In depth: PGA TOUR rookies

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Rickie Fowler, 20, is the youngest rookie on TOUR for 2010.
December 07, 2009
PGA TOUR staff

A total of 18 players will be competing for Rookie of the Year honors staring with the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii, the first full-field event of the year:

Troy Merritt Age: 25 PGA TOUR starts: 0 Qualified via: Medalist at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Iowa, grew up in Minnesota ... Two years at Division II Winona State ... Two years at Boise State University, where he won nine times in two years ... Two-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2007, 2008) ... Rookie on the 2009 Nationwide Tour ... Won the Mexico Open presented by Corona ... Finished No. 39 on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list ... Medalist at 2009 Q-school, where he led or shared the lead after every round.

Martin Flores Age: 27 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Solo fourth at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Ft. Worth and resides in Dallas ... 2004 graduate of the University of Oklahoma ... Rookie on 2009 Nationwide Tour, where he made four cuts in nine starts and finished No. 156 on money list.

Billy Horschel Age: 23 PGA TOUR starts: 3 Qualified via: Solo seventh at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Grant, Fla. and resides in Jacksonville Beach ... 2009 graduate of the University of Florida ... Three-time First-Team All-American ... Made four starts on 2009 Nationwide Tour, including a tie for ninth at the Cox Classic in Omaha).

Graham DeLaet Age: 26 PGA TOUR starts: 2 Qualified via: Tied for eighth at 2009 q-school Notes: Name is pronounced De-let ... Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan; lives in Boise, Idaho ... 2006 graduate of Boise State ... four-time All-Conference; 2006 WAC Player of the Year ... 2007 Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year ... 2009 Canadian Tour Player of the Year ... Represented Canada at the 2008 and 2009 OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup.

Chris Wilson Age: 25 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Tied for 12th at at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Columbus and lives in Dublin, Ohio ... 2007 graduate of Northwestern University ... Big 10 Individual/Team champion in 2006 ... Has played on the Hooters Tour since college.

Rickie Fowler Age: 20 PGA TOUR starts: 8 Qualified via: Tied for 15th at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Murrieta, California and lives in Las Vegas ... Attended Oklahoma State University ... Winner of the Ben Hogan Award, Phil Mickelson Award ... Two time First Team All-American ... Lost playoff at 2009 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational to Derek Lamely ... Lost playoff at the 2009 Frys.com Open on the PGA TOUR (Troy Matteson).

Cameron Tringale Age: 22 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Tied for 19th at 2009 q-school Notes: Name is pronounced Trin-golly .. Born in San Juan Capistrano and lives in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... 2009 Georgia Tech graduate ... Won four events in college ... Three time All-American ... Finalist for the Byron Nelson Award ... member of the Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

Brian Stuard Age: 27 PGA TOUR starts: 0 Qualified via: Tied for 19th at 2009 q-school Notes: Born and resides in Jackson, Michigan ... 2005 graduate of Oakland (MI) University ... Member of the Nationwide Tour in 2008-09 ... Shot a final round 74 at 2008 Q-school and missed his card by two strokes ... Was No. 23 on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list but dropped to No. 26 despite a tie for 14th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.

Brent Delahoussaye Age: 27 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Tied for 23rd at 2009 q-school Notes: Born in Beaux Bridge and resides in Greenville, S.C. ... 2005 graduate of Clemson University ... Member of the Nationwide Tour in 2008-09 ... Made nine cuts in 15 starts in 2009 and finished No. 79 on the money list.

Matt Every Age: 24 PGA TOUR starts: 6 Qualified via: 10th on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Daytona Beach and lives in Gainesville ... All-American at the University of Florida, where he was a walk-on to the team ... Played on the Nationwide Tour in 2008-09 ... Earned his first win at the 2009 Nationwide Tour Championship and jumped from No. 49 to 10th on the money list.

Jerod Turner Age: 34 PGA TOUR starts: 0 Qualified via: 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Oak Harbor, Washington and lives in Hurst, Texas ... Mini tour player ... Self taught player who says he's never had a lesson in his life ... Conditional player on 2009 Nationwide Tour, and was late entry to WNB Golf Classic, where he tied for seventh ... Won the following week at the $1 million Soboba Classic.

Derek Lamely Age: 29 PGA TOUR starts: 4 Qualified via: Fourth on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Belleville, Ill. and lives in Fort Myers, Fla. ... Rookie on the 2009 Nationwide Tour ... Beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational

Josh Teater Age: 30 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Seventh on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Danville, Ky. and lives in Lexington, Ky. ... 2009 Nationwide Tour rookie ... Earned a win at the Utah Championship.

Blake Adams Age: 34 PGA TOUR starts: 0 Qualified via: Third on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Bartlesville, Okla. and lives in Eatonton, Ga. ... Graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001 ... Set a Nationwide Tour record in 2009 for most money earned without a victory ($399,749) ... wound up third on the money list.

Alex Prugh Age: 25 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born and lives in Spokane, Wash. ... 2007 graduate of the University of Washington ... Two-time All-American ... Member of the Nationwide Tour in 2008-09 ... Earned his first win at the 2009 Michael Hill New Zealand Open.

Cameron Percy Age: 35 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: Eighth on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born and lives in Australia ... Member of the Nationwide Tour in 2005, 2008 and 2009 ... Finished No. 8 on the money list with 2 runner-up finishes and one third-place finish.

Garth Mulroy Age: 31 PGA TOUR starts: 1 Qualified via: 14th on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Durban, South Africa and lives in Raleigh, N.C. ... Played at North Carolina State where he was an All-American ... Member of the Nationwide Tour from 2007-09 ... Earned his first win at the 2009 South Georgia Classic.

Chris Baryla Age: 27 PGA TOUR starts: 6 Qualified via: 19th on the Nationwide Tour money list Notes: Born in Calgary and resides in Vernon, British Columbia ... 2004 graduate of Texas-El Paso ... Made 13 cuts in 14 Nationwide Tour starts in 2009 ... Won the Chattanooga Classic late in the year and finished No. 19 on the money list.