SANTIAGO, Chile — Jason Allred will kick-start his golf season today in the first round of the Web.com Tour's Chile Classic.
Allred, the 32-year-old Ashland native who lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., has conditional status on the tour after placing 81st on the money list in 25 events last year.
He will attempt to get in as many tournaments as openings allow and hope to fare well enough that he improves his standing on the tour's priority list. The tour reshuffles its player rankings based on in-season results several times.
This is the Web.com's third tournament, following stops in Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia. After the final round of the Chile Classic Sunday, the tour will take a week off, then resume play on American soil at the Louisiana Open in Broussard, La.
The first reshuffle comes after Louisiana on March 25. The second comes after four more events on May 6. Subsequent reshuffles are June 17 and July 22.
Allred tried to get in last week's tournament as an alternate but was unsuccessful.
The veteran is familiar with the Chile Classic. In 2012, he played the first three events on the Central and South American swing, making the cut in the first two tournaments but missing it here at par-72 Prince of Wales Country Club.
Allred shot a 1-under-par 143 in the first two rounds, missing the cut by two shots.
He tees off today at 9:40 a.m. local time (4:40 PST) on the first hole with playing partners Mark Silvers and Nick Rousey.
The same group starts at 2:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. PST) on the 10th hole in the second round Friday.
The purse is $650,000, with $117,000 earmarked for the winner.
It will not be broadcast on TV.
Last year, Paul Haley II cruised to 22 under and won by three shots.
Allred turned pro in 2002 after a standout career at Pepperdine University. He played full seasons on the PGA Tour in 2005 and 2008 and on the Web.com in 2006 and '07.
In 93 Web.com tournaments, he's twice finished as high as third and has six top 10s and 18 top 25s.
His best finish last year, when he was in the top 25 six times, was a tie for 12th at the Mylan Classic in Canonsburg, Pa. A third-round 65 pulled him to within two shots of the lead through 54 holes, but an even-par 71 in the final round dropped him back.
Allred has earned $317,495 in his career on the Web.com Tour and nearly $700,000 between it and service on the PGA Tour.