Web.Com Tour close to crunch time
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2014 News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot | Preview | 12 Aug 2014
The Web.Com has just two events of their regular season to play, the first of those being this week’s News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot at the Fox Den Golf Club in Knoxville in Tennessee.
This week’s tournament is followed by the Winco Foods Portland Open Presented by Kraft at which point the leading 25 players on the money list are assured of PGA Tour status but in order to maintain or improve their ranking they will need to play the four event Final Series beginning on August 28th.
The Final Series will involve the leading 75 players on the Web.Com Tour money list who will be joined by those players between 126 and 200 on the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup table.
Those 150 players are eligible to play all four events. With twenty five players already assured of graduation to the 2015 PGA Tour the remaining 125 will attempt to secure one of a further 25 cards which will be made available.
The money earned by the leading 25 Web.Com Tour players during the regular season, and already assured of their cards for 2015, will be carried over to the Finals, giving them the benefit of playing well during the season.
This week’s tournament in Knoxville is missing the two leading Australasians on the money list and the only two currently inside the top twenty five, New Zealander Steve Alker and Victorian Cameron Percy. The pair appear to be reserving their energies for the Finals where they can improve their standing for the all important early season events on the PGA Tour next season.
Alker is 11th and Percy 12th on the money list and are therefore assured of being inside the top twenty five.
Australasians in this week’s field are; Steve Allan, Gavin Coles, Adam Crawford, Mathew Goggin, Oliver Goss, Nathan Green, Ashley Hall, Peter Lonard, Jarrod Lyle, James Nitties, Nick O’Hern, Rod Pampling, Alistair Presnell, Aron Price and Jake Younan.
Jarrod Lyle, on the comeback trail, won this event or its equivalent in 2008
Goss is playing on invite having played several events on the PGA Tour this season including his leading amateur performance at the Masters. Goss, attended college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville so to a large extent this is a home game for the West Australian.