BETHESDA, Md. — Starting next year, Fall Series tournaments won’t feel like second-class citizens.
The PGA Tour policy board has decided to award full FedEx Cup points to the tournaments that come after the season-ending Tour Championship. That was one step in trying to shore up plans for a new season that will start in October 2013 and conclude with the Tour Championship in September 2014.
“With the fall tournaments moving to the front end of the PGA Tour schedule, the policy board believes the next logical step is for these tournaments to kick off the FedEx Cup and begin awarding full points,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “All of these tournaments have been very successful and certainly deserve to be part of the FedEx Cup competition.”
For the past five years, the FedEx Cup has ended in September with the Tour Championship. The Fall Series events that followed only awarded prize money to determine the top 125 players on the money list who kept their full cards.
All that changes in 2013 with a fall start to the season. Still to be decided is determining how players get their cards.
Instead of Q-school, the tour already has approved a plan to merge the top 75 players from the Nationwide Tour with PGA Tour players who finish from No. 126-200 on the money list for a three-tournament series. Fifty full tour cards will be awarded.
YEAR OF THE COMEBACK: No lead appears safe on the PGA Tour this year, particularly if the leader is going for his first win.
Marc Leishman, who closed with 62 at the Travelers Championship, became the fifth player to come from at least six shots behind on the last day to win.
The trend began in January when Brandt Snedeker came from seven shots back with 67 to win a playoff over Kyle Stanley, who made triple bogey on his last hole for 74. A week later, Stanley rallied from eight shots behind with 65 to beat fast-fading Spencer Levin.
John Huh came from seven shots back in Mexico with 63 and won in a playoff over Robert Allenby. The 54-hole leader, Daniel Summerhays, closed with 73.
The other comeback winner was Phil Mickelson, who was six behind Charlie Wi and closed with 64 at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
BEAU IS BACK: Beau Hossler never imagined he would be back at Congressional so soon.
A year ago, Hossler qualified for the U.S. Open at age 16 and missed the cut. He made it through both stages of qualifying again this year, and then turned heads at The Olympic Club when he was atop the leaderboard briefly in the third round of the Open. Hossler was only four shots out of the lead going into the final round, but he stumbled on Sunday and wasn’t even low amateur.
Even so, his performance was enough to get a sponsor’s exemption for this week’s AT&T National.