner an 8th place ranking into the new PGA Tour season and assure him of plenty of early season starts. With a year of PGA Tour experience behind him and the experience of the last month he now appears likely to begin to fulfil the beautiful natural talent he possesses.
Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling, Nick Flanagan, Nathan Green, Aron Price, Ashley Hall and Adam Crawford, all made the cut this week but have missed out on gaining a card. Cameron Percy, Mathew Goggin and Alistair Presnell missed this week’s cut and are on their way back to the Web.Com Tour.
The first PGA Tour event those successful will play is the Frys.Com Open in California in two weeks time while those who did not do enough this week and are back on the Web.Com Tour are likely to have to wait until the Central and South American swing beginning in February.