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.
For the first time in 12 months, rookies were not represented in a PGA TOUR event, but this has been the norm at the CIMB Classic, not the exception.
Carlos Ortiz (T65, 2014) and Peter Uihlein (T10, 2017) are the only true rookies ever to have competed in the six-year event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and both needed sponsor exemptions to gain entry.
Cameron Smith tied for fifth in 2014, but he didn’t qualify as a rookie that season until he secured Special Temporary Membership and reached 10 starts. The Aussie earned a spot in that field via the Asian Tour money list.
The Asian Swing features three limited-field invitationals that reserve the majority of its exemptions for multiple achievements. They include placement in the FedExCup from the previous PGA TOUR season and success abroad. So, it’s somewhat predictable that THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in 2017 was last TOUR stop with zero rookies in play. It was an inaugural event. Yet, the second edition of the tournament on Jeju Island in South Korea hosts two current rookies.
Sungjae Im grew up on Jeju Island and honed his game at The Club at Nine Bridges, host of this week’s tournament. He’s in the field officially as a representative of the host country.
South Korea’s K.H. Lee also is in the field. He received a sponsor exemption. The 27-year-old from Seoul earned his 2018-19 PGA TOUR card via the regular-season money list on the 2018 Web.com Tour.
Non-member Shubhanka Sharma of India is committed to THE CJ CUP. His three-way T10 at TPC Kualu Lumpur on Sunday netted the equivalent of 70 FedExCup points. Short of a victory, he’s in pursuit of 266.136 non-member FedExCup points -- this season’s target to attain Special Temporary Membership. Although the 22-year-old hasn’t been a member of the PGA TOUR, he exhausted his rookie eligibility in 2017-18 by making 11 starts. His equivalent of 129.186 FedExCup points would have ranked him 185th among members. That yielded the opportunity to compete in the Web.com Tour Finals, but he opted to continue his seasons on the European and Asian Tours.
* - In the field at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES as of Oct. 14.
Through the CIMB Classic
|Rank||Name||FedExCup Rank||Best Finish||Starts||Cuts Made||Top 10s|
|T13||José de Jesús Rodríguez||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Kramer Hickok||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Brady Schnell||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Chris Thompson||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Anders Albertson||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||*K.H. Lee||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||John Chin||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Hank Lebioda||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
|T13||Joey Garber||n /a||MC||1||-||-|
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.