KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS
Field study: Web.com Tour Finals qualifiers
September 01, 2016
By Kevin Prise and Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- September 01, 2016
- PGA TOUR-bound players Wesley Bryan and Ollie Schniederjans are ready to take on the Web.com Tour Finals. (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
It’s time for the Web.com Tour Finals, the four-event series that will determine PGA TOUR eligibility for the 2016-17 season.
The Finals begin at the inaugural DAP Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, September 8-11, to be contested at famed Canterbury Golf Club.
Here's the updated field for the event.
We'll proceed to Boise, Idaho for the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco at Hillcrest CC, September 15-18, a long-running Web.com Tour event that will assume a Finals spot for the first time this year.
We'll then circle back to Columbus, Ohio for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), September 22-25. The traditionally demanding Scarlet Course holds the distinction of being the only returning Finals venue.
The Finals will conclude at the Web.com Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach CC in the Jacksonville, Florida metroplex, October 6-9. The event heads a few miles north from its previous home at TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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.
Web.com Tour Finals 101
We broke down the players eligible to compete in this year's Web.com Tour Finals. Take a look below.
Web.com Tour money list (in order from 1 to 75)
Rank Player Comment 1 Wesley Bryan Nine top-25 finishes in 13 starts, including three wins. Trick-shot artist. South Carolina alum. Lives in Augusta, Georgia. 2 Richy Werenski Four top-2 finishes, including a win at BMW Charity Pro-Am. Georgia Tech alum; Boston-area native. 3 J.J. Spaun Ten top-25 finishes, including win at News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot. Los Angeles native. 2015 Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit winner. 4 Ryan Brehm Eight top-25 finishes, including win at WinCo Foods Portland Open. Former golf coach at Michigan State. 5 Martin Flores Eight top-25s, including win at Lincoln Land Charity Championship. Has played 142 career PGA TOUR events. 6 Ollie Schniederjans Seven top-25 finishes, including win at Air Capital Classic. Former collegiate standout at Georgia Tech. 7 Dominic Bozzelli Four top-10 finishes, including win at Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Western New York native, Auburn alum 8 Trey Mullinax Five top-25 finishes, highlighted by a win at Rex Hospital Open in mid-May. Helped lead Alabama to back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014. 9 Seamus Power Seven top-25s, including win at United Leasing & Finance Championship. Represented home country of Ireland in Rio Olympics. 10 J.T. Poston Western Carolina alum began year with no status but Monday-qualified into United Leasing & Finance Championship, finished top-25 and was off and running. 11 Cheng Tsung Pan Represented Chinese Taipei in Olympic Games. 2015 University of Washington alum. Finished second on 2015 Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit. 12 Ryan Armour Veteran earned first career Tour title at season-opening Panama Claro Championship. Ohio State alum, currently resides in south Florida. 13 Jonathan Randolph Made 17 cuts in 20 starts, including two runner-up finishes. Proud Ole Miss alum who opts to drive rather than fly to several events. 14 Brad Fritsch Veteran Canadian earned first Tour title at Servientrega Championship Presented by Efecty. Avid Ottawa Senators supporter. 15 Brian Campbell Rookie recorded five top-10s in 14 starts, including two runner-ups. 2015 University of Illinois grad, was low amateur at 2015 U.S. Open. 16 Mark Anderson South Carolina alum surged into The 25 with runner-up finish in Portland. Began year with conditional status. 17 Mackenzie Hughes Overcame early-season struggles with win at Price Cutter Charity Championship. Proud Canadian and Kent State alum. 18 Grayson Murray North Carolina native began year with conditional status, took advantage of sponsor invite to hometown Rex Hospital Open (T10). 19 Brandon Hagy Five top-10 finishes in 16 starts, including T3 as crowd favorite at Ellie Mae Classic in Bay Area. Long-hitting California alum. 20 Julain Etulain Made cut in first 12 starts of 2016, highlighted by runner-up in Louisiana. 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit winner. 21 Nicholas Lindheim Earned first title at Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. Took up game as teenager, didn’t play college golf. 22 Sebastian Munoz Took advantage of sponsor invite to hometown Club Colombia Championship and won. North Texas alum. 23 Max Homa Won Rust-Oleum Championship outside Chicago in early June but has struggled since. Previously played TOUR in 2014-15. 