The Albertsons Boise Open golf tournament is losing its September date in 2013, just as changes made by the PGA Tour make the month the most important on the Web.com (formerly Nationwide) Tour.
The 2013 Boise Open will be played July 25-28 at Hillcrest Country Club. The event is one of four original stops on the tour, where many up-and-coming players have gotten their start.
The Web.com Tour got a boost Tuesday when the PGA announced massive changes to the way players can qualify for the PGA Tour.
In 2013, the Web.com Tour will conclude its season in September with three $1 million tournaments known as The Finals. The top 75 players from the Web.com Tour and the top 75 players who do not qualify for the PGA Tours FedEx Cup playoffs those who are No. 126 through No. 200 in the standings will compete in the final three events.
All players in The Finals will start from scratch and 50 PGA Tour cards will be awarded based on The Finals money list, meaning those events will be packed with PGA Tour-caliber players and have intense drama.
The top 25 from the Web.com Tour regular season will be assured of getting PGA cards, even if they fall out of the top 50 on The Finals money list. They would play only for position going into the 2013-14 season, which would start in October.
With its new place on the calendar, the Boise Open will be a regular-season event, just as it has been for the past 22 years. The 2012 Boise Open is Sept. 13-16.
The change is part of a major overhaul of the PGA Tour season that starting next fall will do away with the money list as a way to measure performance, and qualifying school as a way to earn a PGA Tour card.
Q-school will continue to be held in late fall, but only to award Web.com Tour cards.
It has not been announced where the three Finals tournaments will be played, but Boises new date eliminates that possibility. The tournament will have a purse of $725,000 this year, matching last years total.