Top 25 from Web.com Tour assured of PGA card

Tour officials had looked at trying to seed players from the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, though that was abandoned a few months ago because it was seen as too complicated to explain, and difficult to compare performances between the major league and minor league.

They also had considered awarding only 15 cards to the Web.com Tour regular season.

It has not been determined where to play the three tournaments that make up the Finals. The tour expects the field size to range from 132 to 144 players. Even though 150 players would be eligible, some might not need to play if they have previous status, such as a two-year exemption from winning on the PGA Tour.

Players who are not on the PGA Tour can earn either FedEx Cup points from the PGA Tour or money from the Web.com Tour that will appear on a nonmember’s list. If it is equivalent to other players on tour, that would get them into the Finals.

The change is likely to force college players to turn pro earlier, because they cannot earn points or money as amateurs. Dustin Johnson played in the Walker Cup, made it through Q-school and won his rookie year on the PGA Tour. Under the new system, he likely would have to spend a year on the Web.com Tour.

If this system were in place when Tiger Woods turned pro after winning his third straight U.S. Amateur in 1996, he would have had two minor-league events to make enough points to get into the Finals. The season was longer, then, and Woods won twice on the PGA Tour in his first seven tournaments.

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