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The 2013 Web.com Tour regular season produced the normal slate of 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2013-14 season. This year’s class of graduates includes nine rookies -- Chesson Hadley, Kevin Tway, Bronson La’Cassie, Will Wilcox, Brice Garnett, Peter Malnati, Benjamin Alvarado, Wes Roach and Kevin Foley -- several of which could stick around for a while. While this class does not appear to be as deep as some of the more recent groups, it does offer some very nice high-end options for gamers in full-season formats.

When preparing for the 2013-14 season, one thing of which to be mindful is the depth coming out of the 25 players from the Web.com Tour playoffs versus those out of Q School. Everyone earning a PGA TOUR card this season will have spent the 2013 season on either the Web.com Tour or the PGA TOUR, so there will not be instances of players of whom we’ve never heard.

Projections below are based on an estimated range of regular-season FedExCup finish. The hope is that this adds more value to full-season and salary cap gamers than just simply projecting Top 125, 126-150 and 150+.

Michael Putnam

Age (As of Oct. 10, 2013): 30

Record (regular season): 19 events; 15 cuts made; 11 top 25s; eight top 10s; two wins

Earnings (Before Web.com Playoffs): $450,184

Money List Rank: 1

Summary: No stranger to the Web.com Tour. His familiarity with the courses and the schedule certainly led to big things. His wins came in back-to-back weeks beginning with the Mexico Championship in late May and including the Mid-Atlantic Championship in early June. With a T2 and a T3 also on the ledger, he came close to a battlefield promotion.

2013-14 Expectations: Being first on the Web.com Tour money list has been a bit of a curse of late. One has to look all the way back to 2009 (Michael Sim) to find a money leader that actually retained his PGA TOUR playing privileges. All that to say it is by no means a lock that he will be successful in 2013-14. In 62 previous PGA TOUR events, he’s scored just one top 10. A solid start to his season will be a key for his confidence to show that he has cleared the hurdle. A slow start, and things could quickly go the way of J.J. Killeen or Casey Wittenberg.

Crystal Ball: I see him somewhere in the 110-140 range in the FedExCup Standings, so a bubble boy.

Ben Martin

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 26

Record (regular season): 18 events; 15 cuts made; 11 top 25s; six top 10s and two wins

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $399,769

Money List Rank: 2

Summary: Making his second consecutive lap around the Web.com circuit proved to be a huge advantage. Gave a nod to the familiarity of courses and cities being a major advantage in his second time around. Ranked first in all-around ranking, ball-striking and scoring average, second in GIR and was 10th in scrambling on the off chance he did miss a green. He was the total package.

2013-14 Expectations: He was a rookie on the PGA TOUR fresh out of Clemson in 2011 and made 12 of his 25 cuts with a T6 in Reno serving as the highlight. He should take a page out of his Web.com Tour playbook and use his second look on the PGA TOUR as a big advantage. With those stats and his confidence, don’t count him out for a win in the Fall Series.

Crystal Ball: Should be a good value, making his way into the FedExCup Playoffs in the 60-90 range.

Chesson Hadley

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 26

Record (regular season): 18 events; 12 cuts made; six top 10s; one win; one runner-up; two third-place finishes

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $305,999

Money List Rank: 3

Summary: The Web.com Tour rookie was a bit feast-or-famine, with all six of his top 25s going for top 10s. He won in his hometown Rex Hospital Open and also had strong finishes in both of the events Michael Putnam claimed. At 14th in driving distance and third in putting, he could have the skills to compete and contend on TOUR next season.

2013-14 Expectations: When I look at his splits and his background, the name that jumps to mind is Jason Kokrak. Kokrak was first in driving distance and 32nd in putting on the 2011 Web.com Tour and has managed to keep his card and occasionally contend in each of the last two seasons. Kokrak also earned his PGA TOUR in his rookie season on the Web.com Tour and resides in North Carolina. If he follows that formula, expect Hadley to do just enough in his rookie year on TOUR to stick around and then grow from there.

Crystal Ball: Expect him to miss some cuts, but ultimately end up in the 105-135 range in the FedExCup standings. Best-case scenario, he could be this year’s David Lingmerth.

