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Sixty golfers are looking for their shot at the Cinderella story of receiving one of 25 glass slippers to join the 2013 PGA Tour at this week’s Web.Com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

The 60 players will be playing for the largest purse of the year with $1 million at stake and the winner receiving $180,000. Of course, the larger prize is exemption on the PGA Tour and having the chance to play for millions each week. All 60 players will have their chance to be next year’s Tommy Gainey, a Web.Com alum. Gainey shot a final-round 60 (there’s that number again) for his first victory at The McGladrey Classic last week in Sea Island, Ga.

The winner will have to go low on a tour known for birdie barrages. But this week, it may be the player who can make pars coming home under the mounting pressure of winning a tournament, hundreds of thousands of dollars and achieving a life long dream.

There figure to be more than a few shaky hands and sweaty palms for players in the back of the field looking to get within the top 25. Every player in the field can guarantee themselves a card by finishing in second alone or winning the tournament.

Only $74,038 separates No. 25, Camilo Benedetti and No. 60, Ben Martin, who is coming off a third place finish to earn a spot in the field. PGA Tour veteran Duffy Waldorf missed out on a spot in the field finishing in 61st on the money list by a measly $347.

Casey Wittenburg leads the tour in money earnings winning $407,453 in 23 events. Next year, he could earn that much in one event and not even win the tournament.

Russell Henley comes into the week after winning in a playoff against  at the Jacksonville Open. Henley, who won previously this year at the Chiquita Classic, moved from ninth to third place and one step closer to his card.

It wasn’t all bad for Staten though who earned enough to make the final 60. He entered the week at 69th on the money list but jumped to 32nd and into the championship field with a shot at the top 25.

The TPC at Craig Ranch sets up for an exciting finish on Nos. 14 through 18. The stretch starts with the drivable 330-yard par-4, 14th hole with water down the left hand side. For those comfortably in the field, it’s an iron off the tee and wedge in. For a player outside the top 25 or looking to make up shots to win on Sunday, they may pull out the driver hoping for eagle.

The 216-yard, 15th hole will test the nerve of the players with a long iron shot over water with more water on the left side protecting the green. Par will be a good score on the 492-yard 16th hole before the manageable 171-yard par-three 17th.

The final hole is a 552-yard par 5 offering the boom or bust finish fans will love. Long hitters will have no problem trying to reach in two but will have to contend with the pond protecting the front.

For 25 golfers, their dream starts Sunday. For the rest, its off to Q-school and back to the drawing board.

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15

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Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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Thursday’s Photos from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

Last year, David Duval and his step-son Nick Karavites took home the trophy, and they are back in the field this year to defend.

Check out our photos below from this year’s event!

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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