By Sean Martin, Golfweek
College golf’s best players have found a new home on the Web.com Tour, sources told Golfweek. All-Americans will now receive invitations to the Mylan Classic, scheduled for Aug. 1-4 near Pittsburgh.
The PGA Tour Policy Board approved the move at its most recent meeting.
College players had been invited to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, since its inception in 2007. The NCHI will become the third event of the Web.com Tour Finals, which debut in 2013, and not be able to invite the All-Americans.
The fields for the four Web.com Tour Finals events will consist of Nos. 1-75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 on the FedEx Cup points list. The Finals will replace Q-School as the source of PGA Tour cards.
The Mylan Classic will assume the NCHI’s eligibility requirements, which include 12 invitations to collegiate All-Americans and other amateur standouts. Those invitations will be given to the U.S. Amateur and NCAA champions, Jack Nicklaus Award winner (collegiate player of the year) and first-team All-Americans. The remaining invitations will go to second-team All-Americans, the Division II player of the year or U.S. Walker Cup team members.
Players can use those invitations even if they have turned pro. The NCHI has helped several collegiate standouts earn Web.com Tour status. Two players parlayed starts at this year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational into PGA Tour cards.
Three players invited as All-Americans – Daniel Summerhays (2007), Harris English (2011) and Ben Kohles (2012) – won in the event’s first six years. Summerhays was the first amateur to win on the Web.com Tour. English also won as an amateur. Kohles became the first player to win on the Web.com Tour in his professional debut; he went on to win the next week, as well, and eventually finish eighth on the money list.