KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS
Field study: Web.com Tour Finals qualifiers
September 03, 2015
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- Patton Kizzire won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2015, and he leads the money list. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It’s time for the Web.com Tour Finals, the four-event series that will determine PGA TOUR eligibility for the 2015-16 season.
The Finals begin at this week’s Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne, Indiana, then proceed to the Charlotte, North Carolina area for next week’s Small Business Connection Championship at River Run. The third Finals event, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, is held in Columbus, Ohio, and the Finals conclude at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course) with the Web.com Tour Championship.
The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list have already earned their PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season, and their money list (Bucket A) will continue through the Finals, with Priority Ranking determined upon the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship. The rest of the field – Nos. 26-75 on the Web.com Tour money list; Nos. 126-200 in the TOUR FedExCup standings – will battle for the 25 remaining TOUR cards (Bucket B). Priority Ranking will alternate between top finishers from Bucket A and Bucket B, from the No. 1 spot to the No. 25 spot on each money list. The only way to cross over from Bucket A to Bucket B is by winning the Finals money list, which Derek Fathauer did in 2014.
We broke down the Web.com Tour Finals participants. Take a look below.
Web.com Tour money list (in order from 1 to 75)
Rank Player Comment 1 Patton Kizzire 11 top-10 finishes, including two wins. Rookie, Auburn grad, lives in St. Simons Island, Georgia. 2 Martin Piller Two wins. Texas A&M grad is married to LPGA player Gerina Piller, who qualified for Solheim Cup. 3 Dawie van der Walt Two wins. 32-year-old has won twice on European Tour in his career. 4 Peter Malnati One win after playing PGA TOUR in 2013-14. Maintains a blog. Wife Alicia has caddied for him. 5 Dicky Pride Victory at final Regular Season event, to jump from 40th to 5th on money list. Big Alabama fan. 6 Smylie Kaufman Entered season with conditional status; took advantage of sponsor invite into Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER (T4) to jump-start his year. Also had one victory. 7 Kelly Kraft One victory. Also won 2011 U.S. Amateur; played collegiately at SMU. 8 Wes Roach One win. Duke grad played Web.com Tour full time in 2012 and 2013; played PGA TOUR in 2014. Avid fisherman. 9 Shane Bertsch Victory at Rust-Oleum Championship, his first Web.com Tour title in 10 years. Denver native has made 301 Web.com Tour starts, 174 TOUR starts. Avid outdoorsman. 10 Si Woo Kim Victory at Stonebrae Classic. South Korean advanced through 2012 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament at age 17 but couldn’t become member until midway through 2013 season, then failed to make a cut. 11 Abraham Ancer Victory at Nova Scotia Open, where he defeated Bronson Burgoon in a playoff. Former Oklahoma player is good friends with Carlos Ortiz, last year’s Web.com Tour Regular Season money winner. 12 Jamie Lovemark Most earnings this season without a victory. Near-miss at Stonebrae Classic, where he bogeyed No. 18 and lost in a playoff. Former NCAA individual champion. Works with Chris Como. 13 Michael Kim Made 17 of 20 cuts in 2014, his season highlighted by third-place finishes at Rust-Oleum Championship and Digital Ally Open. The 2013 Haskins Award winner as college golf's player of the year. 14 Tyler Aldridge Victory at Greater Dallas Open. Idaho native uses AimPoint Express putting method. 15 D.H. Lee Made 16 of 18 cuts, highlighted by T2 finish at Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER. 16 Miguel Angel Carballo Argentina native finished second at Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship Presented by Prebuild and Rex Hospital Open. 17 Rod Pampling Won the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation shortly after the death of his father. 