For every aspiring professional golfer getting your PGA Tour card is one of the greatest days of your life. All the hours of practice and travel have finally paid off and your lifelong dream has come true. This is especially the case for golfers who toil away on the developmental Web.com Tour.
Some of the recognizable names who have moved up to the PGA Tour from the Web.com Tour include Matt Gogel, Chesson Hadley, and this past weekend it was almost Kevin Dougherty’s turn. Almost.
Playing in the Web.com Tour’s final regular-season event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, Dougherty started the week in 36th place on the money list. However, with rounds of 67-67-69, he found himself with a legitimate shot at making the top 25, which would earn him a much-coveted PGA Tour card.
After a birdie on the 17th hole, Dougherty just needed one more birdie on the 18th and his card would be secure. Faced with a 25-foot chip, Dougherty gave it his best shot and he almost holed it out. Almost.
So freaking close.
His dad’s reaction was pure heartbreak.
“I mean it was pretty dead center, I thought. It had the line,” said Dougherty after the tournament. “I thought it might end up a hair short. But it just missed a hair left.”
All is not lost though as Dougherty still has a shot this year if he can do well in the Web.com Tour finals where another 25 Web.com players will earn their cards.
On the positive side, Web.com golfer John Chin moved from 41st to all the way to 10th on the money list during the tournament with this birdie on the 18th hole earning him his PGA Tour card.