At a glance: 'THE 25' who made the '09 PGA TOUR

November 09, 2008
PGA TOUR staff
1. Matt Bettencourt
Bettencourt won the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Alameda, Calif.
Residence: Greenville, S.C.
College: Modesto Junior College
Age: 33
Final Money List Position: 1
Top '08 Finish: Won Oregon Classic presented by Kendall Automotive Group, Nationwide Tour Championship
Other 2008 Stats: One runner-up, five top-10s, eight top-25s
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be first-time PGA TOUR member
Quote: "It's been a lifelong dream to go to the PGA TOUR. It's what we all work toward. It's my opportunity to compete against the world's best, and I'm going to do what it takes to prepare myself to get as ready as I can be. I'm looking forward to it."
2. Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge tied for 11th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
College: Virginia Tech
Age: 28
Final Money List Position: 2
Top '08 Finish: Won Xerox Classic
Other 2008 Stats: One runner-up, three thirds and nine top 10s, made 21 cuts in 28 starts
PGA TOUR Experience: Played the PGA TOUR in 2007, earning $447,172
Quote: "I know all that it entails having played the PGA TOUR in 2007. I'm very, very excited about going back there and knowing the golf courses."
3. Jeff Klauk
Jeff Klauk finished second at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Fla.
Residence: St. Augustine, Fla.
College: Florida Southern College
Age: 30
Final Money List Position: 3
Top '08 Finish: Won the Melwood Prince George's County Open
Other 2008 Stats: 5 top 10s, 11 top 25s and made 16 cuts from 27 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be playing in his first year on the PGA TOUR
Quote: "I'm looking forward to competing against the best on the PGA TOUR. All you can ever ask for is to play against the best. This is my seventh year on the Nationwide Tour, and I've learned how to manage everything a lot better so when I get on TOUR I'll be prepared. It's a great proving ground."
4. Jarrod Lyle
Jarrod Lyle finished 30th in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace/Residence: Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Age: 27
Final Money List Position: 4
Top '08 finish: Won the Mexico Open and the Knoxville Open
Other 2008 Stats: Six top-10 finishes
PGA TOUR Experience: Played in 24 events in 2007 and earned $390,303
Quote: "Getting back to the PGA TOUR was obviously the main goal this year and to have that wrapped up by the start of July was pretty cool. I want to do things the exact same way as this year and not change anything like I did last year. I want to show myself, and everyone else, that I deserve to be there so I'll give it everything I've got."
5. Bill Lunde
Bill Lunde tied for 21st at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: San Diego, Calif.
Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.
College: University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Age: 32
Final Money List Position: 5
Top '08 Finish: Won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational
Other 2008 Stats: Twelve top-25 finishes
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be his first year on PGA TOUR
Quote: "Coming back from the workforce to playing golf again and getting through this year was a great accomplishment. I'm looking forward to the PGA TOUR and the opportunity to play out there against the best."
6. Colt Knost
Colt Knost tied for third at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: Southern Methodist University
Age: 23
Final Money List Position: 6
Top '08 Finish: Won the Fort Smith Classic and Price Cutter Charity Championship
Other 2008 Stats: Three top-10s, six top-25s
PGA TOUR Experience: Nine events total in 2007-08
Quote: "I'm real excited to get out there. I've gotten a taste of the PGA TOUR having played nine events already. It's a different life, obviously. We'll see how I do."
7. Darron Stiles
Darron Stiles tied for 11th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Residence: Pinehurst, N.C.
College: Florida Southern College
Age: 35
Final Money List Position: 7
Top '08 Finish: Won the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship
Other 2008 Stats: 4 top 10s, 9 top 25s, made 19 cuts from 28 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Played on the PGA TOUR in 2003 and 2005-07. Has 2 top 10s and earned almost $2.2 million in 95 events
Quote: "I'm excited and looking forward to getting back to the PGA TOUR. It will be my fifth year out there, so hopefully it will be fifth time a charm instead of third time a charm."
8. Greg Chalmers
Greg Chalmers tied for 25th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Residence: Colleyville, Texas
Age: 35
Final Money List Position: 8
Top '08 Finish: Won the Henrico County Open
Other 2008 Stats: Four top 5s, ten top 10s, 15 top 25s, made 18 cuts from 24 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Finished second in the Kemper Insurance Open in 2000. Has earned $3,726,362 in 204 PGA TOUR events with 37 top-25 finishes.
Quote: "I'm very excited for a lot of different reasons to be going back to the PGA TOUR. It was great to compete all year on the Nationwide Tour and not have to sit around and wait for Qualifying School. It gives you a lot of good opportunities during the year to play well."
9. Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy tied for 31st at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace/Residence: Las Vegas, Nev.
College: San Diego State University
Age: 30
Final Money List Position: 9
Top '08 Finish: Won the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open and the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic
Other 2008 Stats: Six top-25 finishes and made 13 cuts from 19 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Has earned $186,812 in 20 PGA TOUR events
Quote: "I'm really excited about going to the PGA TOUR. It's like a childhood dream. I've never thought of it like that, but now that it's here, it was something I dreamed about doing. I guess dreams do come true."
