KORN FERRY TOUR FINALS
Power Rankings: Web.com Tour Championship
September 28, 2015
By Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
- Bronson Burgoon's T2 finish last week marks his sixth top 10 of the season. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
After a season that has spanned five time zones, seven countries, two continents, and countless feel-good stories, the 2015 Web.com Tour is reaching the end of the line.
This week’s Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, marks the 25th of 25 events this season, and the fourth of four Web.com Tour Finals events.
Consequently, the Web.com Tour Championship marks the final opportunity for players to move inside the top 25 on the Finals money list and secure a PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season.
For players who finished inside the top 25 on the Web.com Tour Regular Season money list and already have secured TOUR status for next season, it’s the last chance to move up on the Priority Ranking and secure the best possible status. Patton Kizzire currently leads the money list, and the only player who can mathematically surpass him is No. 2 Dawie van der Walt.
Upon the conclusion of play at Dye’s Valley Course, both the cumulative money winner and Finals money winner will earn fully exempt status on TOUR next season – and a spot in the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.
Last week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship was contested at the Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), definitively one of the toughest tracks on the Web.com Tour – as evidenced by Andrew Loupe’s winning score of 5 under par, the first single-digit-under-par winning score on Tour this season.
Dye’s Valley Course should provide a similar test. Distinct from the majority of Web.com Tour venues, pars go a long way at the trouble-filled Valley Course. Last year’s Web.com Tour Championship winner Derek Fathauer fired a four-day total of 14 under at the Valley Course, good for a one-stroke victory over Zac Blair.
It’s one of the most pressure-packed, life-changing weeks in the world of professional golf. And it has arrived. Here are 10 players to watch this week at the Web.com Tour Championship.
1. Andrew Loupe. After leaving his driver out of the bag during the first two Finals events, he brought the big stick back for his victorious effort at the Scarlet Course. Will carry plenty of momentum to TPC Sawgrass.
2. Chez Reavie. One of the most consistent players during the Finals, with top-20 finishes in all three Finals events, including a victory two weeks ago in North Carolina. Very much alive for No. 1 spot on Finals money list.
3. Dawie van der Walt. South Africa native has steadily climbed closer to Kizzire on money list with strong play during Finals, most recently a T5 last week at the Scarlet Course. He’ll be motivated to move into the top spot.
4. Lucas Glover. Top-25 finishes in all three Finals events, as the 2009 U.S. Open champion has started to see the light on short putts after years of struggle. On the verge of regaining strong TOUR status with a solid week in Florida.
5. Bronson Burgoon. Quietly finished T2 last week at Scarlet Course with consistent play on the weekend. TOUR card is secured through Regular Season, but would love to capture his first Web.com Tour title before departing.
6. Mark Hubbard. San Jose State alum led the field in driving accuracy last week at Scarlet Course, en route to T5 finish. Precision off the tee should again go a long way this week at the narrow Valley Course.
7. Derek Fathauer. Defending champion at the Valley Course, will need a big week to regain TOUR status after missing two cuts in a row. But he very much enjoys playing at TPC Sawgrass (T17 at this year’s PLAYERS Championship).
8. Zack Fischer. Played his way into contention the last two weeks, before late-tournament struggles caused him to fall well down leaderboard. The game is certainly there, and it would be no surprise to see Fischer put four rounds together this week.
9. Patton Kizzire. Withdrew last week with an injury, but the money leader very much wants to conclude his year on a high note – and secure the money title that he has held for the majority of 2015. Has been a factor more often than not this season.
10. Emiliano Grillo. Top-100 player in the world, the Argentina native struggled last week in Columbus en route to a missed cut. But he finished second the week prior, and is well positioned to make a run at the Finals money list top spot.