18 Bronson Burgoon Runner-up at Nova Scotia Open. Helped lead Texas A&M to 2009 NCAA title. 19 Steve Marino Playoff loss at Colombia Championship Presented by Claro. TOUR veteran on comeback trail after battling injuries. 20 Darron Stiles Runner-up at Digital Ally Open secured his place inside The 25. Made 15 of 20 cuts. 21 Andrew Landry Victory at Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship presented by Prebuild. Arkansas grad; lost to Burgoon in final match of 2009 NCAA championship. 22 Sung Kang Runner-up for second consecutive year at Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. 23 Lucas Lee Consecutive runner-up finishes at Greater Dallas Open and Rust-Oleum Championship. First PGA TOUR China grad to advance to TOUR. 24 Patrick Rodgers Not eligible. Earned TOUR card through FedExCup non-member points. 25 Harold Varner III Runner-up at Panama Claro Championship. First African-American to earn TOUR card via Web.com Tour Regular Season. 26 Rob Oppenheim Victory at Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. Missed cut in last event of season to fall outside top 25. 27 Cody Gribble Ten top-25 finishes in 20 starts. Has qualified for U.S. Open in two consecutive years. 28 Kevin Tway Runner-up at El Bosque Mexico Championship. Son of longtime TOUR pro Bob Tway. 29 Jorge Fernandez-Valdes Runner-up at Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco. 23-year-old Argentina native. 30 Kyle Thompson Victory at Rex Hospital Open, which he entered as past champion after entering season with limited status. 31 Steve Allan Runner-up at Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship Presented by Prebuild. 41-year-old Australia native. 32 Tim Herron Runner-up at WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz to enter Finals. Four-time TOUR winner. 33 Rhein Gibson Runner-up at Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER. Holds Guinness World Record for lowest round of golf (55). 34 Mathew Goggin Victory at season-opening Panama Claro Championship, which was his only top-25 finish of season. 35 Tommy Gainey Solo third at WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz. Four top-10 finishes in 16 starts for “Two Gloves.” 36 Rick Cochran III Five top-10 finishes in 21 starts. Nephew of longtime TOUR pro Russ Cochran. 37 Brad Fritsch Runner-up at News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot. Medalist at Final Stage of last December’s Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. 38 Ryan Spears Runner-up at United Leasing Championship Presented by PTI. Member at Crestview CC in Wichita, which hosts Air Capital Classic. 39 Julian Etulian Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Won last year’s PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit. 40 Travis Bertoni Third-place finish at Nova Scotia Open. Narrowly missed TOUR card in 2014; missing four-footer on last hole of Web.com Tour Championship that would have earned his card. 41 Jason Allred Third-place finish at Nova Scotia Open. Oregon native recorded five top-25 finishes in 18 starts. 42 Tag Ridings Third-place finish at Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. Made 15 cuts in 19 starts. 43 Ryan Blaum Four top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Missed beginning of season while recovering from shoulder surgery. 44 Chase Wright Third-place finish at Colombia Championship Presented by Claro. Five top-25 finishes in 20 starts. 45 Curtis Thompson Best finish of season (T4) at WinCo Foods Portland Open. Brother of fellow professionals Nicholas and Lexi Thompson. 46 Adam Long Runner-up at United Leasing Championship presented by PTI. Entered season with conditional status. 47 Henrik Norlander Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Sweden native played TOUR in 2013. 48 Zack Fischer Third-place finish at Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. Wife Katie has caddied for him frequently this season. 49 Hao Tong Li Seven top-25 finishes in 19 starts. Won last year’s PGA TOUR China Order of Merit. 50 Andrew Yun Third-place finish at Colombia Championship presented by Claro. Played collegiately at Stanford with Patrick Rodgers. 51 Nicholas Lindheim Third-place finish at Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. Five top-25 finishes in 16 starts. 