Edward Loar

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 35

Record (regular season): 15 events; 12 cuts made; nine top 25s; six top 10s; a win, a second and a third

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $303,993

Money List Rank: 4

Summary: Easily navigated the Web.com Tour to earn a return trip to the PGA TOUR, but could be one of those guys that’s always a step above the Web.com Tour and a step below the PGA TOUR. In baseball, they refer to them as the Quadruple-A players in that they are too good for AAA but can’t stick in the big leagues. He ranked inside the top 20 in driving distance, putting and GIR but 102nd in driving accuracy.

2013-14 Expectations: There are numerous reasons a guy doesn’t stick on the PGA TOUR, but my read on Loar is that he doesn’t adjust well to the courses getting tougher at the top level. He can get away with being 102nd in driving accuracy on the Web.com Tour, but the PGA TOUR is just too penal for him to turn in those GIR stats after missing that many fairways. That said, with his power and putting it just takes one or two really good weeks to stick.

Crystal Ball: He has a shot to stick, but his value falls in the 120-150 range in the FedExCup standings.

Kevin Tway

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 25

Record (regular season): 14 events; 12 cuts made; six top 25s; four top 10s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $260,541

Money List Rank: 5

Summary: Had a nice ball-striking season (ninth) and ranked a moderate 76th in putting average. Got off to a nice start with an eighth in Brazil and won the Albertsons Boise Open to lock up his card.

2013-14 Expectations: Given his pedigree from multiple angles, the pressure for him to succeed will be more than other PGA TOUR rookies and Web.com Tour graduates will experience. He’s the son of Bob Tway and a product of the heralded Oklahoma State golf program. The strength of his game is tee-to-green, so how he adjusts to the difficulty of TOUR courses and handles the putter will be the key. There are examples of guys like Bill Haas and Kevin Stadler performing well, so having a household name for a father could prove not to be all that distracting.

Crystal Ball: I can see this going a number of ways, but I’m inclined to think he will finish the regular season in the 85-115 range of the FedExCup standings.

Bronson La'Cassie

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 30

Record (regular season): 19 events; 10 cuts made; six top 25s; one win and two third-place finishes

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $255,629

Money List Rank: 6

Summary: Moved from 33rd to sixth on the Web.com Tour money list by winning the Cox Classic to close out the regular season. It is concerning that he missed almost half of his cuts and ranked 79th in ball-striking.

2013-14 Expectations: He’s been more of a gradual improver on the Web.com Tour over the last few years, so I have a hard time seeing him fire out of the gates in his rookie season. If he struggles in the Fall Series, this could be a long year.

Crystal Ball: He needs some time to familiarize himself, so I’ll go 150-175 in the FedExCup standings.

Will Wilcox

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 27

Record (regular season): 17 events; 15 cuts made; eight top 25s; four top 10s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $248,372

Money List Rank: 7

Summary: Finally broke through to collect a PGA TOUR card in his third consecutive season on the Web.com Tour. His win at the South Georgia Classic was obviously impressive, but for the purposes of 2013-14 it may be an even bigger deal that he made his last 14 cuts in a row.

2013-14 Expectations: Ball-striking improved dramatically from 72nd to fifth from 2012 to 2013, and if that keeps up he has a real chance to stick as a rookie. As mentioned earlier, consistently making cuts is a big deal in racking up FedExCup points and ensuring a high number in the reshuffle.

Crystal Ball: It’s a little foggy, but I’ll go with the 115-145 range.

Mark Anderson

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 27

Record (regular season): 16 events; 10 cuts made; a win and a runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $225,184

Money List Rank: 8

Summary: Won the BMW Charity Pro-Am in his home state of South Carolina and added a solo second at the Midwest Classic in the heart of the summer. This is the second time he’s graduated from the Web.com Tour in three years, so he has this thing figured out.

2013-14 Expectations: He actually had a nice rookie year on the PGA TOUR in 2012 from several standpoints, but his fatal flaw was a string of 11 missed cuts in 13 tournaments in the middle of his season. It seems reasonable to think, since he both started and ended strong, that he will have learned from that and will schedule himself accordingly.

