Boise Open a critical stop on path to PGA Tour
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Beginning this year, the Web.com Tour is officially the "Path to the PGA Tour," meaning all 50 PGA Tour cards given out for next season will have to be earned on the Web.com Tour.
According to Tournament Director David Babcock, this tiered approach makes sense. Web.com graduates have won a whopping 360 PGA events, including 17 majors.
There are 21 regular season tourneys on the Web.com schedule, and the annual stop in Boise bears special significance.
"There are only four regular season events following the Albertson's Boise Open, making it a critical tournament for the players to position themselves," explained Babcock at the tournament's media day Monday.
Every year, the Boise Open gives out four exemptions, allowing golfers to play in the tournament that otherwise wouldn't be able to. Two are restricted to current Web.com tour members who don't qualify, while the other two can be granted to any player with a handicap of zero or better.
Two Idaho golfers were given exemptions this year- Chris Williams of Moscow and Joe Panzeri of Meridian. Williams was a four-time state champion in high school, who recently received the Ben Hogan award, given to the best collegiate golfer in the country. Panzeri led the Warriors to state titles in 2002 and 2003, and is currently playing the Canadian PGA Tour.
Round one of The Albertson's Boise Open is slated for July 24.