52 Tyler Duncan Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC; T3 at Digital Ally Open. Uncle Andrew Johnson is former Web.com Tour winner. 53 Matt Fast Qualified for Finals with strong finish to Regular Season – T4 and T9 in final two starts. 54 Andy Winings Runner-up at Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna. Made cut in just eight of 20 starts. 55 Timothy Madigan Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Earned Web.com Tour card via PGA TOUR Canada. 56 Aaron Watkins Six top-25 finishes in first eight starts of season, then missed seven straight cuts. T19 at WinCo Foods Portland Open. 57 Erik Barnes Runner-up at Chile Classic. Made 10 of 19 cuts. Played PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in 2014. 58 Matt Davidson Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Has qualified for Finals in three consecutive years. 59 Craig Barlow Third-place finish at Chile Classic. Made cut in 10 of 20 starts. 60 Trey Mullinax Made 11 cuts in 14 starts. Began year with limited status. Key member of University of Alabama’s back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014. 61 Todd Baek Made 12 of 20 cuts. South Korea native, played collegiately at San Diego State. 62 Joel Dahmen Made 12 of 21 cuts. Won last year’s PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit. 63 Greg Eason Four top-25 finishes in 21 starts. England native played collegiately at University of Central Florida. 64 Luke List Four top-25 finishes in 20 starts. Playing in memory of father Mark, who passed away in August. 65 Jin Park Made 10 cuts in 14 starts. Played PGA TOUR in 2008 and 2013. 66 Roland Thatcher Third-place finish at BMW Charity Pro-Am, where he shot 11-under 60 in final round. 67 Seamus Power Eight top-25 finishes in 20 starts. Ireland native, competed against Rory McIlroy as a youth. 68 Alex Aragon Third-place finish at Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. Made eight cuts in 21 starts. 69 Brett Stegmaier Earned Finals berth with seventh-place finish at WinCo Foods Portland Open after missing five straight cuts. 70 Scott Harrington T3 at Utah Championship. Made 11 of 14 cuts after entering season with limited status. 71 John Mallinger Runner-up at Brasil Champions presented by HSBC. Has not made a cut since Greater Dallas Open in June. 72 Brad Elder Third-place finish at Price Cutter Charity Championship, powering him into first career Finals berth. 73 Peter Tomasulo Made 13 cuts in 19 starts, including five top-25 finishes. Has made 55 TOUR starts throughout his career. 74 Oliver Goss Missed six consecutive cuts entering WinCo Foods Portland Open, where he placed T34. Runner-up in 2013 U.S. Amateur; made cut at 2014 Masters. 75 Michael Arnaud Entered season with conditional status but took advantage of opportunities, recording three top-20 finishes in a four-event stretch midseason.
FedExCup; Nos. 126-200
Rank Player Comment 126 Will MacKenzie Exempt via top 125 of money list 127 Scott Langley Made 19 of 28 cuts, recording six top-25 finishes. 128 Brian Stuard Made 17 of 31 cuts, recording seven top-25 finishes. T10 at Waste Management Phoenix Open. 129 Scott Stallings 2014 TOUR winner; exempt 130 Jamie Donaldson Exempt via top 125 of money list
131 Nicholas Thompson Made 14 cuts in 31 starts; T9 at OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Brother of fellow professionals Curtis and Lexi Thompson. 132 Tom Hoge Made 15 cuts in 26 starts. Trending upward with top-10 finishes in two of last four starts. 133 Alex Prugh Back-to-back top-10 finishes at Farmers Insurance Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Only one top-25 since. 134 Seung-Yul Noh Exempt by virtue of victory in 2014. 135 S.J. Park Second place at Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, his only top-25 of season. 136 Billy Hurley III Made 14 of 28 cuts; only top-10 came at CIMB Classic last November. 137 Sam Saunders Only top-10 came at Puerto Rico Open, where he lost in a playoff. Finished TOUR season strong with T14 at Wyndham Championship. 138 Michael Putnam Four top-25 finishes in 28 starts. Qualified for hometown U.S. Open at Chambers Bay but missed the cut. 139 Martin Kaymer European Tour member, failed to play minimum 15 TOUR events to meet membership requirement.
