2016-2017 Rookie Ranking
January 23, 2017
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Cody Gribble earned the rookie class's first victory of the 2016-17 season when he claimed the Sanderson Farms Championship. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
There are 25 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17. 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: After 14 rookies failed to record a top 25 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, rookies struck back at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Led by Dominic Bozzelli’s fifth-place finish, six registered a top 25. That ties for the most in any tournament (Sanderson Farms Championship) on this young season.
The opportunity to deposit FedExCup points in the bank in La Quinta is arguably stronger than in weeks when par is a good goal. While weather inflated scoring last week, particularly on the exposed pair of tracks at PGA WEST, the tournament is almost always a shootout. Toss in the guarantee of 54 holes before the cut and there is more than enough motivation to be aggressive.
Rookies have served as an exemplary sample size to reflect the product of variables that determine the results. For instance, when Jhonattan Vegas won the last 90-hole edition in 2011, he was one of five top 25s in his class that week, while 13 others missed the cut. Since, low rookies have included David Lingmerth (P2, 2013), S.J. Park (T2, 2015) and Si Woo Kim (T9, 2016). On the opposite side of the ledger, notables among rookies who have missed the cut by at least six strokes include Billy Horschel (2011), Kevin Kisner (2011), Jamie Lovemark (2011), Morgan Hoffmann (2013), Chesson Hadley (2014) and Willy Wilcox (2014). The lesson is to capitalize while you can. The bonus is that when you do, the subsequent rise in the reshuffle can solidify your schedule for the remainder of the season. This can become especially valuable when the annual grind of the springtime rolls around. Course get harder, fields are deeper, fatigue can set in and the pressure rises as rookies are staring down long-term deadlines to achieve objectives.
Some golfers who may one day be included below have even fewer chances to get to the promised land. In his fifth start of 2016-17, non-member Aaron Wise finished in a seven-way share of 34th place at the CareerBuilder. In his three cuts made this season, he’s totaled 90.000 FedExCup points, most among non-members who have yet to exhaust rookie eligibility on the PGA TOUR. The 20-year-old is 228.895 points shy of the target for Special Temporary Membership [STM]. He’s scheduled to compete in this week’s Farmers Insurance Open for which he will be using his fifth of the seven sponsor exemptions he’s allotted unless he achieves STM. Even if it doesn’t work out, Wise has status on the Web.com Tour.
LOW ROOKIE: Dominic Bozzelli, 5th. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Dominic Bozzelli (5th); Ricky Werenski (T9); Seamus Power (T21); Brian Campbell (T25).
* - In the field at the Farmers Insurance Open as of Jan. 22.
# - Top-10 alternate at the Farmers Insurance Open as of Jan. 22.
Through the CareerBuilder Challenge
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Cody Gribble 8 Win 7 5 2 2 *Mackenzie Hughes 5 P1 7 6 1 3 *Ryan Blaum 51 T11 7 7 - 4 *Grayson Murray 81 T8 4 2 1 5 *Richy Werenski 79 T9 7 5 1 6 *Dominic Bozzelli 65 5th 6 3 1 7 *Xander Schauffele 94 T5 7 4 1 8 *Cheng Tsung Pan 80 T6 7 3 1 9 *Ollie Schniederjans 70 T6 6 3 1 10 *Seamus Power 84 T21 7 6 - 11 *Ryan Brehm 100 T18 7 6 - 12 *Trey Mullinax 107 T22 7 5 - 13 *J.T. Poston 116 T29 7 5 - 14 *J.J. Spaun 136 T28 7 4 - 15 *Nicholas Lindheim 141 T23 7 4 - 16 *Brian Campbell 144 T25 5 2 - 17 Wesley Bryan 150 T41 6 3 - 18 *Brett Drewitt 172 T35 4 2 - 19 #Julian Etulain 199 T57 6 2 - 20 *Sebastian Muñoz T185 T35 3 1 - 21 *Andrew Johnston 189 T47 1 1 - 22 #Bobby Wyatt T210 T57 5 1 - T23 #Joel Dahmen n/a MC 3 - - T23 #Rick Lamb n/a MC 5 - - 25 Patrick Cantlay n/a n/a 0 - -
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.