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

Watch: Fleetwood gets emotional with family after Race to Dubai win

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 5:30 pm

Tommy Fleetwood took home the season-long Race to Dubai title on Sunday after a T-21 finish at the DP World Tour Championship.

He was, understandably, emotional after learning his fate while sitting with his wife and baby following a career year in which he won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship and the French Open and finished fourth at the U.S. Open.

Luckily for us, cameras were rolling:

Matsuyama after Koepka rout: 'Huge gap between us'

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 4:22 pm

Hideki Matsuyama offered a blunt assessment after finishing 10 shots behind Brooks Koepka at the Japan Tour's Dunlop Phoenix event.

Koepka waxed the field en route to successfully defending his title in Japan, shooting a 20-under par total that left him nine shots clear of a runner-up group that included PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele. Koepka's score was one shot off the tournament record, and his margin for victory eclipsed Tiger Woods' eight-shot romp in 2004.

Matsuyama appeared set to make a final-round charge after a birdie on No. 2 was followed by an ace on the par-3 third hole. But he played the next eight holes in 3 over and eventually finished alone in fifth place following a 2-under 69. Afterwards, he stacked his game up against that of Koepka in a telling comment to the Japan Times.

"I feel there's a huge gap between us," Matsuyama said.

The Japanese phenom entered the week ranked No. 4 in the world, though he will be passed in the next rankings by Jon Rahm following the Spaniard's win in Dubai. Matsuyama won twice this year on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but he has largely struggled since missing out on a maiden major title at the PGA Championship, where he tied for fifth.

Matsuyama was a runner-up to Koepka at the U.S. Open earlier this summer, and the 25-year-old seems headed back to the drawing board before defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in two weeks.

"I don't know whether it's a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well," Matsuyama said. "It seems there are many issues to address."

McCormick to caddie for Spieth at Aussie Open

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

When Jordan Spieth returns next week to defend his title at the Australian Open, he will do so without his regular caddie on the bag.

Spieth and Michael Greller have combined to win 14 tournaments and three majors, including three events in 2017. But Greller's wife, Ellie, gave birth to the couple's first child on Oct. 13, and according to a report from the Australian Herald Sun he will not make the intercontinental trip to Sydney, where Spieth will look to win for the third time in the last four years.

Instead, Spieth will have longtime swing coach and native Aussie Cameron McCormick on the bag at The Australian Golf Club. McCormick, who won PGA Teacher of the Year in 2015, is originally from Melbourne but now lives in Texas and has taught Spieth since he was a rising star among the junior golf ranks in Dallas.

While Greller has missed rounds before, this will be the first time as a pro that Spieth has used a different caddie for an entire event. Greller was sidelined with an injury last year in Singapore when Spieth's agent, Jay Danzi, took the bag, and trainer Damon Goddard has subbed in twice when Greller was sick, including this year at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth's torrid 2015 season traced back to his win at The Australian in 2014, and he returned to Oz last year where he won a playoff at Royal Sydney over Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall.

Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.

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With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

"I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."