140 Brice Garnett Made 12 of 29 cuts; finished sixth at OHL Classic at Mayakoba. 141 Whee Kim Exempt by virtue of finishing inside top 125 on money list. 142 Tom Gillis Made eight of 16 cuts; only top-25 finish came at the John Deere Classic, where he lost a playoff to Jordan Spieth. 143 Brian Davis Made 14 of 31 cuts, including five top-25 finishes. Placed inside top 15 in two of last three starts. 144 David Toms Seven top-25 finishes in 21 events, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the Barracuda Championship. 145 Blayne Barber Exempt by virtue of top-125 finish on money list. 146 Michael Thompson Finished third at FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, but hasn’t recorded a top-25 since. 147 Lucas Glover Six top-25 finishes in 26 starts, finishing season with T18 at Wyndham Championship. 2009 U.S. Open champion. 148 Luke Guthrie Three top-25 finishes in 27 starts, highlighted by T7 at Valspar Championship in March. 149 Charlie Beljan Exempt by virtue of top-125 finish on money list. 150 Cameron Percy Made 13 cuts in 21 starts, including a T10 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, his first top-10 on TOUR since 2011. 151 Vaughn Taylor Made 11 cuts in 12 starts, with six top-25 finishes. Found perspective after boating accident last summer. 152 K.J. Choi Eight-time TOUR winner made 14 cuts in 19 starts, with two top-25 finishes. 153 Jhonattan Vegas Made 18 cuts in 27 starts but only notched one top-25 finish, a T11 at the Farmers Insurance Open. 154 Geoff Ogilvy Exempt via victory in 2014. 155 Ricky Barnes Made only 13 of 27 cuts but trending upward; three top-20s in past five starts, including a T3 at the Barbasol Championship. 156 Martin Flores Made 18 of 30 cuts, with three top-25 finishes, in fifth season on TOUR. 157 Aaron Baddeley Made 13 cuts in 25 starts, his season highlighted by a T10 at the Barbasol Championship. 158 Jonathan Byrd Made 13 cuts in 22 starts, recording six top-25 finishes. 159 Bo Van Pelt Top-10 finishes at RBC Heritage (T9) and Travelers Championship (T7). 160 Graeme McDowell Exempt via victories at 2010 U.S. Open and 2013 RBC Heritage. 161 Andres Romero Five top-25 finishes, but four have came in his last seven starts, including a T14 at the U.S. Open. 162 John Merrick Made 11 of 27 cuts with three top-25 finishes, the most recent of which came at the AT&T Byron Nelson (T16). 163 Max Homa Made 12 of 27 cuts; only top-25 finish came at Sony Open in Hawaii (T6). 164 Mark Hubbard Has made 15 cuts in 25 starts, but missed four of last five cuts entering Finals. 165 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Made just 13 cuts in 28 starts, but has made six straight cuts entering the Finals. 166 Chez Reavie Three top-25 finishes in 19 starts, all coming consecutively in FedEx St. Jude Classic, Travelers Championship and The Greenbrier Classic. 167 Freddie Jacobson Made 10 of 14 cuts; hasn’t played since May as he tends to his son Max, who recently underwent open-heart surgery. 168 Andrew Svoboda Made 10 of 30 cuts with three top-25 finishes, two of which came in seasons first three events. 169 Derek Fathauer Season highlighted by T7 at Barracuda Championship. Other top-25s came at season-opening Frys.com Open (T12) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T17). 170 Derek Ernst Made 11 cuts in 26 starts, with three top-25 finishes. Winner of 2013 Wells Fargo Championship. 171 D.A. Points Made 11 cuts in 26 events, recording three top-25 finishes. Has missed five of seven cuts entering Finals. 172 Greg Chalmers Made 12 of 17 cuts, but without a top-25 finish. Best showing came at last fall’s CIMB Classic (T26). 173 Ernie Els Exempt from victory at The Open Championship in 2012. 174 Robert Garrigus Made 11 cuts in 25 starts, recording two top-25 finishes. T15 at Barracuda Championship in August. 175 Shane Lowry Exempt from victory at this year’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. 176 Steve Stricker Exempt by virtue of eight victories between 2009 and 2012. 177 Steven Alker Made nine cuts in 22 starts, highlighted by top-25 finishes at FedEx St. Jude Classic (T22) and Barbasol Championship (T23). 178 Tiger Woods Exempt; lifetime member
