2016-2017 Rookie Ranking
July 17, 2017
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Xander Schauffele became the fourth rookie to claim a TOUR title this season when he won The Greenbrier Classic. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
There are 26 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 we look back on it, the John Deere Classic may not have been the deciding factor for Wesley Bryan if he’s the Rookie of the Year, but he moves back into the lead in the Rookie Ranking.
Thanks to a Sunday 64 during which he circled nine birdies, including five in a row through the 17th hole, Bryan rose 24 spots on the leaderboard and into a share of third place with fellow rookie, Rick Lamb. They finished two strokes adrift of champion Bryson DeChambeau.
It was in this space just a week ago in which the case was made for Xander Schauffele as having the inside lane for Rookie of the Year. Bryan, Schauffele and Mackenzie Hughes have each won one tournament rewarding its champion 500 FedExCup points. (Cody Gribble’s haul for prevailing at the Sanderson Farms Championship was 300 points.) Schauffele’s T5 at the U.S. Open gave him the edge in the aggregate, at least until Bryan recorded his fifth top 10 of the season. Four have been top fives. Schauffele has a pair of T5s to go with his victory.
Bryan and Schauffele (and Gribble) are knotted at four low-rookie performances, while Hughes has five. With two majors, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the Playoffs all on the horizon, this race has everything we want.
Meanwhile, Lamb turned in respective rounds of 63 and 66 on the weekend en route to his T3. The lefty led the tournament in both strokes gained: off-the-tee and eagles with three, including a pair on the drivable, par-4 14th (in the first and third rounds). And talk about timely. He vaulted from 206th in the FedExCup standings to 149th.
Andrew Johnston and Tyrrell Hatton competed at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. It was the third consecutive week of competition on their home circuit for both. Beef finished T19 to climb to 96th in the Race to Dubai standings. Hatton has missed four straight cuts dating back to the U.S. Open. He’s now 46th in the R2D.
LOW ROOKIES: Wesley Bryan, T3. Fourth time (T4, Genesis; T4, Honda; Win, Heritage). Rick Lamb, T3. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Rick Lamb (T3), Brian Campbell (T12).
* - In the field at The Open Championship as of July 16.
# - In the field at the Barbasol Championship as of July 16.
^ - Tyrrell Hatton 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 John Deere Classic
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Wesley Bryan 20 Win 22 15 5 2 *Xander Schauffele 28 Win 21 14 3 3 Mackenzie Hughes 23 Win 25 17 2 4 Cody Gribble 78 Win 23 9 2 5 Ollie Schniederjans 62 T3 22 16 4 6 *^Tyrrell Hatton (93) T4 (2) 10 7 3 7 Patrick Cantlay 66 2nd 7 7 2 8 J.J. Spaun 88 T4 24 14 3 9 C.T. Pan 85 T2 25 10 3 10 #Dominic Bozzelli 100 T3 22 10 3 11 #Ryan Blaum 105 T7 25 19 1 12 #J.T. Poston 120 T10 24 16 1 13 #Trey Mullinax 117 T9 24 14 1 14 #Grayson Murray 124 T8 23 13 1 15 #Julian Etulain 157 T5 18 11 1 16 *Sebastian Muñoz 145 T3 13 7 1 17 #Rick Lamb 149 T3 15 5 1 18 #Seamus Power 142 T21 21 15 - 19 #Richy Werenski 154 T9 21 11 1 20 #Ryan Brehm 159 T18 21 15 - 21 #Joel Dahmen 172 T9 12 5 1 22 #Brian Campbell 169 T12 16 7 - 23 *Andrew Johnston 188 T10 11 7 1 24 #Nicholas Lindheim 185 T23 17 8 - 25 #Brett Drewitt 199 T31 15 6 - 26 #Bobby Wyatt 229 T57 16 2 -
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.