(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.|
|21-Byron Smith||$171,596 (1)||19th|
|23-Roger Sloan||$159,018 (1)||22nd|
|25-Sebastian Cappelen||$145,373 (1)||24th|
|26-Greg Owen||$139,743 (1)||27th|
|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 The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.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:
|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
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.