Web.Com Tour back in San Francisco
BY Bruce Young | 30 Jul 2014
The Web.Com Tour has just five more events to play before the completion of its regular season and the beginning of the Web.Com Tour finals begin with the Chiquita Classic in early September.
At that point the leading 75 players from the Web.Com Tour money list and players finishing between 126 and 200 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup points table will fight it out for the fifty places on the PGA Tour next year.
Twenty five of those 2015 PGA Tour cards will be guaranteed by those players finishing inside the top twenty five on the Web.Com Tour’s regular season but they will be required to complete the playoffs to determine just what final position they have amongst those twenty five.
In a departure from last year’s system, however, the money earned during the regular season by the leading twenty five Web.Com Tour players will be carried over to the Finals.
Last year every player began the Final Series on zero money and so this year there is more emphasis on performances throughout the year.
The first of the closing five tournaments of the regular season begins this week at the Stonebrae Classic near San Francisco, an event last played in 2009 when won by Australian Michael Sim.
Sim’s fellow Australian Cameron Percy finished runner-up that year and both players are in the field.
Currently there are no Australians inside the top 30 on the 2014 Web.Com Tour money list, Cameron Percy in 31st position the highest placed in31st position.
New Zealander Steve Alker however is in 10th position and assured of a place inside the all important top 25 and a guaranteed return to the PGA Tour.
Other Australians inside the top fifty and their positions are Rod Pampling 34th, Alistair Presnell 38th, Steve Allan 44th and Ashley Hall 47th.
Australians playing this week are Percy and Sim, along with Steve Allan, Adam Crawford, Gavin Coles, Mathew Goggin, Ashley Hall, Peter Lonard, James Nitties, Alistair Presnell, Aron Price and Jake Younan.
Perhaps surprisingly Rod Pampling is not in this week’s field as he has a start at the Reno Tahoe Open in Nevada. In 34th position a really good week this week could have earned him an automatic place on the PGA Tour but he has chosen to take his chances in Reno.
He plays Reno however where the modified stableford format might suit him given that one of his two victories on the PGA Tour was in that type of event.