Introducing some new (and old) faces on the PGA Tour
Some young guns join some PGA Tour lifers of the 50 golfers who earned their cards via the Web.com Tour this season.
Starting this year the PGA Tour got rid of adding golfers via Q-School and just gave out 50 exemptions to the following two groups:
• Top 25 on regular-season Web.com Tour money list
• Top 25 on season-ending Web.com Tour playoff money list
Nos. 126-200 from the previous season's PGA Tour FedEx Cup points list (those who didn't make the FedEx Cup playoffs) were eligible to play in the Web.com Tour Finals (four events) and many did.
Here are some notables who made it onto the PGA Tour for the 2013-2014 season (some for the very first time).
1. Michael Putnam -- Putnam earned nearly $500,000 during a Web.com Tour season that saw him win twice. He'll have full exemption and play in the Players Championship.
2. John Peterson -- Ditto on the Players Championship for Peterson. He finished first in the Web.com Tour finals and is my pick to win the Frys.com Open this week.
3. Seung-Yul Noh -- Was thought to have a breakout season in 2013 but never really materalized. He's 22 though so let's give it some time.
4. Trevor Immelman -- The former Masters champ played his way back onto the Tour via the Web.com Tour Finals. He finished 143rd in the FedEx Cup standings but then made $180,000 at the Web.com Tour Finals to easily earn his card again.
5. Patrick Cantlay -- Former UCLA Bruin is going to be a star. He won once on the Web.com Tour but had to qualify via the Finals. Glad he's in the mix for 2013-2014.
6. Kevin Tway -- Add another Oklahoma State golfer to the mix (actually add two as Edward Loar also qualified). Tway won in Boise earlier this season and finished eighth on the regular season money list.
7. Chesson Hadley -- The Georgia Tech golfer actually finished first when you combine money from the Web.com Tour regular season and playoffs but Peterson and Putnam took each one separately. Too bad for Hadley as he misses out on full exemption and a spot in the Players Championship. he should be fine though as
8. Hudson Swafford -- Swafford played college golf with Harris English and Russell Henley (they were all on the same team!) He finished 21st in Finals money to secure his card.
9. Bud Cauley -- Another bigger name who didn't pan out during the 2013 PGA Tour season. Cauley only made three top 25s in his 24 events and had to make $55,900 during the Web.com Tour Finals to make it back on the PGA Tour.
10. Will Wilcox -- The Birmingham native shot a 59 earlier this season on the Web.com Tour in a tournament he actually ended up not winning. He was able to earn his card nonetheless by finishing 10th on Tour.
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