(Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. / Portland, Ore.) – This week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft is the 21st and final Regular Season event on the 2014 Web.com Tour schedule. The end of the Regular Season will determine which players earn the first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

A second set of 25 cards will be on the line at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals which get underway Aug. 28-31 at the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Finals will feature the Web.com Tour’s top-75 money winners after Portland and Nos. 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list (less those with exemptions) after the Wyndham Championship, which concluded yesterday.

The highly acclaimed Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Ore. is the backdrop for what will no doubt be a spirited and highly intense week of golf. Come Sunday evening, the top-25 names on the official money list will have earned playing privileges for the PGA TOUR’s 2014-15 season, which begins Oct. 9-12 at the Frys.com Open.

As the last number to get a card, the 25th spot on the money list will get much of the focus in Portland. Heading into the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft, here is a look at those hovering at and around No. 25:

Pos. – Name (2014 Wins) 2014 Earnings (Starts) Last Week’s Pos.
20-Mark Hubbard $174,648 18th
21-Byron Smith $171,596 (1) 19th
22-Bill Lunde $168,864 21st
23-Roger Sloan $159,018 (1) 22nd
24-Fabian Gomez $149,522 26th
25-Sebastian Cappelen $145,373 (1) 24th
26-Greg Owen $139,743 (1) 27th
27-Kyle Reifers $138,516 25th
28-Aaron Watkins $123,508 32nd
29-Martin Piller $120,676 (1) 134th
30-Harold Varner III $119,596 28th

The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft offers a purse of $800,000, with a first prize of $144,000. A few other select spots pay the following:

2 – $86,400      3 – $54,400      4 – $38,400      5 – $32,000      10 – $21,600    20 – $10,400

Last year, for the first time, all 50 PGA TOUR cards came through the Web.com Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Web.com Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

Web.com Tour Finals in the Wings

The Web.com Tour Finals get underway four days after the last putt drops at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft. Here are the dates, venues and host cities:

Date Tournament Site Location
Aug. 28-31 Hotel Fitness Championship Sycamore Hills Golf Club Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sept. 4-7 Chiquita Classic River Run Country Club Davidson, N.C. (Charlotte)
Sept. 11-14 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship Ohio State University Golf Club / Scarlet Course Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 18-21 Web.com Tour Championship TPC Sawgrass / Dye’s Valley Course
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(Jacksonville)

In addition to the awarding of the second set of 25 TOUR cards, every player in the Finals has the incentive to continue to compete hard in order to secure the highest spot possible in the priority ranking system, which is used to fill fields on the PGA TOUR.

Author

Graham J Gordon, The Editor and Owner, GolfblogspotUK

The GolfblogspotUK website is owned and run by former Walker Cup player and European Tour card holder, Graham J Gordon, from Scotland, the Home of Golf. The owner is a golf fanatic who had to retire early from competitive tour play due to a back injury that required surgery. Graham wishes to share his knowledge and own experiences of the game with the GolfblogspotUK community and to receive your feedback on all aspects of the sport. Graham has been playing the game for over 20 years and received a great deal of pleasure from the sport. He has met several friends and visited many different places around the world, thanks to playing the great game of golf. Time to put a little back into the game to help others.

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