Tag Archives: Nationwide Tour

Jun
27
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Nationwide Tour

Meh-heh-heh

Here we go. The PGA Tour has found a new umbrella sponsor for its developmental tour: Web.com — which, effective immediately, will replace the Nationwide Tour as the title sponsor. Yes, that means you will now call it the Web.com Tour.

All parties insist the Q-school format change had nothing to do with inking the deal. So then, let’s just keep the status quo, right?

Check out the company’s homepage (kinda weird, no?)…and here’s the media blast:

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Mar
20
2012

Details? Well, we're still working those out...

 

Folks, it’s a sad, sad day. We knew it was coming, but it was still impossible to prepare for today’s announcement. The Q-School deathwatch is over. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem officially pronounced it dead at approximately 1:30pm on Tuesday, while speaking to the press at Bay Hill. He discussed the “restructuring of the Qualifying System for the PGA Tour via the Nationwide Tour,” and changing the schedule from the calendar year to a fiscal year. Recommended reading: My post in January breaking down the new system (in English).

Here’s the media blast, followed by excerpts from Finchem’s (long, rambling) presser:

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Jan
25
2012

Huh? Say what?

 

It’s that time again — the mandatory PGA Tour player’s meeting at Torrey Pines, where Commissioner Tim Finchem delivers his annual “State of the Tour” address (how fitting President Obama delivered the SOTU on the same night this year). I confess I’m a huge geek and for the last three years, I’ve gotten super revved up to find out the scoop on the inner-goings of these bureaucratic time-suckers. This is about as “Inside Golf” as you can get, but I dig it.

Usually, when I bring it up to a player, they shrug, roll their eyes and mutter something about how boring it is and it’s always the same ol’ stuff. But this year, there was much more buzz than usual.  I actually got responses from guys, saying, “It should be interesting” and “I’ll be there for the fireworks.”

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Dec
7
2011

Brendon Todd won his card the old-fashioned way.

The powers that be are putting the finishing touches to the system they hope will make qualification for the PGA Tour that little bit fairer. Cynics– Lord knows there aren’t any in these parts– will probably brand it a needlessly convoluted attempt to win over late-season television audiences, but as a famous Irish saying proverb would have it, c’est la vie.

Doug Ferguson, of writing for the AP infamy, has the deets:

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Oct
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Announcements

Golf heading south before Olympics in Rio

The PGA Tour announced Thursday it will back the launch of a new pro circuit, consisting of 11 events in seven countries across Latin America, including Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Organized by the Tour, Tour de Las Americas, National Golf Federations, promoters and host clubs in the region, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will be staged from September through December 2012.

More details from the media blast:

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Apr
29
2011

John Smoltz tees off at Kinderlou Forest during a practice round

Apparently the Nationwide Tour tourney’s fairways weren’t wide enough for John Smoltz, who made his first start on the PGA’s developmental tour (analogous to the triple A teams) in Georgia yesterday. The 43-year-old future Hall of Fame pitcher plays to a plus-two handicap and hopes to join the Champions Tour when he turns 50. Playing on a sponsor’s exemption, Smoltz shot 84 in the first round of the weather-delayed South Georgia Classic and currently he’s DFL.

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Mar
23
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The PGA Tour is pondering a change to the end of the season where the players that don’t finish in the top-125 and to make the FedEx Cup playoffs would vie for their cards in a series of tournaments against the top Nationwide Tour players, according to the AP.

The other revision on the table is only granting Nationwide Tour spots for golfers trying to fulfill their dreams in Q-school. Under this proposed system, Rickie Fowler, who got his tour card via Q-school and then earned a spot on the Ryder Cup team, would have earned a spot on the Nationwide Tour last year instead.

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Dec
15
2010

Camilo Villegas walking with caddie Brett Waldman during the PGA Championship

Camilo Villegas’ caddie Brett Waldman has decided to pursue his dream to play professionally and take up his Nationwide Tour card instead of looping for one of the PGA Tour’s premier players, according to the AP. In between globetrotting with Villegas this fall, Waldman managed to pass three stages of qualifying to make it to the final stage of Q-school earlier this month. He shot a six-round total three-under and placed T64 — not quite good enough to earn his PGA Tour card, but he walked away with full status on the NWT.

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Sep
20
2010

The Golf Channel did something many of you have wished for in Saturday’s “Announcer-Lite” coverage of the Nationwide Tour event — the mics were taken away from the commentators and the coverage relied solely on graphics and conversations between the players and caddies. Featured player Hunter Haas strapped on a wireless mic and entertained the audience with self-deprecating comments.

Unfortunately, I missed the coverage and I feel like a terrible friend for missing the groundbreaking experiment that good friend Jerry Foltz was excited to take part in — or not, considering he’s an announcer that was given the gag order, but he interacted with viewers via Twitter. (Sorry, Jerry, I had one of my narcoleptic spells! But even though I might be biased, you’re the best tweeter from the Golf Channel because you don’t sound like a salesman.) Overall, the reviews were positive and Jerry said it seemed like 60% loved it and 40% hated it.

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Sep
2
2010

Jason Kidd is an excellent human being, an incredible athlete and an even better golfer.

Golf Channel’s Mr. Nationwide Jerry Foltz tweeted this blast on Wednesday night. Basically, there will be extra mics to pick up what the players and caddies are saying to fill in for the announcers and commentators. Jerry said via text, “God knows that the players and caddies will be far more interesting to listen to than I am.”

Never! — at least in my ears.