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Byron Smith shot 6-under 66 Friday to grab the second-round lead at the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.

At 13 under, Smith leads Jorge Fernandez-Valdes by a shot at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile. Co-first-round leaders Sebastian Vazquez, Garth Mulroy followed 64s with 70, 71 and 72, respectively.

Former Auburn standout Blayne Barber carded a 66 of his own to move into a tie for seventh at 8 under. Former Alabama star Justin Thomas is tied for 14th at 7 under.

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Brentley Romine
Garth Mulroy shares the first-round lead at the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.
Garth Mulroy shares the first-round lead at the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.

Garth Mulroy, Henrik Norlander and Sebastian Vazquez each carded an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.

Mulroy was bogey-free while Norlander and Vazquez made just one bogey apiece Thursday at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile.

Byron Smith is a shot back at 7 under.

Sixty-seven players shot under par in the first round, including notables Kyle Reifers (68), Andres Gonzalez (69), Justin Thomas (69), Harold Varner III (70) and Daniel Berger (71).

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Jason Allred might play in the 2014 Honda Classic after the birth of his baby girl (Allred shown here during his top-10 finish at the Northern Trust Open).
Jason Allred might play in the 2014 Honda Classic after the birth of his baby girl (Allred shown here during his top-10 finish at the Northern Trust Open).

After finishing in the top 10 at the Northern Trust Open, Jason Allred earned a spot in this week's Honda Classic that he said might conflict with a baby on the way.

A member of Allred's management team broke the news Monday that it's a girl! Said Tommy Limbaugh, CEO of 4U Management, via Twitter account @tommylimbaugh: "Congratulations to Jason and Kimberly Allred on the arrival of their baby girl about 30 minutes ago. Good timing for Dad & @TheHondaClassic"

Naturally, it's too soon to tell if Allred will certainly make the Honda. But with he and ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.
Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.

With rain taking center stage this weekend, the Web.com Tour-season-opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Presented by Claro was shortened to 54 holes – which gave Alex Cejka the win thanks to a third-round 63 on Sunday.

Cejka had just one bogey during his 63 against nine birdies – including three pair of back-to-back birdies – to finish three shots clear of Andrew D. Putnam and four ahead of Carlos Ortiz.

Earning his first Web.com Tour win, Cejka had finished T-56 at the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week.

Bill Lunde finished fourth at 9 under; another shot back at T-5 were Sam Saunders, Justin Thomas and Chris Wilson.

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Brentley Romine
Bill Lunde leads after two days of the Colombia Championship, the 2014 Web.com Tour season opener.
Bill Lunde leads after two days of the Colombia Championship, the 2014 Web.com Tour season opener.

Inclement weather halted play for a second straight day at the Web.com Tour season opener in Bogota, Colombia. But Bill Lunde was able to finish his second round Friday and he leads the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship by a shot.

Lunde's second-round 3-under 68 at Bogota Country Club has him at 8 under overall. Justin Thomas and Jonathan Randolph are tied for second at 7 under, but both still have holes to play in their second rounds.

The second round will resume Saturday at 7:30 a.m. local time.

Thomas, a former standout at Alabama, isn't ...

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February 11, 2014 | 4:34 p.m.

Colombia Championship: Tee times, Rounds 1-2

Brentley Romine
Justin Thomas is in the field for the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship.
Justin Thomas is in the field for the Web.com Tour's Colombia Championship.

Justin Thomas, Blayne Barber and Michael Kim highlight the field for the Web.com Tour 2014 opener, the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship at Bogota Country Club.

Thomas, a former Alabama standout, and Blayne Barber, who played at Auburn, will play in the same group along with Matt Hendrix for the first two rounds. This will be the pro debut on the Web.com Tour for both Thomas and Barber.

Kim, who turned pro out of Cal during the winter, is in the group after Thomas and Barber. Kim will play with Roger Sloan and Jonathan Randolph.

Other notable pairings include ...

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Jim McCabe
Harold Varner III, a hot hand on the Web.com Tour of late, is receiving an exemption into the PGA Tour's 2014 Northern Trust Open (shown here during the 2013 U.S. Open).
Harold Varner III, a hot hand on the Web.com Tour of late, is receiving an exemption into the PGA Tour's 2014 Northern Trust Open (shown here during the 2013 U.S. Open).

If Harold Varner III had circled in the boldest ink possible his first tournament of the Web.Com Tour season – the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on Feb. 13-16 – one can only imagine how excited he was to erase it.

Can’t blame a guy for taking a better offer, so say goodbye to Bogota and say hello to Hollywood. The Country Club de Bogota? No, thanks. Varner will play famed Riviera, instead.

“I’m so excited. I just wish it were tomorrow,” said the 23-year-old Varner, after receiving word that he had been given the 2014 Northern Trust Exemption. Unfortunately ...

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January 17, 2014 | 8:13 p.m.

2014 Web.com Tour schedule includes 25 events

Golfweek Staff
The Web.com logo is displayed during the second round of the Web.com Tour Championship held on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
The Web.com logo is displayed during the second round of the Web.com Tour Championship held on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

The Web.com Tour announced its 2014 schedule on Friday.

The 25-event slate will begin at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship on Feb. 13-16 in Bogota, Colombia. New events this season include the Cleveland Open in June, the Nova Scotia Classic in July and the WinCo Foods Portland Open in August.

