2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
July 25, 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: Australia's Rhein Gibson completed the RBC Canadian Open in 4-under 284 and didn't break 70 in any round, but he paced 13 rookies in the field at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. It's the worst performance by any low rookie since Emiliano Grillo's T55 was best of seven at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational in late May. To find the last worst finish with as many as 13 in a field, you have to go back to The RSM Classic in November where Smylie Kaufman's T33 was best among 14 rookies in play.
Gibson's first low-rookie honors weren't his only achievement. He also recorded the longest drive of the tournament. It occurred at the par-5 16th hole in the third round and led to a birdie. His smash came to rest beyond a cart path right of the fairway and 406 yards from the tee. It's the fourth-longest measured drive for any golfer all season and the longest by any rookie since 2009.
In just his fourth start as a professional, non-member Jon Rahm tied for second place at Glen Abbey. With the equivalent of 382.283 FedExCup points collected, he's exceeded the threshold for Special Temporary Membership. His aggregate earnings of $868,008.20 would rank 102nd among members, so he's a virtual lock to finish inside the top 125. (He'd currently slot 129th in the FedExCup standings.) However, unless he wins, because he can't total 10 starts as a pro this season, he wouldn't become rookie eligible until the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship.
LOW ROOKIE -- Rhein Gibson, T32. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES) -- n/a
* - In the field at PGA Championship as of July 24.
# - In the field at the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic as of July 24.
^ - Byeong-Hun An has Special Temporary Membership but is ineligible for the FedExCup Playoffs unless he wins a tournament. As a result, the number in parentheses in the FedExCup Rank column reflects where he would rank among members.
Through the RBC Canadian Open
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Smylie Kaufman 19 1st 23 16 4 2 *Emiliano Grillo 30 P1 20 17 1 3 *Patton Kizzire 54 T2 23 18 5 4 *Harold Varner III 69 T5 24 16 4 5 *^Byeong-Hun An (84) P2 13 10 2 6 Brett Stegmaier 111 T2 26 15 2 7 Michael Kim 108 T11 25 20 - 8 Bronson Burgoon 120 T14 24 15 - 9 Hiroshi Iwata 139 T4 26 13 1 10 Rob Oppenheim 150 T10 18 12 1 11 Thomas Aiken 167 T15 20 11 - 12 Dawie van Der Walt 173 T17 22 9 - 13 Andrew Landry 187 T15 15 7 - 14 #Rhein Gibson 196 T25 18 8 - 15 Abraham Ancer 199 T18 16 4 - 16 #Lucas Lee 210 T36 13 4 - 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.