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Zac Blair crafted a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-32=63 in the opening round of the Web.com Tour Championship to take the 18-hole lead.

Blair is two-strokes clear of five players at 5-under. The 24-year-old entered the week having missed his first three cuts in the Web.com Tour Finals and needs a huge result if he is to earn a PGA TOUR card. He circled seven birdies and secured 11 pars, landing just 12 GIR but putting to a 1.417 average. He tied for second in the Price Cutter Charity Championship in August, so he's not afraid to score a big finish.
Sep 18 - 8:47 PM

D.A. Points elected not to compete in this week's Web.com Tour Championship due to the concern among his brethren that he'd directly impact the final standings among the 25 chasing PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15.

Points is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season for winning the Shell Houston Open in 2013, but he wanted to sneak in some live action during his two-month break since he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. However, because the Web.com Tour Finals is a four-event series and not a single tournament, the possibility exists that he could effectively reduce the earnings of a guy on the bubble for the top 25. Of course, his impact wouldn't be any different than any other golfer in the field, but the message is that Points doesn't need the money for a card. "I thought unless I finish in the top 4 or 5 it wouldn’t make a difference, but then guys were on me about it," he said. "I understand that and that’s not why I’m here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are playing in this. I’m not here to keep anybody from getting a job."
Sep 17 - 9:15 PM

Patrick Rodgers makes his third start of the Web.com Tour Finals in the Web.com Tour Championship and is positioned to emerge with a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card.

Rodgers barely earned a spot in the Finals by virtue of his non-member FedExCup points in 2013-14. After missing the cut at the Chiquita Classic, he tied for eight in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. The $30,000 he amassed in that start has him 25th on the Web.com Tour Finals money list for players not already possessing TOUR cards for next season. Should he remain inside the top 25, he would enjoy full status on the PGA TOUR next year.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 17 - 4:37 PM

Vaughn Taylor is set to begin the Web.com Tour Championship with a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card in his sights.

Taylor ranks 24th on the Web.com Tour Finals money list for players not already holding a PGA TOUR card for next season. His tie for 10th at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship last week is a big reason as to why. Should he earn enough money to crack the top 25 on the money list this week, he would return to the PGA TOUR. He is a veteran of 273 PGA TOUR starts and is a two-time winner.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 17 - 4:32 PM

Will Wilcox will tee it up in the Web.com Tour Championship this week with full status on the PGA TOUR for 2014-15 on the line.

The good news for Wilcox is that he already has conditional status locked up by virtue of finishing 142nd in the FedExCup standings during his rookie season on TOUR. With a T19 in the Hotel Fitness Championship and a T12 in the Chiquita Classic ultimately boosting him to 23rd in the Web.com Tour Finals money list for players not already exempt for 2014-15, he is well positioned to solidify his standing for next season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 17 - 4:29 PM

Carlos Sainz Jr. enters the Web.com Tour Championship on the correct side of the bubble for a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card.

Sainz Jr. is 22nd on the Web.com Tour Finals money list for players without a TOUR card already secured. The top 25 on that list will received their playing privileges for next season. He collected a couple of top-20 finishes to kick off the Finals before missing the cut at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship last week. Another top 20 this week would likely do the trick.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 17 - 4:25 PM

Anthony Kim remains sidelined indefinitely and may be wrestling with a financial dilemma, according to Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, who wrote an article on the golfer for the Sept. 22 edition of the magazine.

Shipnuck wove new reporting with quotes from old interviews in an attempt to piece AK's mystery together. Injuries, a philosophical disconnect with the PGA TOUR and the absence of a fit socially among members all contribute to Kim's disappearance, but perhaps the most relevant issue concerns an insurance policy that would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million for never hitting another golf ball in sanctioned competition. None of Kim's quotes are recent, so all of these angles as it relates to Kim's mindset today amounts to aggregate conjecture. If he returns, he'll be armed with a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but those numbers are mere formalities when compared to the saga that has so many golf fans and gamers scratching their heads.
Source: Golf.com
Sep 17 - 3:07 PM

Tag Ridings has his sights set on a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card at this week's Web.com Tour Championship.

