January 27, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
Justin Thomas' 10th-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open earned the young pro an additional PGA TOUR start. His next TOUR start will likely come at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Feb. 6-9 in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Thomas shot 68-73-72-69 at Torrey Pines to finish T-10, three shots behind winner Scott Stallings. It was Thomas' first top- 25 in eight career PGA TOUR starts (four as a professional).
Players who finish T-10 or better at a TOUR event usually get into the following open event. Top-10 finishers are in exemption category No. 24, which falls after the top 125 players on the previous year's FedExCup points list and money list, though. The Waste Management Phoenix Open's 132-man field filled before reaching category 24. The top-10 finishers do not lose their exemption, though. They get into the next available event.
Most of the Web.com Tour graduates (category 25) are expected to get into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am's 156-man field. Thomas turned pro in September 2013 and does not have PGA TOUR status, though. The Farmers Insurance Open was his fourth sponsor exemption of the 2013-14 season; non-members are limited to seven sponsor exemptions per season (his Pebble Beach start does not count against that total). He has made two of four cuts in 2013-14, finishing 72nd in the Frys.com Open and 10th at the Farmers Insurance Open. He is exempt for the Web.com Tour's first eight events of 2014 after finishing 32nd at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Order of committed players finishing in the top 10 at Farmers Insurance Open:
*-exempt in category 25