Crystal Ball: Much like Ben Martin, I like him to have a nice second run at the PGA TOUR and finish the regular season in the 75-105 range in the FedExCup standings.

Alex Aragon

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 34

Record (regular season): 18 events; 11 cuts made; two top 10s; one win and one runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $223,196

Money List Rank: 9

Summary: Completed his most consistent season on the Web.com Tour that was highlighted by his second win and first runner-up finish. Other than ranking 22nd in putting, nothing statistically jumps off the page.

2013-14 Expectations: Alluded to above, consistency is a historic problem for him. In his Web.com career he’s made just 32 of 80 cuts (40 percent). In 34 PGA TOUR starts, he’s made eight cuts (23.5 percent) with zero top 25s. We’ve seen guys like Derek Ernst and Charlie Beljan catch lightning in a bottle for a week or two in a season, and that’s likely what he’d need to do.

Crystal Ball: Run away. FedExCup ranking to be somewhere in the 180-210 range.

Tim Wilkinson

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 35

Record (regular season): 15 events; 11 cuts made; six top 10s; one runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $216,948

Money List Rank: 10

Summary: Ten of his 15 starts resulted in top-15 finishes. A bit of a known commodity, he is who we thought he was, as the saying goes. Solid putter, struggles with length off the tee but second in scrambling makes up for the miscues.

2013-14 Expectations:  As a veteran of 61 PGA TOUR starts, he has a second and a third to go with two other top 10s and has made 30 cuts. While he doesn’t have the firepower to contend on a consistent basis, the stage won’t be all that intimidating and he understands his game. A gamer could do a lot worse with a late-round draft pick.

Crystal Ball: All depends on how big his good weeks are, but should fall in the 125-155 range in the FedExCup standings.

Alex Prugh

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 29

Record (regular season): 18 events; 10 cuts made; eight top 25s; five top 10s

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $208,467

Money List Rank: 11

Summary: May have been the definition of feast-or-famine. His accuracy and short game appear to be problematic, ranking 111th in scrambling and 120th in driving accuracy. That puts pressure on the irons.

2013-14 Expectations: It will be interesting to see how his finishing first on the Web.com Tour in GIR and 120th in driving accuracy will play out on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. Typically, it’s much harder to scramble on the PGA TOUR, so that he already struggles in that category is a red flag. In 58 career PGA TOUR events he owns a runner-up (Frys.com Open) to go with four top 10s and eight top 25s, so he can certainly get it going.

Crystal Ball: Too many red flags for my taste. FEC 130-160.

Jamie Lovemark

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 25

Record (regular season): 17 events; nine cuts made; six top 25s; three top 10s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $178,421

Money List Rank: 12

Summary: Certainly missed about as much as he hit, but at first in driving distance and fifth in putting, I like the way that translates to the next level. His win at the Midwest Classic was surrounded by top-seven finishes.

2013-14 Expectations: Put me down as a subscriber to the theory that class is permanent and form is temporary, and that is to say that I like his chances on TOUR in 2013-14. He’s still very young and was mentioned in the same company, often in a little higher regard, than contemporaries such as Kyle Stanley, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell and others when he turned pro. We finally witnessed Billy Horschel break through this past season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a healthy Lovemark did the same.

Crystal Ball: Time to buy low while you can, as he should finish in the 45-75 range.

Kevin Kisner

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 29

Record (regular season): 18 events; nine made cuts; five top 25s; two top 10s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $177,116

Money List Rank: 13

Summary: Another example of a guy that keeps bouncing back and forth between the Web.com Tour and the PGA TOUR. He won the Chile Classic early in the season and spent the rest of the year holding on.

2013-14 Expectations: He’s made 21 of 49 cuts on the PGA TOUR in his two seasons, but only has one top 10. Ball-striking seems to be the deficiency in his game, and you can’t fake your way around most of the PGA TOUR tracks.

Crystal Ball: Unless he can figure out the tee-to-green game, he’ll fall in line in the 135-165 range.

Brice Garnett

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 30

Record (regular season): 19 events; 10 cuts made; seven top 25s; a runner-up and a third

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $169,785

Money List Rank: 14

Summary: He’s consistently and steadily improved in each of his four years on the Web.com Tour, culminating with a PGA TOUR card this season. Did most of his work early in the year, only netting one top 10 in his final 13 starts and suffering through a string of seven missed cuts in the middle of the year.

