SAN MARTIN, Calif. – There are nine winners from the 2013 PGA Tour season in this week’s Frys.com Open field. The Hyundai Tournament of Champions, this is not.
Unlike the former season-opener, which was on offer to the previous campaign's Tour winners, this is a full-field event. There are 132 players in the field, including eight Tour rookies, eight sponsor exemptions and eight players using major medical extensions.
There is one goal, however: Getting a jump on next season’s Tour card.
But just because you have a card for this season doesn’t mean you get to use it. Only 29 players made it into the original field via the Web.com Tour priority ranking. Two more were added when Steve Marino and Jonathan Byrd (both using major medical extensions this year) withdrew.
A look at how the field breaks down:
Winner - The Players Championship
Winner - Masters Tournament
Winner - British Open (since 1990)
Tournament winner in past two seasons
Ted Potter, Jr.
Sponsors exemptions - Qualifying tournament
Sponsors exemptions - Members not otherwise exempt
Sponsors exemptions - unrestricted
PGA section champion\Player of the Year
Top 125 on prior season's FedExCup points list
Charles Howell III
Top 125 (Prior season non-member)
Leading money winner from Web.com Tour and Web.com Tour Finals
Top 10 and ties from the previous event
Top finishers from Web.com Tour prior season
Tyrone Van Aswegen
Billy Hurley III