Field study: Tour Finals qualifiers

It’s time for the Tour Finals, the four-event series that will determine PGA TOUR eligibility for the 2016-17 season.

The Finals begin at the inaugural DAP Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, September 8-11, to be contested at famed Canterbury Golf Club.

Here’s the updated field for the event.

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We’ll proceed to Boise, Idaho for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco at Hillcrest CC, September 15-18, a long-running Tour event that will assume a Finals spot for the first time this year.

We’ll then circle back to Columbus, Ohio for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), September 22-25. The traditionally demanding Scarlet Course holds the distinction of being the only returning Finals venue.

The Finals will conclude at the Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC in the Jacksonville, Florida metroplex, October 6-9. The event heads a few miles north from its previous home at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The top 25 players on the Tour Regular Season money list have already earned their PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season, and their money list (Bucket A) will continue through the Finals, with Priority Ranking determined upon the conclusion of the Tour Championship. The rest of the field – Nos. 26-75 on the Tour money list; Nos. 126-200 in the TOUR FedExCup standings – will battle for the 25 remaining TOUR cards (Bucket B). Priority Ranking will alternate between top finishers from Bucket A and Bucket B, from the No. 1 spot to the No. 25 spot on each money list. The only way to cross over from Bucket A to Bucket B is by winning the Finals money list, which Derek Fathauer did in 2014.

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