Lucas Herbert leads Fortinet Championship



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Lucas Herbert leads Fortinet Championship
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The golfers of the PGA Tour resume their late summer journey by starting hostilities in the Fortinet Championship (prize money 8.4 million dollars). The tournament, born in 2007 and known as the Safeway Open, sees some of the main protagonists of the overseas circuit at the starting line.

After the first 18 holes we find Lucas Herbert in the lead.

Lucas Herbert, results

The Australian turns at -9 (63 strokes) staining his round with just one bogey. For Herbert, a two-length margin over his closest pursuer who bears the name of the South Korean S.H.

Kim. -6 and third place for a team made up of the Englishman Harry Hall, the South Korean Sung Kang, and the Americans Mark Hubbard, Zac Blair, Jason Dufner and Kelly Kraft. On the par 72 course of the Silverado Country Club in Napa (California, United States), the Japanese Satoshi Kodaira, the South Korean Sangmoon Bae, and the Americans Kevin Streelman and Justin Lower close the top ten in ninth place with a score of -4.

Very short ranking with 85 participants who concluded the first round with scores below par. To forget the debut of some of the most anticipated players on the eve. The weekend of the Americans Charley Hoffman and Jim Herman has practically already ended, far behind the rest of the company after the +4 and +5 of the day respectively.

In the late Italian afternoon there will be room for the second round which will decide the fateful cut. The PGA Tour operates three tours, which are played primarily in the United States, with occasional spillovers into Canada and Mexico: PGA Tour, the most important tour;
Champions Tour, for players aged 50 and over;
Nationwide Tour, a development tour.

The PGA Tour also organizes an annual qualifying tournament (known by the nickname Q-School), which is held every fall over six rounds; the top twenty-five finishers win the right to play on the PGA Tour the following year.

The remaining players, if classified within seventy-fifth position, can instead participate in the Nationwide Tour. The top twenty-five in the Nationwide Tour money list also earn the right to play on the PGA Tour the following year.

A player who wins three tour tournaments in a year receives a "field promotion" that grants him participation on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the year. At the end of each season, the top one hundred and twenty-five players in the money list receive a "tour card" for the following year, which exempts them from qualifying for most tournaments.

However, at certain tournaments, known as invitationals, the exemption applies only to the top seventy in the previous year's rankings. Players ranked in positions 126 to 150 receive a conditional tour card, which gives them priority to replace players who decide not to participate in any tournament.

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