Golf logoGolf Tour Championship Will Issue 25 PGA Tour Cards

2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman won the Hotel Fitness Championship.
2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman won the Hotel Fitness Championship.Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
Fred AltvaterContributor IISeptember 24, 2013

Now that the FedEx Cup has been decided and Henrik Stenson has seen his bank account grow by $11.4 million, 125 golf professionals will compete for the last chance at 25 PGA Tour cards for next season.

The Tour Championship is the last stop on the Tour Finals and will decide the fate of hopeful professionals.

The Tour Finals is a series of four 72-hole tournaments that has joined 75 PGA Tour veterans that finished the 2013 season outside the top-125 with the top-75 money earners for a shot at 25 PGA Tour cards for next year.

Each of the four tournaments offers a $1 million purse with $180,000 going to the winner. These are nice numbers, but a far cry from the millions available on the PGA Tour.

Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic.
Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic.Kent Horner/Getty Images

Trevor Immelman won the Hotel Fitness Championship, Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic and Seung Yul Noh won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Their wins have guaranteed them PGA Tour playing privileges for 2014.

Players currently ranked inside the top-13 on the Tour Finals rankings should be safe and onto the 2014 PGA Tour.

The pressure will build for the players outside the top-25 to turn in low rounds to move up. Players No. 14-25 also need to perform to maintain their position and earn a promotion to the big tour.

PGA Tour Q-School has been replaced by the Tour Finals and, it appears to be successful for the players, as well as golf fans.

Seung Yul Noh won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship
Seung Yul Noh won the Nationwide Children's Hospital ChampionshipMatt Sullivan/Getty Images

Rather than the six-round pressure cooker that was the old Q-School, the opportunity to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards has been spread out over 288 holes in four tournaments.

Veteran professionals are trying to hang on to their jobs for one more season, while young players are trying to make it to the big purses and bright lights of the PGA Tour.

The Tour Finals offers the consummate struggle between the aging veteran athlete and the aggressive youngster trying to knock him down.

The Tour Championship will be held at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Although not as famous as the Players Stadium Course, it will provide a true test and identify worthy PGA Tour members.

The Tour Championship can be viewed on the Golf Channel Thursday-Sunday at 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

Although the prize money is not as large as the FedEx Cup, the players will be just as serious and the pressure just as intense.

The ultimate reward of a PGA Tour card for next year is a very big prize.

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