Rookies to watch on Web.com Tour
February 11, 2014
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Among the 290 players with eligibility in 2014 are a number of recent collegiate/amateur standouts and new Tour members who already have impressive resumes.
Blayne Barber – Age 24…Born in Tallahassee, Fla…Resides in Auburn, Ala…Was a first-team (2012) and second-team (2011) All-American at Auburn University…Was a member of the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup team…Made seven Web.com Tour starts via Monday qualifiers and exemptions in 2013, which included at T2 at the News Sentinel Open…Subject to second reshuffle (after first eight events).
Daniel Berger – Age 20…Born in Plantation and resides in Jupiter, Fla…Played two seasons at Florida State University, earning first-team All-American honors in 2013…Was runner-up to Max Homa at 2013 NCAA Championship…Father, Jay, is the director of men's tennis for the USTA… Subject to second reshuffle (after first eight events).
Ryan Blaum – Age 30…Born in Miami and resides in Champions Gate, Fla…Finished No. 1 on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica Order or Merit to secure fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2014…Had two victories, two runner-up finishes and seven top 10s in 13 starts…Was an All-American at Duke University and ACC player of the year in 2005 and 2006.
Albin Choi – Age 21…Born in Surrey, B.C., Canada…Resides in Raleigh, N.C…Won the 2010 Canadian Amateur…Captured nine titles at North Carolina State University…Was a first-team All-American in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012 and 2011…Subject to second reshuffle (after first eight events).
Zack Fischer – Age 24…Born and resides in Texarkana, Texas…Was medalist at Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals in December, birdieing the final two holes to win by two…Played collegiately at the University of Texas-Arlington, where he won two titles and had 16 top-10 finishes…Has fully exempt status.
Steven Fox – Age 23…Born in Greenville, S.C…Resides in Nashville, Tenn…Captured the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills CC in Denver, Colo…Was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection (2011-2013) at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga...Played on the winning U.S. team at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship…Has conditional status.
Max Homa – Age 23…Born in Burbank and resides in Valencia, California…Won the 2013 NCAA Championship individual title…Was first-team All-American for the University of California-Berkeley in 2013 and made third team in 2012…Competitive low round is 61 at the North Course at Los Angeles CC…Played in 2013 Walker Cup prior to turning pro…Finished T9 in his debut at Frys.com Open in October…Subject to third reshuffle (after first 12 events).
Mackenzie Hughes – Age 23…Born in Hamilton, Ont., Canada…Resides in Dundas, Ont. and Charlotte, N.C…Finished No. 1 on PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit to secure fully-exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2014…Had one win, a runner-up and a third-place finish…Captured three victories while playing at Kent State University in Ohio…Won the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Amateur Championship.
Michael Kim – Age 20…Born in Seoul, South Korea…Resides in Del Mar, Calif…Won Jack Nicklaus Award in 2013 as nation’s best collegiate golfer…Was first-team All-American in 2013 as a sophomore and honorable mention in 2012 while at the U. of California-Berkeley… Was low amateur (T17) at 2013 U.S. Open at Merion…Played on the winning U.S. Walker Cup team in 2013…Turned pro in December after Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals…Has conditional status.
Nick Taylor – Age 25…Born in Winnipeg, Man., Canada…Resides in Abbotsford, B.C. and Phoenix, Ariz…Won the 2007 Canadian Amateur… Was ranked No. 1 in the R&A's World Amateur Golf Ranking for 21 straight weeks (June-November 2009) and subsequently won the Mark H. McCormack Medal... Won four individual titles while at the University of Washington...Earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2008 (sophomore) and named to first team in 2009 and 2010...Won the 2010 Ben Hogan Award given annually to the best amateur/collegiate player...Was runner-up at both the 2008 NCAA Championship and 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship…Finished seventh on 2013 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit…Subject to second reshuffle (after first eight events).
Justin Thomas – Age 20…Born in Louisville and resides in Goshen, Ky… Won both the 2012 Fred Haskins Award and 2012 Jack Nicklaus Award, presented annually to the top college player...Captured 2012 first-team All-American honors and was a second-team member in 2013 while at the University of Alabama…won six individual titles in two years in college…Final amateur event was 2013 Walker Cup…Was the third-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA TOUR event (2009 Wyndham Championship) at age 16 years, 3 months, 24 days…Finished T10 at the recent Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR…Subject to second reshuffle (after first eight events).
T.J. Vogel – Age 23…Born in Pembroke Pines and lives in Hollywood, Fla…Won the 2012 U.S. Public Links Championship…Was a two-time All-American – honorable mention in 2010 at USC and second team in 2012 at the University of Florida…Has conditional status.
Eugene Wong – Age 23…Born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and lives in North Vancouver…At the University of Oregon, was named first-team All-American in 2010 and 2012…Won Jack Nicklaus Award in 2010 as college golf’s best player…Won the 2008 Callaway Junior World…Has conditional status.
Among the familiar names on Tour this year will be four sons of former PGA TOUR winners Olin Browne, Jr., (age 25) Tyler McCumber (22), Jamison Sindelar (24) and Matt Weibring (34).