2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
May 23, 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: The AT&T Byron Nelson has typically been a golden opportunity for the rank and file of PGA TOUR membership to post a pivotal result en route to qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs. Rookies haven't been excluded from capitalizing, either. Since Blake Adams shared second place in 2010, five rookies have finished inside the top five in the tournament. The club includes Keegan Bradley, who broke through for his first TOUR title in 2011. Last year, four rookies cracked the top 10 at TPC Four Seasons Resort-Las Colinas. Alas, this season's class failed to extended the trend with but a pair of T24s pacing seven cuts made among 12 in attendance.
LOW ROOKIE: Bronson Burgoon, T24. Third time (T14, Honda; T47, Puerto Rico). Hiroshi Iwata, T24. Second time (T4, Pebble Beach).
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): n/a
* - In the field at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational as of May 22.
# - Top-10 alternate at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational as of May 22.
^ - In the field at the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica's Mazatlan Open as of May 22.
Through the AT&T Byron Nelson
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Smylie Kaufman 14 1st 17 13 3 2 *Emiliano Grillo 29 P1 14 11 1 3 *Patton Kizzire 35 T2 17 14 5 4 Harold Varner III 73 T5 19 12 3 5 *Brett Stegmaier 103 T2 20 11 1 6 *Bronson Burgoon 115 T14 18 12 - 7 *Michael Kim 116 T18 19 15 - 8 #Hiroshi Iwata 123 T4 19 9 1 9 Thomas Aiken 161 T15 14 8 - 10 #Dawie van Der Walt 157 T17 17 8 - 11 Rob Oppenheim 168 T20 12 8 - 12 ^Joe Affrunti T200 T20 3 1 - 13 ^Lucas Lee T200 T36 10 2 - 14 Abraham Ancer 206 T42 12 2 - 15 Rhein Gibson 210 T52 14 6 - 16 Andrew Landry 215 T51 10 4 - 17 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.