SAN DIEGO – Most weeks, a tie for 20th isn’t any reason to celebrate, but Ryan Palmer had the look of a rejuvenated man on Wednesday at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Palmer closed with rounds of 67-71 at the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish 20th last week. More importantly, he earned 37 FedExCup points, which secured him full PGA Tour status this season.
The three-time Tour winner was playing this season on a major medical extension and he had six events to earn 29 points and make up the difference between his 2016-17 total and that of the 25th player on last year’s points list (J.J. Henry, 365).
“I was right on schedule,” smiled Palmer, who opened his season with a tie for 58th at the Sony Open. “I wanted to get it done in two events.”
Palmer endured a difficult 2017. He missed the fall portion of the 2016-17 season when his wife, Jennifer, underwent chemo treatments to treat breast cancer. Last October, he had surgery on his shoulder and again missed the fall events.
Along with job security, Palmer’s new status also gives him a few more options for his schedule since he’s now qualified for The Players and The National.