Golf Starz Take on the Web.com Finals
A year ago, today, I was like many other golf fans. I was a novice when it came to anything but the PGA tour. I still don’t think I will ever have a full grip on FedEx Cup points…. While I did not have a full understanding any other tours but the PGA, I had attended a couple Web.com Tour events and PGA Tour Champions events. We here at Golf Starz decided to cover the Web.com Finals and have plans of covering the PGA Tour Champions events in the near future. The Web.com Tour has everything – fun events, they are not over crowded, guys are playing for their livelihood and to fulfill/maintain their childhood dreams. These guys are accessible, they interact with the fans, they tweet/snapchat and they travel the country playing for a share of purses that many of the tour players spend in a weekend. One thing I can promise is you are going to see a lot more coverage of the Web.com Tour here at Golf Starz. We are huge #webguys
We attended the DAP Championship this past weekend and hopefully you followed along. While a majority of golf fans were watching a great finish from some Web.com alums at the Tour Championship, we had a very exciting finish at the DAP Championship. We always hear about how tough courses are but we actually saw the course fight back, golf is hard enough.
We saw a lot of guys make some moves to put themselves in a good position to move into the Top 25 and gain their card during the finals. We also saw some guys mathematically secure their card and have decided to take this week off.
Now on to this week’s finals. This week the tour wraps up down in Florida at the Atlantic Beach Country Club. The course, just like every week of the finals, is going to be tough. As guys are trying to push and find their way into the top 25, they have to take on a course that has been described as a classic “risk vs reward” course. This course will truly challenge players who don’t have time to lay up. With water and bunkers lining most of the fairways, shot placement/selection is going to mean everything. We have only been following the Web.com for a short period of time, I am excited to see how this course separates the field early. It’s going to come down to those who can play their game. Winning is fun, and as Ricky Bobby said “if you ain’t first, your last” but most guys just need to move or maintain a couple spots. Guys like Hunter Mahan, Zac Blair, and Scott Langley who are on the wrong side of the bubble are going to be fighting for each shot and guys like Chad Collins, Sam Saunders, and a new Golf Starz favorite, Steve Wheatcroft, are going to be trying to hold these guys off. The amazing part is really anyone in the field that can catch fire and should have a chance to mix things up and fight for a tour card. For those like us who have not had the opportunity to play/see the course, we have included a layout of the course from the Atlantic Beach Country Club website. Check out the field
Check out the rankings going into this weekend here. With about 10k separating Chad Collins at 21 and Ben Kohles at 34. This weekend is going to make the ever-changing position battle during the final round of the FedEx Cup look like child’s play. Without a doubt with every hole and change on the leader board we are going to see guys win and lose their tour card. You can see the payout structure here.
The only complaint is we won’t get to watch it all.
P.S. one item to note if you are attending this week’s event is the fun fan spot. There literally is a pool with a view of the 18th fairway. If you are going to be there send us pictures.
As always, we are going to pick three guys we think have a chance to win or make big moves. Comment below who you think is going to shake things up.
- Blair (I feel like this guy is always on the bubble 126th in the FedEx Cup rankings and 26th going into this weekend – I have a feeling he is going to make some moves)
- Sam Saunders
- Troy Merritt
Couple notes: I think Steve Wheatcroft stays in the top 25 and Daniel Summerhays finds his way in the top 25.
- Chesson Hadley (finish the season out at #1)
- Chris Baker (hometown kid needs to play well to get his card)
- Joel Dahmen (he’s 16th on the Finals money list and has a great chance at a TOUR card)
Tune back later for a full recap of our weekend and as always comment below who you like this weekend in the Web.com Finale!