My sources at the PGA Tour have assured me that they would never consider exemptions into their minor league version of the FedExCup melding Nationwide Tour players and PGA Tour 126-and-beyond castaways. Instead, players earning money via exemptions on either tour could be eligible to the Q-School replacement event if they earned enough.
This entire concept has been brought about by the PGA Tour's search for a title sponsor and it appears they may have a Nationwide replacement. Dave Shedloski reports.
Sources with knowledge of the Nationwide Tour negotiations say talks are active and proceeding, with Korean automaker Hyundai the frontrunner to replace Nationwide Insurance as sponsor of the developmental circuit when Nationwide's contract expires at the end of the year. Nationwide Insurance, based in Columbus, Ohio, last year signed a six-year deal to become presenting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament in suburban Columbus.
Hyundai has one year remaining on a three-year contract as title sponsor of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the season-opening event on the PGA Tour held last week in Kapalua, Hawaii, and won by Steve Stricker.