Kizzire named Web.com Tour Player of the Year
He racked up 12 top-10s -- including two victories in 2015
November 18, 2015
By Web.com Tour staff
- November 18, 2015
- Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee presented the Player of the Year trophy to Patton Kizzire on Wednesday. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. and SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Patton Kizzire of Sea Island, Georgia, was named 2015 Web.com Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his fellow competitors, it was announced today by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee.
The 29-year-old native of Montgomery, Alabama, enjoyed one of the most consistent and impressive seasons in Web.com Tour history. He had two victories – the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank and News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot – which came three weeks apart, in August. In addition to his two wins, Kizzire recorded two runners-up (one in a playoff), a third-, a fourth-, a fifth- and a sixth-place finish. His 12 top-10 finishes were the most by a Web.com Tour player of the year since another Alabamian, Stewart Cink, had 14 in 1996, the year he received the Jack Nicklaus Award.
Kizzire racked up $567,866 in earnings in 23 starts, the second-most in Tour history, and led the money list over the final 16 weeks of the year, from his playoff runner-up at the Rex Hospital Open in late May through the Web.com Tour Championship in early October.
Over the course of his 81 competitive rounds, he was a cumulative 212-under par and carded just 12 over-par scores. Kizzire led the Scoring Average category with 68.68 as well as Putting Average (1.694) and Birdie Average (4.81), and was second in the All-Around Ranking.
As the combined Regular Season/Finals’ leading money winner, Kizzire is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16 and secured a spot in May’s PLAYERS Championship. The 2008 Auburn grad is off to a good start on the PGA TOUR, making the cut in his first three starts and already producing two top-five finishes – a T2 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a T4 at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Joining Kizzire on the player of the year ballot were Martin Piller and Dawie van der Walt.
“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I would like to congratulate Patton Kizzire on an outstanding year on the Web.com Tour and welcome him to the PGA TOUR,” Finchem said. “Patton’s steady play, many top finishes and hold on No. 1 on the money list over the last 16 weeks of the season portend good things for him on the PGA TOUR, where he is already off to a nice start. I wish him all the best on the PGA TOUR. I also congratulate Martin and Dawie on their fine seasons and welcome them to the TOUR.”
“I am honored to be voted Player of the Year by my fellow players,” Kizzire said. “I enjoyed playing the Web.com Tour immensely this year and made many friendships I will carry long into the future. The Web.com Tour is the perfect preparation for success on the PGA TOUR. I can’t emphasize enough how good a tour it is, how good the competition is and how much it did to build my career and prepare me for the travel and challenges of the PGA TOUR. I can’t leave the Web.com Tour, though, without thanking David Brown and Web.com, the Tour’s many great tournaments, sponsors, volunteers and Tour staff, all of whom made each week fun and special.”
“The entire Web.com family offers our sincere congratulations to Patton Kizzire for being named the Web.com Tour Player of the Year,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com. “Patton played an exceptional year of golf and he is an outstanding ambassador for the Web.com Tour and the game of golf. We wish him continued success as he moves to the PGA TOUR.”
“Patton Kizzire has been a wonderful competitor and a terrific representative for the Web.com Tour throughout the year and in all his interactions with the media, tournament sponsors and fans,” Calfee said. “He reminds many of Ernie Els and his Sea Island neighbor Davis Love III in stature, demeanor and the way he swings a golf club. We will miss him on the Web.com Tour next year but know he is going to be a great addition to the PGA TOUR, both inside the ropes and outside.”
Kizzire was honored at a reception at the Sea Island Resort, host of this week’s The RSM Classic, which gets under way on Thursday.
Web.com Tour announces the 2015 Player Of The Year
2015 HIGHLIGHTS: PATTON KIZZIRE
· Won two tournaments – Utah Championship and News Sentinel Open – both in August.
· Was a playoff runner-up at Rex Hospital Open and a runner-up at El Bosque Mexico Championship.
· Finished T3 at Rust-Oleum Championship, T4 at Cartagena de Indias Karibana Championship, T5 at the United Leasing Championship and T6 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
· Had the most top-10 finishes on Tour, 12. This was the most by a player of the year since Stewart Cink had 14 in 1996, the year he won the Jack Nicklaus Award.
· Had 14 top-25 finishes.
· Made 18 cuts in 23 starts.
· Was No. 1 on the Regular Season money list for the final 12 weeks (Rex Hospital Open through WinCo Foods Portland Open), earning $518,241.
· Finished 2015 No. 1 on the year-long money list, with $567,866, second-most in Tour history.
· His run of weeks at No. 1 reached 16 at season’s end, fourth-best in Tour history.
· Finished the year a cumulative 212-under par and recorded just 12 over-par scores in 81 rounds.
· Low round was 62 in Utah Championship.
· Led three stats categories - Scoring Average (68.68), Putting Average (1.694) and Birdie Average (4.81). Was second in the All-Around Ranking.
Born: Montgomery, Alabama
Age: 29 (March 3, 1986)
Height: 6-5 Weight: 210
Resides: Sea Island, Ga.
College: Auburn University (2008, Business)
Family: Married (Oct. 17, 2015; Kari Hodgdon)
Misc: Finished T21 at the December 2014 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status through the first two re-rankings of 2015.