PGA Tour unveils new road to Tour card

Buoyed by the success of the FedEx Cup playoffs on the main tour, the USPGA Tour intends to introduce a new road to that Tour for players on the secondary Tour.

From 2013, a series of four “final” events will be played beginning August 29, offering 50 full cards on the major Tour for those who star.

Tim Finchem PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Minchem

Each of the four events will have a one-million dollar purse and will comprise of the top 75 players from the Tour money list as well as players who didn’t make the top 125 to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The first three of those events have already been announced.

  • The Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills GC in Fort Wayne, Indiana from August 29
  • The Chiquita Classic at The Club at Longview, Charlotte, North Carolina from September 5
  • The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Scarlett GC, Ohio State from September 11

A fourth event is still to be announced and will be played from September 26-29 to give players a one-week break before the final “showdown”.

The player’s consistent efforts to get into those final four events will count for nothing once they are there, as all players will start from “scratch” in the finals.

Despite that, the top 25 from the Tour regular season will still be assured of getting their cards. The next 25 will also get some sort of card status as well.

The separate money list from these finals events will decide the pecking order for the tournaments of the 2013-2014 season.

Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the introduction of this new qualifying process and four finals events made it the most exciting era in the secondary tour’s 23-year history.

Surprisingly, it’s not the end of the road for the gruelling Tour School.

It will still be played although players will be vying for cards on the Tour.

At one stage the Tour tossed around the idea of having just three end-of-season events but eventually decided to go with four to be assured of the most consistent players progressing.