2016-2017 Rookie Ranking
October 17, 2016
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Wesley Bryan won three Web.com Tour events and made four TOUR starts last season. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
There are 25 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17. 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: When the Web.com Tour Championship was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, it signified the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Finals. Therefore, the PGA TOUR’s rookie class of 2016-17 was set. All but four competed in the season-opening Safeway Open. Sebastian Muñoz also would have gained entry as the last man in the field of 144, but he passed on the spot.
Fourteen of the 21 at Silverado Resort and Spa’s North Course made the cut. That’s the most in any tournament since the 2014 AT&T Byron Nelson when rookies went 14-for-23. Adding to the intrigue is that, with a share of eighth place, Cody Gribble paced the group out of the 38th spot in the Web.com Tour graduate reshuffle. Obviously, it would slide him to first position if the first reorder occurred now; his category will reshuffle at the conclusion of The RSM Classic on Nov. 20. The lefty’s performance serves as the prototypical hot start that all golfers with his status are seeking to generate more playing time after the season restarts in January.
Five rookies made their PGA TOUR debuts at the Safeway Open, three of whom are noted in CAREER-BEST FINISHES below. The other two, Seamus Power and Rick Lamb, missed the cut by one and four strokes, respectively.
Andrew Johnston finished T28 at the British Masters. He’s 21st in the Race to Dubai ranking that also includes 2015-16 rookies Rafa Cabrera Bello (sixth), Søren Kjeldsen (16th), Byeong-Hun An (33rd) and Thomas Aiken (73rd).
LOW ROOKIE: Cody Gribble, T8.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES; * = PGA TOUR DEBUT): Cody Gribble (T8); Mackenzie Hughes (T13); Trey Mullinax (T22); *Dominic Bozzelli (T35); *Brett Drewitt (T35); Richy Werenski (T35); *JT Poston (T57); Xander Schauffele (T60); Ryan Brehm (69th).
NOTE: No rookies are scheduled to compete anywhere as of Oct. 16.
Through the Safeway Open
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Cody Gribble T8 T8 1 1 1 2 Mackenzie Hughes T13 T13 1 1 - 3 Trey Mullinax T22 T22 1 1 - 4 Ryan Blaum T26 T26 1 1 - T5 Dominic Bozzelli T35 T35 1 1 - T5 Brett Drewitt T35 T35 1 1 - T5 Richy Werenski T35 T35 1 1 - 8 Brian Campbell T49 T50 1 1 - T9 Wesley Bryan T54 T55 1 1 - T9 J.J. Spaun T54 T55 1 1 - 11 JT Poston T56 T57 1 1 - 12 Xander Schauffele T59 T60 1 1 - 13 Ryan Brehm 68th 69th 1 1 - 14 Nicholas Lindheim 69th 70th 1 1 - T15 Cheng Tsung Pan n/a MC 1 - - T15 Seamus Power n/a MC 1 - - T17 Julian Etulain n/a MC 1 - - T17 Bobby Wyatt n/a MC 1 - - T19 Rick Lamb n/a MC 1 - - T19 Grayson Murray n/a MC 1 - - 21 Ollie Schniederjans n/a MC 1 - - T22 Patrick Cantlay n/a - - - - T22 Joel Dahmen n/a - - - - T22 Andrew Johnston n/a - - - - T22 Sebastian Muñoz 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.