If you’ve been watching the top of the leaderboard the last few weeks you may know the name of the rookie who has a date with the media on Wednesday morning at Pebble Beach. Twenty-five year-old Alex Prugh has been lighting it up since he hit the scene at the Sony Open in Hawaii – his first Tour event as a professional – and he’s finished in the top 10 every week since his debut with two of them top-5 finishes. He’s the only player on the PGA Tour to top-10 in all three California events this year.
Prugh is 13th in the FedEx Cup standings and, get this, he’s 19th in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings. To put that in perspective, that’s seven spots ahead of Zach Johnson in line for the red, white, and blue. Prugh, a two-time All American at Washington, spent the last two years on the Nationwide Tour where he won the Michael Hill New Zealand Open at the start of last season and finished part of the top-25 on the money list to earn his Tour card.
The Spokane, Wash., native has golf in his blood. His father, Steve, who introduced him to the game played at Oregon. His brother, Corey, played for Washington as well, and his sister, Hillary, played at Montana State.
We’re still learning about this rookie who will be walking into the Pebble Beach media center on Wednesday. But as season progresses, I have a feeling we’ll know a lot more about Alex Prugh.