Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PGA Tour Finalizes Process for Eligibility; Top 25 on Web.com Tour to Get Cards; Another 25 Cards Will Be Available

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PGA Tour Finalizes Process for Eligibility; Top 25 on Web.com Tour to Get Cards; Another 25 Cards Will Be Available

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Byline: Garry Smits

The PGA Tour Policy Board approved the Tour's qualification process for the 2013-2014 season and beyond.

The top 25 on the final Web.com Tour money list will continue to receive PGA Tour cards for the following season.

There will be 25 more cards available through a three-tournament series involving Web.com players and the PGA Tour players who finished between Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup points standings. The series will be called the Web.com Tour Finals and will be played in September.

The players in the top 25 on the Web.com money list will have the option of competing in any or all of the finals, without risk to their PGA Tour status for the following season. However, it is anticipated that the Web.com Finals will have purses around $1 million and will attract the top Web.com players.

The average purse for regular-season Web.com Tour events is around $600,000.

The regular-season money leader on the Web.com Tour will receive an exemption into the following year's Players Championship and will have full exempt status regardless of whether he plays the Web.com Tour Finals or not. The money leader from the finals also will have full status on the PGA Tour the following season, with an exemption into The Players.

"I think it's great for the Web.com Tour," Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said in a statement announcing the end of a process that began more than a year ago. "I think it's a better system where performance matters over the entire season. We still have the top 25 getting PGA Tour cards, and now you will add even more excitement to the final events with a lot up for grabs with the next 25 PGA Tour cards available."

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the hybrid qualification process still rewards Web.com players for performance over an entire season but gives members of both Tours the chance to play catch-up ball in the season-ending series. …

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