WEB.COM - Web.com Tour Championship Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Thursday, September 18th through Sunday, September 21st|
|SITE: TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye, Jerry Pate and Bobby Weed (1987)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 554 Yds||10 - Par 4 413 Yds|
|2 - Par 3 170 Yds||11 - Par 3 227 Yds|
|3 - Par 4 342 Yds||12 - Par 4 362 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 427 Yds||13 - Par 4 406 Yds|
|5 - Par 3 153 Yds||14 - Par 3 203 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 462 Yds||15 - Par 4 399 Yds|
|7 - Par 4 323 Yds||16 - Par 5 559 Yds|
|8 - Par 4 500 Yds||17 - Par 4 499 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 436 Yds||18 - Par 4 429 Yds|
|35 3,367 Yds||35 3,497 Yds|
|Annual: || 22nd|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 2-5 p.m. (et)|
|Defending Champion: || Chesson Hadley (Not defending)|
|Runner-Up: || Brad Fritsch, Scott Gardiner, John Peterson, Brendon Todd|
|Tournament Record: || 264 (Richard Johnson, 2007)|
|54-Hole Record: || 197 (Richard Johnson, 2007)|
|36-Hole Record: || 126 (Michael Letzig, 2007)|
|18-Hole Record: || 60 (Michael Letzig, 2007 - Barona Creek Golf Club)|
|Course Record: || 63 (Ashley Hall, 2013)|
|Total Purse: || $1,000,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $180,000; 2nd Place - $108,000; 3rd Place - $68,000|
|Chesson Hadley||270||Russell Knox||273|
|Brad Fritsch||272||Andrew Loupe||273|
|Scott Gardiner||272||Nine players at||274|
|Past Web.com Tour Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2013||Chesson Hadley (270) -- Brad Fritsch, Scott Gardiner, John Peterson,|
|2012||Justin Bolli (268) -- James Hahn|
|2011||Ken Duke (278) -- Scott Brown|
|2010||*Brendan Steele (275) -- Colt Knost|
|2009||Matt Every (267) -- Michael Sim|
|2008||Matt Bettencourt (267) -- Jeff Klauk|
|2007||Richard Johnson (264) -- Michael Letzig|
|2006||Craig Kanada (275) -- Andrew Buckle, Matt Kuchar|
|2005||David Branshaw (276) -- Eric Axley|
|2004||Nick Watney (273) -- Brett Wetterich|
|2003||Chris Couch (270) -- D.J. Brigman|
|2002||#Patrick Moore (206) -- Steven Alker, Mike Heinen, Jeff Klauk|
|2001||Pat Bates (284) -- Tom Carter, Brenden Pappas|
|2000||Spike McRoy (272) -- Briny Baird|
|1999||*Bob Heintz (283) -- Marco Dawson|
|1998||Bob Burns (283) -- Jeff Gove|
|1997||Steve Flesch (278) -- Chris Smith|
|1996||Stewart Cink (281) -- David Berganio Jr|
|1995||*Allen Doyle (283) -- John Maginnes|
|1994||Mike Schuchart (277) -- Emlyn Aubrey, Jeff Cook, Lee Rinker|
|1993||David Duval (277) -- Danny Briggs|
|Note:Formerly called NIKE Tour Championship (1993-99), BUY.COM Tour|
Championship (2000-02), Nationwide Tour Championship (2003-11),
Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch (2012).
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Tony Finau|
|Darkhorse - Whee Kim|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (John Peterson) - Withdrew after 1st round|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Tom Hoge) - Finished tied for 22nd|
What's at stake this week? Well, how about each player's livelihood? This is
the fourth and final week of the Web.com Tour Finals. Bud Cauley won the
first event of the Finals at the Hotel Fitness Championship; Adam Hadwin
captured the Chiquita Classic; and Justin Thomas won the Nationwide Children's
Hospital Championship last week.
