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#11 Chris Thompson 

 

Hometown: Independence Kansas

College: Kansas

Age: 42

Cuts: 16/22

Top 10’s- 5

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking- #41

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

This 42-year-old rookie had one of the best three-week stretches of his life, earning three straight top 5’s in late July/ early August. This was a large part of why he was able to earn his PGA Tour card this year. Thompson also showed some consistency in his first full season on the Web.Com Tour since 2008, making 16 out of 22 cuts, with 5 top 10’s and 9 top 25’s.

PGA Tour Experience:

One cut made in 1 try (2014)

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

DNP/T36/Cut/Cut

Other Notes:

Chris caught fire for a three week period, where he earned two top 5’s and a top 10, 60% of his total top 10’s on the year…statistically speaking, Chris endured the 14th best all-around ranking, 36th in GIR & 37th in Good Drive %. If Chris can replicate his made cut % on the PGA Tour this year, he’ll be quite happy with his return on investment.

 

Personal Rank: #15

 

#12 Adam Long

 

 

Hometown: New Orleans

College: Duke

Age: 30

Cuts: 17/27

Top 10’s- 5

Top 25’s- 12

Wins- 0

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

The 30-year-old Blue Devil FINALLY broke through after grinding away on the Web.Com full time for the last four years. He earned his card by the 12 top 25’s, and the 5 top 10’s. His best finish of the season was at the Lincoln Land Championship where he finished in a tie for a second.

PGA Tour Experience:

One start one missed cut in 2011

Priority Ranking: 37

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

Cut/Cut/Cut/Cut

Other Notes:

Adam has very similar traits to Carlos Ortiz, where he doesn’t necessarily excel at any one thing but is pretty consistent across the board. Due to this, he sports the 7th best all-around ranking. The only thing that concerns me here is that he made 27 starts, and only wound up in the top 5 2 times, but yet finished in the top 25 12 times. That just means his upside is capped, but if consistency when making a cut is what you’re looking, you may want to go Long the position…

Personal Rank: #12

#13 Sebastian Munoz

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

College: North Texas

Age: 25

Cuts: 16/23

Top 10’s- 6

Top 25’s- 10

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking: 19

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

The only golfer from South America to graduate this year, Munoz endured a nice stretch in the middle of the season where he made 11/13 cuts and 10 of the 11 he finished inside the top 18 and inside of that had 4 top 10’s. He finished runner-up twice this past year, so that should lend to believe he has top upside potential. During his splash on the PGA Tour in 2016, his best finish was a T3 at the Greenbrier Classic.

PGA Tour Experience:

Munoz played an abbreviated season in 2016 earning 17 starts. He earned two starts last year, missing the cut at the U.S. Open and making the cut at the Barbasol finishing 34th.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

35/Cut/Cut/Cut

Other Notes:

Statistically, it doesn’t seem like Munoz results should be all that good. His best ranking is a 26th in ball striking, followed by a 37th in scrambling, and 38th in total driving, giving him the 17th best all-around ranking last year. With his proven top 10 success on the PGA Tour and the number of them he had last year on the Web Tour, I suspect we should see his name on the first page of the leader-board once if not multiple times this year.

Personal Rank: #10

 

#14 Martin Trainer

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

College: USC

Age: 26

Cuts: 9/21

Top 10’s- 3

Top 25’s- 3

Wins- 2

Priority Ranking: 13

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Talk about pure Jaykell & Hyde here…Trainer had two wins on the season, but only made nine other cuts in 21 starts. That’s pretty inconsistent, but clearly, he knows how to win right?

PGA Tour Experience:

Trainer has only played in two PGA Tour events, making the cut way back in 2011.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

10/24/CUT/17

Other Notes:

Shooting a total score of -25 to win the Price Cutter Charity Championship shows that Martin is not afraid to take it low…very low. That tournament specifically, and a few others, helped him gather the 4th best Birdie or Better % on Tour last year. He uses his length off the tee to set up a lot of those birdies ranking 9th regarding driving distance. He will need to improve his iron game, drastically, if he wants to compete at this level. He ranked 134th in GIR last year. Ouch.

Personal Rank: #14

#15 Chase Wright

Hometown: Muncie, Indiana

College: Indiana University

Age: 29

Cuts: 16/25

Top 10’s- 4

Top 25’s- 7

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking: 17

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

The winner of the Rust-Oleum Championship, Chase Wright, has been grinding away on the Web.Com Tour since 2014. That along with three other top 10’s and three more top 25’s helped him secure his Tour card for this year.

PGA Tour Experience:

Wright hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since the 2012 Mcagadgrey Classic where he made the cut and finished 64th.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

CUT/CUT/76/3

Other Notes:

Contrary to the golfer above, Wright is one of the shortest hitters on the Web.Com Tour, ranking 91st in that stat. He more than makes up for it though with his accuracy finishing in 19th. Add in a 44th ranking in GIR, and that gives us the 33rd best ball striking stat. Not bad for a 29-year-old career Web.Com Tour grinder…NOT ANYMORE.

