DAVIDSON – There will be a lot more on the line than the $1 million purse when the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic hits River Run Country Club on Sept. 4-7.

They will be playing for a chance to move up professional golf’s hierarchy. At stake is 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 top five (as of Aug. 26) are Carolis Ortiz, Andrew Putnam, Zack Sucher, Adam Hadwin and Justin Thomas.

The four-tournament finals includes the Hotel Fitness Championship (Aug. 28-31 in Fort Wayne, Ind.), the Chiquita Classic, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (Sept. 11-14 in Columbus, Ohio) and the Web.com Tour Championship (Sept. 18-21 in Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.).

The River Run event will be the second in a three-year deal with the tour. Last year’s tournament drew widespread praise in golf circles. Andrew Svoboda won the championship on the first hole of overtime against Will MacKenzie. Both golfers finished 12 strokes under par to set up the playoff. Past winners include Russell Henley (2012), Russell Knox (2011) and Tommy Gainey (2010).

The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds. The Chiquita Classic winner will earn  $180,000. The tournament beneficiaries will be United Way of Central Carolinas and The First Tee of Charlotte.




Monday, Sept. 1

Professional practice round

10 a.m. – gates open

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


Tuesday, Sept. 2

Professional practice round

9 a.m. – gates open

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


Wednesday, Sept. 3

Official Pro-Am (tee times)

7 a.m. – gates open


Thursday, Sept. 4

First round

7 a.m. – gates open

12:30-3:30 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage


Friday, Sept. 5

Second round

7 a.m. – gates open

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage


Saturday, Sept. 6

“Kids Day,” and third-round

8 a.m. – gates open

3 p.m. – junior golf clinic

5-7 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage


Sunday, Sept. 7

Final round

8 a.m. – gates open

5-7 p.m. – Golf Channel coverage