10. Greg Owen
Greg Owen tied for 31st in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England
Residence: Windermere, Fla.
Age: 36
Final Money List Position: 10
Top '08 Finish: Finished second at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic and the South Georgia Classic
Other 2008 Stats: Seven top-10 finishes, 10 top 25s and made 13 cuts from 17 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Played on the PGA TOUR full time in 2005-07. Runner-up at the Bay Hill Invitational in 2006. Earned $3,151,637 in 85 PGA TOUR events.
Quote: "The PGA TOUR is the pinnacle of the golfing arena. I've had the experience there already, and I want it again. I'm thrilled to play well enough this year to get back to where I need to be. It was hard work coming back to the Nationwide Tour but graduating makes it a lot easier on me and my family."
11. Peter Tomasulo
Peter Tomasulo finished solo fifth in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Long Beach, Calif.
Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
College: University of California
Age: 27
Final Money List Position: 11
Top '08 Finish: Tied for third at Nationwide Tour Players Cup and Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic
Other 2008 Stats: Six top 10s, ten top 25s, made 20 cuts from 26 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Played total of four PGA TOUR events in 2005 and 2008, earning $55,027
Quote: "I'm very excited to finally get my PGA TOUR card. It feels like something I've always looked forward to and earning it via the Nationwide Tour makes it feel well deserved. It's an accomplishment after a lot of hard work and a good season."
12. Rick Price
Rick Price finished 46th in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Reading, Pa.
Residence: Jupiter, Fla.
College: Methodist College
Age: 40
Final Money List Position: 12th
Top '08 finish: Won the Nationwide Tour Players Cup
Other 2008 Stats: Three top 10s, Five top 25s, 15 made cuts from 26 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be playing his first year on the PGA TOUR
Quote: "I'm very excited. It will be my first trip to the PGA TOUR after 19 times at Qualifying School. I'm really pleased with my year on the Nationwide Tour, and I want to keep playing good golf. It's very gratifying."
13. Kris Blanks
Kris Blanks tied for 46th in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Warner Robbins, Ga.
Residence: Bluffton, S.C.
College: Huntingdon College
Age: 36
Final Money List Position: 13
Top '08 Finish: Won the Bank of America Open
Other 2008 Stats: 4 top 10s, 9 top 25s and made 18 cuts from 26 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be playing in his first year on the PGA TOUR
Quote: "I'm looking forward to getting to the PGA TOUR and seeing how good everybody is. You see them on television all the time and hopefully my game is good enough to compete with these guys."
14. David Mathis
David Mathis tied for 21st at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Winston Salem, N.C.
Residence: Raleigh, N.C.
College: Campbell University
Age: 34
Final Money List Position: 14
Top '08 Finish: BMW Charity Pro Am
Other 2008 Stats: One runner-up, four top 10s, eight top 25s and made 15 cuts from 26 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Played five PGA TOUR events in career, most recent in 2005
Quote: "Getting to the PGA TOUR is something everyone thinks about doing, and wanting to do, when they first start playing professional golf. It's really hard to imagine yourself on TOUR when you first start out, but now the reality is there. I've worked for ten years to get there and I'm looking forward to it."
15. Casey Wittenberg
Casey Wittenberg tied for 25th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Memphis, Tenn.
Residence: Memphis, Tenn.
College: Oklahoma State University
Age: 23
Final Money List Position: 15
Top '08 Finish: Lost playoff at Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic
Other 2008 Stats: Two top 3s, four top 10s, 11 top 25s
PGA TOUR Experience: Played 26 PGA TOUR events in career, with total earnings of $331,606. Best finish, T4, 2008 Viking Classic
Quote: "It's going to be a great experience and a great opportunity for me to be able to play good golf on the biggest stage in the world. I'm excited about it, and I've got to improve some things to compete on a consistent basis, and I'm working toward those goals."
16. D.A. Points
D.A. Points finished solo 36th in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Pekin, Ill.
Residence: Ocoee, Fla.
College: University of Illinois
Age: 31
Final Money List Position: 16
Top '08 Finish: Winner - Miccosukee Championship
Other 2008 Stats: Five top 10s, ten top 25s, made 15 cuts in 25 events
PGA TOUR Experience: PGA TOUR member in 2005-06 with $933,442 career earnings from 66 events
Quote: "I started out this year with the goal of getting back to the PGA TOUR. That was my plan. To accomplish that and complete that was very gratifying, and it gives me a lot of confidence going into next year."
17. Arjun Atwal
Arjun Atwal tied for 31st at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Asansol, India
Residence: Windermere, Fla.
