125 things you need to know about the Web.com Tour Championship fieldSeptember 23, 2013
By Anne Detlefsen, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- This week 125 players will tee it up at Dye's Valley at TPC Sawgrass for the final event of the Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour Finals bring together the top 75 money earners on the Web.com Tour money list, players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR's FedExCup points list and non-members who have earned enough FedExCup points based on their performance on the PGA TOUR to play them 126-200 on that list.
Their statistics, rankings and finishes have been analyzed. In the chart below, we take a different look at the field and offer up a fun fact about each player that you probably haven't heard before.
Get to know the field at the Web.com Tour Championship Steven Alker The New Zealander has worked as a petroleum engineer and a carpet cleaner. Mark Anderson The BMW Charity Pro-Am champ carries chicken tenders in his golf bag for a snack. Alex Aragon He graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University Ricky Barnes His father was a punter for the New England Patriots (1973-74). Cameron Beckman He majored in Art at Texas Lutheran University.
Camilo Benedetti Played at the University of Florida along side fellow Colombian Camilo Villegas. Shane Bertsch Gave up tennis for golf after losing a big match to future No.1-ranked Andre Agassi. Matt Bettencourt South Carolina resident has a twin sister, Michelle. Kris Blanks Wife, Tami, a golf pro in Hilton Head, S.C., has beaten him in golf nine times in nine years. Justin Bolli Walked on the University of Georgia golf team three times. Guy Boros His father was two-time U.S. Open champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Julius Boros.
D.J. Brigman This New Mexico resident cuts out recipes while on the road to try out at home.
Chad Campbell While playing golf at UNLV, worked at a coffee shop to earn spending money. Ariel Canete Latinoamerica grad often has his wife, Lorena, on his bag. Miguel Angel Carballo He learned to swing with a tree branch, and earned money by selling golf balls. Bud Cauley Supports Birdies for the Brave. His father, Bill, and grandfather are both veterans. Alex Cejka Fled Communist Czechoslovakia at age 9 as a refugee, traveling by foot and train. Daniel Chopra In 1995, he became the first person to hit a golf ball off the Great Wall of China. Will Claxton Auburn grad never travels without his fishing pole. Chad Collins Indiana resident says he would be farming if he wasn't golfing. Franklin Corpening Fort Worth, Texas resident says he wants to be on "American Idol." Adam Crawford Australian used to sleepwalk as a kid and would wake up a half-mile from home. Matt Davidson His grandfather, Dr. O. Wesley Dvidson, invented the formula for Miracle-Gro. Glen Day The 48-year-old is also a golf course designer at Glen Day-Alan Blalock Design.
Chris DiMarco Has raised more than $4M for children with cancer through Norma DiMarco tournament. Scott Dunlap Loves to discuss politics and dreams of being a guest host on "Squawk Box." Joe Durant Briefly quit golf in 1991 and attempted to sell insurance, but sold no policies.
Nick Flanagan 2003 U.S. Amateur champ and Jacksonville Beach, Fla., resident is an avid surfer. Kevin Foley New Jersey native has eight siblings, including five brothers. Oscar Fraustro Mexican earned Web.com Tour status by finishing No. 2 on Los Cincos. Brad Fritsch The Canadian's uncle is Ed Schultz from "The Ed Show" on MSNBC. Scott Gardiner Is the first player of aboriginal descent to have full status on the TOUR. Brice Garnett Graduated from Missouri Western State University with a degree in Business Finance. Bobby Gates Became friends with another Robert Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, in college. Mathew Goggin His mother, Lindy, is a three-time Australian Amateur champion. Fabian Gomez Argentine loves the movie "Gladiator" and Boca Jr., a soccer team in his home country. Andres Gonzales Is 16 days older then fellow professional Michael Putnam, both are from Washington. Jason Gore Was on "Last Call" with Carson Daly during 2005, the two played junior golf together. Paul Goydos Worked as a substitute teacher at the time of his 1992 Yuma Open victory. Nathan Green The Australian formerly worked in a crematorium. Hunter Haas His favorite movie is "Unforgiven," and he'd most like to play golf with Clint Eastwood. Chesson Hadley Plays golf right-handed, but is a lefty in most other endeavors. Adam Hadwin This University of Louisville grad loves to play Angry Birds. Ashley Hall An avid fan of the Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies. Scott Harrington Played the piano for 11 years and competed in numerous competitions. Jim Herman Once worked for Donald Trump, who he lists in his dream foursome. Tom Hoge Favorite college teams are Texas Christian and North Carolina in basketball. Billy Hurley III The former Lieutenant won two shipdriving awards during his time in Navy. Trevor Immelman Started playing at age 5 and was a scratch golfer by age 12. Ryo Ishikawa Nicknamed "Hanikami Oji," translated as "Bashful Prince," for his shy, polite demeanor. Brandt Jobe Graduated from UCLA with a degree in history. Richard S Johnson Prior to golf, he played handball at a high level and competed in skateboarding. Robert Karlsson At 6'5", the Swede is one of the tallest players in golf. Kevin Kisner Always uses head's side on a coin to mark his golf ball. Jeff Klauk Father, Fred, served as the superintendent at TPC Sawgrass before retiring in 2008. Colt Knost Winning the U.S. Amateur and Walker Cup are the biggest thrills of his golf career. Russell Knox Childhood nickname was "Roo," and if he wasn't a golfer, he would like to be a singer. Ben Kohles Known to occassionally bowl games over 200. Kelly Kraft Would like to switch places with a Formula One driver on race day. Bronson La'Cassie Univ. of Minnesota grad, who resides in Australia, calls the Vikings his favorite pro team. Doug LaBelle II Graduated from the Univ. of Mexico with a degree in Business and Human Resources. Steve LeBrun In 1990, he pitched two no-hitters for his all-star baseball team.
