25 OF 50 CARDS ON SUNDAY – The Web.com Tour Regular Season comes to its conclusion this week at the new WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft. The highly acclaimed Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club’s Witch Hollow course hosts. On Sunday, the first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15 will be determined. The second 25 will be on the line at the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals. Sebastian Cappelen is the man on the bubble at No. 25 this week. The Dane who starred at the University of Arkansas has a $5,630 advantage over No. 26 Greg Owen of England.
TOP 75 – The 2014 season will come to a sudden halt for those players who are higher than 75 on the money list after this week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open. The top-75 on Sunday are eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals, which begin next week. No. 75 Roberto Diaz of Mexico is $425 ahead of Andres Echavarria of Colombia.
WEB.COM TOUR FINALS LINEUP – The Web.com Tour Finals get underway four days after the last putt drops in Portland.
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.
TIMELY “W” FOR PILLER – Martin Piller made a huge leap to get into contention for a return to the PGA TOUR with his win on Sunday at the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn. The Dallas native and Texas A&M grad began the week No. 134 in earnings and finished it 29th. Piller won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2010 to graduate to the PGA TOUR. Wife, Gerina, had a good week, too, finishing T13 in the Wegman’s LPGA Championship.
IRONMAN TAKES A BREAK – After breaking out with rounds of 64-62 on the weekend in Knoxville to finish runner-up, Bronson Burgoon is finally taking a week off. A Texas A&M man like Piller, Burgoon climbed to 36th in earnings. He is one of four players inside the top 75 who have played all 20 tournaments this year. He is joined by Zack Sucher (No. 3), Casey Wittenberg (70) and Kelly Kraft (72). There are a total of ten players on the list.
COLLEGE STAR PATRICK RODGERS MAKES FINALS – 2014 Jack Nicklaus Award and Ben Hogan Award winner Patrick Rodgers out of Stanford finished with 85 non-member FedExCup points to earn a spot in the Web.com Tour Finals. He is entered in all four events.
OH SO CLOSE – David Duval began last week sitting on No. 200 on the FedExCup points list, with the intention of playing the Finals. After missing the cut by one shot, he dropped to 202. A T38 finish by Doug LaBelle II allowed him to grab the 200th position. LaBelle was the only player to move into the 126-200 category.
NO. 388 – 2005 Web.com Tour graduate Camilo Villegas collected alumni win No. 388 on the PGA TOUR at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday. It was the Colombian’s fourth TOUR victory.
2014 BMW CHARITY, $836,883 – The BMW Charity Pro-Am announced a 2014 contribution of $836,883 for its 25 charity partners, which brings the tournament’s total to $10.8 million since 2001.
JASON ENLOE NAMED SMU GOLF COACH – With the resignation of SMU golf coach Josh Gregory, two-time Web.com Tour winner and Gregory’s assistant Jason Enloe has been named to fill the vacancy. The Illinois native and 1996 SMU grad played professional golf for 14 years prior to turning his attention to coaching after the 2011 season. From 2004 through 2011, Enloe played 178 Web.com Tour events, with his wins coming in Bridgeport, West Va. in 2006 and Fort Smith, Ark. in 2009.
Q-SCHOOL APPLICATIONS – The application deadline for First, Second and Final Stages of the 2014 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament is Wed., Sept. 17th at 5 p.m. ET. Applications are available online at: http://qualifying.pgatourhq.com. The Pre-Qualifying Stage deadline was Aug. 13th. Approximately 144 players will make their way to the Final Stage, which is Dec. 11-16 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. All Finalists will secure at least conditional status on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
DID YOU KNOW? – Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek course played host to the first two Nike Tour Championships in 1993 (David Duval) and 1994 (Mike Schuchart). Tiger Woods captured the third of his three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles at Witch Hollow in 1996.
SOCIAL MEDIA – This week’s social media outlets are:
Twitter: @WinCoPDXOpen / #WinCoPDXOpen
NEXT WEEK – The Web.com Tour Finals begin with the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., where last year Trevor Immelman won the inaugural Finals event by one shot over Patrick Cantlay.