Introducing some new (and old) faces on the PGA Tour

Trevor Immelman played his way back onto the PGA Tour. (USATSI)
Trevor Immelman played his way back onto the PGA Tour. (USATSI)

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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 Tour money list
• Top 25 on season-ending 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 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 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 Tour finals and is my pick to win the 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 Tour Finals. He finished 143rd in the FedEx Cup standings but then made $180,000 at the 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 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 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 Tour Finals to make it back on the PGA Tour.

10. Will Wilcox -- The Birmingham native shot a 59 earlier this season on the 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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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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