The field consists of the top 75 players on the 2014 Web.com Tour money list
and players who finished 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedExCup points list.
This week's event is being held at the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
This is the fourth and final full-field stroke play event to decide recipients
of 50 PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season. The top 25 players on the
Web.com Tour money list already secured their PGA Tour cards for next season.
Those players are now playing for their priority ranking, while the
rest of the players are competing for the remaining 25 cards.
Last year, Chesson Hadley posted rounds of 65-66-70-69 and won by two strokes
over four players. Hadley, who won for the second time in 2013 on the Web.com
Tour, finished at 10-under-par 270. He finished second on the Web.com Finals
Series money list and earned his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season.
Hadley will not be on hand to defend his title, as he kept his PGA Tour card
by winning the Puerto Rico Open in May. Hadley finished 58th on the PGA Tour
money list this season with over $1.7 million in earnings and is a finalist
for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
In 2012, Justin Bolli, who entered the tournament at No. 44 on the money
list, fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to win the season-ending event and
secure a 2013 PGA Tour card. Bolli, who began the final round two strokes off
the pace, finished at 16-under 268 and jumped to No. 9 on the money list with
Ken Duke posted a 4-under 68 in the final round to come from behind and win
at the Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club in 2011. Duke finished
at 10-under 278 and collected his second Web.com Tour victory and first since
2006. Duke began the tournament in 36th place on the money list but moved to
seventh and earned his PGA Tour card for 2012.
In 2010, Brendan Steele birdied the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to
beat Colt Knost and capture his first win on the Web.com Tour. Steele rolled
in an 8-foot putt on the 18th green to end the playoff.
The 2010 playoff was the third in tournament history. The first was in
1995 when Allen Doyle defeated John Maginnes, and the second came in 1999
when Bob Heintz defeated Marco Dawson.
Matt Every shot a 5-under 67 in the final round of 2009's version to win and
earn a spot on the PGA Tour for the 2010 season. Every collected his first
victory and finished at 21-under 267 for a 3-stroke win over Michael
Sim. He pocketed $180,000 for the win and vaulted into the top 25 on
the money list. Every began the week in 49th place and needed a huge week to
get to the PGA Tour and that's exactly what he got. Every fired a course-
record 63 in the second round to move in front, where he would stay for
the rest of the tournament.
In 2008, Matt Bettencourt birdied the 72nd hole to earn not just the victory,
but also the money title. Bettencourt shot rounds of 68-67-63-69 and won the
trophy with a total of 17-under 267. It was his second win of 2008 after
titling in Oregon in mid-September. Bettencourt earned $180,000 for the win
and moved past Brendon de Jonge for the money title. Bettencourt was in the
mid-90s on the money list earlier in the summer, but the win in Oregon, a
runner-up at the Miccosukee Championship and this title gave him the No. 1
Richard Johnson shot four rounds in the 60s (66-64-67-67) in 2007 to win.
Johnson's winning total of 20-under 264 shattered the old scoring record
of 270 that Chris Couch set in 2003. Johnson also set a new 54-hole record.
With the win and the $139,500 first-place check, Johnson overtook Roland
Thatcher for the top spot on the money list. Michael Letzig, who finished
one stroke back of Johnson, fired a course-record 60 in the first round.
In 2006, Craig Kanada captured this event and earned his PGA Tour card for
2007. Kanada trailed Matt Kuchar by six shots heading into the final round,
but fired a 6-under-par 66, capped off by a chip-in birdie on the 72nd hole,
to win by one over Kuchar and Andrew Buckle. Kanada's win jumped him from 32nd
to 11th on the money list.
Spike McRoy owns the largest winning margin in event history, beating Briny
Baird by five shots in 2000. Among the notable players who won this event are
former world No. 1 and 2001 British Open champion David Duval (1993),
Champions Tour player Allen Doyle (1995), 2009 British Open champion
Stewart Cink (1996) and Nick Watney (2004). There has never been a wire-to-
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