Monday qualifiers: Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae
August 07, 2018
By Stephen Andress, PGATOUR.COM
- August 07, 2018
- Taylor Funk played collegiately at the University of Texas, and he will make his Web.com Tour debut this week at TPC Stonebrae. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Taylor Funk, son of eight-time PGA TOUR winner Fred Funk, is among the 12 players that qualified Monday from two sites for this week's Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae.
The 23-year-old turned pro in May of last year, leaving Texas after his junior season. Last summer, he attempted Web.com Tour Monday qualifiers, mini-tour stops and state opens. He also went to European Tour Q-School but could not make it past first stage.
Funk also played a round with President Donald Trump in January.
Lol 15 year old me.. I think there’s some more recent pictures somewhere out there 😉😂😂😂 I’ll take it though. Can’t wait to compete this week! https://t.co/P9u3S4Q3cy— Taylor Funk (@tfunk1030) August 7, 2018
Funk's 4-under 67 at the Diablo Creek site was just enough to get into the top six required to secure a tee time Thursday at TPC Stonebrae. Joining him from that site will be Dalan Refioglu and Daniel Chopra, who both also shot 4-under. Leading the way from that site at 5-under 66 were Taylor Montgomery, Marcelo Rozo and Matt Williams.
Chopra is a two-time PGA TOUR champion, with wins at the 2007 Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro and 2008 Mercedes-Benz Championship. He finished 107th on the Web.com Tour money list last season.
Refioglu and Rozo are regulars on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, with Rozo finishing second this season at the 87 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp, making the cut in all nine of his starts on that Tour this season.
Six more players qualified from the Boundary Oak Golf Club, with one of this season's comeback stories on the Web.com Tour getting another chance at redemption, as Brock Mackenzie shot a 4-under 68 and survived a two-man playoff to advance to the Ellie Mae Classic.
Mackenzie ruptured a disc in his back in the first event of the season last year in The Bahamas, an injury that caused agonizing pain and months of rest before he could play golf again. Mackenzie joked he exhausted the Netflix library waiting for his back to heal.
This season, though, he has flashed the talent to contend on the Web.com Tour, holding an 18-hole lead at the United Leasing & Finance Championship in Evansville before a T24 finish and entering the weekend in contention at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha before finishing tied for 22nd. Mackenzie sits 108th on the money list, as he looks to fight his way into the top 75 needed to advance to the Web.com Tour Finals, secure full status for 2019 and avoid a trip to Q-School.
Also qualifing from the Boundary Oak site were Kurt Kitayama (66), Nick Hardy (66), Gustavo Morantes (67), Brett Viboch (67) and Bobby Wyatt (67).
Hardy turned pro this year out of the University of Illinois, making his pro debut at the Web.com Tour's Rust-Oleum Championship in June, making the cut and finished tied for 33rd. He has made two cuts this season.
Wyatt, a two-time national champion out of Alabama, finished fourth at the 2016 Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA TOUR, before finishing top-25 on the Web.com Tour Finals money list that season to earn his TOUR card.
In total, 195 players submitted scorecards between the two sites.
For scores from the Diablo Creek site, click here.
For scores from the Boundary Oak Golf Club site, click here.