Monday Qualifiers: AT&T Byron Nelson
May 15, 2018
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- T.J. Vogel shot a 6-under 66 on Monday to qualify for his fifth event of the season.
T.J. Vogel continued his impressive performance in Monday qualifiers, shooting 6-under 66 at Gentle Creek Country Club in Prosper, Texas, to qualify for his fifth event of the season.
Vogel has been successful in four of his past six qualifying attempts. He’s made the cut in his past two starts, including a career-best T16 at the Valspar Championship. Here’s a closer look at the players who played their way into this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
RYAN BACA (65)
Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Alma mater: Baylor
PGA TOUR starts: 3
Best PGA TOUR finish: MC, 2006 U.S. Open; MC, 2010 Valero Texas Open; MC, 2018 Houston Open
Notes: Baca won the 2002 and 2003 Texas Amateurs. He also Monday qualified for this year’s Houston Open. Baca has missed the cut in both his Web.com Tour starts this year, as well.
T.J. VOGEL (66)
Hometown: Hollywood, Florida
Alma mater: USC/Florida
PGA TOUR starts: 8
Best TOUR finish: T16, 2018 Valspar Championship
Notes: Vogel has made the cut in two of four PGA TOUR starts this season. He credits advice from PGA TOUR winners Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau for helping him have success this season. He finished 10th on last season's Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit. He also won the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links and played in the 2013 Masters.
STEVEN IHM (67)
Hometown: Plano, Texas
Alma mater: Iowa
PGA TOUR starts: 3
Best TOUR finish: T27, 2014 John Deere Classic
Notes: Ihm’s biggest win came at the 2013 Sunnehanna Amateur, one of the country’s best amateur events. He also led Indian Hills Community College to the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association title. He competed on the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica last year, making the cut in eight of 12 starts. He birdied the first hole of Monday’s 4-for-2 playoff to earn a spot in his first TOUR event since the 2016 John Deere.
TOM WHITNEY (67)
Hometown: Little Elm, Texas
Alma mater: Air Force
PGA TOUR starts: 2
Best TOUR finish: T67, 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge
Notes: Whitney finished 89th on last year’s Web.com Tour money list. On Monday he birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Steven Allan and Logan McCracken for the final spot in the field. He also qualified for this season’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (MC). He turned professional in 2014 after fulfilling a four-year term of active duty as an Air Force officer. He was a nuclear-missile operator between 2010 and 2014.
WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP
T59. T.J. Vogel, 69-75-71-72
MC. Carter Jenkins, 76-75
MC. J.T. Griffin, 79-74
MC. Mito Pereira, 81-73
THIS SEASON’S QUALIFIERS
Made cut: 20 (33.9%)
Top-10s: 3 (Scott Strohmeyer, T4 at Sanderson Farms; Trey Mullinax, T8 at Valspar; Julian Suri, T8 at Houston)
Most times qualified: T.J. Vogel (5)