2015-2016 Rookie Rankings
September 19, 2016
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Emiliano Grillo qualified for the TOUR Championship as a rookie. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
There are 21 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: With the Rookie of the Year race potentially to be decided at this week’s TOUR Championship where Si Woo Kim and Emiliano Grillo are scheduled to compete, rookies who won’t appear on the ballot are nonetheless busy chasing other rewards.
Seven of the eight who appeared in the lid-lifter of the Web.com Tour Finals played last week’s Albertsons Boise Open. (Bronson Burgoon withdrew before his tee time in the opening round.) Three survived the cut, including Hiroshi Iwata whose T12 is the best finish in the series thus far by the 2015-16 PGA TOUR rookie class. At 22nd on the money list to determine the 25 qualifiers, he is the only outgoing rookie inside the bubble to regain fully exempt status. Five others slot somewhere from T37 to T75. Two have yet to make a cut.
A trio of international talents who secured PGA TOUR status as rookies during the 2015-16 season dotted the headlines across last week’s Italian Open. Rafa Cabrera-Bello tied for 12th place. Byeong-Hun An also made the cut, but he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after his third round. And Søren Kjeldsen withdrew after completing only 20 holes. With six events remaining before The Final Series on the European Tour, Cabrera-Bello ranks fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, Kjeldsen sits 21st and An is 29th. Thomas Aiken has drifted to 69th in the R2D as he navigates the Web.com Tour Finals.
LOW ROOKIE: n/a.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): n/a
* - In the field at the TOUR Championship as of Sept. 18.
# - In the field at the Web.com Tour's Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship as of Sept. 18.
^ - Byeong-Hun An, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Søren Kjeldsen and Jon Rahm completed the PGA TOUR Season with enough non-member FedExCup points and/or earnings to finish inside the top 125 among members and, therefore, qualify as rookies. None are eligible for the Playoffs, but the number in parentheses in the FedExCup Rank column reflects where he would rank among members at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship.
Through September 18
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Si Woo Kim 18 1st 33 22 4 2 *Emiliano Grillo 9 P1 24 21 2 3 Smylie Kaufman 43 1st 28 18 4 4 Patton Kizzire 82 T2 27 20 5 5 ^Rafa Cabrera-Bello (79) 3rd 10 9 3 6 Harold Varner III 75 T5 28 18 4 7 Brett Stegmaier 108 T2 29 16 3 8 ^Byeong-Hun An (101) P2 14 10 2 9 ^Jon Rahm (122) T2 7 6 2 10 ^Søren Kjeldsen (139) T7 12 10 2 11 Michael Kim 118 T11 29 22 - 12 Bronson Burgoon 131 T14 27 16 - 13 #Hiroshi Iwata 146 T4 29 14 1 14 #Rob Oppenheim 158 T10 21 13 1 15 #Andrew Landry 178 T8 18 9 1 16 #Thomas Aiken 166 T15 23 12 - 17 #Dawie van Der Walt 171 T17 25 11 - 18 #Abraham Ancer 190 T18 19 6 - 19 #Rhein Gibson 199 T25 20 9 - 20 Lucas Lee 203 T36 16 6 - 21 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.