Five of the freshmen have never hit a single tee shot in a PGA Tour event. Q-School medallist Pat Perez, Ben Crane, John Senden, Boo Weekley and Brenden Pappas will all start the 2002 campaign with clean slates.
Thomas Brent Weekley ' nicknamed Boo because of his childhood fixation with Boo-Boo on the Yogi Bear cartoons ' has won 26 career mini-tour events. He won over many critics with his Southern drawl and his casual dress during his successful trip through Q-School.
Weekley, who is from the Florida Panhandle town of Milton, proved he has the game to make it to the big tour, if not the attire. The 28-year-old wears sneakers because golf shoes hurt his feet, and rain pants because cotton pants irritate his skin.
Five more players have minimal experience on the PGA Tour, but have yet to qualify for weekend play. Ken Staton, Jess Daley, Brian Bateman, Matt Peterson and Jason Hill are a combined 0-for-12 when it comes to cuts made on the big tour.
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On the other hand, Stephen Gangluff and Jonathan Byrd are a perfect 5-for-5 in cuts made on the PGA Tour.
Michael Long, Rod Pampling, Eduardo Herrera and Hidemichi Tanaka are all rookies - in a technical sense - in 2002. Though they have played sparingly in the States, the four have played extensively around the world.
Long, who broke his neck in December of 1999, is a two-time winner in Australia. Lonard topped the Australasian Tours Order of Merit in 1996-97. Herrera has won five times in Japan, and Tanaka has eight victories over the past four years in his homeland.
Tim Petrovic has 11 career PGA Tour starts under his belt, though hes missed eight cuts. The 35-year-old was the Player of the Year on the Golden Bear Tour in 2000 after winning four times. He once worked as a baker and delivery man at Pizza Hut, spending his breaks hitting golf balls in the parking lot.
Petrovic was an All-American at the University of Hartford; Luke Donald earned that honor four times at Northwestern University. The 1999 NCAA individual champion turned pro in 2001 following the Walker Cup and competed in seven tournaments, making three cuts.
Heath Slocum and Chad Campbell also got a head start by qualifying for the PGA Tour by winning three times this year on the Buy.Com Tour. Slocum won his trio of developmental tournaments by early August and was able to compete in seven big-league events in 2001, where he made six cuts.
Campbells third and final title in 01 came in October, leaving him with only three chances to play on the PGA Tour; but he made the most of his opportunities. Campbell finished runner-up in the Southern Farm Bureau Farm Classic en route to adding an additional $259,200 to the $394,552 he won on the Buy.Com Tour.
One player not mentioned was high school junior Ty Tryon. Tryon earned his PGA Tour playing privilege by successfully making it through all three stages of Q-School. However, he wont be an official tour member until he turns 18 June 2.
Players who don't start the season as rookies can earn their tour status during the course of the 2002 campaign by either winning an event or earning more than No. 125 on the 2001 money list. The No. 125 player in 2001 was Woody Austin, who earned $406,352.
Last year, five 'rookies' won on tour. Retief Goosen captured the U.S. Open; Jose Coceres won both the Worldcom Classic and the National Car Rental Classic; David Gossett won the John Deere Classic; Garrett Willis titled at the Tucson Open; and Cameron Beckman won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Of those five, only Beckman and Willis earned their cards through Q-School or the Buy.Com Tour.
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