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This is the second part of the series in which that highlights the 2017-2018 PGA Tour rookies! The list of rookies below earned their card by their play during the finals, a 4 event series that culminated yesterday with the tour championship. We will list their finish position on the Finals 25 and their priority rank under eligibility ranking #26** see for more information.

Kieth Mitchell (#9 & #34 on the priority list) Kieth made a splash on the tour last year in his one start, finishing 1 shot outside of the top 10 at the Valspar here in Tampa. He played with cantlay on Thursday and Friday so I was able to catch quite a bit of his holes. A solid tee to green game, and an absolute bomber of the ball, rnaked 4th on the tour this year, and also didn’t fail off to much in DA ranked 78th. He hit .09% shy of 70% of his greens, and ranked 36th in terms of putting average. The best of his stats though, he ranked second in BOB%. We hope to see him in about 17-20 events this year, but i suspect a few top 10’s should increase that number this year.

Tyler Duncan (#10 & #35 on the priority list) The most accurate driver on the tour this year hitting over 75% of his fairways, but only managed an 88th ranking in DD. He hit 70.51% of his greens and found himself ranked 45th in scrambling %. He also was one of the best putters on tour ranked 16th while finishing 9th in terms of birdie or better %.

Denny McCarthy (#12 & #36 on the priority list) The 24 yr old from Maryland does much of his good work around the green and on the green, ranking 27th in scrambling and 2nd in putting on the tour this past season. He drives the ball fairly long ranked 68th in DD but was one of the worst in DA ranked 125th. Ranking 10th in total birides and 23rd in BOB% McCarthy will play in 17-20 events this year.

Tom Lovelady (#14 & #38 on the priority list) you may have seen Tom’s name around Twitter this year as he was a classmate of Bud Cauley’s and Justin Thomas at Alabama. He’s also from there, and is only 24 years old. He bombs the ball ranking 3rd on the webcom in DD. He suffered mightily hitting fairways and greens however ranking over 100 in both categories. He picked it back up however on the greens ranking as the best putter on the tour last season, and had the best BOB %. Look for Lovelady to compete in about 17-20 events.

Corey Connors (#20 & #45 on the priority list) This 25 yr old from Canada enjoyed a good season on the Webcom tour last year, and will get to play in about 20 events this year. He ranked 43rd in DD and 29th in DA, so his OTT combined game is one of the best we’ve seen. He was number 1 in GIR % on the tour last year, but really suffered around the greens and on the greens ranking in the 100’s in all measured categories. He was 49th in BOB%. His statistical* game seems eerily similar to that of a Patrick Cantlay or Xander the Xman.

Other PGA Tour Vet’s or non Rookies that earned a 2017-2018 PGA Tour Card through the finals: **Listed by order of rank

  • Peter Uihlein
  • Jonathan Byrd
  • Nicholas Lindheim
  • Rob Oppenheim
  • Ryan Armour
  • Sam Saunders
  • Shawn Stefani
  • Jonathan Randolph
  • Bronson Burgoon
  • Try Merritt
  • Martin Piller
  • Alex Cejka
  • Matt Jones
  • Cameron Tringale
  • Brett Stegmaier
  • Steve Wheatcroft
  • Chad Collins
  • Tome Hoge
  • Joel Dahmen
  • Seamus Power