Danny Lee Moved from South Korea to New Zealand when he was 8 years old. Spencer Levin Father, Don, played the PGA TOUR in the early 1980s. Luke List Self proclaimed "expert omelet maker," and lover of Mexican food. Andrew Loupe Was an all-state basketball player in high school.
Jamie Lovemark Went to Torrey Pines High, same school that turned out Tony Hawk and Shaun White. Bill Lunde Worked in sales for the Las Vegas Founders -- the group that ran the PGA TOUR event there. Will MacKenzie Outdoor enthusiast who lived out of his van in Montana for five years. Peter Malnati Is a big Kansas City Royals fan and wore Royals' colors during his first Web.com win. Steve Marino Started golf at age 3 by swinging a cut-down 3-iron in his backyard. Ben Martin Clemson grad only marks his ball with quarters dated before 1987. David Mathis Won the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open in 2010 at Dye's Valley. Troy Matteson Lists Superman as his hero, but says his real-life heroes are his parents. Len Mattiace Wake Forest alum roots for the New York Yankees and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scott McCarron Good-luck charm he carries on course is a SpongeBob SquarePants from his daughters. Fernando Mechereffe Has reached speeds of 140 mph in a stock car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Troy Merritt Won the 2010 Kodak Challenge.
Henrik Norlander Enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings and Roger Federer. Sean O'Hair Turned pro during his senior year of high school when he was 17. Nick O'Hern It was a toss-up between turning professional at baseball, tennis or golf. Greg Owen Was ranked as the No. 1 tennis player in Nottinghamshire at age 13 Rod Pampling If the Australian weren't a golfer, he would be a race-car driver. Scott Parel Was a computer programmer and database administrator for 10 years after college. Jin Park Ranks 12th in Driving Accuracy Percentage on the PGA TOUR this year. Bhavik Patel His dream foursome would include Sergio Garcia, David Feherty and Kobe Bryant. Cameron Percy Non-golf related jobs include working as a sports reporter and a bartender. John Peterson Won an NCAA Championship at Louisiana State University. Tim Petrovic Once worked as a pizza baker and delivery man. Philip Pettitt Jr. Tennessee resident never travels without a sleep machine (noise maker). Alistair Presnell Spent time as an air-conditioning mechanic. Aron Price Grew up hoping to become a professional rugby player. Roots for Cronulla Sharks. Dicky Pride Early in 1994, rescheduled his wedding day so it wouldn't conflict with q-school.
Alex Prugh Avid skiier who was a high school golf rival of Andres Gonzales. Andrew D. Putnam Brother to Michael Putnam, would like to be a Navy SEAL for a day. Michael Putnam Graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in Business Administration. Jim Renner Massachusetts resident is a big fan of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Tag Ridings Father is a club professional at South Lakes GC in Jenks, Okla. Wes Roach Graduated from Duke with a degree in Sociology and has never been to New York. Alexandre Rocha Credits Brazil being awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics as turning his career around. Nick Rousey Loves to eat at Chick-fil-A and draws in his free time. Marcel Siem Represented Germany at the World Cup in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Heath Slocum Played on the same high school golf team as Boo Weekley and Bubba Watson. Byron Smith If he weren't a golfer, he would be a bass guitar player in a band. Ryan Spears Has worked as a transporter at an Autocraft store in Wichita since college. Shawn Stefani Always marks his ball with a 1962 quarter that his girlfriend gave him. Brett Stegmaier Is afraid of flying and would like to switch places with the director for the CIA. Darron Stiles Never travels without peanut butter and collects crystal. Robert Streb Played hockey with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Andrew Svoboda Likes watching "Family Guy" and lists "Happy Gilmore" as his favorite movie. Hudson Swafford Georgia grad follows the Atlanta Falcons and Braves. Vaughn Taylor Grew up and went to college in Augusta, Ga. Still lives there.
Roland Thatcher Has lived off the fifth hole at TPC The Woodlands since age 2. Brendon Todd Biggest thrill outside of golf was a 140-meter bungee jump he made in New Zealand. Peter Tomasulo Helped the University of California win the 2004 NCAA Championship. D.J. Trahan Father, Don, who has recorded 13 career aces, got him started in the game. Kevin Tway Son of Bob Tway, would love to trade places with an astronaut for a day. Tyrone Van Aswegen South African loves steak and the Oklahoma Sooners. Dawie van der Walt Loves Shakira and playing Call of Duty on PlayStation. Jhonattan Vegas Picked up the game by playing with a broomstick and a rock. Aaron Watkins Played one year of high school golf with Charlie Beljan in Mesa, Ariz.. Steve Wheatcroft Jacksonville resident holds the Web.com Tour 72-hole scoring record.
Tim Wilkinson Learned the game by hitting a 6-iron around the playground at his old school. Lee Williams Always marks his ball with a quarter, heads up. Casey Wittenberg Tennessee native's favorite food is steak, medium-rare. "I'm a red-meat Southern boy."