PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The 2014 Web.com Tour will feature 25 tournaments to be played in 15 states and six countries outside the United States and culminate with the four-event Web.com Tour Finals in September, the PGA Tour announced on Friday.
In 2014, the Web.com Tour looks to build on the 2013 introduction of a new qualifying and scheduling format that combined a regular season and the four Finals tournaments, with players competing for all 50 available PGA Tour cards for the following season. And in a move that further elevated its stature, the Web.com Tour became the destination for players from PGA Tour Canada, NEC Series-PGA Tour Latinoamérica and PGA Tour China.
The 2014 season will be the Web.com Tour’s 25th, with the Tour having been launched in 1990.
Eleven events will be televised on Golf Channel, with all 11 airing in HD for the first time. The Web.com Tour will also be seen in 192 countries and territories, reaching a potential 93 million households via the PGA Tour’s international broadcasting operation.
The tour welcomes three new tournaments in 2014 – the Cleveland Open, Nova Scotia Classic and WinCo Foods Portland Open.
• The Cleveland Open is scheduled for June 5-8 at the A.W. Tillinghast-designed (1921) Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio, marking the return of professional golf to Cleveland, where the PGA Tour first held an event in 1938.
• The tour ventures to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia for the first time, with the Nova Scotia Classic. It will be played July 3-6 at Ashburn Golf Club’s New Course in Halifax. A formal tournament announcement is scheduled for early February.
• The WinCo Foods Portland Open will be played Aug. 21-24 at one of Oregon's best golf courses, Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. It will be the 21st and final regular season event of the year. The first 25 of 50 PGA Tour cards for 2014-15 will be awarded and the stage set for the Web.com Tour Finals. Witch Hollow was the site of Tiger Woods’ third consecutive U.S. Amateur win in 1996.
Returning to the tour schedule in 2014 is the Stonebrae Classic, which took a one-year hiatus to make way for construction of a new 28,000-square-foot clubhouse. It will be played July 31-Aug. 3 at TPC Stonebrae in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Hayward, site of tournaments in 2009 through 2012.
The tour's silver anniversary season will begin Feb. 13-16 at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, which returns to Bogotá for the fifth year.
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Three weeks later, the Web.com Tour returns to Latin America to play successive weeks in Santiago, Chile (Chile Classic March, 6-9); Sao Paulo, Brazil (Brasil Champions, March 13-16); site of golf’s return to the Olympics in 2016; and Panama City, Panama (Panama Claro Championship, March 20-23).
The 23rd Chitimacha Louisiana Open, near Lafayette, will once again kick off the domestic schedule March 27-30.
The four tournaments joining the Web.com Tour in celebrating 25 years on the schedule are:
• Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna in Wichita, Kan. (June 19-22)
• Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft in Idaho (July 17-20)
• Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper in Springfield, Mo. (Aug. 7-10)
• News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville, Tenn. (Aug. 14-17)
The Web.com Tour Finals will return to the same four venues and be played over consecutive weeks, beginning Aug. 28-31 and ending Sept. 21st:
• Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills GC, Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Chiquita Classic at River Run CC, Davidson, N.C.
• Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State University GC-Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
• Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass-Dye’s Valley Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The culminating Web.com Tour Championship (Sept. 18-21) will award the second set of 25 PGA Tour cards for 2014-15 and determine player positioning in the priority ranking system, which is used to form fields for Tour events, for all 50 card recipients.
Setting the table for 2015 will be the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. First- and second-stage events will be played in September, October and November, with the Final Stage, a six-day, 108-hole competition, taking place in mid-December. Approximately 150 players will reach or be exempt into the Finals where they will compete for their all-important ranking positions for the upcoming season.
Here is the full schedule:
Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship
Bogota Country Club in Bogota, Colombia
Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile
Sao Paulo Golf Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Panama Claro Championship
Panama Golf Club in Panama City, Panama
Chitimacha Louisiana Open
Le Triomphe Country Club in Broussard, La.
El Bosque Mexico Championship
El Bosque Country Club in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
WNB Golf Classic
Midland Country Club in Midland, Texas
April 28-May 4
South Georgia Classic
Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
BMW Charity Pro-Am
Thornblade Club*, Green Valley CC, The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Greenville, S.C.
Rex Hospital Open
TPC at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C.
May 26-June 1
Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio
Air Capital Classic
Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.
United Leasing Championship
Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind.
June 30-July 6
Nova Scotia Classic
Ashburn Golf Club (New Course) in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah
Albertsons Boise Open
Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho
Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park, Kan.
July 28-August 3
TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.
Price Cutter Charity Championship
Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo.
News Sentinel Open
Fox Den Country Club in Farragut, Tenn.
WinCo Foods Portland Open
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow) in Portland, Ore.
Hotel Fitness Championship
Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
River Run Country Club in Davidson, N.C.
Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship
Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course) in Columbus, Ohio
Web.com Tour Championship
TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.