There are 23 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18. This feature provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Rookie of the Year is voted by PGA TOUR members who make at least 15 starts.
SNAPSHOT: There was only one week off in between PGA TOUR seasons, but it wasn’t without significant news.
To no one’s surprise, Xander Schauffele was crowned the Rookie of the Year for 2016-17. He was the class’ only two-time winner. He captured his second title occurring at the season-ending TOUR Championship to finish third in the FedExCup standings behind Justin Thomas and 2013 Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, respectively.
The other development was first covered in last week’s turnover of this page. Six rookies secured PGA TOUR cards at the Web.com Tour Finals, the other 17 via the regular season on the 2017 Web.com Tour.
Only Austin Cook elected not to debut at the Safeway Open where only eight of 22 made the cut. Tyler Duncan made the biggest splash with a two-way tie for fifth place. After sharing the 18-hole lead (with Tom Hoge and eventual champion Brendan Steele), Duncan led outright after both 36 and 54 holes.
As impressive as Duncan’s performance was, it was just the third-best finish by a rookie in the Safeway Open since the wraparound season was introduced in 2013. Brooks Koepka tied for third at CordeValle in 2013 and Emiliano Grillo prevailed in a playoff at Silverado in 2015.
LOW ROOKIE: Tyler Duncan, T5. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Tyler Duncan (T5); Brandon Harkins (T9); Corey Conners (T30); Stephan Jaeger (T30); Tom Lovelady (T43); Ben Silverman (T43); Talor Gooch (T54)
* - In the field at the CIMB Classic as of Oct. 8.
Through the Safeway Open
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 Tyler Duncan T5 T5 1 1 1 2 Brandon Harkins T9 T9 1 1 1 T3 Corey Conners T30 T30 1 1 - T3 Stephan Jaeger T30 T30 1 1 - 5 Xinjun Zhang T37 T37 1 1 - T6 Tom Lovelady T43 T43 1 1 - T6 Ben Silverman T43 T43 1 1 - 8 Talor Gooch T53 T54 1 1 - T9 Lanto Griffin n/a MC 1 - - T9 Nate Lashley n/a MC 1 - - T9 Conrad Shindler n/a MC 1 - - T9 Ethan Tracy n/a MC 1 - - T9 Andrew Yun n/a MC 1 - - T9 Sam Ryder n/a MC 1 - - T9 Adam Schenk n/a MC 1 - - T9 Marty Dou n/a MC 1 - - T9 Aaron Wise n/a MC 1 - - T9 Matt Atkins n/a MC 1 - - T9 Denny McCarthy n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Peter Uihlein n/a MC 1 - - T9 Keith Mitchell n/a MC 1 - - T9 Roberto Diaz n/a WD 1 - - n/a Austin Cook n/a - - - -
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, the Top 125 on the Official PGA TOUR Money 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 for the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year if he has previously played in more than seven (7) Official PGA TOUR Money events as a professional in any prior season.