The Web.com Tour and its tournaments are committed to supporting charities in the communities in which events are played. Through January 2017, the tours of the PGA TOUR and their tournaments gave back $2.65 billion in charitable giving dating back to the first recorded donation in 1938. Annually, the Tour honors its Volunteer of the Year, with DJ Palmer of the Web.com Tour Championship being named in 2017.
The 2017 Web.com Tour schedule featured 26 events, played in 16 states and five countries outside the U.S. (Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama). There were 22 Regular Season events, plus four Web.com Tour Finals events.
In 2017, prize money was $17,775,000 over 26 events. The average purse was $683,653. The Web.com Tour played for $1 million at each Web.com Tour Finals event.
Each Web.com Tour player has a position on the priority-ranking system that is used to form fields for open tournaments. The complete priority-ranking
system may be found in the digital version of the Official Web.com Tour Guide (see “Players” section, then “Eligibility Categories”). The majority of Web.com Tour events have 144- or 156-player fields. First played in 2013, the Web.com Tour annually conducts the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. Approximately 150 players who reach (through up to three preliminary stages) or are exempt into the Final Stage in December compete for an eligibility ranking for the next season. This is in addition to those players who have already earned membership based on play on the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR during the season.
In 2017, the Web.com Tour’s 292 members hailed from around the globe. There were 90 international players with full or partial Tour exemptions, representing 24 countries outside the United States: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Caledonia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Zimbabwe. See “International Players” under “General Info” on the home page of the digital version of the Official Web.com Tour Guide for a country-by-country breakdown of the 2018 membership.
The Web.com Tour graduated 50 players to the PGA TOUR at the end of the 2017 season. The first 25 cards were earned via the 22-event Regular Season, with a second set of 25 cards awarded based on performance in the Web.com Tour Finals. Chesson Hadley became the first player in history to win the cumulative Regular Season and Finals money lists en route to earning Player of the Year honors. Hadley is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18, and earned an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship.
PGA TOUR Impact
Every year, the impact of the Web.com Tour on the PGA TOUR grows. Since 1991, over 480 PGA TOUR tournaments have been won by players with Web.com Tour roots, including all four major championships and seven PLAYERS Championships. Every tournament on the PGA TOUR’s 2017-18 schedule has been won by a former Web.com Tour player. Three out of four current PGA TOUR members, and 12 named to the 2017 Presidents Cup and four members of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team, are Web.com Tour alumni. In recognition of the Tour's growing stature and competitive impact, the PGA TOUR Policy Board announced in March 2012 that all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the following season would come through the Web.com Tour, beginning in 2013, with the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Also new in 2013 was the awarding of Web.com Tour membership for the following season to the five leading money winners from both PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. In November, 2013, PGA TOUR China was announced with a similar arrangement put in place, beginning in 2014.
The progression of cards issued since 1990 is:
Note: There were 21 cards issued in 2005 and 22 in 2006 due to unique circumstances both years.
Golf Channel, available in more than 81 million homes in the United States, is the exclusive cable television home of the Web.com Tour. Golf Channel will air 12 tournaments in the U.S. in 2018, all produced in HDTV. The Web.com Tour can be seen in 180 countries and territories, reaching a potential 300 million more households via the PGA TOUR’s international broadcasting operation.
At season’s end, 50 PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 TOUR season.
The Web.com Tour Player of the Year receives the Jack Nicklaus Award. Player of the Year is based on a vote of the membership. In 2018, the Web.com Tour will debut the inaugural Rookie of the Year award.
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