The Road Back to The PGA Tour is Never Easy…


Greenbrier Classic - LogoThere are literally hundreds and possibly thousands of golf professionals that at one time had status on the PGA Tour that are struggling every day to get back the most coveted card in golf, the PGA Tour Card. In a sport where only the top 125 players on the money list each year are protected it is the career with no guarantees and certainly no tenure. It is true that if you are one of the lucky or talented winners on the PGA Tour you automatically get multi year status but when that runs out you are in no better position than every other player trying to make it.

What makes this job even more difficult is that the talent level on the minor league level in golf on the Web.com Tour is at a very high level and comprised of former PGA Tour players and some of the best young players in the world today. Each year only about 20 percent of the minor league players advance from the Web.com tour.

It hard to make it out there even for the very best players in the world, if you play well you get paid, there are no salaries and no expense accounts to fall back on and money can run out fast with the expenses endured each week on the tours. On the PGA Tour each week you are playing for an average winners purse of $6.5 Million dollars on the Web.com Tour its about 10% of that or $650,000. A win on the PGA Tour is worth 1Million + and on the Web.com $100,000.

Brad Adamonis

Brad Adamonis at the 2009 John Deere Classic

You have choices each week depending on your status the most difficult road is always the Monday qualifier. On both the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour Monday qualifiers are held with the top 1-3 players earning a spot in the tournament. It is by far the shortest road to the big dance but also the most expensive and most difficult. This week at the Greenbrier Classic Brad Adamonis, a native New Englander who now lives in Coral Springs Florida made the grade. He will be competing in the Greenbrier Classic with 156 PGA Tour professionals with all the same benefits as every other player in the field this week.

Adamonis played on the Nationwide Tour from 2002 to 2004, 2006 and 2007 and the NGA Hooters Tour in 2003 and 2005. He earned his 2008 PGA Tour card by placing in the top 25 of qualifying school. He won his first professional tournament on the Nationwide Tour in 2007 at the WNB Golf Classic.

In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Adamonis finished just high enough on the money list to retain his tour card for 2009. He finished in 124th with $862,413. He also recorded three top-10 finishes including a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic. Adamonis went into a three-way playoff with Kenny Perry and Jay Williamson. Perry won the tournament on the first playoff hole.

Brad Adamonis at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Open

Brad Adamonis at the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Open

Brad in 2010 found himself back on the Nationwide Tour once again trying to regain status and move back up to the PGA Tour. Over the next two years he struggled with his game but stayed focused on improving and doing what he needed to do to improve.  Adamonis played in his first major at the 2011 U.S. Open. He missed a qualifying spot by one stroke, but was a first alternate. He was the 156th and final entry added to the event at Congressional Country Club. he did not make the cut.

Brad will tee it up with D.H. Lee and Lee Williams on the 10th tee at the Greenbrier Classic at 9AM on Thursday morning. If he gets in the top 10 this week, it will have a major impact upon his status in the weeks ahead. Being a PGA Tour player is a great achievement and so few golfers ever reach this milestone. It also may be one of the toughest jobs in the world.