24 Rick Lamb Monday-qualified into LECOM Health Challenge and won in four-man playoff. Tennessee alum and resident of Sea Island, Georgia. 25 Joel Dahmen Earned last of The 25 cards despite missing cut at WinCo Foods Portland Open. 2014 Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit winner, cancer survivor. 26 Xander Schauffele Heated up mid-summer with back-to-back top-3 finishes in Utah and Bay Area. San Diego State alum. 27 Kevin Tway Eight top-25 finishes, including third at Price Cutter Charity Championship. Son of former major champion Bob Tway. 28 Stephan Jaeger Entered record books with 12-under 58 at Ellie Mae Classic, which he went on to win with record 250 total. 29 Andrew Svoboda Won Brasil Champions and held spot in The 25 for most of season before falling out in Portland. St. John’s alum. 30 Rhein Gibson Played TOUR for most of season but recorded runner-up finishes at LECOM Health Challenge and Ellie Mae Classic. Guinness World Record holder with 55 in casual round. 31 Sam Ryder Held lead for most of weekend at News Sentinel Open before falling to good friend J.J. Spaun on 72nd hole. Stetson alum. 32 Matt Atkins University of South Carolina-Aiken alum rebounded from rough 2015 season with six top-25s including runner-up at Club Colombia Championship. 33 Ryan Blaum Ten top-25 finishes in 21 starts. Proud Duke alum. 34 Chris Baker Made 14 cuts in 17 starts. 2008 Iowa State alum will play Finals for first time. 35 Bhavik Patel Contended all week at Brasil Champions before falling to Andrew Svoboda on 72nd hole. Fresno State alum. 36 Josh Teater Made 15 cuts in 21 starts, highlighted by T2 at Rust-Oleum Championship. Kentucky native. 37 Jason Millard Mackenzie Tour alum recorded nine top-25s in 18 starts, highlighted by fifth-place effort at Rust-Oleum Championship. 38 Zack Sucher Alabama-Birmingham alum recorded six top-25s, including runner-up at BMW Charity Pro-Am. 39 James Driscoll Veteran earned second career Tour title at Nashville Golf Open in June. Virginia alum. 40 Adam Schenk Purdue alum and Indiana native thrilled the crowd in home event at United Leasing & Finance Championship, finishing T2. 41 Andrew Putnam Brother of fellow pro Michael. Pepperdine alum. Seven top-25s in 19 starts. 42 Kyle Thompson Runner-up to good friend Ryan Armour at season-opening Panama Claro Championship. 2001 South Carolina alum. 43 Austin Cook Arkansas alum recorded seven top-25s in 20 starts, highlighted by fourth place at Utah Championship. 44 Sebastian Cappelen Began year with conditional status but took advantage of chances early, including T5 at Brasil Champions. 45 Denny McCarthy Former University of Virginia standout made 14 of 18 cuts, including T6 at Air Capital Classic. 46 Zack Fischer Entered Portland in danger of missing Finals but rose to occasion with solo third-place finish. 47 Jack Maguire Left college at Florida State early to turn pro but silenced critics with five top-10s in 15 starts. 48 Jonathan Byrd Five-time TOUR winner made nine cuts in 17 starts, including six top-25 finishes. 49 Roger Sloan Veteran Canadian contended deep into Sunday at United Leasing & Finance Championship (fifth) and Digital Ally Open (T4). 50 Ted Potter, Jr. Former TOUR winner came back from injury in late April and has recorded eight top-25s in 11 starts. 51 Roberto Diaz T2 at Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Mexico native, South Carolina-Aiken alum. 52 Tag Ridings Made 11 of 21 cuts, highlighted by third place at Servientrega Championship. Has made 219 career starts on PGA TOUR. 53 Cody Gribble Runner-up at United Leasing & Finance Championship. Former teammate of Jordan Spieth at Texas. 54 Curtis Thompson Finished third at season-opening Panama Claro Championship. Brother to fellow golf pros Nick and Lexi. 55 Brett Drewitt Made 13 of 21 cuts, including runner-up at BMW Charity Pro-Am. Australia native. 56 Anders Albertson Finished third at Brasil Champions in April. 2015 Georgia Tech alum, where he played with Ollie Schniederjans. 57 Brady Schnell Near-miss at Rex Hospital Open, where he was runner-up to Trey Mullinax. Nebraska alum. 58 Alex Prugh Three top-10 finishes in 11 starts while splitting time between Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR. 59 Adam Svensson Six top-25s in 21 starts. Medalist at 2015 Q-School to earn full status in 2016. 60 Scott Harrington Oregon native made 15 cuts in 20 starts, highlighted by T6 at BMW Charity Pro-Am. 61 Adam Long Proud Duke alum made 11 of 21 cuts, highlighted by three straight top-15s in April. 62 Blake Adams Finished runner-up at Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Missed 10 cuts in 15 starts. 