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October 16, 2013

Players have PGA Tour card, now need place to play

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SAN MARTIN, Calif. —

It’s another reminder that getting a PGA Tour card and getting a chance to play are not always the same. What’s worse is that these 50 players will be seeded again at the end of the six tournaments this fall — except that only the top half is assured of getting into the tournaments.

Tway was lucky to get a spot in the Frys.com Open, and even though a 72-71 weekend left him tied for 40th, it’s better than no tournament at all. Mark Anderson finished at No. 8 on the Web.com Tour money list. He’ll be lucky to get into a single tournament until sometime in 2014.

The flip side is someone like Brendon Todd. He finished 20th on the Web.com money list, and then in the four-event “Finals” he had a pair of top 20s and tied for second in the last one. His seeding went up 27 spots to No. 12, meaning he’s likely to get in all four North American events.

“Obviously, I want them to do it a different way,” Tway said. “It seems unfair. But other people like it. I’m not a smart enough person to come up with a plan. Hopefully, when I get my starts I’ll play well. And if you play well, they can’t keep you off the tour.”

That comment was refreshing, especially coming from a 25-year-old rookie who got the short end of the draw.

Playing better is always the solution in golf, no matter how the system works.

Even so, there’s something wrong with the tour’s message that a year on the Web.com Tour now is the “primary path” to the big leagues. Because it’s not. It’s an entire season, followed by four tournaments that decide how much you get to play.

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