The final 25: Who earned their 2011 PGA TOUR CardOctober 31, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
Brendan Steele's victory at the Nationwide Tour Championship moved him up to No. 6 on the money list and marked the conclusion of the 2010 Nationwide Tour season. The top 25 money on the money list for the season earn 2011 PGA TOUR cards.
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Nationwide Tour: Class of 2010 The top 25 earn full PGA TOUR cards for the 2011 season: Pos. Player Country Age Comment 1 Jamie Lovemark U.S. 22 Already has a runner-up finish on PGA TOUR (2009 Frys.com Open). Consistent season with one win and eight top-10s pushed him to the top and a spot in the 2011 PLAYERS. | Watch 2 Chris Kirk U.S. 25 Had two wins, including one in his hometown of Knoxville. Missed only four cuts all year. Broken thumb kept him out of finale and a shot at the No. 1 spot on the money list. | Watch 3 Hunter Haas U.S. 33 Was probably the best player on tour in the second half, with two wins in his final nine events to punch his ticket for a third season on the PGA TOUR. | Watch 4 Tommy Gainey U.S. 35 "Two Gloves" headed back to PGA TOUR after winning twice and posting two other top-three finishes. Second on the tour in birdies. Like Lovemark, already has a runner-up finish on TOUR. | Watch 5 Daniel Summerhays U.S. 26 Came close to picking up his second career Nationwide Tour victory this year, with three solo second-place finishes. Nephew of Champions Tour veteran Bruce Summerhays. | Watch 6 Brendan Steele U.S. 27 Will be a PGA TOUR rookie after a stunning week at the Nationwide Tour Championship, where he won and secured his card. Had two top-fives in final three starts. | Watch 7 Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela 26 Won the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open on the way to become the first player from Venezuela to secure a PGA TOUR card. Led the final 25 in driving distance (312 yards). | Watch 8 Martin Piller U.S. 24 Sophomore season on Nationwide Tour produced a pair of victories to propel the Texan to the PGA TOUR. Piller was second on the tour in putting average behind Steven Bowditch. | Watch 9 Kevin Chappell U.S. 24 First full season on the Nationwide Tour was a good one, as former UCLA standout won in his sixth start and had seven top-10s. Had three top-threes by midseason. Led Tour with 23 eagles. | Watch 10 Tag Ridings U.S. 36 Earned his way back on TOUR with a consistent year that included nine top-10s and eight more in the top 25. Finished year with two consecutive top-10s. Veteran of 153 PGA TOUR starts. | Watch 11 Kevin Kisner U.S. 26 Big push came late in the season as former Georgia All-American picked up a win and runner-up in last eight starts. Will make his first PGA TOUR start when he tees it up at the Sony Open. | Watch 12 Fabian Gomez Argentina 32 Missed card by two spots last year and gained security early this year with a win and 11 top-25s. Finally secured card with a late-season second place finish at the WNB Golf Classic. | Watch 13 David Mathis U.S. 36 Veteran played his way into the 25 with a win in the penultimate event in the inaugural Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open to earn his second stint on TOUR in three years. | Watch 14 Keegan Bradley U.S 24 Pat Bradley's nephew made the most of his rookie season with five top-10s, including a second and two third-place finishes. Had four consecutive top-five finishes in the fall. | Watch 15 Colt Knost U.S. 25 Former U.S. Amateur champion was outside The 25 until his solo second in the season finale, securing his second foray onto the PGA TOUR. Led the Tour in several ball-striking categories. | Watch 16 Bobby Gates U.S. 24 Will have something to celebrate when he turns 25 on New Year's Eve after winning his first Nationwide start in 2010. Had top-five finishes in the first two starts to effectively secure his card. | Watch 17 Steven Bowditch Australia 27 Struggled the first time he got his PGA TOUR card in 2006 but earned a return trip thanks to a win in the Soboba Golf Classic in October. Led the Nationwide Tour in putting average. | Watch 18 D.J. Brigman U.S. 34 Returning to the PGA TOUR after an absence of three years thanks to a solid season with four top-10s. Won the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in July. | Watch 19 Jim Herman U.S. 32 Made his playoff victory in Australia count and the former club pro is headed to the PGA TOUR for the first time in his career. Only PGA TOUR start came in 2010 U.S. Open, a tie for 47th. | Watch 20 Scott Gutschewski U.S. 34 Two runners-up and five other top-10s sent Gutschewski back to the PGA TOUR for the fifth time. Secured card late in the year with a tie for second in the Miccosukee Championship. | Watch 21 David Hearn Canada 31 The lone Canadian in the final 25 will be back on the TOUR for a second time after finishing in the top five in two of the final three weeks. Finished seventh in driving accuracy. | Watch 22 Joe Affrunti U.S. 29 Like Knost, finished the season strong to rally and earn a spot in The 25. Will be a PGA TOUR rookie in 2011. Solo third in the season finale pushed him from 30th to 22nd on the money list. | Watch 23 Peter Tomasulo U.S. 29 Earned his second trip to the PGA TOUR in three years despite playing the final week of the year with a broken foot. Won the Ford Wayne Gretzky in July. Had 29 career PGA TOUR starts. | Watch 24 Michael Putnam U.S. 27 Picked up his first Nationwide Tour victory in the Utah Championship to help secure his card. The Pepperdine graduate finished the year by making 12 consecutive cuts on tour. | Watch 25 Justin Hicks U.S. 36 His win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May was one of just two top-10s on the year. Will be a TOUR rookie in 2011. Finished a mere $2,010 ahead of 26th-place Scott Gardiner. | Watch
Below is a list of the final top 25: