FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The practice, preparation, and pro-ams are all finished.
It's time for competitive golf.
The Web.com Tour begins the first of four tournaments in Fort Wayne Thursday to decide who gets a PGA Tour card.
The format is new to the Web.com Tour, and the first finals tournament beings in Fort Wayne at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. After this weeks four rounds, the finals move to North Carolina. Columbus, Ohio hosts the third event and the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass (home of PGA Tour headquarters) hosts the final event.
Sycamore Hills will host the Hotel Fitness Championship through 2015.
The four-event series includes players who were Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup (PGA Tour) and 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list.
After the finals conclude, the top 25 players on the money list for the four tournaments will get a PGA Tour card for 2014.
The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour money list will also get cards. Players who do not get the 25 cards after the finals will have status on the Web.com Tour next year.
HOTEL FITNESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Spectators heading to Sycamore Hills Thursday through Sunday should be aware of some golf course and Web.com Tour policies.
General parking is in Lot P off Covington Road. Posted signs will direct traffic to the proper lot, including lots designated for handicap parking and others.
If you have not purchased tickets online you can still do so, or you can purchase them at the ticket gate at the course. Children 16 and under and active and retired military will receive free admission. Children under 16 with free admission must be with a ticketed adult.
There is no re-entry into the tournament once you enter for the day.
Cell phones are permitted during play but must be kept on silent. Recording audio or video on the course is prohibited. Data transfer and making or taking calls on a cell phone is permitted away from players during competition.
Cameras are not permitted Thursday through Sunday.
Gates open daily at 7 a.m. and the first group of golfers begin teeing off from Holes 1 and 10 at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.
After the first two rounds, the field will be cut under normal Web.com Tour competition rules.
Saturday's round starts at 7:50 a.m. from the 1st and 10th tees. Gates will close at 4 p.m. following play for the day.
Sunday all golfers will tee off from Hole 1 starting at 7:45 a.m. The final round is expected to finish around 5 p.m. with a trophy presentation to the winner.
Tournament officials note that tee times are subject to change. Click here for a list of tee times for the first and second rounds.
The Hotel Fitness Championship has a total prize pool of $1 million. The winner is guaranteed a take of $180,000. On the current money list, only the top eleven players earned more than $180,000 for the entire season.
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