Notes: Pampling gets first Web.com Tour win
May 19, 2015
By Jeff Adams, PGATOUR.COM
- May 19, 2015
- Rod Pamplng's win moved him to No. 8 on the money list. (Fred Rollison/Special to PGA TOUR)
Playing with a heavy heart following his father's recent passing, Rod Pampling of Australia claimed his first Web.com Tour victory in 85 starts at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. After opening with a pair of 63s, the two-time PGA TOUR winner shot 69-66 on the weekend to defeat 2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft of Dallas, Texas by two shots. The 45-year-old leaped from 72nd to eighth in earnings. He had three runners-up on the Web.com Tour in 2001, including two playoff losses.
“A COUPLE OF DIMPLES” SHY OF 59 – Third-place finisher Roland Thatcher grabbed everyone's attention early on Sunday when he made nine birdies and an eagle in his first 16 holes. Needing a birdie for 59 on one of the remaining two, he parred 17 and left a 12-foot birdie putt "a couple of dimples” short on No. 18. The Woodlands, Texas resident was seeking to become the sixth player to record a 59 on Tour. He is the 23rd player to shoot 60. Needless to say, Thatcher set a new course record at Thornblade Club, bettering by one the 61 he shot in 2013 and Keegan Bradley posted in 2010.
“TOUGH TO WIN ANYWHERE” – Rod Pampling reflected on his win on Sunday saying, “I don’t care where you are playing, to shoot 25 under and win only by two, that’s a tribute to the quality of players out here (on the Web.com Tour). There are so many great players out here. It feels fantastic. It’s tough to win anywhere these days.”
COMING OF AGE – Third-year Tour member Kelly Kraft is coming into his own this year. After finishing 42nd and 75th on the money list in 2013 and 2014, respectively, the SMU product has earned $192,812 this year, which should be more than enough to secure his PGA TOUR card for the first time in 2015-16. Kraft, 26, claimed his first Tour title in March, the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER. He trails No. 1 Peter Malnati by less than $5,000.
PGA TOUR BOUND!? – Playing on a sponsor exemption, Web.com Tour rookie Patrick Rodgers’ runner-up at the Wells Fargo Championship has him on the cusp of earning Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR. He is 10 FedExCup non-member points shy of doing so. If he earns those points, he will be able to accept unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of 2014-15 in his attempt to earn a 2015-16 TOUR card. The 22-year-old from Avon, Indiana has secured spots in the next three PGA TOUR events, in Fort Worth, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio. Rodgers has made seven Web.com Tour starts this year, winning the Colombia Championship in Bogotá in February. The highly decorated former Stanford University Cardinal is currently fifth in Tour earnings. He has made five cuts in all, with his next-best finish a T21 in the season opener in Panama.
WEB.COM TOUR ON DISPLAY IN CHARLOTTE – Web.com Tour talent of this year and last was clearly on display at the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship. In addition to 2015 member Patrick Rodgers’ runner-up, his roommate and Sunday playing companion Justin Thomas snared his fifth top 10 of the year, a T7, while Tony Finau finished T16 and 2014 Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz was T19. Tied for 20th were John Peterson and Jonathan Randolph.
TRIFECTA – Golf fans of the Metroplex are in for a three-week bonanza of PGA TOUR-sanctioned golf over the next three weeks. The PGA TOUR comes to town this week for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth and next week for the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas. The Web.com follows after the TOUR leaves town, with the new Greater Dallas Open set for June 1-7 in Lewisville.
ANOTHER WIN FOR MALNATI – Leading money winner Peter Malnati teamed with actor and friend Lucas Black (“NCIS: New Orleans”) to win the celebrity portion of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Malnati and Black first became acquainted and played golf when Malnati attended the University of Missouri and Black’s wife was in law school there in the late 2000s.
BEN HOGAN AWARD – Arizona State junior Jon Rahm was named the 2015 Ben Hogan Award winner on Monday evening in Fort Worth, Texas. The Spaniard is No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and has won four college tournaments in 2014-15. His 68.78 stroke average is the second best in recorded NCAA history. Rahm also tied for fifth at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually by Colonial Country Club in cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America to the outstanding male player based on amateur and collegiate performance during the preceding 12 months. The other finalists were Maverick McNealy of Stanford and Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington. Recent winners include former/current Web.com Tour members Nick Taylor (2010 winner), Patrick Cantlay (2012) and Patrick Rodgers (2014).
NEXT WEEK – The Web.com Tour will be in Raleigh, North Carolina. for the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation.