DAVIDSON – There will be a lot more at stake than the $1 million purse when the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic hits River Run Country Club on Sept. 5-8.

The golfers will be playing for a shot at qualifying for the prestigious PGA Tour.

The Chiquita Classic is the second of four tournaments in the new Web.com Tour Finals, which pit the top 75 regular-season money winners on the Web.com Tour and players ranked Nos. 126-200 in the PGA’s FedEx Cup standings against one another.

Competition will determine which 50 players earn PGA Tour playing privileges for the 2013-14 season. Their performances in Davidson will have a large effect on whether they graduate to golf’s top level of competition.

The 25 leading money-winners on the Web.com Tour were guaranteed PGA cards at the end of the 21-event regular season in August. Twenty-five additional cards will go to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four finals events in September.

A link to the top money winners: www.pgatour.com/webcom/stats/stat.109.html.

The four-tournament finals includes the Hotel Fitness Championship (Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Fort Wayne, Ind.), the Chiquita Classic, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championsip (Sept. 12-15 in Columbus, Ohio) and the Web.com Tour Championship (Sept. 26-29 in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.).

The River Run event will be the first in a three-year deal with the tour. The Chiquita Classic was held at The Club at Longview in Weddington last year.

This year, most of the golf world’s attention will be drawn to the event. The PGA doesn’t have a tournament scheduled that week, so it’s the highest level of professional golf being played.

The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds. The Chiquita Classic winner will earn $180,000.

At last year’s tournament, University of Georgia product Russell Henley won in a sudden death playoff. He earned a PGA Tour card, and in January became the first golfer in 12 years to win in his professional debut on the PGA Tour with a three-shot victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.





Monday, Sept. 2

Professional practice round

10 a.m. – gates open

1 p.m. – Monday pro-am (shotgun start)


Tuesday, Sept. 3

Professional practice round

9 a.m. –  gates open

6:30 p.m. – draw party for Official Pro-Am (private event)


Wednesday, Sept. 4

Official Pro-Am (tee times)

7 a.m. – gates open


Thursday, Sept. 5

First round

7 a.m. – gates open


Friday, Sept. 6

Second round

7 a.m. – gates open

4-6 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage


Saturday, Sept. 7

“Kids’ Day” Third round

7 a.m. – gates open

2-4 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage

4 p.m. – Junior golf clinic


Sunday, Sept. 8

Final round

7 a.m. – gates open

2-4 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage 

Details: www.chiquitaclassic.com