The top 25 players from the Web.com Tour are assured of getting PGA Tour cards under a new system announced Tuesday that does away with Q-school being a direct path to the big leagues.
More than six months of discussions ended with what the tour felt was the most simple plan for awarding PGA Tour cards.
Starting in September 2013, the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour and the top 75 players who do not qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs - those who are No. 126 through No. 200 in the FedEx Cup standings - will compete in three $1 million tournaments known as ''The Finals.''
All players in the Finals will start from scratch, and 50 cards will be awarded based on the Finals money list.
However, the top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season already will be assured of getting PGA cards, even if they fall out of the top 50 on the Finals money list. They would play only for position going into the 2013-14 season, which would start in October.
The player who leads the Web.com Tour money list in the regular season, and the player who wins the Finals money list, will be exempt into The Players Championship and have the same status as a PGA Tour player who kept his card the previous year.
''We looked at a dizzying number of potential options,'' said Andy Pazder, the tour's chief of operations. ''This one provided the best blend of continuing to recognize the seasonal performance of the Web.com Tour. At the same time, it creates a way for the cream to rise over three weeks of head-to-head play.''
The change is part of a major overhaul of the PGA Tour season that starting next fall will do away with the money list as a way to measure performance.
Currently, the FedEx Cup season ends with the Tour Championship in late September, followed by the Fall Series of events that give players a chance to finish in the top 125 on the money list to earn their cards for next year. Those who fail go to Q-school, a six-round tournament with 25 cards awarded. The Web.com Tour also awards 25 cards.