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      2014-2015 Rookie Rankings

    • Justin Thomas is putting together a stellar rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)Justin Thomas is putting together a stellar rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

    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: With a share of seventh place at the Wells Fargo Championship, Justin Thomas became just the second of 54 rookies in the last three editions to record a top 15. (Derek Ernrt won in a playoff in 2013.) Meanwhile, Joe Affrunti (T41) and Benjamin Alvarado (MC) competed in the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.

    LOW ROOKIE:
    Justin Thomas, T7. Fifth time (T6, Sony; T10, Valspar; T11, Heritage; T24, PLAYERS).

    CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): n/a

    NOTES
    • Justin Thomas: Third-round, 7-under 65 tied for second-lowest of the week (with Robert Streb, first round), but was four strokes higher than Rory McIlroy's course record, also in the third round.
    • Thomas: Co-led the field in par-5 scoring average (with Patrick Rodgers) at 4.13 (three eagles, eight birdies, five pars).
    • Thomas: Ranked second in total eagles with three. (Jason Bohn totaled four.) His 11 eagles on the season ranks second overall (Hideki Matsuyama, 13).
    • Tony Finau: First top-40 finish in nine starts.
    • Daniel Berger: Smashed the longest drive of the week: 373 yards on the par-5 fifth hole in the final round. (He two-putted for par.)
    • Scott Pinckney: Third-round, 6-under 66 was one of 12 bogey-free rounds in the tournament and the only by a rookie.
    • Whee Kim: Converted four consecutive putts (Nos. 12-15) ranging 17-26 feet in his second round, scoring par-birdie-birdie-birdie. Also birdied the par-3 sixth hole in the same round from 18 feet, 10 inches.
    • Jonathan Randolph: Season-best finish (T20).
    • Carlos Sainz Jr.: Ended 0-for-8 skid.
    • Benjamin Alvarado: Has one start remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category and five remaining on a Minor Medical.
    • Patrick Cantlay: Has 10 starts remaining on his medical extension.
    • Joe Affrunti: Has seven starts remaining on his medical extension.

    * - In the field at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial as of May 17.
    # - Top-10 alternate at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial as of May 17.

    Thru the Wells Fargo Championship
    Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s
    1 *Nick Taylor 69 1st 18 12 1
    2 *Daniel Berger 23 P2 19 13 4
    3 Justin Thomas 36 T4 19 14 5
    4 *Tony Finau 67 T7 (2) 18 11 2
    5 *Carlos Ortiz 79 T9 17 12 1
    6 *Zac Blair 81 T6 19 10 1
    7 Blayne Barber 96 T8 17 10 3
    8 *Scott Pinckney 99 T6 16 10 2
    9 *Jon Curran 106 P2 17 8 3
    10 *Adam Hadwin 118 T10 19 11 1
    11 *S.J. Park 95 T2 16 9 1
    12 #Whee Kim 146 T8 12 7 1
    13 #Andrew Putnam 156 T12 15 7 -
    14 #Mark Hubbard 160 T20 15 9 -
    15 Jonathan Randolph 169 T20 15 6 -
    16 Oscar Fraustro 175 T9 12 4 1
    17 Tom Hoge 172 T32 15 7 -
    18 Byron Smith 192 T19 12 3 -
    19 Carlos Sainz Jr. 203 T9 11 2 1
    20 Benjamin Alvarado T222 T22 3 1 -
    21 Roger Sloan 225 T56 11 4 -
    22 Zack Sucher 244 73rd 9 1 -
    23 Patrick Cantlay 246 76th 1 1 -
    24 Joe Affrunti - MC 1 - -

     

    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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