Changes Coming To 2013 Cox Classic
Competition To Get Tougher
Omaha, NE - The Cox Classic and what's at stake is on the verge of change.
"Didn't play that well two years ago, so I'll hopefully do better this year," proclaimed golfer Bronson Lacassie.
If golfers like Lacassie can't cut it this year on the Web.com tour, the PGA's minor league, they'll face even stiffer competition next year. That's because The PGA is restructuring the way players qualify to become a full member on the PGA tour.
"We'll still have the qualifying school, but the qualifying school will now be through the Web.com tour. You won't have access to the PGA straight through the qualifying school, it has to be through Web.com," said Web.com tour president Bill Calfee.
Calfee says under this new system the lowest rated golfers on the PGA tour will square off against the highest rated golfers on his tour for the right to earn a PGA card. That means the Cox Classic will soon carry more weight.
"I think it's a better system. Season-long performance is going to have more of an impact," said Calfee.
Calfee also believes the change will translate to a better field.
"Guys that play this tour have more success when they get to the PGA tour."
It's an overhaul that will change the way the game is played at Champions Run. Whether it will have any impact on where and when the tournament is played, however, is still to be decided.