63 Eric Axley Played way into Finals with back-to-back top-7 finishes at Ellie Mae Classic and Digital Ally Open. 64 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Spain native made 14 cuts in 19 starts, highlighted by a T9 at the Rust-Oleum Championship. 65 Timothy Madigan Played his way into Finals in dramatic fashion, shooting final-round 64 at WinCo Foods Portland Open. 66 Jimmy Gunn Scotland native had five top-25s in 20 starts, including a T6 at Servientrega Championship. 67 Steven Alker New Zealand native made 10 of 15 cuts, with his best finish coming at the Club Colombia Championship (solo sixth). 68 Matt Fast Mississippi State alum made 14 cuts in 20 starts, highlighted by a T7 showing in Punta Cana. 69 Albin Choi North Carolina State alum fired a memorable 27 on the front nine of his final round at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. 70 Keith Mitchell Georgia alum began year with conditional status but recorded a top-25 at the season opener in Panama to better his status. 71 Jin Park Made just nine cuts in 21 starts but cracked the Finals field thanks to top-10s at United Leasing & Finance Championship and Ellie Mae Classic. 72 Erik Barnes Entered Regular Season finale in Portland at 82nd on money list but broke into Finals field with T11 finish. 73 Alexandre Rocha Brazil native shot final-round 68 in Portland to finish T19 and move up from 76th spot on money list entering week. 74 Greg Eason Affable Englishman made 16 cuts in 21 starts, highlighted by a T9 at the Rust-Oleum Championship. Central Florida alum. 75 John Mallinger Long Beach State alum finished T2 at Rust-Oleum Championship, the highlight of an up-and-down season that saw him miss nine cuts in 17 starts.
PGA TOUR FedExCup standings (Nos. 126-200)
Player Rank Comment 126 Matt Jones Jones finished just one point back of Seung-Yul Noh’s total for 125. The Australian’s best finish was a T11 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. 127 Whee Kim Kim nearly captured the John Deere Classic in August but had to settle for a T3. The 24-year-old made 14 cuts this year. 128 Scott Stallings Made 11 cuts in 27 starts, highlighted by a T9 at The RSM Classic. 129 Nick Taylor Exempt via victory in 2014-15 130 Steve Marino Exempt via top 125 on money list 131 Bronson Burgoon The Texas A&M product’s best finish was a T14 at The Honda Classic in February. Burgoon was part of The 25 on the Web.com Tour last year. 132 Tim Wilkinson The veteran New Zealander played 22 events this year, where he notched four top-25 finishes including a T4 at the AT&T Byron Nelson. 133 Morgan Hoffmann Exempt via top 125 on money list 134 Chris Stroud Stroud hadn’t finished outside the top 125 since 2010, but he only locked up one top-10 finish this year, a T10 in his first event of the season, the Frys.com Open. 135 Bud Cauley Exempt via top 125 on money list 136 Chad Collins Exempt via top 125 on money list 137 Steve Wheatcroft Wheatcroft had a chance to win the RBC Canadian Open coming to the 72nd hole but had to settle for a tie for fifth – his second such finish in a three-week stretch. 138 Will Wilcox Will not play Finals due to injury 139 Padraig Harrington Exempt via victory in 2014-15 140 Tyler Aldridge Aldridge – who went to Boise State University, where the second Finals event will take place – had an up-and-down season, making 14 cuts while missing 13. 141 Retief Goosen Exempt via top 125 on money list 142 Greg Chalmers Exempt via victory in 2015-16 143 Stuart Appleby The veteran Australian returns to the Web.com Tour Finals again this year. His best finish this season was a T11 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 144 Tom Hoge The 27-year-old notched two T9 finishes the year, but missed the final four cuts of his season to end up in the 144th position in the FedExCup. 145 Michael Thompson The University of Alabama graduate had his best finish of the year – a tie for fourth – in ‘Bama at the Barbasol Championship. 146 Hiroshi Iwata The native of Japan notched a T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but had an up-and-down season otherwise, making 14 cuts. 147 Stewart Cink Not participating in Finals at this time 148 Sam Saunders Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, notched two top-10s this season but also missed 13 cuts to find himself back at the Web.com Tour Finals. 149 Jamie Donaldson Didn't play enough events to qualify for PGA TOUR membership 150 Greg Owen Owen, who turned 44 this year, finished tied for fifth earlier this year at the Sony Open in Hawaii, but ended up missing 15 cuts as the season went on. 151 Will MacKenzie MacKenzie missed five straight cuts to begin 2016, but bounced back nicely, making six straight after that, including his best finish of the year – a T9 in Puerto Rico. 152 Camilo Villegas Villegas, who won two FedExCup Playoffs events in 2008 – but still was unable to grab the title of FedEx Cup champion from Vijay Singh – only had two top-25 finishes this year. 153 Ken Duke Exempt via top 125 on money list 154 Andres Gonzales The affable Gonzales missed seven straight cuts early in 2016 but bounced back with a collection of fine finishes to end his year. It wasn’t enough to crack the top 125, though. 