There are 14 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. This feature provides a rolling subjective ranking throughout the season. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members that make at least 15 starts.
With his two-stroke victory at the Puerto Rico Open, Chesson Hadley became the first rookie to win on the PGA TOUR since Jordan Spieth at the 2013 John Deere Classic. A season-high nine rookies survived the 36-hole cut on the island. None qualified for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Benjamin Alvarado missed the cut on the Web.com Tour.
* - Two are scheduled to compete in the Valspar Championship as of March 9
RANK NAME FEDEXCUP RANK LAST WEEK BEST FINISH TIMES LOW ROOKIE STARTS CUTS MADE WINS TOP 10S TOP 25S IN FIELD?* 1 Chesson Hadley 21 1st 1st 5 11 5 1 3 4 Yes Slept on 54-hole lead. Played last 46 holes in 16-under with just one bogey. Led field in par-4 scoring average (3.75). 2 Hudson Swafford 113 T43 T8 3 11 5 0 1 2 3rd alt. Barely clinging to this spot given he hasn't had a top 40 in five starts. Ranked T4 in par-3 scoring (2.81) despite two bogeys. 3 Tyrone Van Aswegen 93 T37 T24 4 10 8 0 0 2 4th alt. Seven birdies in an opening, 3-under 69. Bogey-free 68 in the second round. Low rookie in three of previous four starts. 4 Wes Roach T121 T4 T4 0 7 3 0 1 2 No Career-best finish (in seven starts). Ranked 12th in total driving, T8 in GIR and T7 in scrambling. Closed with a bogey-free, 5-under 67. 5 Brice Garnett 115 T72/MDF T19 1 10 9 0 0 1 Yes Missed the 54-hole cut on the number at 1-under 70-72-73=215. Tops among rookies with six consecutive cuts made. 6 Will Wilcox 164 T43 T8 1 5 3 0 1 1 No Led the field in total driving and ranked T22 in GIR, but 65th in scrambling. Squared three bogeys in each round. 7 Peter Malnati T140 T14 T14 1 7 3 0 0 2 No Career-best finish (in seven starts). Eight birdies in final-round, 6-under 66. Ranked third in par-3 scoring at 2.75 (4 birdies, 12 pars). 8 Andrew Loupe 167 T12 T12 0 7 2 0 0 1 No Career-best finish (in seven starts as a pro). Bogey-free, 7-under 65 in third round. Final-round 69 included birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie run (holes 2-6). 9 Kevin Tway 176 MC T37 3 9 2 0 0 0 No Turned in a pair of 1-over 73s to miss the cut by three. Went 6-for-23 in par breakers and carded six bogeys and a double. 10 Kevin Foley 193 MC T35 0 4 2 0 0 0 No One stroke too many at even-par 72-72=144. Played the par-4 seventh hole bogey-double bogey. 11 Bronson La'Cassie 189 T58 T35 0 7 2 0 0 0 No Second consecutive cut made. Hit only seven greens in regulation in his final round, but scrambling to a 1-under 71. T12 Joe Affrunti n/a DNP n/a 0 0 0 0 0 0 No Had surgery on left hip on Dec. 9. Planning Web.com Tour rehab stint in a few months. Medical extension on the PGA TOUR. T12 Benjamin Alvarado n/a Web.com n/a 0 0 0 0 0 0 No Missed the cut at the Chile Classic by two strokes at even-par 71-73=144. Now 0-for-2 in rehab starts following an injury to his left knee. T12 Patrick Cantlay n/a DNP n/a 0 0 0 0 0 0 No Out (hairline fracture in his L5 vertebrae) since a solo second at the Hotel Fitness Championship on Sept. 1, 2013.
NOTE: A player’s rookie season ("Rookie Year") is defined as the season in which he becomes a PGA TOUR member (including Special Temporary Members) and plays in 10 or more events as a member or finishes in the Top 125 on the Official FedExCup Points List, the Top 125 on the Official PGA TOUR Money List or qualifies as a Top 125 - Nonmember, whichever occurs first. Further, for purposes of this definition, a new member (including Special Temporary Members) shall not be eligible for the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year if he has previously played in more than seven (7) Official PGA TOUR Money events as a professional in any prior season.