2016-2017 Rookie Ranking
March 20, 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: As much as the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard is one of those signature tournaments in which every rookie would love to compete, it’s served as nothing more than a step on the learning curve for the precious few who do.
By landing in a seven-way tie for 34th place, Ollie Schniederjans was best among seven in the field last week. To put the dearth into perspective, the last time a rookie recorded a top 10 in the event was when Tiger Woods was still dominating. That was in 2012 when he converted on his seventh of eight titles at Bay Hill. Bud Cauley paced 12 rookies that week with a share of fourth place. In the five editions since, only seven of 38 rookies have cracked the top 25.
Similarly, the last time a low rookie posted a worse finish anywhere with multiple rookies in the field was at the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Emiliano Grillo led eight rookies with but a T55.
While rookies fell silent at Bay Hill, the goings-on still served as a checkpoint for two non-members. Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton (T4) and Tommy Fleetwood (T10) earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to qualify for Special Temporary Membership. They join fellow European Thomas Pieters in that club this season. Each will become rookie eligible when he either makes his 10th start of 2016-17 or sits inside the top 125 in FedExCup points among members at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship. (This means that Hatton could eventually go in the books as low rookie at the 2017 API.)
As it stands right now, Pieters would rank 32nd among members (with 415.500 points), Fleetwood would be 36th (with 387.500 points) and Hatton would sit in 45th (with 339.978 points). Pieters has made five starts, Fleetwood has made two and Hatton four.
LOW ROOKIE: Ollie Schniederjans, T34. Second time (T27, Sony)
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): None
NOTE: None qualified for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play.
* - In the field at the Puerto Rico Open as of March 19.
Through the Arnold Palmer Invitational
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Mackenzie Hughes 12 P1 14 10 2 2 Cody Gribble 20 Win 13 6 2 3 C.T. Pan 38 T2 13 6 2 4 *Wesley Bryan 44 T4 (2) 12 8 3 5 Ollie Schniederjans 53 T6 12 8 3 6 *J.J. Spaun 65 T4 13 8 2 7 *Dominic Bozzelli 60 T3 10 4 2 8 Patrick Cantlay 56 2nd 2 2 1 9 *Ryan Blaum 85 T11 12 10 - 10 *Richy Werenski 108 T9 11 7 1 11 *J.T. Poston 88 T14 12 9 - 12 Grayson Murray 122 T8 11 3 1 13 *Xander Schauffele 142 T5 10 5 1 14 *Trey Mullinax 118 T14 11 7 - 15 *Seamus Power 114 T21 11 8 - 16 *Ryan Brehm 138 T18 10 9 - 17 *Brian Campbell 168 T25 7 3 - 18 *Nicholas Lindheim 174 T23 9 4 - 19 *Brett Drewitt 175 T33 7 3 - 20 *Julian Etulain 180 T33 8 4 - 21 *Sebastian Muñoz 193 T35 5 2 - 22 *Andrew Johnston 196 T47 4 2 - 23 *Joel Dahmen T207 T48 4 1 - 24 *Bobby Wyatt T225 T57 7 1 - 25 *Rick Lamb 216 T62 7 1 -
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.