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Question of the Day
The top 25 from the Nationwide Tour money list _ players who previously would have automatically earned PGA Tour cards _ would be seeded No. 1 through No. 25. The next seed would be shared by No. 26 on the Nationwide money list and No. 126 on the PGA Tour money list. The PGA Tour player would be assigned the same money as his counterpart from the Nationwide Tour.
Some of the early calculations have shown that top 25 would be virtually assured of finishing among the top 50 to earn their cards; and that anyone winning one of those three tournaments also would be a lock to earn a card.
The tour wants to start this in the fall of 2013. After that three-tournament series ends, the new season would start with what used to be the Fall Series.
Jim Furyk goes on the policy board next year. What concerns him is that the players who earn cards out of Q-school in 2012 will only have eight months to try to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs and keep their cards; they no longer would have the Fall Series to help them.
“I’m torn with the proposals out there,” Furyk said. “Because there are going to be situations _ injuries, different things _ that happen that don’t give you an opportunity to get back on tour. I’m worried about blending the Nationwide and the regular Tour together. The first year we do this, the rookies and first-timers get an extremely short season.
“I know the tour has an idea what they want to accomplish, but I don’t think they have all the details yet,” he said. “And I’m a details guy.”
The overhaul seems to be inevitable, though. Next year is likely to be the last that players with big dreams can have a great week or a great finish, and the reward will be a job on the PGA Tour.
What won’t change is that the best players will find a way.
By Robert N. Tracci
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