Musselman, Nimmer continue OWGR ascents
September 08, 2020
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- September 08, 2020
- Bryson Nimmer, left, watches as Cooper Musselman hits an approach during a playoff for the title at the LOCALiQ Series' The Invitational at Auburn University Club last Thursday. (Photo by John Wild)
One of the benefits of playing in the LOCALiQ Series’ eight-tournament schedule is the ability to earn Official World Golf Ranking Points. No player has taken advantage of that perk more than Bryson Nimmer. Despite losing in a playoff last week at The Invitational at Auburn University Club, Nimmer, a two-time winner this season, added 2.4 points to his ledger for that second-place finish, and that allowed him to improve from 652nd in the OWGR to No. 555. Each time Nimmer, the No. 1 player on the Race to The Bahamas Points Standings moves up on the OWGR, he is reaching a career-high.
Also making a significant jump this week was Cooper Musselman, the winner in Auburn who defeated Nimmer in the four-hole extra session. The former University of Kentucky star began the week as the 2,074th-ranked player, he shot a final-round 66, won on the fourth extra hole and moved up 1,114 places, to No. 960. It’s the first time Musselman has been inside the top 1,000 in his career. His Auburn victory was also his first as a professional in a multi-round tournament. Musselman previously won his state open, the Kentucky Open, when he was an amateur.
Isaiah Salinda, Shintaro Ban and Andy Zhang all have great opportunities this week to pick up additional OWGR points as they are in the field for the PGA TOUR’s Safeway Open in Napa, California. Another LOCALiQ Series players who competed last week in Auburn is Akshay Bhatia. He is also in the Safeway Open field.