Meet the first 25 of 50 players to receive their PGA TOUR cards for 2017-18 via the Web.com Tour
August 27, 2017
By Royce Thompson, Nick Parker and Kevin Prise, PGATOUR.COM
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — The first 25 of 50 available PGA TOUR membership cards for the 2017-18 season were secured on Sunday at the Web.com Tour’s final Regular Season event, the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz, contested on the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
Brice Garnett, who entered the week with a win under his belt at last month’s Utah Championship, posted rounds of 71-67-63-65—266 (18-under) to win by four shots over David Skinns, Sam Ryder, Ben Silverman and Abraham Ancer. The $144,000 first-place check pushed Garnett up to No. 1 on the Web.com Tour money list with $368,761 in season-long earnings.
The 34-year-old will be returning to the PGA TOUR this fall after spending the 2013 through 2016 on golf’s biggest stage, where he notched four top-10 finishes. Garnett, along with the other 24 card earners, will carry over earnings to the Web.com Tour Finals, where positions on the Priority Ranking list, used to set PGA TOUR fields each week, will be finalized.
An additional 25 cards will be awarded following the conclusion of the four-event Finals, which begin this week in Columbus, Ohio with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The final three events consist of the Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco (September 11-17), DAP Championship (September 18-24) and Web.com Tour Championship (September 25-October 1). The second set of 25 cards will be based on money earned solely in the Finals.
Mexico’s Roberto Diaz, who spent much of the afternoon nervously watching the leaderboard, earned the 25th and final card with $157,823 in earnings. The former University of South Carolina-Aiken golfer entered the week at No. 24 on the money list and left his fate in the hands of Keith Mitchell after a T43 finish.
Mitchell, who entered Sunday’s round tied for the lead, needed to birdie the par-5 18th to earn his PGA TOUR card, but failed to get up and down from left of the green and wound up at No. 26 on the money list. The closing par allowed Diaz to claim the final card.
The top 25 who secured their 2017-18 PGA TOUR membership are:
2012 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga alum. Won this year's BMW Charity Pro-Am and Rust-Oleum Championship for his second and third career titles. Finished 28th on last year's Web.com Tour Regular Season money list.
Native of Henan, China. Became first Chinese player to win on Tour at this year's Digital Ally Open, where he also became the third-youngest winner in Tour history. Won four times on PGA TOUR China last season.
University of Texas alum. Won 2016 Fred Haskins Award as the year's most outstanding college golfer. Two runner-ups this season, including a solo second at the Air Capital Classic to secure Special Temporary Membership.
2013 University of Arkansas alum. Won this year's Club Colombia Championship after holing out from 101 yards for eagle at the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Roberto Diaz, then making birdie at the second playoff hole to take the title.