179 Jonathan Randolph Made 11 cuts in 25 starts, with lone top-25 coming at Wells Fargo Championship (T20). 180 Angel Cabrera Exempt as tournament winner in 2014. 181 Kyle Stanley Split time between PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour, making 11 cuts in 18 combined starts. First top-10 came at WinCo Foods Portland Open (T9). 182 Andrew Putnam Made 10 cuts in 23 starts, with top-25s coming at The McGladrey Classic (T12) and Shell Houston Open (T25). 183 Justin Leonard Made just eight cuts in 22 starts. Twelve-time winner on TOUR. 184 Tim Wilkinson Made just eight cuts in 28 starts. Best finish came at RBC Canadian Open (T22). 185 Ben Crane Exempt as tournament winner in 2014. 186 Oscar Fraustro Made seven of 21 cuts; best finish came at OHL Classic at Mayakoba (T9). 187 Robert Allenby Finished T8 at season-opening Frys.com Open, but has not recorded a top-25 finish since. 188 Roberto Castro Made 11 cuts in 16 starts; best finish came at Barbasol Championship (T23). 189 Eric Axley Made seven cuts in 21 starts; best finishes came at The McGladrey Classic (T22) and Puerto Rico Open (T22). 190 Victor Dubuisson Made six cuts in 10 starts. Best finish came at Shell Houston Open (T17). 191 Tyrone Van Aswegen Made just eight of 20 cuts, but is trending upward with four made cuts in his last five starts, including a T15 at the Barracuda Championship. 192 Rod Pampling Top 25 on Web.com Tour money list 193 Chris Smith Made only nine starts due to limited status, but played his way into Finals with T10 at Puerto Rico Open and T12 at FedEx St. Jude Classic. 194 Tim Petrovic Made only three of 11 cuts, but played his way into Finals with playoff loss at Puerto Rico Open. 195 Ryan Armour Made six cuts in 17 starts, highlighted by a T22 at The Greenbrier Classic. 196 John Rollins Made five cuts in 14 starts, highlighted by a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. 197 Bill Lunde Made eight of 18 cuts, with his only top-25 coming at the Barracuda Championship (T25). 198 Andrew Loupe Finished T6 at the Barbasol Championship in July, his only top-25 finish in 15 TOUR starts. 199 Kenny Perry Retired from PGA TOUR after the Memorial Tournament in June. 200 Roger Sloan Made seven cuts in 20 starts, with his best finish (T18) coming at the John Deere Classic in July.
Here are the non-members or players with a medical extension, who are committed to play in the Hotel Fitness Championship. Non-members had to have earned enough hypothetical FedExCup points to have ranked in the top 200 of the FedExCup in order to be eligible for the Web.com Tour Finals.
Player Comment Blake Adams Medical. Played 13 TOUR events this season, making three cuts.
Non-member. Played four TOUR events this season, recording two top-25 finishes.
Medical. Played seven TOUR events this season, with two top-25 finishes. Played Web.com Tour's Nova Scotia Open (T36).
Medical. Defending champion at Hotel Fitness Championship. Played five Web.com Tour events this summer, making one cut. Austin Cook
Non-member. Played seven TOUR events this season, recording five top-25 finishes. Emiliano Grillo
Non-member. Played five TOUR events this season, highlighted by a playoff loss at the Puerto Rico Open in March.
Medical. Played 14 TOUR events and five Web.com Tour events this season, highlighted by T21 at News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot.
Non-member. Played four TOUR events, highlighted by a T3 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Shot a second-round 63 at the PGA Championship, where he went on to finish T21.
Non-member. Currently No. 40 in the Official World Golf Ranking. First player from India to qualify for Presidents Cup team. Finished T5 at PGA Championship.
Richard H. Lee
Medical. Played five Web.com Tour events this season, making four cuts. Qualified for U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Marcel Siem
Non-member. Played eight TOUR events this season. Best finish came at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (T18).