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.
As the PGA TOUR completed its second of six weeks off for the holiday hiatus, Sungjae Im and Cameron Davis stayed busy in familiar climes.
Im was one of 30 qualifiers at the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup. While he’s a former Rookie of the Year on the Japan Golf Tour, he hasn’t competed on the circuit since last year’s JT Cup. He gained entry this year via his position inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking on Nov. 25. (He sat 99th.) So, he was making his JGT season debut in what was the 2018 season finale.
With an aggregate of 1-under 279 at Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club, Im finished in a four-way tie for 15th place, seven strokes off the pace of champion Satoshi Kodaira, who survived a three-way playoff that included former PGA TOUR member Ryo Ishikawa. Kodaira was a finalist for the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award on the PGA TOUR primarily due to his victory at the RBC Heritage.
Approximately 4,500 miles to the south, Davis participated in the Australian PGA Championship, a full field of 156 entrants at RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast on the eastern edge of his homeland. He missed the cut by three strokes in the Australasian Tour’s final event of its season.
Cameron Smith, who was a PGA TOUR rookie in 2014-15 via Special Temporary Membership, prevailed by two strokes over 2009 Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman.
NOTE: Since rookies are not expected to compete again this month, this page likely won’t be updated again until field for the Sentry Tournament of Champions is released on Friday, Dec. 28.
* - Qualified for the Sentry Tournament of Champions (Jan. 3-6).
Through December 2
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Cameron Champ 6 Win 5 5 3 2 Sungjae Im 34 T4 6 4 1 3 Chase Wright 44 T7 5 3 2 4 Anders Albertson 50 T5 5 4 1 5 Seth Reeves 93 T7 5 5 1 6 Jim Knous 100 T10 3 1 1 7 Cameron Davis 91 T17 4 3 - 8 Kramer Hickok 106 T23 5 2 - 9 Kyle Jones 134 T23 5 3 - 10 K.H. Lee 133 T29 6 3 - 11 Wyndham Clark 141 T33 5 4 - 12 Adam Svensson 158 T39 5 2 - 13 José de Jesús Rodríguez 163 T41 5 3 - 14 Hank Lebioda 156 T32 3 1 - T15 Brady Schnell T187 T45 3 1 - T15 Chris Thompson T187 T45 3 1 - T15 John Chin T187 T45 5 1 - 18 Sepp Straka 181 T46 3 1 - 19 Martin Trainer T195 T60 5 1 - 20 Adam Long 200 T63 3 1 - 21 Joey Garber n /a MC 3 - -
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.