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      2014-2015 Rookie Rankings

    • Carlos Ortiz was one of four rookies to finish inside the top 10 at the OHL Classic. (Justin Heiman/Getty Images) Carlos Ortiz was one of four rookies to finish inside the top 10 at the OHL Classic. (Justin Heiman/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.

    One week after four rookies finished inside the top 10 at the Sanderson Farms Championship, four cracked the top 10 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Prior to this notable fortnight, the last tournament in which at least four rookies posted top 10s was the 2012 Sanderson Farms (Bud Cauley, 4th; Scott Brown, T5; Will Claxton, T5; J.J. Killeen, 8th). 

    * The next tournament for which rookies are eligible is the Sony Open in Hawaii on Jan. 15-18.

    Rank Name FedExCup Rank Last Week Best Finish Times Low Rookie Starts Cuts Made Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s In Field? *
    1 Nick Taylor 12 T56 1st 1 5 4 1 1 1 TBD
    In the wake of his breakthrough win, survived cut on the number with a bogey-free, 3-under 68 in the second round.
    2 Tony Finau 14 T7 T7 (2) 2 5 4 - 2 4 TBD
    Low rookie. All cuts made are top 15s. Ranked T22 in GIR, T10 in putts per GIR and second in par-4 scoring.
    3 Blayne Barber 54 T9 T9 (2) - 5 3 - 2 2 TBD
    Second consecutive T9. Two eagle-3s on Sunday. Back-nine 35 on Friday: 3 birdies, 3 pars, 3 bogeys, 9 putts.
    4 Carlos Ortiz 58 T9 T9 1 4 4 - 1 2 TBD
    Native of México submitted four rounds in the 60s, including a bogey-free 68 on Sunday. Just five over-par holes all week.
    5 Justin Thomas 72 T23 T4 - 5 3 1 1 2 TBD
    Ranked T2 in par-3 scoring at 2.69 (5 birdies, 11 pars).
    6 Zac Blair 47 T23 T12 - 5 4 - - 2 TBD
    With a 2 at the par-4 third hole in his opening round, he recorded the only eagle at the hole all week.
    7 Andrew Putnam 68 T62 T12 1 5 4 - - 1 TBD
    Finished T73 (of 76) in GIR, but led the field in putts per GIR (1.538), one-putt percentage (61.11) and fewest putts (100).
    8 Adam Hadwin 92 MC T10 - 5 4 - 1 1 TBD
    Missed cut on the number at 2-under 69-71=140. Went 8-for-8 in scrambling in opener, but three-putted par-3 15th for bogey.
    9 Jon Curran T86 MC T8 1 5 2 - 1 1 TBD
    Shot even-par 74-68=142, missing the cut by three strokes. Found only 13 (of 28) fairways and 21 greens in regulation.
    10 Oscar Fraustro 96 T9 T9 - 3 2 - 1 1 TBD
    Career-best finish for the native Méxican. Only in the field to eagle the par-4 11th hole; he converted it in the second round.
    11 Carlos Sainz Jr. T145 MC T9 - 3 1 - 1 1 TBD
    Three swings too many at even-par 73-69=142. Second round: 10 GIR, 25 putts, 5 birdies, 3 bogeys.
    12 Daniel Berger 99 T51 T22 - 5 3 - - 1 TBD
    Opening bogey-free 65 yielded co-lead with five others. Survived cut on the number with 74 in which he closed bogey-bogey.
    13 Byron Smith 123 MC T19 - 5 2 - - 1 TBD
    Carded a pair of 1-under 70s, but missed the cut by one. Hit 30 GIR and buried 10 bidies, but needed 64 putts.
    14 Tom Hoge 94 T44 T32 - 5 4 - - - TBD
    Ranked T4 in par-5 scoring at 4.25 (10 birdies, 1 par, 1 bogey). W-L-T percentage (66.484) vs. other rookies is third-highest.
    15 Sung Joon Park 124 T56 T32 - 3 3 - - - TBD
    Carded 67s in the second and final rounds. Hit only six greens in regulation en route to a third-round 76.
    16 Mark Hubbard 101 T49 T48 - 5 4 - - - TBD
    Spun bogey-free rounds of 66 and 68 in second and final rounds, respectively, but blew up for 5-over 76 in the third round.
    17 Jonathan Randolph 140 MC T28 - 5 2 - - - TBD
    Missed cut on the number at 2-under 69-71=140. His eagle at the par-4 18th on Friday was the only on the hole all week.
    18 Scott Pinckney 148 MC T31 - 5 2 - - - TBD
    Eight strokes outside the cut at 5-over 76-71=147. Went 8-for-15 in scrambling (5 bogeys, 2 doubles) + one three-putt bogey.
    19 Whee Kim 176 MC T49 - 5 2 - - - TBD
    Shot even-par 70-72=142, missing the cut by three. Hit just 19 GIR and traded seven birdies with seven bogeys.
    20 Roger Sloan 188 T56 T56 - 3 1 - - - TBD
    Ranked fourth in birdies or better conversion percentage at 42.86. Hit only 42 GIR (T66), but converted on 18 chances.
    21 Patrick Cantlay 205 76th 76th - 1 1 - - - TBD
    Last of 76 to survive cut. Also ranked last in fairways hit (26 of 56); T70 in GIR. Ten starts remaining on medical extension.
    22 Zack Sucher - MC MC - 5 - - - - TBD
    Missed cut by seven at 4-over 75-71=146. He's missed his five cuts by an aggregate 15 strokes. Will plummet in the reshuffle.
    T23 Joe Affrunti - DNP - - - - - - - TBD
    On a medical extension. Didn't play the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. Had hip surgery in December. Suffered setback in the spring.
    T23 Benjamin Alvarado - DNP - - - - - - - TBD
    Started the week as sixth alternate and would have gained entry if he didn't withdraw before his number was called.

     

    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.

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