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This year, 21-year-old John Huh made it through all three stages of Q-school and won last month in Mexico against a weak field. Under the change, however, the Mexico event would be held in the fall as part of the new season.

The change in earning cards begins in 2013. That means the 50 players who earn their cards will only have eight months to finish among the top 125 on the PGA Tour, instead of having six extra events in the fall to make up ground.

_ The fall events will be the start of the new season in October 2013. Still to be determined is whether those tournaments will offer the same number of FedEx Cup points as tournaments held from January until the FedEx Cup playoffs begin in August.

Not awarding similar points could be a problem.

Golf World magazine, in a story for its digital edition Monday, obtained a letter from the Open in which it expressed “concern about continuing our sponsorship” if the fall events are only given half the points.

Fry’s has the greatest potential of a large purse and is geared toward being a big event.

Finchem said offering full points for every tournament remains a possibility. It was one of the details still to be discussed, and he said he would go back to the 16-member Player Advisory Council for comments.

The notion of abandoning the traditional means of PGA Tour access _ Q-school _ first was brought up one year ago. It took this long to get the concept approved. The hard work figures to be in the details, but by announcing that it has approved the plan, the tour has left itself a little more than a year to get that sorted out.

“I think the player directors felt … a lot of times, it’s easier to get everybody focused when you know it’s going to happen,” Finchem said. “So this is going to happen. And now we’ve got a couple of things that we have got to make sure we do right.”

One thing Finchem made clear is that everything revolves around the FedEx Cup, which last month renewed its deal through 2017.

“It means that the PGA TOUR competition is the FedEx Cup,” Finchem said. “We like that. And we like what it does for those tournaments involved and for the sponsors involved.”

Other elements:

_ The HSBC Champions in China will be considered a full-fledged World Golf Championship starting in 2013. Until then, it counts only as an official win on the PGA Tour if one of its members were to win.

_ College players can get into the three-tournament qualifying series if they earn enough money that is equivalent to being within the top 200 on the PGA Tour money list or the top 75 on the Nationwide Tour.