2013-14 Expectations: His Web.com progression took some time and his PGA TOUR journey likely will as well. Statistically he doesn’t appear to have a noted strength or weakness.

Crystal Ball: While it certainly shouldn’t be a disaster rookie season, expect a learning curve and a finish in the 145-175 range.

Danny Lee

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 23

Record (regular season): 19 events; 13 cuts made; eight top 25s; four top 10s and a runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $169,300

Money List Rank: 15

Summary: Season was highlighted by a runner-up at the Rex Hospital Open. He ranked inside the top 50 in a number of statistical categories but didn’t stand out in any.

2013-14 Expectations: This marks a return trip to the PGA TOUR for what has to be one of the older 23-year-olds in professional golf if there is such a thing. He’s made 21 of 43 PGA TOUR cuts, but only has one top 10 despite an impressive amateur and Web.com Tour résumé.

Crystal Ball: Could be poised for a breakthrough, but nothing concrete points towards it. Should slot nicely in the 115-145 range with increased familiarity on TOUR.

Matt Bettencourt

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 38

Record (regular season): 12 events; seven cuts made, two runner-up finishes

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $162,877

Money List Rank: 16

Summary: Bounced between the PGA TOUR (Past Champion status) and the Web.com Tour, missing almost as many cuts as he made on the junior circuit but coming through with a pair of second-place efforts.

2013-14 Expectations: There isn’t a lot of mystery around this one. Maybe a half-step above journeyman status with a PGA TOUR win under his belt, he’s going to miss some cuts and have a number of other low finishes but he will put himself in the mix a handful of times. How well he finishes when he contends will be the difference of retaining his card and returning to the Web.com Tour Finals.

Crystal Ball: The range would seem to be 110-140 in the FEC Standings.

Jim Renner

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 29

Record (regular season): 19 events; 10 made cuts; four top 10s and a runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $159,165

Money List Rank: 17

Summary: Similar to Ben Martin, Renner earns a return trip to the PGA TOUR after spending the last two seasons down on the farm. Season started with a pair of top-four finishes in his first four weeks, but slowly fizzled out.

2013-14 Expectations: He grabbed a couple of top fives in opposite field events in his 2011 stint on TOUR, but didn’t do much when the big boys were in town. It’s likely that he will be among the bottom feeders on TOUR in 2013-14, especially considering his current form being on the slide.

Crystal Ball: Someone has to be near the bottom, so he’s in the 170-200 range.

Peter Malnati

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 26

Record (regular season): eight events; seven cuts made; six top 25s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $158,696.33

Money List Rank: 18

Summary: Played his way onto the Web.com Tour after beginning the year with zero status and won the News Sentinel Open in his seventh start of the year. Finished the regular season 12th in the all-around ranking, getting it done in all facets of the game.

2013-14 Expectations: Guys like this will drive gamers mad because the body of work is just too small. He’s been a pro since 2009 and has never made a PGA TOUR start or more than two Web.com Tour starts in any season until this one. Did he catch lightning in a bottle, or did he find the secret somewhere in the dirt? A massive risk, but he’s shown this season that there is a possibility for reward.

Crystal Ball: I’d take him somewhere between 30-240 in the FedExCup standings, but that wouldn’t be all that helpful, so I’ll say 130-160.

Benjamin Alvarado

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 28

Record (regular season): 12 events; five made cuts; one win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $157,304

Money List Rank: 19

Summary: The native Chilean tied for fourth in his home country and locked up a PGA TOUR card with a win in Brazil all in his first three starts. He hasn’t done any better than a T35 in the U.S.

2013-14 Expectations: This is a pretty open-and-shut case. He hasn’t done anything outside of South America, and the PGA TOUR doesn’t exactly play in South America.

Crystal Ball: 200-230

Brendon Todd

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 28

Record (regular season): six events; five top 25s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $152,828

Money List Rank: 20

Summary: Spent the majority of his time focused on the PGA TOUR, especially after a win at the Stadion Classic at UGA essentially locked up his card for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR. Had five top 25s in 10 starts on the PGA TOUR this year and finished 145th in the FedExCup standings.

