2018-19 Rookie Ranking
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
There are 21 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2018-19. This page provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members who make at least 15 starts.
Save Russell Henley’s historic performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2013, rookies haven’t made much noise in tournament history. It’s a silence that continued last week, at least by the time the weekend arrived.
Of the 20 rookies in the field, Sungjae Im’s piece of a four-way T16 was the only top 40 among 10 rookies who survived the 36-hole cut. (Three were snipped when the 54-hole cut fell.) It’s the best result among 57 rookies who have competed at Waialae Country Club in the last three years.
The tournament didn’t start out quietly for this class, however.
Adam Svensson opened with a bogey-free, 9-under 61 that included an eagle. It’s the lowest aggregate score by any rookie since Sebastián Muñoz carded a 9-under 61 in the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in 2017. Alas, unlike the Colombian who went on to record a career-best T3 that week, Svensson played his last 54 holes at Waialae in 2-over and finished in an eight-way tie for 43rd.
Elsewhere, Joey Garber got off the schneid when he survived the halfway cut on the number. A third-round 76 left him last among 10 who missed the secondary cut. Garber was the only Web.com Tour grad who failed to make at least one cut in the fall portion of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season. He started 0-for-3.
Among the non-members in the field who have yet to exhaust rookie eligibility, Shugo Imahira led the way with a 10-way T33 worth 18.550 FedExCup points. He gained entry via a sponsor exemption. Prior to the tournament, the 26-year-old from Japan was extended a special invitation to compete in the Masters. He led the Japan Golf Tour’s Order of Merit in 2018.
LOW ROOKIE: Sungjae Im, T16. Fourth time. (Previous: T4=Safeway; T41=CJ CUP; T15=Shriners.) CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): None.
* - In the field at the Desert Classic as of Jan. 13.
Through the Sony Open in Hawaii
|Rank||Name||FedExCup Rank||Best Finish||Starts||Cuts Made||Top 10s|
|14||*José de Jesús Rodríguez||166||T41||6||4||-|
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 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 to be a rookie if he has previously played in more than seven (7) Official PGA TOUR Money events as a professional in any prior season.