Age: 35
Final Money List Position: 17
Top '08 Finish: Won the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek
Other 2008 Stats: One runner-up and five top-10 finishes, made 16 cuts from 23 events
PGA TOUR Experience: PGA TOUR member from 2004-07 with $2,138,877 in career earnings from 98 events
Quote: "It feels great. I won't be complaining on the PGA TOUR anymore. It's been hard for me the last couple of years playing in Asia and on the Nationwide Tour. I'll just appreciate the PGA TOUR a lot more when I get back."
18. Aron Price
Aron Price tied for 16th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
College: Georgia Southern University
Age: 26
Final Money List Position: 18
Top '08 Finish: Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship at Wente Vineyards
Other 2008 Stats: One top 3, three top 10s, eight top 25s, made 17 of 27 cuts
PGA TOUR Experience: Played two events in 2005
Quote: "Going to the PGA TOUR is an opportunity to really make a name for yourself when you play well. Just achieving this goal is something I've wanted to do since I was a 13-year-old, and now I've actually done it. Nobody in my family has been really successful so it's something I'm really proud of."
T19. Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman tied for seventh in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Residence: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Age: 25
Final Money List Position: 19
Top '08 Finish: Winner - WNB Golf Classic
Other 2008 Stats: One runner-up, four top 10s, seven top 25s, made 15 cuts from 25 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be his first year on PGA TOUR
Quote: "It's definitely exciting going to the PGA TOUR. I didn't think it would come this soon. It's hard to describe the feeling. I was lucky enough to play well this season and gain some confidence, so it will be good to take that to the TOUR next year. I look forward to getting out there and getting comfortable."
T19. Brendon Todd
Brendon Todd tied for 37th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
College: University of Georgia
Age: 23
Final Money List Position: 20
Top '08 Finish: Winner - Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank
Other 2008 Stats: Seven top 10s, eleven top 25s, made13 cuts from 23 events
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be first year on PGA TOUR
Quote: "I've learned a lot over the course of the year. The Nationwide Tour is a great place to work on your game. The PGA TOUR is where we want to be. That's my childhood dream. To fulfill that next year is going to be something special. I'm going to really enjoy it but still take things seriously."
21. Scott Gutschewski
Scott Gutschewski tied for ninth at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Omaha, Neb.
Residence: Prosper, Texas
College: University of Nebraska
Age: 32
Final Money List Position: 21
Top '08 Finish: Won Rex Hospital Open
Other 2008 Stats: Five top 10s, nine top 25s and 14 made cuts in 26 starts
PGA TOUR Experience: Played PGA TOUR full time in 2005-07. Has earned $1,127,012 in 69 starts. Best finish was T6 at 2006 BC Open presented by Turning Stone Resort.
Quote: "I'm excited and looking forward to a lot of things on the PGA TOUR. It's a good life out there. I think I've proved I belong out there. I've had a couple of chances already, and I'm glad to have another shot at it."
22. Spencer Levin
Spencer Levin tied for 16th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Sacramento, Calif.
Residence: Elk Grove, Calif.
College: University of New Mexico
Age: 24
Final Money List Position: 22
Top '08 Finish: T2, Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open
Other 2008 Stats: One third and seven top 10s
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be first year on PGA TOUR
Quote: "Just being on the PGA TOUR is going to be a dream come true. I've thought about it since I started playing. I feel absolute relief. I'm just happy to get it done."
23. Bryce Molder
Bryce Molder tied for third at the Nationwide Tour Championship and moved into "THE 25".
Birthplace: Harrison, Ariz.
Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: Georgia Tech
Age: 29
Final Money List Position: 23
Top '08 Finish: T2 at the South Georgia Classic
Other 2008 Stats: 3 top 10s, 9 top 25s and made 18 out of 27 cuts
PGA TOUR Experience: Was a PGA TOUR member in 2007. Has earned nearly $900,000 in 59 events.
Quote: "I'm looking forward to playing some good golf on the PGA TOUR. It's just sinking in, but that's where I feel I should be. I know a little more what to expect as I've played out there, and what to expect from myself."
24. Matt Weibring
Matt Weibring tied for 42nd in the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: Georgia Tech
Age: 28
Final Money List Position: 24
Top '08 Finish: Third - BMW Charity Pro Am
Other 2008 Stats: Six top-10s, 13 top 25s, made 17 of 22 cuts
PGA TOUR Experience: Played one PGA TOUR event each year from 2002-05
Quote: "Going to the PGA TOUR is a chance to play tournaments I watched my dad play while I was growing up. I was in the TOUR daycare, and now I can go out there and play, and be one of the guys on the best TOUR in the world."
25. Ricky Barnes
Ricky Barnes tied for 37th at the Nationwide Tour Championship.
Birthplace: Stockton, Calif.
Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: University of Arizona
Age: 27
Final Money List Position: 25
Top '08 Finish: T3, Xerox Classic
Other 2008 Stats: 9 top 10s
PGA TOUR Experience: Will be first year on PGA TOUR
Quote: "I've been to the PGA TOUR when I first came out. I'm excited to be heading back to where I think I should be. I want to get out there and make a name for myself."

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