2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
February 02, 2016
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Patton Kizzire was the leading money winner during the 2015 Web.com Tour season. (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: Three of the seven rookies who survived the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open beat the final-round scoring average of 77.901 with 76s. Included in the trio was Patton Kizzire whose share of eighth place is the best finish for a rookie since John Huh tied for sixth in 2012. Kizzire's T8 is also the first top 10 for a rookie since Harold Varner III placed T5 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall.
LOW ROOKIE: Patton Kizzire, T8. Second time (T4, Sanderson Farms).
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Rob Oppenheim (T31).
* - In the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as of Feb. 1.
# - Top-10 alternate at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as of Feb. 1.
Through the Farmers Insurance Open
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Smylie Kaufman 5 1st 8 8 2 2 *Emiliano Grillo 10 P1 6 4 1 3 *Patton Kizzire 23 T2 7 5 3 4 *Harold Varner III 39 T5 8 6 1 5 *Brett Stegmaier 44 T2 8 6 1 6 *Michael Kim 95 T18 8 7 - 7 #Bronson Burgoon 106 T20 8 5 - 8 #Dawie van Der Walt 127 T17 8 4 - 9 Hiroshi Iwata 137 T18 8 4 - 10 Rob Oppenheim 147 T31 5 3 - 11 Thomas Aiken 172 T54 6 3 - 12 Lucas Lee 192 T52 4 1 - 13 Rhein Gibson 197 T58 7 1 - T14 Abraham Ancer n/a MC 7 - - T14 Andrew Landry n/a MC 5 - - 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.