The Web.com Tour features some of the best up-and-coming pro golfers in the world, mixed in with players who have made it to the PGA Tour and then lost status. The annual schedule is a showcase of golf’s next generation of PGA Tour players and those still fighting to get back to the big purses, courtesy cars and some pampering.
As the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit, however, the Web.com Tour doesn’t have specific major championships for its members. Under the PGA Tour umbrella, the Web.com Tour recognizes the four major championships — the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and British Open Championship — and players from the Web.com Tour are certainly eligible to compete in any of the major championships if they qualify, earn an exemption or get an invitation. The Web.com Tour sometimes does have tournaments the week of the four majors because it’s rare for a current Web.com Tour player to get into a major field outside the US Open, for which they can qualify by getting through local and/or sectional qualifying. Also, earnings from the four major championships do not count toward the all-important Web.com Tour money list because the purses for the four majors are anywhere from 10-15 times higher than purses found on the Web.com Tour.
Web.com Tour biggest purses: Save the biggest for last
While the Web.com Tour does not have their own major championships, they do have four season-ending events called the Web.com Tour Finals which boast the biggest purses on the Web.com Tour each year. The Web.com Tour Finals combines the top 75 players in the Web.com Tour regular season money list and the players ranked Nos. 126-200 in the regular season PGA Tour FedEx Cup points race (along with special medical extension holders) into a single field for four events, with the leading 25 money winners earning PGA Tour cards. All four events in the Web.com Tour Finals have a $1 million purse, with $180,000 to the winner and the top 65 and ties after 36 holes earning money toward the Web.com Tour Finals money lists.
The PGA Tour’s hope is their 25 Web.com Tour regular season money leaders, who automatically earn PGA Tour cards for the next season, ultimately play their way into future major championship fields and win majors. It only bolsters the argument that the Web.com Tour is the proper player development path for building a deeper roster of pro golfers.