How the Web.com Tour Finals work in 2019 and beyond with a new points system
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How the Web.com Tour Finals work in 2019 and beyond with a new points system



The Web.com Tour Finals have been in existence since 2013, when the PGA Tour moved to a wrap-around schedule and eliminated offering PGA Tour cards through Q-school. However, with the start of the 2019 season, the Web.com Tour Finals is changing in a substantial way.

The now-three-event series runs concurrently with the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, and it determines the fate of 50 PGA Tour cards. The big change is that the fate of these cards is no longer determined by money earned but by points.

The Web.com Tour created a points structure so that almost every regular season event offered the same benefits to players looking to earn a PGA Tour card. Web.com Tour wins now mean 500 points toward the season-long points list, regardless of the purse. The points increase for the final regular season event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, with the winner getting 600 points. For the three Web.com Tour Finals events, the points are double regular-season tournaments, with the winner getting 1,000 points.

A total of approximately 150 players qualify for the series: the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour regular season points list and the players who finished 126th through 200th on the PGA Tour regular season FedEx Cup points list (that is, the first 75 players who didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs). There are others who can earn spots.

While the fate of 50 PGA Tour cards are decided in the Web.com Tour Finals, the recipients of 25 of those cards is already known before the series starts. The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular season points list automatically earn PGA Tour status for the next season. Ultimately, then, 125 players are competing in the Web.com Tour Finals for another 25 PGA Tour cards, and those are determined based on the total points earned during the four Web.com Tour Finals events.

As for the top 25 in the Web.com Tour regular season points list, they are playing in the series to determine their priority order for the start of the next PGA Tour season. Priority order dictates the order in which players gain entry into most PGA Tour events. The better a player's priority ranking, the more likely they are to get into a tournament that isn't considered an invitational.

The top 25 on the Web.com Tour regular season points list are tracked through a separate points list for the Web.com Tour Finals. Instead of starting at 0 like the other 125 players on the Web.com Tour Finals points list, those players start with all the points they earned in the Web.com Tour regular season, which can be added to their Web.com Tour Finals points.

In addition, a player who finishes in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour regular season points list can improve his priority order for next season by finishing higher on the Web.com Tour Finals points list.

As a reward, two players earn fully exempt status for the next PGA Tour season, meaning their status is not subject to points-based priority reshuffles at key points through the season. Those players are the winner of the Web.com Tour Finals points list and the player among the top 25 Web.com Tour regular season money list to earn the most combined points between the regular season and the Finals. Both players are also exempt into The Players Championship.

Altogether, the priority order for the 50 cards alternates between players on the Web.com Tour Finals points list and the top 25 players from the Web.com Tour regular season points list, ranked based on their combined money between the regular season and the finals.

For example:

1. No. 1 in top 25 on combined Web.com Tour regular season and Finals points list
2. No. 1 on Web.com Tour Finals points list
3. No. 2 in top 25 on combined Web.com Tour regular season and Finals points list
4. No. 2 on Web.com Tour Finals points list
5. No. 3 in top 25 on combined Web.com Tour regular season and Finals points list
6. No. 3 on Web.com Tour Finals points list

As for the 100 players who don't earn enough money to earn PGA Tour cards, their playing privileges for the next season are determined this way:

  • Players 26-50 on the Web.com Tour Finals points list earn fully exempt Web.com Tour status for the next season
  • Players 51-75 on the Web.com Tour Finals points list are exempt into the finals of Web.com Tour Q-school
  • Players who finished No. 26-75 on the Web.com Tour regular season points list are fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the next season, if they don't earn a PGA Tour card in the Web.com Tour Finals
  • Players who finished Nos. 76-100 on the Web.com Tour regular season points list will have conditional status for the next season on the Web.com Tour and be exempt into the second stage of Web.com Tour Q-school
  • All players who make the Web.com Tour Final at least earn conditional Web.com Tour status
  • Players finishing Nos. 101-150 on the Web.com Tour Finals points list are exempt into the second stage of Web.com Tour Q-school if they need to improve their status
  • Players who finished Nos. 126-150 on the FedEx Cup regular season points list have conditional PGA Tour status, no matter what happens in the Web.com Tour Finals, after the 50 card earners from the Web.com Tour regular season and Web.com Tour Finals points lists, and they're fully exempt on the Web.com Tour for the next season

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