Policy Board delays decision on qualifying system


BETHESDA, Md. – As expected, the PGA Tour Policy Board voted to grant full FedEx Cup points to the fall series events but remains undecided on the exact structure of the new qualifying system.

Beginning next year, the fall series events will begin the 2013-14 season, and the move towards full points brings those tournaments in line with the rest of the schedule.

Regular Tour stops currently award 500 points to the winner, while major championships and The Players Championship give 600 points to champions. Opposite-field events, like next months Reno-Tahoe Open, only give 250 points to the winner, and it was suggested that the fall stops be granted similar status.

The Policy Board believes the next logical step is for these tournaments to kick off the FedEx Cup and begin awarding full points, said commissioner Tim Finchem.

The board wasnt as certain about the future of the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour Qualifying School. The circuit announced earlier this year a plan to make the secondary circuit the primary avenue to Tour membership, while Q-School would act as a feeder system for the Nationwide Tour.

The board reviewed three different versions of the plan but tabled a vote on the proposal until later this year and requested the 16-member Player Advisory Council be briefed.