Players to Watch: No. 7, Chris Baker
December 25, 2017
By Stewart Moore, PGATOUR.COM
- December 25, 2017
- Iowa State alum Chris Baker finished 34th on the 2017 Web.com Tour money list. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
After back-to-back seasons featuring 34th-place finishes on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list, Chris Baker looks poised to break out in 2018 and possibly ascend to the PGA TOUR. The former Iowa State golfer, who has notched six top-10 finishes over his last two seasons, spent 12 weeks inside The 25 in 2017, but dropped to 34th after posting just one top-25 in his last seven Regular Season starts.
Top 10 Players to Watch: No. 10, Jimmy Stanger | No. 9, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez | No. 8, Matt Ryan | No. 7, Chris Baker | No. 6, Kramer Hickok | No. 5, Curtis Luck | No. 4, Wyndham Clark | No. 3, Sam Burns
Baker, 31, competed on mini-tours after finishing a standout career on the Cyclones golf team in 2008, and famously captured the Challenge Tour’s Moroccan Golf Classic in 2010, becoming the first American-born player to win the tournament, and just the 10th player in Tour history to win in his debut – a stat which includes the likes of Martin Kaymer, Darren Clarke and Trevor Immelman.
Since the victory, he has made 94 starts on the Web.com Tour, with his best finish being a playoff loss to Andrew Putnam at the 2017 Panama Claro Championship.
Andrew Putnam wins on first playoff hole at Panama Claro
The runner-up effort moved him to a career-best sixth on the Tour’s money list, and provided a brief glimpse into the vast amount of talent the Brownstown, Indiana, native possesses.
Look for Baker to get off to a fast start in The Bahamas this year, as he finished second in Scrambling and fifth in Driving Accuracy on the Web.com Tour last season. If we learned anything from the Tour’s 2017 debut in The Bahamas, it was that the ability to keep a ball in play and maintain creativity around the greens pays dividends.