There are 21 rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2019-20. This page provides a subjective ranking updated weekly. The Arnold Palmer Award winner is determined in a vote by PGA TOUR members who make at least 15 starts. The Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the Olympic Games count as one of the 15.
The last time that A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier was contested, Joaquin Niemann shared low-rookie honors with Austin Cook with a T5. That was two seasons ago in the summer of 2018. In his return visit, the 20-year-old Chilean ran away with a six-stroke breakthrough victory on Sunday.
In the 2017 edition, Xander Schauffele connected for his first PGA TOUR title en route to Rookie of the Year honors.
Needless to say, Greenbrier has played as important a role in identifying the best rookies as it has in contributing to the foundation of their future. This time around, however, it merely validated what we expected.
All 21 rookies laced up for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier to launch into the 2019-20 season. Of the eight who survived the cut, 2019 Korn Ferry Tour earnings leader Scottie Scheffler led the way with a three-way share of second place that included Robby Shelton, a first-time member who doesn’t qualify as a rookie.
Viktor Hovland was one stroke higher at T10. So, the preseason favorites to claim the Arnold Palmer Award in 2020 already have distanced themselves like a staggered start of a marathon.
Slotting third among rookies at The Old White TPC was Harry Higgs. He tied for 19th in what represented his PGA TOUR debut. Only two other rookies never had competed in a TOUR event before – Michael Gellerman (MC) and Vincent Whaley (MC).
The new 36-hole cut of low 65 and ties clipped three rookies who would have played at least one more round under the old provision of low 70 and ties. Bo Hoag, Matthew NeSmith and Chase Seiffert all were one stroke too high to advance.
The day before the season started, Sungjae Im was crowned as the Rookie of the Year for the 2018-19 season. He was voted over Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Adam Long and Cameron Champ.
As 18 rookies make their way to Jackson, Mississippi, for the Sanderson Farms Championship, Norway’s Hovland and England’s Tom Lewis will compete in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship. It’s the flagship event on that circuit.
LOW ROOKIE: Scottie Scheffler, T7. First time.
CAREER-BEST FINISHES (AND TIES): Scottie Scheffler (T7), Harry Higgs (T19), Scott Harrington (T24), Vince Covello (T47).
* - In the field at the Sanderson Farms Championship as of Sept. 15.
# - In the field at the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship as of Sept. 15.
Through A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
Rank Name FedExCup Rank Best Finish Starts Cuts Made Top 10s 1 *Scottie Scheffler T7 T7 1 1 1 2 #Viktor Hovland T10 T10 1 1 1 3 *Harry Higgs T19 T19 1 1 - 4 *Scott Harrington T24 T24 1 1 - 5 *Doug Ghim T31 T31 1 1 - T6 *Vince Covello T46 T47 1 1 - T6 *Tyler McCumber T46 T47 1 1 - 8 *Sebastian Cappelen T63 T64 1 1 - T9 *Bo Hoag n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Matthew NeSmith n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Chase Seiffert n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Rafael Campos n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Nelson Ledesma n/a MC 1 - - T9 #Tom Lewis n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Ben Taylor n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Vincent Whaley n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Chris Baker n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Michael Gligic n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Maverick McNealy n/a MC 1 - - T9 *Michael Gellerman n/a MC 1 - - T9 Kristoffer Ventura 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 for the Arnold Palmer Award if he has previously played in more than seven (7) Official PGA TOUR Money events as a professional in any prior season.