155 Jason Gore A former Three-Win Promotion recipient on the Web.com Tour, Gore made his first eight cuts of the TOUR season before having to withdraw from the Northern Trust Open. His best finish of the year was a T11 at the Valspar Championship. 156 Brendon de Jonge The former Presidents Cupper just couldn’t get anything going this year, missing 19 cuts out of the 30 events he played. His best finish was a T11 at the Barbasol Championship. 157 Cameron Smith The Australian’s best finish of the year came at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he tied for 11th. 158 Rob Oppenheim Oppenheim, a winner on the Web.com Tour last year, notched a single top-10 finish this year on the PGA TOUR, at the Quicken Loans National. 159 Chesson Hadley Hadley made nearly as many cuts as he missed this year (13 vs. 14) but locked up two T11 finishes – at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Barbasol Championship – his best of the year. 160 Jeff Overton The Indiana University product notched one top-10 finish this year, at The RSM Classic in November. 161 Geoff Ogilvy Decided not to play Finals at this time 162 Martin Piller The Texas native enjoyed his two best finishes this year in the Lone Star State, a T4 at the Valero Texas Open and a T6 at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. 163 Ernie Els Exempt via 2012 Open Championship victory 164 Henrik Norlander The striking Scandinavian (Norlander stands 6’4”) only missed six cuts this year but couldn’t get anything going results-wise, as his best finish was a T25. 165 Kelly Kraft Kraft finished tied for fifth at the John Deere Classic, where he earned the most FedExCup points of any event he played in this season. 166 Thomas Aiken The South African had a fine enough start to the season – he was even in the field for the WGC-HSBC Champions – but sputtered as the year came to an end, missing seven of his last 11 cuts. 167 Scott Langley Langley enjoyed his best finish at the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach, where he tied for 11th. 168 Cameron Percy The veteran, who won on the Web.com Tour in 2014, played 15 events on the PGA TOUR this season and his best finish was a T13 at the Barracuda Championship. 169 Scott Pinckney Pinckney is coming into the Web.com Tour Finals having made five cuts in a row. His best finish of the year was a T17 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. 170 Wes Roach The 27-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee withdrew from the Wyndham Championship to finish his year, but he also had three top-25 finishes this season. 171 Dawie van der Walt Van der Walt won twice on the Web.com Tour in 2015 but couldn’t get anything going on the PGA TOUR this season, notching just one top-25. 172 Carlos Ortiz The last golfer to receive a Three-Win Promotion prior to Wesley Bryan this year on the Web.com Tour, Ortiz struggled in 2016 on the TOUR, missing eight of his last 12 cuts. 173 Erik Compton Compton comes into the Web.com Tour Finals having missed his last four cuts in a row, and his best finish this year came in the first tournament of the season, where he finished T26 at the Frys.com Open. 174 Ian Poulter Will receive a medical extension 175 Luke Guthrie Guthrie got off to a fine start, finishing T10 at the Frys.com Open, but that was his lone top-10 finish of the season. 176 Mark Wilson The 41-year-old is just five years removed from winning twice on TOUR, but he only cracked the top-25 four times in 21 events this year. 177 Brice Garnett Garnett’s season got off to a tremendous start. He finished solo ninth at the Sanderson Farms Championship and then solo seventh at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. However, those two finishes would be his best of the year. 178 Andrew Landry Landry only played 18 events this season, but he made the most of a rare opportunity at the U.S. Open, where he led after the first round. He couldn’t convert that into more success on TOUR though, as his major T10 was his lone top-10 of the year. 179 Steven Bowditch Exempt via victory in 2014-15 180 Angel Cabrera Plans to play TOUR on past champion status and sponsor invitations 181 Justin Leonard Plans to play TOUR on past champion status and sponsor invitations 182 Tim Herron The multi-TOUR winner only notched one top-10 finish all season, but it was a solid one – a solo fourth at the Barracuda Championship 183 Hunter Mahan Exempt via multiple TOUR victories in 2010, 2012 and The Barclays win in 2014 184 D.A. Points Points, who turns 40 in December, saved his best for last. His highest finish of the year – a tie for 14th – came at the season-ending Wyndham Championship 185 J.J. Henry Exempt via victory in 2014-15 186 Derek Ernst The 26-year-old, whose unheralded victory in 2013 at the Wells Fargo Championship was the talk of the TOUR, struggled in 2016, notching just one top-25. 