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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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Slump over? Sergio had 'very positive week' in Portugal

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 26, 2018, 8:14 am

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Sergio Garcia’s late commitment to the Portugal Masters may have given him the boost he needed for the Ryder Cup.

After failing to qualify for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs, Garcia told European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn that he’d add the European Tour event in Portugal if he were selected to the team as a wildcard pick.

Garcia made good on his promise, and last week he tied for seventh – his best worldwide finish since March.

“I was very pleased the way I played,” he said. “I think I played very, very nicely throughout the whole week, which was nice. It felt like it was a very positive week.”

There hadn’t been many positive weeks throughout the year for Garcia, who has slipped from 10th to 28th in the world rankings. The 2017 Masters champion missed the cut in all four majors and struggled with inconsistency.

Still, Garcia was selected to the European team, and Bjorn often cited Garcia’s intangibles – his familiarity with foursomes, his presence in the team room – in justifying his pick.

Even Garcia conceded Wednesday that his selection had more to do with experience than form.

“That’s probably, to be totally honest, one of the reasons why the vice captains and the captain decided to have me on the team,” he said, “not only for what I can bring on the golf course, but what I can bring outside.”

Garcia may have found the spark that his game desperately needed. Six of his past eight rounds have been in the 60s, and he has shot a combined 27 under par during those two starts.

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McIlroy: Tiger is just one of 12 at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerSeptember 26, 2018, 7:59 am

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Tiger Woods might be the biggest star in golf, but Rory McIlroy views him as just one of 12 this week at the Ryder Cup.

“We’re not looking at any individuals,” he said Wednesday. “We’re just trying to beat the U.S. team. It’s great what he did on Sunday. But to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him this week at any point this week because I mightn’t be on the course with him or play against him. …

“We’re looking to beat the U.S. team. We’re not looking to just beat Tiger Woods.”

McIlroy had a front-row seat to Woods’ first victory in more than five years on Sunday. Playing in the final group at the Tour Championship, McIlroy struggled with his driver en route to a final-round 74 and disappointing tie for seventh.

Asked whether there was any element of intimidation at East Lake, McIlroy replied: “That East Lake rough was really tough, yeah. That was the most intimidating part about it. Started hitting a few drives left and right early, and I didn’t actually have quite a good view from the trees on Sunday. I couldn’t really see what was happening too much.”

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U.S. captures Junior Ryder Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 26, 2018, 12:29 am

The U.S. defeated Europe, 12 ½ to 11 ½, in the Junior Ryder Cup at Golf Disneyland at Disneyland Paris.

Rachel Heck, 16, of Memphis, Tenn., clinched the winning half-point on the 18th hole with a 12-foot birdie putt that halved her match with Annabell Fuller, 16, of England.

"It was the most incredible experience of my life," said Heck, a Stanford commit who last week made the cut in her second LPGA major, the Evian Masters.

Michael Thorbjornsen, 16, of Wellesley, Mass., the 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, drove the green on the 315-yard 18th hole, the ball stopping within 5 feet of the pin. His eagle putt completed 2-up win over 15-year-old Spaniard David Puig and ensured that the U.S. would retain the Junior Ryder Cup, as the defending champion needs only a tie (12 points) to maintain possession of the trophy.

Singles results

Match 1 - Lucy Li (USA) def. Amanda Linner (EUR), 4 and 3

Match 2 — Rasmus Hojgaard (EUR) def. William Moll (USA), 1 up

Match 3 —  Ingrid Lindblad (EUR) halved Rose Zhang (USA)

Match 4 – Nicolai Hojgaard (USA) def. Canon Claycomb (USA), 4 and 2

Match 5 — Yealimi Noh (USA) def. Emma Spitz (EUR), 3 and 2

Match 6 —  Ricky Castillo (USA) def. Eduard Rousaud Sabate (EUR), 3 and 1

Match 7 – Emilie Alba-Paltrinieri (EUR) def. Erica Shepherd (USA), 2 up

Match 8 — Michael Thorbjornsen (USA) def. David Puig (EUR), 2 up

Match 9 – Alessia Nobilio (EUR) def. Alexa Pano (USA), 2 and 1

Match 10 —  Robin Tiger Williams (EUR) def. Cole Ponich (USA), 2 and 1

Match 11 – Annabell Fuller (EUR) halved Rachel Heck (USA)

Match 12 — Conor Gough (EUR) def. Akshay Bhatia (USA), 1 up


TOUR Championship Final Round Becomes Most-Watched FedExCup Playoffs Telecast Ever and Most-Watched PGA TOUR Telecast of 2018

By Golf Channel Public RelationsSeptember 25, 2018, 6:48 pm

ORLANDO, Fla., (Sept. 25, 2018) – NBC Sports Group’s final round coverage of the TOUR Championship on Sunday (3:00-6:19 p.m. ET) garnered a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 7.8 million average viewers, as Tiger Woods claimed his 80th career victory, and his first in five years. The telecast’s TAD was up 212% vs. 2017 (2.5m). Television viewership posted 7.18 million average viewers, up 192% YOY (2.46m) and a 4.45 U.S. household rating, up 178% vs. 2017 (1.60). It also becomes the most-watched telecast in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs (2007-2018) and the most-watched PGA TOUR telecast in 2018 (excludes majors).

Coverage peaked from 5:45-6 p.m. ET with 10.84 million average viewers as Woods finished his TOUR Championship-winning round and Justin Rose sealed his season-long victory as the FedExCup champion. The peak viewership number trails only the Masters (16.84m) and PGA Championship (12.39m) in 2018. The extended coverage window (1:30-6:19 p.m. ET) drew 5.89 million average viewers and a 3.69 U.S. household rating to become the most-watched and highest-rated TOUR Championship telecast on record (1991-2018).

Sunday’s final round saw 18.4 million minutes streamed across NBC Sports Digital platforms (+561% year-over-year), and becomes NBC Sports’ most-streamed Sunday round (excluding majors) on record (2013-’18).

Sunday’s lead-in coverage on Golf Channel (11:54 a.m.-1:25 p.m. ET) also garnered a Total Audience Delivery of 829K average viewers and posted a .56 U.S. household rating, becoming the most-watched and highest rated lead-in telecast of the TOUR Championship ever (2007-2018). Golf Channel was the No. 2 Sports Network during this window and No. 7 out of all Nielsen-rated cable networks during that span.

 This week, NBC Sports Group will offer weeklong coverage of the biennial Ryder Cup from Le Golf National outside of Paris. Live From the Ryder Cup continues all week on Golf Channel, surrounding nearly 30 hours of NBC Sports’ Emmy-nominated live event coverage, spanning from Friday morning’s opening tee shot just after 2 a.m. ET through the clinching point on Sunday. The United States will look to retain the Ryder Cup after defeating Europe in 2016 (17-11), and aim to win for the first time on European soil in 25 years, since 1993.


-NBC Sports Group-