Storylines: Regular Season finale up next
August 25, 2015
By Web.com Tour staff
- August 25, 2015
- Patton Kizzire increased his lead on the money list with last week's victory. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
PATTON’S GREAT YEAR GETS EVEN BETTER -- Patton Kizzire fired a pair of 64s on the weekend to win the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot by four shots, in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was his second title in four weeks. Finishing runner-up were Si Woo Kim and Brad Fritsch. The winner increased his grasp on the No. 1 spot to $168,904 over Martin Piller. Kizzire has been No. 1 after each of the last 11 tournaments. The 29-year-old became the Web.com Tour’s third multiple winner of the year, joining Piller and Dawie van der Walt.
FIRST 25 OF 50 CARDS TO BE DETERMINED IN PORTLAND THIS WEEK – This week’s WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz is the 21st and final Regular Season event on the 2015 Web.com Tour schedule. On Sunday (Aug. 30th), the first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR cards for the 2015-16 season will be handed out at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Cub based on earnings through the first 21 tournaments.
Also under the microscope will be those players in and around the 75th position on the money list. The top 75 on Sunday night will be exempt into the Finals and guaranteed fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2016 if they do not secure a TOUR card. A second set of 25 cards will be on the line at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals, which get underway Sept. 10-13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Here are the top-25 and top-75 bubble watches through last week’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot, with a few key aspects of both highlighted:
· At No. 25, Harold Varner III is $9,589 ahead of No. 26 Kevin Tway. Last year, No. 25 Sebastian Cappelen led Greg Owen by $5,630 entering the WinCo Foods event. There was only one change among the top 25 by week’s end – Kyle Reifers played his way in at the expense of Cappelen, who missed the cut.
· At No. 75, Drew Scott is $4,649 ahead of Brady Schnell. Things were much tighter last year with one to go. Roberto Diaz’s advantage was just $425 over Andres Echavarria. Securing top-75 spots on Sunday were Whee Kim and James Nitties, which bounced Diaz and Zack Fischer.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK – "It's a good orange to wear today," said Patton Kizzire during the News Sentinel Open trophy ceremony at which both a trophy and a University of Tennessee-inspired orange sport jacket are presented. Kizzire just so happens to be a 2008 grad of UT’s SEC rival, Auburn University.
SUPER STATS – Patton Kizzire has been on a roll pretty much all season. Consider the following stats through the first 20 of 21 Regular Season events:
· Two wins, two runners-up (including one in a playoff), one T3, one T4, one T5 and one T6.
· 11 top 10s in all.
· 15 cuts made in 18 starts; worst finish when making the cut, T36.
· No. 1 in earnings; his $512,553 is already sixth-best in Tour history. Has been No. 1 after each of the last 11 tournaments.
· Of his 66 rounds played, 56 are under par and one was level par. Of his nine over-par rounds, his worst score is 74.
· Cumulatively, is 193-under par on the season
· Leads in five stat categories: Scoring average (68.41), Total birdies (327), Top-10s (11), Birdie average (4.95), money ($512,553).
· Is No. 2 in Greens-in-Regulation (75.63) and Putting Average (1.686), and third in the All-Around Ranking.
BMW CHARITY ANNOUNCEMENT – The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has announced a 2015 charitable contribution of $785,985 to 20 organizations in the Upstate of South Carolina. This brings the event’s total impact since 2001 to more than $11.5 million.
RECORD NUBMER QUALIFY FOR FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS – This year’s FedExCup Playoffs feature a record 88 qualifiers with Web.com Tour roots. This is up from 81 last year.
NOS. 126-200 NOW ELIGIBLE – With the Wyndham Championship setting the field for the FedExCup Playoffs on Sunday, those finishing Nos. 126-200 (plus non-members) in points may now commit to play in the Web.com Tour Finals to try and improve their PGA TOUR status, with the exception of those who have other TOUR exemptions. Austin Cook is a non-member who earned enough FedExCup points to qualify for the Finals. The 2013 University of Arkansas graduate held Web.com Tour membership this year but got into just one tournament due to poor status earned at Q-School last December. He did, however, perform well in seven PGA TOUR starts via Monday qualifiers, exemptions and top-10 finishes to earn $537,648 and 295 FedExCup non-member points.
OH SO CLOSE – Former Georgia Tech star and World Amateur Golf Ranking No. 1 Ollie Schniederjans, who turned pro after finishing T12 in the Open Championship last month, missed out on the Web.com Tour Finals by the narrowest of margins. With 99 non-member FedExCup points entering last week’s Wyndham Championship, the 22-year-old was just four shy of qualifying via the 126-200 category. With rounds of 71-67 he missed the cut on the number. Turns out a T66 finish would have done the job.
WINCO FOODS ON GOLF CHANNEL – Golf Channel will broadcast all four rounds from Pumpkin Ridge this week:
Thursday: 6-8:30 p.m. ET
Friday: 8-10 p.m. ET
Saturday/Sunday: 7-9:30 p.m. ET
DID YOU KNOW? – Patton Kizzire is the first rookie to win twice in 2015. The last rookies to win twice in a season were Carlos Ortiz in 2014 and Chesson Hadley in 2013.
SOCIAL MEDIA – This week’s social media tags for the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz are: @WinCoPDXOpen and #WebPortland.
NEXT WEEK – The Web.com Tour takes a breather as the players prepare for the Web.com Tour Finals, which begin Sept. 10-13 at the Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.