187 Miguel Angel Carballo Carballo was a member of The 25 in 2015, but in his first 11 events on TOUR, he made only two cuts, had two WDs, and missed the cut in the others. 188 Davis Love III Exempt; lifetime member on TOUR 189 Brian Gay The four-time TOUR winner played only 13 events this season, and his best finish was a solo sixth at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, an event he won in 2009. 190 Abraham Ancer The native of Mexico made just one cut in his first 11 starts. His best finish came in June at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he notched a tie for 18th. 191 Rory Sabbatini Sabbatini, a six-time TOUR winner, turned 40 this year. He made only eight cuts this season and notched one top-25 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. 192 George McNeill McNeill had a troublesome season, having withdrawn three times and been disqualified twice. His best finish of the year came at the Valspar Championship, where he tied for 11th. 193 Alex Prugh Also qualified for Finals via top-75 position on Web.com Tour money list 194 D.J. Trahan The Clemson University graduate played just 14 events on the PGA TOUR this year and got his year started off well, with a T10 at Sanderson Farms Championship. He couldn’t keep that momentum going though and made just five more cuts. 195 Rod Pampling The Australian won on the Web.com Tour in 2015, but couldn’t carry that momentum over to the PGA TOUR this year. He made nine cuts but didn’t record any finish higher than a tie for 26th. 196 Wesley Bryan Top 25 on Web.com Tour money list; Three-Win Promotion to TOUR 197 Andres Romero Romero had an excellent start to his season, recording a T20 and a T5 in two of his first five events. However, that early-season success didn’t translate into good play the rest of the year, as he made just three more cuts. 198 John Merrick Merrick, a Californian who is a product of UCLA, teed it up in just 12 events this season. His best finish was a T18 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. 199 Rhein Gibson Also qualified for Finals via top-75 position on Web.com Tour money list 200 Matt Every Exempt via victory in 2014-15
Non-TOUR members who would have placed between 126th and 200th in the FedExCup points list
Player Comment Kiradech Aphibarnrat Aphibarnrat won twice on the European Tour in 2015, and this year he notched a tie for 15th at the Masters. He played just 11 events on TOUR, but also tied for fifth at the Olympics. Bryson DeChambeau The 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion made a splash at this year’s Masters, but was unable to make enough money to secure TOUR status via sponsor exemptions the rest of the year. He did finish tied for fourth at the RBC Heritage, though, and T15 at the U.S. Open. Bobby Wyatt Wyatt finished fourth this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on a sponsor exemption. He made two other cuts in the six TOUR events he teed it up at this year. K.T. Kim Kim won five times on the Japan Golf Tour in 2015, and played three of the four majors this year. His best finish on TOUR was a T21 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. George Coetzee The South African notched one victory on the Sunshine Tour this year and played seven events on TOUR. He tied for 21st at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Gregory Bourdy Bourdy notched identical 18th-place ties at both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship this year. He also finished T35 at the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach. Andrew Johnston Affable Englishman known as "Beef" made four TOUR starts, highlighted by an eighth-place finish at The Open Championship.
Special medical extension
Player Comment John Peterson Peterson didn’t tee it up at all on TOUR in the 2016 calendar year – he did play in three fall events in 2015 though – after having left-hand surgery in January. He played the Digital Ally Open on the Web.com Tour in July and made the cut. Michael Putnam Putnam played just seven events this season, and his lone made cut came at the Sanderson Farms Championship in November, where he tied for 15th. Nicholas Thompson Thompson, the eldest brother of Lexi and Curtis, missed the cut in all five TOUR events he played this year, and all six Web.com Tour events teed it up at. His low round of the year was a 70 (six times).