Personal Rank: #17

 

#16 Sepp Straka

Hometown: Vienna, Austria

College: Georgia

Age: 29

Cuts: 16/26

Top 10’s- 2

Top 25’s- 3

Wins- 1

Priority Ranking: 40

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Sepp had two great weeks last year, winning the KC Championship, and finishing in a T3 at the Web.Com Tour Championship. However, his win and 16/26 cuts were good enough to earn him a Tour card through the regular season top 25 and improved his priority ranking with a that T3 at the Web.Com Tour Championship.

PGA Tour Experience:

Sepp has never competed in a PGA Tour event.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

51/CUT/CUT/3

Other Notes:

Our first golfer from across the pond, Sepp drives the ball very well, ranking 20th in DD and 86th in DA, earning him the 15th ranking in total driving. Add in a 28th in GIR, which gives him the 12th best Ball-Striking stat. He also makes a considerable amount of birdies, ranking 28th in that stat for the year. The low number of top 25’s and top 10’s do concern me a bit…but he did win…and come in third against the best field he saw all year.

Personal Rank: #18

#17 Wes Roach 

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

College: Duke

Age: 29

Cuts: 21/25

Top 10’s- 6

Top 25’s- 10

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking: 38

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

Roach earned his card back through his play in the Web.Com Finals. He endured an ok season during the regular season, but his three top 25’s in four events during the Finals earned him the right the to play on the PGA Tour for the upcoming season.

PGA Tour Experience:

Roach played a full season on the PGA Tour in 2016 and 2014, and his career-best finish is a T4 at the Puerto Rico Open in 2014.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

10/24/CUT/17

Other Notes:

In the statistical approach for Roach, we’ll take the positive side of this coin, cause there is certainly a negative one, is that his worst ranking is 94th in DD. But, stats like 28th in BOB and 42nd in Ball Striking help give him the 14th best all-around ranking on the Web Tour last season. His consistency finally returned as well, making 21 of 25 cuts on the season! Also interesting to note that he and Adam Long were college teammates at Duke…Maybe if they get paired together, there could be some good mojo there.

Personal Rank: #15

#18 Seth Reeves

Hometown: Atlanta, Georiga

College: Georgia Tech

Age: 27

Cuts: 15/25

Top 10’s- 4

Top 25’s- 8

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking: 24

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

The 2018-2019 PGA Tour rookie will be making his first start next week at the Safeway Open. Seth played fantastically over the first two events of the Web.Com Tour Finals securing his PGA Tour card. His season before that was a bit lackluster mustering up only two other top 10’s and six other top 25’s.

PGA Tour Experience:

Seth has never made a start on the PGA Tour.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

5/4/66/CUT

Other Notes:

The third yellow jacket on our list, pretty weird how that happened, enjoys length off the tee ranking 9th in DD, a consistent iron game, and a top 20 ranking in Ball Striking. Add all that up, and you’ve got the 8th best all-around ranking. So why were the results not quite as good as the stats sound? Well, it must be either around the green or on the green. I sure will see that pretty quickly.

Personal Rank: #15

 

#19 Kyong-Hoon Lee

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

College: Korea National Sport

Age: 27

Cuts: 15/25

Top 10’s- 5*4 inside top 3. 

Top 25’s- 9

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking: 20

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

He first earned his Web.Com Tour status back in 2016 through the Web.Com Q-school. He was only able to make eight cuts that year, followed up by 15 last year, and then finally the breakthrough year this year with 16 made cuts, but 5 top 10’s and three-second place finishes. Brutal.

PGA Tour Experience:

Lee got a start last year in his native homeland of South Korea at the CJ cup. It is a no cut event there.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

5/4/66/CUT

Other Notes:

Statistically, it seems as if Lee is a good iron player, ranking 20th in ball striking and 22nd in GIR, but isn’t unusually long or straight off the tee ranking 60th in DA and 101st in DD. His 4 top 5’s though show some decent upside. We’ll look to roster him at events he plays in that might not require a good off the tee game to compete.

Personal Rank: #20

 

 

 

#20 Jim Knous

Hometown: Basalt, Colorado

College: Colorado School of MINES–

Age: 28

Cuts: 16/22

Top 10’s-3

Top 25’s- 8

Wins- 0

Priority Ranking: 50

The Path to the PGA Tour: 

He first earned his Web.Com Tour status back in 2016 through the Web.Com Q-school. In his first year on the Web.Com Tour in 2017, he played in 21 events and made ten cuts. He finished in 94th on the money list earning exempt status this year. He upped his game quite a bit this year making 16 of 22 cuts and 50% of the time he made the cut he wound up finishing in the top 25. Capped upside though as he was only able to convert 3 of those 16 made cuts into top 10’s. However, it was his play during the Finals that earned him his first trip to the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour Experience:

Knous has two appearances on the PGA Tour, and made the cut in one event (last year’s Shriner’s Open) and missed the cut in Phoenix in 2017.

Web.Com Tour Finals Results:

10/25/24/57

Other Notes:

Jim finds himself in the upper echelon statistically, ranking 5th in the all-around stat. He earned that stat by being the 27th longest driver, 18th best ball striker, and ranked 24th regarding GIR. Regarding golf, Jim is “Mr. Irrelevanlt” or in this case very relevant as he was the last person to earn his PGA Tour card ranking #50 on the priority list. Even with that low ranking, it’s likely he’ll play in 15-20 events, and can certainly increase that number by playing well at the beginning of the season.

Personal Rank: #21

 

Web Rankings: 21-33