Not So Fast, Pro
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/17/13
This is what happens when the power-brokers move the proverbial goal-posts.
Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson has the strange tale of Kevin Tway, who earned his PGA Tour card last month and whose dad is Bob Tway, the 1986 PGA Championship winner. At the end of the Web.com Tour season, Tway had won the Albertsons Boise Open, had three other top-ten finishes, and made 14 out of 18 cuts on the AAA-minor league circuit in 2013. Perhaps more importantly, he finished 5th on the money list. That should have left Tway in perfectly good shape for 2014, given that the top 25 Web.com Tour players are assured of a PGA Tour card.
But then came the four-event "Web.com Tour Finals" — and that fifth-place money list position evaporated. Tway went MC in two of the four tournaments and his best finish was 52nd at the next-to-last tournament. He went from No. 9 on the list to No. 46.
As a result, Tway was barely able to get into the Frys.com Open last week — and was shut out of this week's PGA Tour event in Las Vegas. That makes it even harder for him to stay in the top 50 after the first six tournaments of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. Making things even worse, the Tour will re-seed again following the first six events.
"Obviously, I want them to do it a different way. It seems unfair. But other people like it. I'm not a smart enough person to come up with a plan. Hopefully, when I get my starts I'll play well. And if you play well, they can't keep you off the Tour."As Ferguson correctly points out, the Tour underestimated the number of players who would enter the October Tour events. So it would appear that the multiple-reseeding that has muddied the waters of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is also making a convoluted mess for Web.com Tour graduates.
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