2013-14 Expectations: Now has 60 PGA TOUR starts under his belt and made only $1,075 less on the PGA TOUR in 2013 than he did in 2012 with 19 less opportunities. He just about has this figured out.

Crystal Ball: Expect him to easily keep his card this time around and finish in the 60-90 range in the FEC.

Daniel Chopra

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 39

Record (regular season): 19 events; eight top 25s; three top 10s and a pair of third-place finishes

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $145,290

Money List Rank: 21

Summary: Went from a PGA TOUR regular to a guy that keeps bouncing back and forth between the TOUR and the Web.com Tour. Just like 2011, he wrapped up his card via the Web.com but that shouldn’t give us too much solace in his ability to convert on the big stage.

2013-14 Expectations: Finished 206th in the FEC standings in 2012 in his last full season on the PGA TOUR, so don’t count on his Web.com Tour results as a solid litmus.

Crystal Ball: I’ll take him in the 160-190 range.

Wes Roach

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 24

Record (regular season): 17 events; 13 cuts made; seven top 25s and a runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $145,097.56

Money List Rank: 22

Summary: Showed a nice progression in year two of the Web.com Tour, culminating with a T2 in Mexico. Made a similar number of cuts (14, up from 12), but the big difference was increasing the top 25s from three to seven and the top 10s from one to three. Ranked 11th in all-around and fifth in total driving in the regular season.

2013-14 Expectations: He’s still learning, so expect his first stint on TOUR to be very much an experiment in seasoning.

Crystal Ball: Has the feel of guy that will not keep his card, but very well may drop back down to the Web.com Tour in 2015 for one more year of seasoning before bouncing back up to the PGA TOUR in 2015-16. Should fall into the 160-190 range.

Miguel Carballo

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 34

Record (regular season): 21 events; 14 cuts made; eight top 25s; three top 10s and a runner-up

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): 23

Money List Rank: $144,376

Summary: Back on the Web.com after his first stint on the PGA TOUR in 2012, top-15 finishes in his last three regular season starts including a T2 in Knoxville locked him into a return trip to the PGA TOUR for 2013-14.

2013-14 Expectations: It took him a long time to finally figure out how to successfully navigate the Web.com Tour, so that he didn’t keep his card on the PGA TOUR in 2012 should not be a surprise. That he made 13 of 25 cuts with two top 25s in 2012 provides hope that he could figure it out this time around.

Crystal Ball: Keeps a gradual pace, so I don’t expect a huge just. I’ll peg him in at 140-170.

Kevin Foley

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 26

Record (regular season): 19 events; seven cuts made; two top 10s and a win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $144,052

Money List Rank: 24

Summary: Talk about one week making a year, he won the season opener in Panama and practically fell apart from there. A T6 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am was the only other top 25s. Had it not been for the win, he would have failed to make the Web.com Tour playoffs.

2013-14 Expectations: If he can’t be consistent on the Web.com Tour, it’s hard to see him being a factor on his first look at the PGA TOUR.

Crystal Ball: Might have a nice week or two, but 180-210.

Andrew Svoboda

Age (as of Oct. 10, 2013): 34

Record (regular season): seven events; three cuts made; one win

Earnings (before Web.com Tour Finals): $140,540

Money List Rank: 25

Summary: A PGA TOUR rookie in 2013, he dropped down to play a few Web.com Tour events and it was the best possible decision he could have made. He won the Price Cutter Charity Championship and made more money in that week ($121,500) than he did in 18 PGA TOUR starts ($77,219).

2013-14 Expectations: Nothing about his 2013 PGA TOUR season give hope for a huge turnaround in 2013-14. Maybe a small bounce.

Crystal Ball: The 175-205 range sounds about right.

Unlike every other PGA TOUR season to date, we won’t have to wait for January and the West Coast swing to get a taste of how the new class will perform. They will have the opportunity to carry their form straight out of the Web.com Tour playoffs into the Fall Series. Returns will make themselves known almost immediately.

As always, best of luck to all!

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