While the FedEx Cup playoffs are on a bye week, the Web.Com Tour Finals are just heating up. Hundreds of players dream of just getting to the PGA Tour, and with the changes to “Q-School”, winning on the second tour is the best way to do it.
The Web.Com Tour is always interesting, in that you’ll often see a mix of young up-and-comers, grinders just holding onto a dream, and even players who have spent a good amount of time on the PGA Tour but have had to step back to fix their game.
This week at the Chiquita Classic, the second event of the four-tournament Finals, Andrew Svoboda outlasted Will MacKenzie in a playoff, earning his second Web.Com win of 2013. Svoboda forced the playoff by shooting two-under-par 70, then won on the first hole when MacKenzie made bogey to Svoboda’s par.
It’s quite the turnaround for Svoboda, a 33-year-old who played his first full season on the PGA Tour after spending the last three years trying to earn membership. Unfortunately, he only made five cuts in 18 events and needed to do some more work to ensure his status for 2014.
Svoboda told the PGA Tour’s official website that he was just happy to be out there after such a difficult first year on Tour. He said he nearly went home after missing the cut at last month’s Reno-Tahoe Open, but because the change in his plane ticket would be too expensive, he decided to fly to Missouri and enter that week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship. Bookended by eight-under rounds of 64, he won that week, finished 25th on the money list for the Web.Com regular season, and earned his 2014 Tour card.
With all the attention on the big-name stars on Tour, it’s easy to forget about the guys who go out and literally live between hotel rooms just to make a dream come true. For every Jordan Spieth, there are dozens of players like Svoboda and MacKenzie trying to keep going for another week or two. This is the type of story that young players should look to for motivation. Instead of packing it in and heading home, Svoboda kept after it and has earned all the good things that are coming his way now.