Monday Qualifiers: The RSM Classic
November 14, 2017
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
David Skinns returns to action for Web.com Tour Championship
David Skinns became the first player to Monday qualify for multiple events this season, while the season’s most successful qualifier narrowly missed another opportunity to tee it up in a PGA TOUR event.
Skinns, 35, was one of three players to shoot 64 on Monday at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club and earn a spot in this week’s RSM Classic. He shared medalist honors in the four-spot qualifier with T.J. Vogel and Dan McCarthy. Andrew Novak shot 65 and grabbed the final berth into the RSM in a three-man playoff with Sebastian Vazquez and Curtis Thompson.
Scott Strohmeyer, who finished T4 after qualifying for last month’s Sanderson Farms Championship, shot a bogey-free 67 but missed the playoff by two shots. Strohmeyer failed to advance past the first stage of Q-School and has no status on any major tour. He must rely on Monday qualifiers and sponsor exemptions for starts.
Skinns also qualified for the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he finished T53. He finished runner-up in the final event of the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season, the WinCo Foods Portland Open, just to qualify for the Web.com Tour Finals, then withdrew from the second Finals event to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple’s second child. He was T9, five shots off the lead, when he withdrew after the second round. Skinns, 35, has never held a PGA TOUR card. This is the fifth PGA TOUR start of his career, and his first time making multiple starts in a single season.
Vogel, of Hollywood, Florida, finished 10th on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit thanks to two top-10s in 12 starts, including a runner-up in the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open. Vogel, 26, won the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links. He has missed the cut in five previous PGA TOUR starts, including the 2013 Masters (77-75).
McCarthy, 32, won four times on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada in 2016 to win the Order of Merit and earn his Web.com Tour card for 2017. He finished 109th on the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season money list despite finishing fourth in his first start of the season. He didn’t post another top-25 finish in his remaining 11 starts of the year and missed nearly five months because of a wrist injury. He has missed the cut in two previous PGA TOUR starts (2010 U.S. Open, 2016 RBC Canadian Open).
Novak, 22, finished his college career at Wofford College earlier this year. He played on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada this summer, making the cut in five of 11 starts. Novak, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, had a best finish of T19. This will be his PGA TOUR debut.
OHL Classic at Mayakoba qualifiers
T55. Tim Wilkinson, 70-71-70-71
T68. Ken Duke, 68-68-77-71
MC. Sean Jacklin, 71-74
MC. Jordan Niebrugge, 76-71
2017-18 Monday qualifiers
Made cut: 7
Top-10s: 1 (Scott Strohmeyer, T4 at Sanderson Farms)
Average qualifying: 66.13
Qualifiers’ average tournament score: 71.95