Rex Hoggard says the PGA Tour Policy Board is poised to rubber stamp the Q-School/Nationwide Tour change next Tuesday at Bay Hill, as well as the fiscal-year schedule that moves the fall events into the FedExCup. He talks to one of the outliers, Brandt Snedeker, who explains why the whole season long "body of work" argument for the new setup over the old Q-School format could be discredited pretty quickly.
“Like the FedEx Cup, when we started it, the Tour will say we had some problems with it the first few years with the points scale,” Snedeker said. “We can’t have that same problem with the new system. It has to be right the first time because you can’t cost someone their dream right out of the gate.”
An initial proposal used a scale that would give the Nationwide Tour money leader and No. 126 in Tour earnings the same amount of money to start the series, followed by equal earnings for No. 2 on the secondary circuit and No. 127 in Tour cash and so forth.
“It made some sense, but that’s not fair to the Nationwide Tour No. 1 player who has played well all year long and been the guy and if he plays bad those last three events and his number goes to crap,” said Snedeker, who earned his Tour card via the Nationwide Tour. “That doesn’t seem fair.”
Seems ironic that the argument against Q-School is that three weeks of golf isn't the same as a season long "body of work." Yet the new system will place a huge emphasis on three weeks of golf.