Here's the full schedule:

  • Feb. 13-16: Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, Bogota, Colombia
  • March 6-9: Chile Classic, Santiago, Chile
  • March 13-16: Brazil Champions, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • March 20-23: Panama Claro Championship, Panama City, Panama
  • March 27-30: Chitimacha Louisiana Open, Broussard, La.
  • April 10-13: El Bosque Mexico Championship, Leon, Mexico ...

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Jim McCabe
John Daly has set up his 2014 schedule for the PGA Tour (shown here during the 2013 Hong Kong Open).
John Daly has set up his 2014 schedule for the PGA Tour (shown here during the 2013 Hong Kong Open).

Pat Perez, a romantic? Who knew?

“It’s called class,” said Perez with a laugh, when asked to tell the story of his New Year’s Eve proposal to girlfriend Ashley Pendley.

Invited to a private party at the MGM in Las Vegas, Perez asked for permission to have the stage before the headliner, Stevie Nicks, came on to perform. “I only need two minutes,” he said.

Once on stage, Perez, 37, asked for Pendley to come forward. When she did, he got down on one knee. A video clip of the moment was shown, and at that point, there ...

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Shawn Stefani hits his tee shot on the par-4 2nd hole during the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Shawn Stefani hits his tee shot on the par-4 2nd hole during the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

What can we expect on the Web.com Tour in 2014? Our Adam Schupak and Brentley Romine take a look at the upcoming season and offer their thoughts on who will win the money title, which newcomers will have big impacts and more.

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1. Of the players who lost their PGA Tour cards last season, which one has the best chance of having a strong bounce-back 2014 season on the Web.com Tour?

  • Schupak: Ben Kohles lost his card as a Tour rookie, but showed early in the season that he can compete at the highest level. Shawn Stefani twice ...

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December 23, 2013 | 9:40 a.m.

Number Crunching 2013: Ben Martin

Jim McCabe
Ben Martin was a model of consistency in 2013, leading to a big charge up the rankings.
Ben Martin was a model of consistency in 2013, leading to a big charge up the rankings.

Over the final two weeks of 2013, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months. Check out the entire series here.

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Ben Martin

Ranking/movement: +461 (No. 507 to No. 46)

Why the rise? In a word, consistency. Up and down the statistical spreadsheets, Martin’s name was prominent among the Web.com Tour leaders.

Third on the money list. Second in scoring average. First in all-around. Fifth in total driving. Second in greens in regulation. Second in ballstriking.

Pretty impressive stuff, but the one-time Clemson star doesn’t get too caught up ...

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Chesson Hadley hits a drive during the second round of the Web.com Tour Championship held on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Chesson Hadley hits a drive during the second round of the Web.com Tour Championship held on the Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

It was a memorable year in 2013 on the Web.com Tour. We saw two 59s, the debuts of the Web.com Tour Finals and Web.com Tour Q-School and more. Our Adam Schupak (@GolfweekSchupak) and Brentley Romine (@GolfweekBromine) take a look back on the season that was:

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1. Last season marked the debut of the Web.com Tour Finals. What did you think of the new system?

  • Romine: It's not the FedEx Cup Playoffs, but it's still pretty exciting. It gave PGA Tour guys, such as Bud Cauley, one last chance to keep their cards. It also ...

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Nick Masuda
Michael Kim finished T-56 at Web.com Tour Q-School, but still decided to turn professional and will make his pro debut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
Michael Kim finished T-56 at Web.com Tour Q-School, but still decided to turn professional and will make his pro debut at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

Michael Kim has been outside the ropes at the Farmers Insurance Open the past decade.

In 2014, many eyes will now be on him.

On Jan. 23, the reigning Haskins Award winner from Cal will tee it up with the world's best at Torrey Pines -- making his pro debut on a sponsor's exemption.

"I'm sure i'll be real nervous on that first tee," said Kim of playing in front of a home crowd in his native San Diego, where he went to Torrey Pines High School.

Kim formally announced he was leaving school midway through his ...

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Brentley Romine
Zack Fischer took medalist honors at the final stage of 2013 Web.com Tour Q-School.
Zack Fischer took medalist honors at the final stage of 2013 Web.com Tour Q-School.

Final scores

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Zack Fischer closed strong at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School to earn full exempt status for the upcoming season on the PGA Tour's secondary circuit.

Fischer followed an 8-under 64 in Monday's fifth round with another 64 to take medalist honors Tuesday at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. He made just three bogeys in his final five rounds combined, including none in his fifth and sixth rounds.

The former Texas-Arlington standout hadn't made a Web.com Tour start before playing Q-School. He did made four starts on the PGA Tour in ...

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Brentley Romine
Scott Pinckney is among those competing at the final stage of 2013 Web.com Tour Q-School.
Scott Pinckney is among those competing at the final stage of 2013 Web.com Tour Q-School.

Just one round remains at Web.com Tour Q-School, and it's Scott Pinckney who will take the lead into Tuesday's final round at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

The former Arizona State player made five birdies, including four on his front nine, on the Stadium Course en route to a fifth-round 4-under 68. Pinckney is 25 under overall, two shots ahead of second-place Zack Fischer, who carded a 64 on Monday.

Jimmy Gunn is third at 22 under while Tony Finau, who shot a fifth-round 67, is fourth at 21 under.

The winner of Q-School is exempt ...

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