The Web.com Tour Finals will remain unchanged in Year 2, despite a few player criticisms that one hot week in the series is more important than season-long performance.
In a Q&A session with PGATour.com, Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee said that the current system is a “good one” and that the most pressing issue is the lack of playing opportunities for the new graduates in the fall, at the start of the wraparound season.
Last year, the Web.com Tour Finals replaced Q-School as the gateway to the big leagues. The top 75 players on the Web.com money list and Nos. 126-200 on the FedEx Cup points list competed in a four-tournament series that awarded 50 PGA Tour cards. The top 25 money-earners on the Web.com were guaranteed cards, but they continued to play in the series for priority ranking access.
That was a point of contention for some players. If they were in the top 25 all season but had a poor showing in the Finals, their priority ranking took a major hit. What’s more, players could ride one hot week to a Tour card. Trevor Immelman and Ricky Barnes, for instance, earned their cards via this new system, despite the fact that each missed three of four cuts in the series.
Some suggested putting more emphasis on the top 25 money-earners, but it appears that potential tweak will be put on hold for at least another year.
“At the end of the day, obviously, the system we have is the one we came up with, and I think it’s a good idea,” Calfee told PGATour.com. “I think we should give it another year or two before looking at any changes, but I think right now we’re comfortable with the results. I think we should leave it alone for a while and see how it plays out.”
The bigger issue, Calfee said, was that some graduates were unable to find a place to play when the new PGA Tour season got underway last fall.
This year, he said, the season-opening Frys.com Open has agreed to add 12 players to their field who were Web.com graduates, while the McGladrey Classic is also considering a similar plan.
“If we can get all (50) players into three or four of the fall events, that will take care of some of the other issues,” Calfee said.