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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

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

Article: Garcia defeats Rose to win Masters playoff

Article: Finally at peace: Garcia makes major breakthrough

Article: Garcia redeems career, creates new narrative

Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

Article: Fan finally caddies for Sergio after asking 206 times

Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm