There are 15 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. This feature provides a rolling subjective ranking throughout the season. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members that make at least 15 starts.
For the third consecutive edition of The Open Championship, no rookies cracked the top 40. The last to achieve it was Charl Schwartzel with a T16 at Royal St. George's in 2011. However, if the current definition of rookie status was enacted at the time, he wouldn't have qualified.
^ - Brooks Koepka is ineligible for the FedExCup unless he wins a tournament. So, his "FedExCup Rank" in parentheses reflects where his non-member FedExCup points would rank among members.
* - Eleven are scheduled to compete in the RBC Canadian Open as of July 20.
RANK NAME FEDEXCUP RANK LAST WEEK BEST FINISH TIMES LOW ROOKIE STARTS CUTS MADE TOP 5s TOP 10s TOP 25s IN FIELD?* 1 Chesson Hadley 59 MC 1st 10 24 10 2 3 6 No In his major championship debut, missed the cut by five strokes at 7-over 79-72=151. Hit only 14 greens in regulation. 2 Brooks Koepka (94)^ T67 T3 5 14 10 2 2 5 No Low rookie. Opened with 4-under 68, but didn't break 74 thereafter. Ranked second in distance off the tee (327.5 yards). 3 Brice Garnett 109 DNP T7 5 24 18 0 1 2 Yes At 126th on the money list, FedExCup points have proved much more valuable en route to securing his card for 2014-15. 4 Will Wilcox 152 DNP T4 2 13 8 1 2 3 Yes Authoring a compelling story down the stretch after not beginning his season until January. Ranks T8 in par-5 scoring. 5 Hudson Swafford 141 DNP T8 5 23 9 0 1 4 Yes Currently 10th in total driving and 19th in greens in regulation but 121st in adjusted scoring. 6 Tyrone Van Aswegen 133 DNP T16 4 22 14 0 0 4 Yes Leads TOUR in birdies or better while going for the green, but ranks T141 in par-5 scoring. Meanwhile, he's No. 1 in par-3 scoring. 7 Wes Roach 151 DNP T4 1 19 9 1 1 4 Yes Sits T131 in greens in regulation but 45th in par breakers. 8 Andrew Loupe 139 DNP T4 1 19 8 1 1 2 Yes Fifth in distance of all drives, but last (of 192) in both fairways hit (49.87%) and distance from the edge of the fairway (37'11"). 9 Peter Malnati 170 DNP T14 1 15 4 0 0 3 Yes He's missed his last three cuts by an aggregate 21 strokes. Also 0-for-2 on the Web.com Tour. 10 Bronson La'Cassie 183 DNP T21 1 15 6 0 0 1 Yes After opening the season 0-for-5, survived five straight cuts. Since, he's 1-for-5 with a T57 at Greenbrier. 11 Patrick Cantlay 213 DNP T23 0 4 2 0 0 1 No Taking his third consecutive week off after withdrawing just before the opening round of the John Deere Classic with a sore back. 12 Kevin Tway 174 Web.com T26 2 20 7 0 0 0 Yes Tied for 32nd place in his title defense of the Albertsons Boise Open. It was his first Web.com Tour start of the season. 13 Kevin Foley 206 DNP T35 0 12 4 0 0 0 Yes Missed his last four cuts by an aggregate 18 strokes. Also 0-for-3 on the Web.com Tour, missing those cuts by the sum of 25 shots. 14 Benjamin Alvarado 232 DNP T53 0 6 1 0 0 0 Yes A wrist injury just before the John Deere Classic two weeks ago forced him to withdraw. Also 0-for-3 on the Web.com Tour. 15 Joe Affrunti n/a DNP n/a 0 0 0 0 0 0 No Had surgery on left hip on Dec. 9. Suffered a setback this spring. Return uncertain. Medical extension on the PGA TOUR.
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.