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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 like driving from California to Florida and being told upon entering the state that the actual destination is Miami.

“Most people feel that guys who play all year long on the Web.com Tour should have some merit,” said Jamie Lovemark, who went from No. 12 on the money list to the 39th seed. He received an exemption to the Frys.com Open, and missed out at the qualifier in Las Vegas. “Maybe you should protect the top 10. I’m sure they’ll tweak it. But no matter what they do, someone will get the wrong end of it.”

There were bound to be glitches in the first year of a new system. The tour’s mistake was underestimating how many guys would play in October when it went to a wraparound season. Officials thought all 50 players from the Web.com Tour Finals would get in all four events, or at least two of them.

The day after the Web.com Tour Finals, nearly every player had signed up for the first event.

The tour is reviewing the first year of the Web.com Tour Finals, and changes are likely. They weren’t simple the first time, and they won’t be now. Along with looking after the players on the Web.com Tour, consideration has to be given players who just missed their cards on the PGA Tour, the strongest circuit in the world.

Alex Aragon — No. 9 on the Web.com Tour money list who fell to a No. 36 seed — barely got into the Frys.com Open as an alternate. It felt like Christmas morning when he learned over the weekend he received an exemption to Las Vegas.

“There’s no perfect solution,” Aragon said.

But he had what seemed to be the most reasonable one. The top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list would be assured their cards, and the money list from them would continue through the four $1 million events in the Finals to determine their seeds. A separate money list would apply for everyone else competing for 25 additional cards at the Web.com Tour finals. The 50 seeds would be determined by alternating from one category to the other.

Otherwise, that “primary path” could feel more like a dead end.

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