2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
November 23, 2015
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Patton Kizzire was the leading money winer during the 2015 Web.com Tour season and sets his sights on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
There are 17 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16. This feature provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members who make at least 15 starts.
SNAPSHOT: Smylie Kaufman's T33 at The RSM Classic was tops among 14 rookies in the last PGA TOUR event of calendar-year 2015. It's the worst result for a low rookie in a tournament in which at least four competed since Brice Garnett paced 10 with a T45 at the 2014 John Deere Classic. Meanwhile, Emiliano Grillo finished in a six-way tie for fourth place at the DP World Tour Championship. Both he and Kaufman are qualified to represent their rookie class at the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which opens the 2016 portion of the schedule on Jan. 7-10.
LOW ROOKIE: Smylie Kaufman, T33. Second time (Win, Frys.com Open).
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Lucas Lee (T52); Rhein Gibson (T58).
Through The RSM Classic
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Smylie Kaufman 5 1st 5 5 2 2 Emiliano Grillo 8 P1 3 2 1 3 Patton Kizzire 16 T2 4 3 2 4 Brett Stegmaier 24 T2 5 5 1 5 Harold Varner III 42 T5 5 4 1 6 Michael Kim T73 T18 5 5 - 7 Dawie van Der Walt 92 T17 5 3 - 8 Bronson Burgoon 101 T20 5 2 - 9 Rob Oppenheim 146 T44 2 2 - 10 Hiroshi Iwata 151 T44 5 3 - 11 Thomas Aiken T155 T54 3 2 - 12 Lucas Lee T173 T52 2 1 - 13 Rhein Gibson T180 T58 5 1 - T14 Abraham Ancer n/a MC 5 - - T14 Andrew Landry n/a MC 3 - - T16 Joe Affrunti n/a - - - - T16 Patrick Cantlay n/a - - - -
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.