Q&A with Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee
Next year is an important one for the Web.com Tour. It will be the source of 50 PGA Tour cards, with 25 players earning cards off the money list and another 25 earning them through the Web.com Tour Finals, the four-tournament series that will replace Q-School. The Web.com Tour will play 25 events in 2013, the fewest in the tour’s history, but also will make its first visit to Brazil. Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee did a brief Q&A with Golfweek after the schedule’s announcement:
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Q: In general, what is the tour's reaction to the 2013 schedule?
A: We view 2013 as a new era for this tour. It will be Web.com's first full year as our new umbrella sponsor and the revamped qualifying structure makes its debut. We have a great lineup of tournaments. I think there will be be a lot of excitement and focus on the Web.com Tour this year and the season will build to a very dramatic conclusion as the Web.com Tour Finals play out in September. We can't wait to get started in February.
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Q: If the 25 events does hold true, that's the smallest figure in tour history. What's the tour's reaction to having 25 events in 2013?
A: With the addition of our new tournament in Brazil, 21 solid regular-season events and the new Web.com Tour Finals to cap the year, we're very happy with our 2013 schedule and have a great deal of anticipation about the year ahead. One factor in completing the 2013 schedule was finishing the season four weeks earlier at the end of September versus the end of October as in previous years. We are not locked in to 25 events for 2014.
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Q: Miccosukee was a long-time tour stop. Soboba once offered a $1 million purse. What is the tour's reaction to losing these two events?
A: We certainly don't like to lose events but the Tour schedule evolves every year, with tournaments being added and some leaving the schedule. That's simply a part of our business, and it's no different than any other sport where sponsorship is such a critical component to the business model.
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Q: Is there the possibility of any additions to the 2013 schedule before the season begins?
A: It's not likely given the time and effort that goes into creating a new tournament and the lead time required to promote, market and organize one. We have been working on potential new events for 2014 and will continue to do so.