Web.com Tour Championship: "Another Ho-Hum Event"
By mustang6560 on 9/30/13

From left to right: Michael Putnam (Web.com Tour Regular Season winner), Chesson Hadley (Web.com Tour Championship winner), and John Peterson (Web.com Tour Finals winner).


The inaugural Web.com Tour Championship wrapped up yesterday from Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Web.com Tour rookie Chesson Hadley won the rain-soaked finale by two strokes over Brad Fritsch, Scott Gardiner, John Peterson (Geaux Tigers!), and Brendon Todd. In total, 50 players earned their PGA Tour card for next year, which technically starts next week.

For the players who earned playing privileges, the Web.com Tour Championship, which replaced Q-School, was a roaring success. However, Adam Schupak of GolfWeek saw it differently.
The problem with the Web.com Tour Championship, with its $1 million purse, is it feels too much like another ho-hum event. Q-School, on the other hand, felt like life or death.

Paul Azinger, the 1984 medalist, once described it as "climbing up a cactus backwards, naked." Erik Compton said, "it was no place for women or children," and Joe Ogilvie said, "Shakespeare would have written one hell of a tragedy here."

The PGA Tour has sucked much of the drama out of earning a Tour card. Under the new scenario, 25 cards will go to the top money winners off the Web.com Tour Finals money list after Sunday who haven't already secured a card. So many of the cards already have been wrapped up that only 10 to, at most, 14 are really up for grabs this week.
As a fan, the Web.com Tour Finals is less interesting than Q-School -- half of the 50 PGA Tour cards at stake were claimed prior to the start of the finals. However, the new format (which pits the top 75 Web.com Tour players against Nos. 126-200 on the PGA Tour) is fairer on the players. In order to earn your card, you have to play well for more than just six days at the end of the year.


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[ comments ]
Torleif Sorenson says:
Peterson needs to do something about his eyebrows; he almost looks like Boris Badenov from the Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons.
9/30/13
 
Matt F says:
Gards was the only Aussie to make it through and earn his card for this year and IIRC the only indigenous Aussie to make it to the Tour.
10/1/13
 
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