Loupe's 10 birdies move him into contention at Frys


NAPA, Calif. – Three weeks ago, Andrew Loupe wasn’t even sure where he would play this season.

A win in the Web.com Tour Finals answered that question. Another victory Sunday at the Frys.com Open would ensure that the big hitter has job security for the next few years. 

Loupe matched the tournament course record at Silverado with a 9-under 63 to enter the final round just one shot back of Brendan Steele

“It was a fabulous day,” he said. 

Loupe was sent back to the minors after recording only one top-25 in 15 starts last season on the PGA Tour. He earned his first pro title at the penultimate event in the Web.com Tour Finals, which gave him full status for this season. 

“It’s been a while since I’ve won,” he said. “That was huge. I just think that I really needed to close one out just to have that confidence the next time around on this level, just to know that I have it in me and have a little validation.”

All 10 of Loupe’s birdies came from inside 20 feet on Saturday. It was his lowest round in relation to par on the PGA Tour.