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The 50 Tour graduates

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 2, 2017, 9:09 pm

The 2017 Tour season concluded on Monday in Atlantic Beach, Fla., as the Tour Championship wrapped up the fifth annual Tour Finals. Here are the top 25 players who secured PGA Tour cards through the Tour Finals (this list omits Chesson Hadley, who topped both the regular-season and Finals money lists):


Finals Earnings

1) Peter Uihlein


2) Jonathan Byrd


3) Nicholas Lindheim


4) Rob Oppenheim


5) Ryan Armour


6) Sam Saunders


7) Shawn Stefani


8) Jonathan Randolph


9) Bronson Burgoon


10) Keith Mitchell*


11) Tyler Duncan*


12) Denny McCarthy*


13) Troy Merritt


14) Tom Lovelady*


15) Martin Piller


16) Alex Cejka


17) Matt Jones


18) Cameron Tringale


19) Brett Stegmaier


20) Corey Conners*


21) Steve Wheatcroft


22) Chad Collins


23) Tom Hoge


24) Joel Dahmen


25) Seamus Power


On the PGA Tour, they will join these 25 players from the Tour's regular season money list:



1) Brice Garnett

2 wins, 5 top-10s

2) Sam Ryder

1 win, 6 top 10s

3) Abraham Ancer

3 runner-ups

4) Andrew Landry

1 win, 6 top-10s

5) Stephan Jaeger

2 wins

6) Talor Gooch

1 win, 5 top-10s

7) Kyle Thompson

1 win, 4 top-10s

8) Andrew Putnam

1 win, 4 top-10s

9) Chesson Hadley

1 win, 3 top-10s

10) Ben Silverman

1 win, 5 top-10s

11) Nate Lashley

1 win, 5 top-10s

12) Adam Schenk

1 win, 5 top-10s

13) Andrew Yun

4 tp-3s

14) Ted Potter Jr.

10 top-25s

15) Austin Cook

11 top-25s

16) Zecheng Dou

1 win, 2 top-10s

17) Conrad Shindler

1 win, 3 top-10s

18) Aaron Wise

1 win, 2 top-10s

19) Matt Atkins

1 win, 2 top-10s

20) Xinjun Zhang

2 runner-ups

21) Brandon Harkins

4 top-10s

22) Lanto Griffin

1 win, 2 top-10s

23) Beau Hosler

2 runner-ups

24) Ethan Tracy

One win

25) Roberto Diaz

2 top-10s

The 50 players are ranked, in order, following the conclusion of the Tour Finals. This order will be used to determine priority entry into PGA Tour events for the upcoming season, which opens this week with the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

1 Chesson Hadley
2 Brice Garnett 
3 Peter Uihlein 
4 Andrew Landry 
5 Jonathan Byrd 
6 Abraham Ancer 
7 Nicholas Lindheim 
8 Sam Ryder 
9 Rob Oppenheim 
10 Ted Potter, Jr. 
11 Ryan Armour 
12 Stephan Jaeger 
13 Sam Saunders 
14 Talor Gooch 
15 Shawn Stefani 
16 Andrew Putnam 
17 Jonathan Randolph
18 Ben Silverman 
19 Bronson Burgoon 
20 Austin Cook 
21 Keith Mitchell 
22 Nate Lashley 
23 Tyler Duncan 
24 Kyle Thompson 
25 Denny McCarthy 
26 Adam Schenk 
27 Troy Merritt 
28 Matt Atkins 
29 Tom Lovelady 
30 Conrad Shindler 
31 Martin Piller 
32 Andrew Yun 
33 Alex Cejka 
34 Lanto Griffin 
35 Matt Jones 
36 Aaron Wise 
37 Cameron Tringale
38 Zecheng Dou 
39 Brett Stegmaier 
40 Ethan Tracy
41 Corey Conners 
42 Xinjun Zhang 
43 Steve Wheatcroft 
44 Brandon Harkins 
45 Chad Collins 
46 Roberto Díaz
47 Tom Hoge
48 Beau Hossler
49 Joel Dahmen
50 Seamus Power

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.