2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
February 08, 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: It's been a while since rookies have been beat up as badly as they were at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Of the six who competed, four made the cut and none of them finished inside the top 40. The last time any class experienced that kind of power shortage was at the 2014 John Deere Classic when Brice Garnett's T45 paced only three of 10 who survived that cut.
LOW ROOKIE: Brett Stegmaier, T41. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): n/a
* - In the field at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as of Feb. 7.
Through the Waste Management Phoenix Open
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Smylie Kaufman 5 1st 9 8 2 2 Emiliano Grillo 11 P1 7 5 1 3 Patton Kizzire 28 T2 8 6 3 4 Harold Varner III 49 T5 9 6 1 5 *Brett Stegmaier 44 T2 9 7 1 6 *Michael Kim 93 T18 9 8 - 7 *Bronson Burgoon 114 T20 8 5 - 8 *Dawie van Der Walt 131 T17 8 4 - 9 *Hiroshi Iwata 141 T18 8 4 - 10 *Rob Oppenheim 151 T31 5 3 - 11 *Thomas Aiken 173 T54 6 3 - 12 *Lucas Lee 196 T52 4 1 - 13 *Rhein Gibson 201 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.