The FedEx Cup Playoffs are a fight for prestige and big money. But the Web.com Tour has its own playoff system, too. Those golfers are not battling for a $10 million bonus, however – they’re vying for the 25 PGA Tour cards that are up for grabs. In some respects, there may be more on the line for the guys in The Finals than those in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The players are the Web.com Tour are trying to make a living, while the guys on the big tour are working to line their pockets with a little extra cash.
Essentially, The Finals is responsible for awarding the Tour cards that were previously determined through Q-School. The top 25 finishers on the Web.com Tour regular season money list are automatically granted cards for next year but they will compete in the playoffs in order to determine their priority ranking. After that, there are 25 more cards that are still available. Those are awarded to the golfers with the highest cumulative earnings in The Finals who have not already qualified to receive their cards.
The top 75 players on the Web.com Tour money list are entered into the start of this four-event playoff in addition to the golfers that finished 126 – 200 on the PGA Tour money list. Those PGA Tour members didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, so they are given a chance to compete. There are also three players that gained berths into The Finals as non-members of the PGA Tour because their earnings exceed the top 200 on the money list. Those golfers are Marcel Siem, Peter Tomasulo and Jeff Klauk. Three former Web.com Tour money winners – Jason Gore, Jamie Lovemark and Casey Wittenberg – were also given spots in the first playoff event.
There are a lot of moving parts in these playoffs, but they could very well make or break the careers of those competing. Some are looking to make a name for themselves while others are hoping to make it back onto the Tour for another year.
The first event of The Finals is the Hotel Fitness Championship which will get underway this week at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.