2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
May 02, 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: As you see below, only three rookies have multiple top 10s this season. Each has connected top 10s at least once. After Smylie Kaufman tied for 10th at the season-opening Frys.com Open, he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Patton Kizzire didn't waste any time in joining the club. He shared runner-up honors in Vegas, and then placed T4 in his next start at the Sanderson Farms Championship. The third member of the group, Harold Varner III, logged low-rookie honors with a T9 at the Valero Texas Open. He chased it with a T8 at last week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which was shortened to 54 holes due to persistent inclement weather. Justin Thomas was the last rookie of 2014-15 to post top 10s in consecutive starts (T5, John Deere; T4, Quicken Loans).
Although he lost in a playoff in New Orleans, Byeong-Hun An earned enough non-member FedExCup points to qualify for Special Temporary Membership. He achieved it in just six starts to join Rafa Cabrera-Bello (four starts) as potential 2015-16 rookies. If either totals at least 10 PGA TOUR starts this season or finishes inside the top 125 in the FedExCup points standings or earnings, he will be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award.
LOW ROOKIE: Patton Kizzire, T8. Fifth time (T4, Sanderson Farms; T8, Farmers; T9, Match Play; T14, Heritage). Harold Varner III, T8. Fifth time (T5, Mayakoba; T13, Sony; T26, Northern Trust; T9, Valero).
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Joe Affrunti (T20); Lucas Lee (T36).
* - In the field at the Wells Fargo Championship as of May 1.
# - Top-10 alternate at the Wells Fargo Championship as of May 1.
Through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Smylie Kaufman 11 1st 16 13 3 2 *Emiliano Grillo 22 P1 12 10 1 3 *Patton Kizzire 30 T2 15 12 5 4 *Harold Varner III 71 T5 17 10 3 5 *Brett Stegmaier 96 T2 18 9 1 6 *Bronson Burgoon 115 T14 16 11 - 7 *Michael Kim 112 T18 17 13 - 8 *Hiroshi Iwata 129 T4 17 8 1 9 #Thomas Aiken 152 T15 12 8 - 10 *Dawie van Der Walt 164 T17 15 7 - 11 *Rob Oppenheim 161 T20 10 7 - 12 Joe Affrunti T198 T20 2 1 - 13 Lucas Lee T198 T36 9 2 - 14 #Rhein Gibson 207 T52 13 5 - 15 Andrew Landry 211 T51 9 3 - 16 Abraham Ancer 215 T42 11 1 - 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.