The fate of 45 or so Web.com Tour cards hang in the balance starting Thursday with the start of the 2015 Web.com Tour Q-school final stage at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
This year, there are some key changes to Q-school, namely that the tournament has been reduced from six rounds to four. There is no cut in this 156-player event, with each player getting two rounds on both the Champion and the Fazio courses.
All 156 players earn conditional status on the Web.com Tour, practically assuring them of at least one start. However, finishing inside the top 45 and ties offers more starts and full status for the year:
- The medalist is exempt for the full 2016 season and exempt from reshuffles
- Players finishing 2nd through 10th place and ties earn exempt status through the third reshuffle, which is done several times during the season to give better access to players who perform well during the Web.com Tour season
- Players finishing 11th through 45th place and ties earn exempt status through the second reshuffle
- The remaining players earn conditional 2016 Web.com Tour status for the 2016 season, alternating with the players who finished 76th through 100th on the 2015 Web.com Tour regular season money list, as well the players who finished 2nd through 5th on the money lists of PGA Tour Latinoamerica, PGA Tour China and the Mackenzie Tour
There's also a $510,000 purse for the event, with the winner getting $25,000. The rest of the top 10 gets $15,000 each and players who finish in 11th through 45th places get $10,000. With the Q-school entry fee ranging from $3,500-$4,500, each player who earns a status in the top 45 and ties will at least double their money.
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