Monday qualifiers: The RSM Classic
November 18, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- November 18, 2019
- Kyle Reifers earned his way into the field this week at The RSM Classic. (Stacey Revere/Getty Images)
A quick look at the four Monday qualifiers for The RSM Classic ...
The qualifier was held at Brunswick Country Club in Brunswick, Georgia. An incredible 8-for-1 playoff was needed for the last spot. Those to miss out in extra holes were Luke Guthrie, Andrew Novak, Erik Barnes, John VanDerLaan, Adam Svensson, Jordan Neibrugge and A.J. Morris.
Svensson went two extra holes while Guthrie was knocked out in darkness on the third extra hole after choosing to play on. He three-putted a green that was floodlit by car headlights. Justin Lower was 5-under headed to his final hole but made bogey to miss the playoff. Earlier he had a triple bogey on the 18th (his ninth) and a hole-in-one on the par-3 4th (his 13th).
(Note: Monday’s score in parentheses):
COLE MILLER (64)
Hometown: New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
Alma mater: Penn State University
PGA TOUR starts: 1
Cuts made: 0
Best finish: CUT – 2018 U.S. Open.
Notes: Was six-under through 10 in qualifying before a double bogey appeared to set him back but two late birdies secured his spot… Gets his first non-major PGA TOUR start after qualifying for the U.S. Open in 2018… Had 12 starts on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada this season with one top-10 – a T4 at the Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist… Ended the season No. 34 on the Order of Merit to retain Mackenzie Tour status through the 2020 season… Managed three top-10s on the same tour the season prior… The first pure shot he ever hit landed on the door of his parents car. When he told his dad what happened, he gave him a high five, but told him not to aim at the cars anymore… Can do a standing back flip.
KYLE REIFERS (64)
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater: Wake Forest University
PGA TOUR starts: 160
Cuts made: 85
Best finish: 2nd - Barracuda Championship 2015... lost in playoff.
Notes: Bogey-free with six birdies to qualify… Has had five full seasons on the PGA TOUR over the years with his 2015-16 effort of 61st in the FedExCup his best… Lost his card after finishing 154th in the 2016-17 FedExCup… Has eight career Top-10s on the PGA TOUR, the last coming at 2016 Barracuda Championship… Spent last season on the Korn Ferry Tour with one Top-10 from 18 starts leaving him 90th on the points list… Both of his parents won Ohio State Amateurs (the same tournament he won in 2004)… Concluded his senior year at Wake Forest with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship... Two-time NCAA All-American and three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection… Was a college teammate of TOUR member Bill Haas.
JINHO (Henry) CHUNG (64)
Hometown: Cerritos, California
Alma mater: University of San Francisco
PGA TOUR starts: 1
Cuts made: 0
Best finish: CUT – 2019-20 Safeway Open
Notes: With eight birdies and two bogeys made it through Monday qualifying for the second time this season (Safeway Open)… Full name is Henrique Jin Ho Chung and he was born in Brazil… Attempted to qualify for the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada last season but with rounds of 77-74-71-74 finished T46… Best college result was a runner up at the Nick Watney Invitational in his senior year.
MATT ATKINS (65*)
Hometown: Aston, Pennsylvania
Alma mater: University of South Carolina-Aiken
PGA TOUR starts: 23
Cuts made: 8
Best finish: T22 Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship 2018.
Notes: Earned PGA TOUR status after finishing 19th on Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season in 2017 thanks mainly to a win at the El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova… But he struggled with the step up and finished 215th in the FedExCup with just six made cuts and one Top-25 from 21 starts… Returned to Korn Ferry Tour last season making nine of 21 cuts with two Top-25s… Motto is “We’re far worse than we ever imagined, and for more loved than we could ever dream.”
*Survived 8-for-1 playoff against Luke Guthrie, Andrew Novak, Erik Barnes, John VanDerLaan, Adam Svensson, Jordan Neibrugge and A.J. Morris.
LAST WEEK’S QUALIFIERS (Mayakoba Golf Classic)
MC. Ben Silverman, 73-75
MC. Jimmy Stanger, 78-75
MC. Efren Serna Jr., 76-79
WD. Tyler McCumber, 72