Category Archives: Web.com Tour

Sep
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Web.com Tour
Last shot!

Last shot!

I was one of the loudest and most outspoken critics when the PGA Tour brass announced the death of Q-School (as we once knew it), but I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty intrigued by the series of Web.com Tour Finals. Given it’s in the inaugural year, it seems to have received positive feedback from the players and other detractors.

I wish it didn’t coincide with the FedExCup Playoffs, though, because if I have to choose between covering the Finals and the Playoffs, I’m going to have to go with demand and that means the tournament Tiger Woods is playing. I know the Web.com Tour Championship, the fourth of the Final Series, is between the FedExCup finale, the Tour Championship and the Presidents Cup, but unfortunately I can’t make it because of personal reasons.

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Jul
26
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Web.com Tour
Knox

59? No big deal!

Just two weeks after Will Wilcox posted a 59 at Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship, Russell Knox matched the feat at Hillcrest Country Club in the second round of the Albertsons Boise Open.

The 28-year-old Scotland native, who started on no. 10, kicked off his round with a birdie, then jumped on that awful par train for four holes, before playing the last four holes four-under. After making the turn, he made an eagle on no. 2, followed by five consecutive birdies. From holes 15-7, he was 11-under. Here’s a screenshot of his scorecard:  

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Jul
12
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Web.com Tour

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Chad Collins shot a sizzling nine-under 27 (that was really weird to type) on his first nine in the second round of this week’s Web.com Tour event, the Utah Championship. Collins, who teed off no. 10, got to 11-under through 12 holes before cooling off and jumping on the par train.

Par at Willow Creek CC is 71, so with two holes to play, he needs a birdie to post golf’s magic number: 59.

It’s past midnight here in Scotland and I have a 5:30am wake-up call, so I can’t continue to refresh the tournament’s leaderboard every 30 seconds. I’ll check back to update the results in the morning, but I have a feeling he’s going to come up just short. 60 isn’t so shabby, though!

[*Update: Collins wasn't able to convert birdie on the 18th and posted an 11-under 60. So close, but still, impressive effort.]

Jun
28
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Web.com Tour

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Yikes. If you thought you had a rough day on the links, just be thankful you didn’t post it in a professional tournament, like Michael Bembenick did at the United Leasing Championship. Bembenick, a club pro from Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis, shot scores of 89-103 (originally, it said he shot 105 because apparently they had trouble adding all the strokes). 

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Oct
18
2012

O Canada!

Commissioner Tim Finchem announced on Thursday that the PGA Tour is assuming “operational control” of the Canadian Tour, which will become re-branded as PGA Tour Canada. The conversion process will begin on November 1st and PGA Tour Canada will be up and running for the 2013 season.

The takeover didn’t come as a surprise since the PGA Tour bailed out the floundering Canadian Professional Golf Tour in 2012, lending its strategic and financial support to the dwindling mini-tour circuit.

The kicker of the deal: Similar to the partnership made last year with Tour de las Américas to form PGA Tour Latinoamérica, PGA Tour Canada will serve as a pathway to the Web.com Tour.  The top-five finishers on the money list will earn playing privileges to the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit (the no. 1 player would have full exempt status and the other four would have conditional status, but “reasonable access”), and the next five will be exempt to the finals of Web.com Q-school.

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Sep
18
2012

Q-school grad Harris English receiving his 2012 PGA Tour card

I’ve gotta catch a flight to Atlanta for the Tour Championship (PLAYOFF FEVER!), so this is going to be quick (sorry I feel like I’ve been more on the run than usual these days, which seems strange since I’ve been home). The PGA Tour announced details — and lots of them; in fact almost all — for the tournaments, sites and dates for three of the events in 2013 that will comprise the newly-contrived Web.com Tour Finals, which will decide the 50 players who earn Tour “playing privileges” for the 2013-14 season and their “eligibility positions” under the Tour’s “enhanced qualifying system.”

That’s a nice way of saying: It’s been real, but see you later, Q-school. RIP. (I might cry at the end of the last one ever in December.)

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Aug
6
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Web.com Tour

Kohles: Batting 1000!

Before moving on to all things PGA Championship, Ben Kohles deserves a mention for his record-breaking feat. After turning pro a few weeks ago, he won in his debut on the Web.com Tour. Just a week later at the Cox Classic yesterday, he shot a final-round 62 to win by three over South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt.

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