Curran has top finish by rookie at


NAPA, Calif. – While he didn’t exactly start the week with much momentum, Jon Curran got his first season on the PGA Tour off to a strong start.

Curran carded a 2-under 70 in the final round of the Open, his third sub-par round of the week at Silverado Resort & Spa. At 11 under, he finished in a tie for eighth, the best result from a rookie this week in the season-opening event.

“I had a really good feel for the golf course all week,” he said. “It’s awesome to come here to Fry’s and start the year off on a good note for sure, especially since I didn’t end the year off too well on the Web (.com) Tour.” Open: Articles, videos and photos

That finish included nine missed cuts in his final 10 starts as Curran, who clinched his card early in the 2014 season on the developmental circuit, skidded to the finish line, including MCs at each of the four Tour Finals events.

“Honestly I probably played poorly two of those events,” he explained. “The Web Tour is just so hard to make cuts sometimes. I don’t know, there’s something about it. … It’s a grind.”

The grind went more according to plan this week for Curran, who played high school golf with Keegan Bradley and who now is off to a promising start in his PGA Tour debut – even if he didn’t make any noticeable changes to yield his first career top-10 finish.

“No big tweak, none whatsoever,” he said. “Just happy to be out here.”