Ridings ranks 26th on the Web.com Tour Finals money list of players not already fully exempt for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. He must crack the top 25 on that list if he is to return to the PGA TOUR for another stint. His T12 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship is his second top-25 finish of the Finals. A third would likely be good enough for a coveted card.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:28 PM

Eric Axley has a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card in his sights at the Web.com Tour Championship.

Axley finished 184th in the FedExCup standings, affording him the opportunity to play the Web.com Tour Finals. The top 25 players on the Finals money list not already holding a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card will earn fully exempt status. He is currently 27th on that list, having made each of his three cuts in the Web.com Tour Finals, highlighted by a T12 at the Chiquita Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:24 PM

Matt Weibring enters the Web.com Tour Championship ranked 28th on the Web.com Tour Finals money list of players not already possessing a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card.

He must crack the top 25 of that list by week's end in order to earn another stint on the PGA TOUR. Weibring began the Finals in fine fashion, tying for ninth at the Hotel Fitness Championship. Rather than build on that success, he's missed the cut in his last two outings. Another top 10 this week would lock up his TOUR card for next season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:18 PM

Alex Prugh finished the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season ranked 206th in the FedExCup standings but could earn a return trip to the big time with a solid Web.com Tour Championship.

Since he finished outside the top 200 in the FEC standings, Prugh had to earn his spot in the Web.com Tour Finals by virtue of being 36th on the Web.com Tour regular season money list. Not a bad result considering he made just seven starts prior to the Finals. He enters this week ranked 29th on the list of players who have not already earned a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card, and he must crack the top 25 in order to return to the PGA TOUR next season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:13 PM

Chase Wright begins the Web.com Tour Championship ranked 30th on the list of players yet to secure a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card.

He must crack the top 25 of those not already exempt if he is to become a PGA TOUR rookie next season. He entered the Web.com Tour Finals on the heels of three consecutive missed cuts. Wright's fortunes have changed, finishing T25-T25-T22 in the three Finals events. It will likely take a fourth top-25 finish for him to accomplish the goal of a TOUR card.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:09 PM

Tiger Woods is on pace to return to competition at his newly sponsored Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida, on Dec. 4-7.

There's quite a bit of time between now and then, but the absence of a setback is a positive. "I've been busting my butt in the gym," he said at media day for the tournament today. "It's nice to be able to shut it down and get stronger." Getting physically fit is only part of the equation for the 14-time major champion that will turn 39 years old at the end of December, but he's only occasionally acknowledged that he needs to let his golf game evolve with his age and against the younger (and longer) competition. Assuming he's healthy, Woods is planning a "very full" schedule in 2015. Because he qualifies as a Life Member, he doesn't need to meet the membership minimum of 15 starts, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't eclipse that given today's expectation.
Sep 15 - 1:56 PM

Justin Thomas signed for a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to secure his first Web.com Tour win.

Thomas completed 72 holes at 6-under 278 and found himself tied with Richard Sterne. Thomas birdies the first hole of sudden death to clinch the title. In regulation, he circled three birdies to just two bogeys at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. The University of Alabama product ranked inside the top six in driving accuracy, driving distance, greens in regulation and putting average for the week. He ended the regular season safely inside the top 25 to clinch a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card, bagging five top-five finishes, but was never able to close the deal. With the confidence of this win in the Web.com Tour Finals in his back pocket, expect him to make an immediate impact on the PGA TOUR next season.
Sep 14 - 7:56 PM

Jim Furyk fell just short with a 1-under-par 32-37=69 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, finishing three shots back in a share of second place.

Furyk came out blazing with a 3-under front nine to reach the turn at 10-under for the tournament and just one back of the leader. The back nine wasn't so kind, as three bogeys outweighed his lone back-nine birdie. Following the script of the entire 2013-14 season, Furyk contended for four straight rounds, but fell short in the end. This will go in the book as his fourth runner-up finish of the season and his fifth top 10 at East Lake.
Sep 14 - 6:26 PM



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