By Stephen Hennessey
Starting the week at No. 44 on the Web.com Tour's money list, Justin
Bolli needed to make a big move to jump the 19 spots required to earn
his PGA Tour card.
How about winning the Web.com Tour Championship outright?
Bolli, 36, made his PGA Tour rookie debut in 2005, and has been a PGA
Tour member for three seasons, never once keeping his status for the
following year. His best PGA Tour finish was a T-5 at the 2008 AT&T
Classic in Georgia.
This is the last year the top 60 on the Web.com Tour money list will
play the Tour Championship in attempt of getting into the top 25. Next
year, as part of the changes to the PGA Tour schedule, the top 75 from
the Web.com Tour will compete in "The Finals", along with 75 PGA Tour
players who don't qualify for the FedEx Cup, for another 25 spots. The
top 25 players on the Web.com money list at the end of the 2013 season
will clinch a card.
Justin Bolli fired a final-round 65 to clinch his fourth season on the PGA Tour. Photo by Stan Badz/PGA Tour.
Two of the more unlikely stories to earn a card out of TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas include Luke Guthrie and Ben Kohles. Both 22-year-olds and recent college graduates--Guthrie from Illinois and Kohles from Virginia--won two Web.com Tour events to lock up their cards early in the season. Kohles won two events in a row, lucking
into a spot at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, then winning the Cox Classic the next week.
Another good story is Morgan Hoffmann, who was struggling to Monday
qualify for Web.com events early in the season. The former All-American
at Oklahoma State finished in the top-10 in six of the last seven events
of the year, including a T-3 at the Tour Championship to earn his card. A roommate of Rickie Fowler and Cameron Tringale in Jupiter, Tringale said he hadn't seen Hoffmann in months with their differences in schedule. Now the trio will be on the same schedule in 2013.
Casey Wittenberg had locked up his PGA Tour card early in 2013, winning
two events before June. The 27-year-old Memphis resident also qualified
for the U.S. Open, and was paired with Tiger Woods in the final round at
the Olympic Club.
Fifteen of the 25 newly-minted PGA Tour cardholders will be first-time PGA Tour members.
Here's the full list:
1. Casey Wittenberg, $433,453
2. Luke Guthrie, $410,593
3. Russell Henley, $400,116
4. Luke List, $363,206
5. James Hahn, $337,530
6. Shawn Stefani, $307,371
7. Robert Streb, $305,591
8. Ben Kohles, $303,977
9. Justin Bolli, $300,924
10. David Lingmerth, $287,148
11. Justin Hicks, $277,159
12. Paul Haley II, $263,841
13. Cameron Percy, $256,238
14. Andres Gonzales, $235,505
15. Scott Gardiner, $234,145
16. Lee Williams, $223,468
17. Darron Stiles, $213,031
18. Brad Fritsch, $212,168
19. Morgan Hoffmann, $207,540
20. Brian Stuard, $205,711
21. Andrew Svoboda, $203,717
22. Nicholas Thompson, $192,751
23. Alistair Presnell, $190,567
24. Doug LaBelle II, $186,320
25. Jim Herman, $182,001