We recently sat down with QED Style team member Andy Pope to discuss the Web.com season, his favorite courses and what it is like to play in South America. This interview took place a day prior to the Rex Hospital Open, held at TPC Wakefield Plantation, where Andy would finish T29.
We are about a third of the way through the Web.com season, how has it gone so far?
Andy Pope: This year has been pretty good although I have not played as well as I wanted to. The biggest difference is that I knew I would be in the first 8 events which has has taken a little pressure off compared to years past when I had to play good right away just so I could reshuffle up. Plus, just knowing the courses, where to stay, where to eat has made it easier and more comfortable.
The 1st part of the Web.com season takes place in Mexico and South America. What is it like to play outside of the US?
Andy Pope: It can be a little tough with the language barrier, but the courses are good and it's fun to see different parts of the world. The biggest challenge is adjusting to the altitude because the ball travels so much farther. Everyone plays the same course, so it benefits the guys who can make adjustments to their game.
What are your favorite tour stops?
Andy Pope: For sure the one we are at this week, TPC Wakefield. TPC Avondale is always a favorite of a lot of players but unfortunately it is not on the schedule this year. Omaha is great because it is one of the few places that really creates a PGA Tour-like atmosphere for the Web.com. All in all, most of the courses do a great job of setting up the tournament and taking care of us. I guess my favorites are the TPC courses.
What would you tell people who don't know much about the Web.com Tour?
Andy Pope: That the players are just as good as the guys on the PGA Tour, and it's harder to make a cut. I doubt many people realize we just went from 60 and ties to 65 and ties, which is still less than the PGA Tour which takes 70 and ties. Hey, just look at all the past champions and past Major winners down here. You quickly realize how much talent is on the Web.com tour.
So you are wearing a QED Style Holden Polo today. Is that your favorite QED shirt?
Andy Pope: Yea, I wear this shirt a lot but my favorite is probably the Logan because it does so well in the heat. But hey, I have seen you guys have some new stuff around the corner so maybe there is a new favorite in there for me.
Thanks and good luck out there.
NOTE: Andy would go on to place T29 in this event and follow that up with a T35 at the Cleveland Open. Andy has now posted a T35 or higher finish in 4 of his 5 last starts. Andy will play this week at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita Kansas.