Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces list of eligible PGA TOUR players – Finals events to play pivotal role in determining 2014-2015 PGA TOUR membership
Columbus, Ohio – Officials of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship released today the contingent of PGA TOUR players currently eligible to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals when the drama returns to The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, this September 8 – 14 as the third of four Finals events on the Web.com Tour.
The 2013-2014 PGA TOUR Regular Season came to a close on Sunday, August 17th at the Wyndham Championship, completing one half of the Web.com Tour Finals equation. Players from the PGA TOUR finishing Nos. 126 – 200 on the regular season FedExCup points list (less those with exemptions) are eligible to compete in the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. That list includes PGA TOUR veterans Jonathan Byrd, Chad Campbell, Ben Curtis, Trevor Immelman, Sean O’Hair and Tim Petrovic.
One name that is not on that list is Seung-Yul Noh. The winner of the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will not return to defend his title. The young Korean, 23, who grabbed the lead in round two of last year’s Finals event at OSU Scarlet and never looked back, has continued his solid play on the PGA TOUR this season. After winning in Columbus, Noh went on to record his first-career PGA TOUR title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and will tee it up this week for the start of the 2013-14 FedExCup Playoffs at the Barclays.
“We are excited to see how the tournament unfolds and what storylines develop as the blended field of players competes for a 2014-2015 PGA TOUR card,” said tournament director Kip McBride. “The Scarlet Course is always a great test of golf and a fan-friendly venue for central Ohio golf fans.”
The field of 150 professionals for the Finals events will be completed with the top 75 players from the 2014 Web.com Tour money list at the conclusion of this week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft.
The following list is for informational purposes only and is subject to change.
|PGA TOUR FedExCupList 126 – 200 as of8/18/14|
|144||Tyrone Van Aswegen|
|154||Ted Potter, Jr.|
|162||Davis Love III(ʟ)|
|189||Miguel Angel Carballo|
|198||Darren Clarke (ʄ)|
|200||Doug LaBelle II|
|Web.com Tour MoneyList Top 75 as of8/18/14|
|30||Harold Varner III|
|46||Dawie van der Walt|
|67||Sung Joon Park|
|73||Carlos Sainz Jr|
NOTE – Eligible PGA TOUR Non-Members include: Jason Allred, Thomas Bjorn, Matteo Manassero, Robert Karlsson, Miguel A. Jimenez, Richard Sterne, Stephen Gallacher, Thongchai Jaidee, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, George Coetzee
**PGA TOUR Money List Top 125 * Tournament winner †Major Medical (ʟ)Life Member ×Did not meet 15 event min (ʗ)Champions Tour (ʄ) Foregoing 2014-15 PGA TOUR Membership
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2014-2015 season. At the end of the four Finals events, PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to the 25 leading money winners on the Web.com Tour with the remaining 25 cards going to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.
The top-25 from the Web.com Tour Regular Season will carry their earnings into the Finals. Their order of priority will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.
The exempt player from the Web.com Tour Regular Season Top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any Top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.
The ordering of all 50 players after the Web.com Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Web.com Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Web.com Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.
Last year, for the first time, all 50 PGA TOUR cards came through the Web.com Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Web.com Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Web.com Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.
In additional tournament news, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is projecting record charity donations in 2014 as top-level sponsorship packages have sold out.
When tournament officials announced in the fall of 2012 the selection of the tournament as a Finals event, a new business plan was put into place to help offset increased expenses inherent with operating the elevated event, including the $1,000,000 purse. The central Ohio business community answered the call in 2013 resulting in a record-setting charitable donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital of $874,169. Year two as a Finals event has produced an even more impressive outpouring of support from the private sector. As a result the tournament’s top-level sponsorship packages are now fully subscribed and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is poised to significantly increase the charitable donations reached last year.
“We had a vision for what this tournament could become as a Finals event, but we knew it would take the support of the central Ohio business community to reach our goals,” said Rich Foster, President of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “Due in large part to the commitments ofNationwide Insurance, American Electric Power, Worthington Industries and The Limited Foundation, we are in position to accomplish our goals for a second consecutive year and stage an event that can make a bigger impact for Nationwide Children’s Hospital by raising more charity dollars and generating more national exposure.”
The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-60 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.
Tickets for the 2014 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship are available to the general public. The cost for one Any Day ticket, valid for any single day grounds admission Thursday – Sunday, is $10. A Weekly Ticket, providing admission to the tournament grounds Thursday – Sunday, is available at a cost of $30 per ticket. Practice rounds, Monday – Wednesday, including Wednesday’s Official Pro-am, are open to the public free of charge. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s Charity Ticket Program, now entering its seventh year, allows for 100 percent of the revenue from ticket sales to the benefit participating charity organizations. For a list of participating charities or to purchase tickets please visit www.ncc-golf.com.
For questions concerning ticket availability, how to become a volunteer and general Tournament information, please visit www.ncc-golf.com or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter @NCHC_Golf and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NationwideChildrensChampionship.
ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Web.com Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Web.com Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.ncc-golf.com.
ABOUT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Ranked in all 10 specialties on U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s, also ranked among the Top 10 on Parents magazine’s 2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” list, has a medical staff of 1,100 and 9,400 employees that provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.Com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In an historic 2013 season, the Web.com Tour became the path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012. A 10-year agreement (through 2021) is in place. The Tour enters its 25th year of competition in 2014. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 387 PGA TOUR titles, including 19 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving in Jan. 2014. To learn more about the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT
The Ohio State University Department of Athletics is completely self supporting and receives no university monies, tax dollars or student fees. The Department of Athletics sponsors 36 fully funded varsity teams – 17 for women, 16 for men and three that are co-educational – and is committed to providing the very finest in academic and athletics support in an effort to provide its more than 1,000 student-athletes with a quality, life-changing experience at Ohio State.