2014-2015 Rookie Rankings
January 26, 2015
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Justin Thomas ranks 28th in FedExCup standings. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
There are 24 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. This feature provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members that make at least 15 starts.
RECAP: A season-high 13 rookies missed the scheduled 54-hole cut at the Humana Challenge, but it was the fourth consecutive full-field event in which multiple rookies recorded top 10s.
LOW ROOKIE: Sung Joon Park, T2. First time. Best finish in this tournament since David Lingmerth lost in a playoff in 2013. Park's finish is also the second-best among 2014-15 rookies.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Sung Joon Park (T2); Mark Hubbard (T20); Scott Pinckney (T20)
• Sung Joon Park: Led the field in adjusted scoring (68.662). Even though he finished one stroke higher than champion Bill Haas, Park's achievement was made possible because multiple courses were used.
• Sung Joon Park: Played his last 51 holes in bogey-free 18-under. Had just two over-par holes all week.
• Sung Joon Park: Ranked second in strokes gained: putting (3.003).
• Sung Joon Park: Sunk all 29 attempts inside 10 feet on Palmer Private.
• Sung Joon Park and Justin Thomas: Co-led the field in par-5 scoring (4.11).
• Justin Thomas: Ranked second with 27 par breakers (1 eagle, 26 birdies).
• Justin Thomas: One week after a bogey-free, 9-under 61 in his second round at Waialae Country Club, he spun a bogey-free, 9-under 63 at Nicklaus Private in his second round.
• Justin Thomas: Finished inside the top seven in three of his last four starts.
• Justin Thomas and Mark Hubbard: Co-lead all rookies with five consecutive cuts made.
• Scott Pinckney: Reached 20-under with seven holes to play, but closed with four bogeys, including on each of the last three holes. Bill Haas' winning aggregate was 22-under.
• Nick Taylor: Sat just four strokes off the lead after 36 holes, but shot a 77 on Nicklaus Private in the third round to miss the cut by two strokes. He concluded his round with a double bogey at the par-4 ninth hole.
• Tony Finau: Matched a PGA TOUR season-high seven consecutive birdies beginning at the 12th hole en route to a 7-under 30-35=65 at Nicklaus Private in his second round.
• Byron Smith: At 1-under 77-73-65=215, the local product missed the cut by seven strokes. His third round is a career low in 18 rounds. It featured nine birdies.
• Zack Sucher: Has missed his five cuts by an aggregate 15 strokes.
• Patrick Cantlay: Has 10 starts remaining on his medical extension.
* - In the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as of Jan. 25.
# - Top-10 alternate at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as of Jan. 25.
^ - In the field at the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship as of Jan. 25.
Thru the Humana Challenge Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Nick Taylor 18 1st 8 6 1 2 Justin Thomas 28 T4 7 5 3 3 *Tony Finau 24 T7 (2) 7 5 2 4 #Zac Blair 40 T6 7 5 1 5 #Blayne Barber 63 T9 (2) 7 5 2 6 Sung Joon Park T41 T2 5 4 1 7 *Carlos Ortiz 85 T9 6 4 1 8 *Daniel Berger 83 T13 7 4 - 9 Mark Hubbard 86 T20 7 6 - 10 *Adam Hadwin 106 T10 7 5 1 11 #Andrew Putnam 96 T12 7 4 - 12 Scott Pinckney 113 T20 7 4 - 13 Jon Curran T121 T8 7 2 1 14 Oscar Fraustro 126 T9 5 2 1 15 Carlos Sainz Jr. 170 T9 5 1 1 16 Tom Hoge 123 T32 7 5 - 17 Byron Smith 150 T19 7 2 - 18 Jonathan Randolph 165 T28 7 3 - 19 Roger Sloan 198 T56 5 2 - 20 Whee Kim 193 T49 6 2 - 21 Patrick Cantlay 215 76th 1 1 - 22 Zack Sucher - MC 5 - - T23 ^Joe Affrunti - - - - - T23 ^Benjamin Alvarado - - - - -
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.