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Have a look at the T25 who ended the regular season inside the top 25 to secure PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season by combining the Strokes Gained against the field stat in 2017 (Web.com, PGA TOUR, and European Tour) with Age to rank The 25.
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Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 03 Oct 17 20:12
#1 Abraham Ancer  Strokes Gained Rank: 2nd Age: 26
The University of Oklahoma product ranks second in strokes gained despite not finding the winner's circle. His season includes a trio of runner-up finishes and four other top 10s. The dual citizen of U.S. and Mexico also graduated from the Web.com Tour in 2015 but didn't find much success on the big stage. He was 6-for-19 with one top 25, but he appears to have used that experience to his advantage and will try to keep it rolling in the fall.  I think we could see him make some noise, early in the season.

#2 Aaron Wise Strokes Gained Rank: 14th Age: 21
The second-youngest of The 25 to punch his ticket. Playing on sponsor's invites, he went 4-for-6 on the PGA TOUR this year but couldn't burst into contention. However, he did plenty of damage on the lower circuit to secure his card. That included a win and five other top 25s in 16 starts. Given his pedigree as an amateur, we should expect Wise to receive a lot of hype this fall, and rightfully so.

#3 Austin Cook Strokes Gained Rank: 4th Age: 26
Posted five top 25s in seven PGA TOUR starts in 2015. That was definitely impressive but wasn't quite enough to secure Special Temporary Membership. Narrowly missed out on graduating from the Web last year, but made it easy this year (15th on the regular season money list). The Arkansas product brings a great mix of youth, performance, and PGA TOUR experience. Definitely, one to watch early and often when the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season kicks off.

#4 Beau Hossler Strokes Gained Rank: 17th Age: 22
Started with no status and tried his hand at the PGA TOUR with sponsor's invites. Couldn't piece it all together as he likely returned earlier than he wanted from injury. Playing just his second event on the Web.com Tour, a runner-up at the Air Capital Classic in June kicked off a run of five straight top 30s (two runner-ups) that helped lock up his status. May start the season under-the-radar due to mediocre PGA TOUR results last year, but he's proven that his injury troubles are now behind him. The best is still to come for the young phenom.

#5 Adam Schenk Strokes Gained Rank: 11th Age: 25
A less-than-ideal name for a man of his profession but the last name certainly doesn't describe the type of shots he hits. Finished 56th in the priority rank last year (regular season plus Web.com Tour Finals) to narrowly miss out on a PGA TOUR card. He kept his head down and easily secured that playing status in 2017, finishing 12th on the regular season money list. The Purdue product has posted eight top 10s in 48 career Web.com Tour starts. A tremendous ratio for a golfer who won't turn 26 until next January.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 03 Oct 17 20:13
#6 Sam Ryder Strokes Gained Rank: 7th Age: 27
Unlike the man above, Ryder has a great given name for golf, sharing his name with the man who started the Ryder Cup. The Stetson alum belted out nine top 25s during the regular season to finish second on the money list. That included a win, a runner-up, and a third-place finish, completing the podium trio of finishes. He won in 2015 on the Mackenzie Tour (his second season on that circuit). His 2017 win on the Web.com Tour was also his second season on the WCT. Perhaps, we'll see him pick up a win on the PGA TOUR in 2019 then.

#7 Andrew Putnam Strokes Gained Rank: 5th Age: 28
His second time earning a PGA TOUR card (2014). Posted a 10-for-23 record in his first attempt on the big stage. Hasn't earned any PGA TOUR starts since that 2014-15 season. This year on the minor-league circuit he went 17-for-20 with four top 10s, including a win at the Panama Claro Championship. Given his win came in Panama, that might make him an appealing option at the OHL Classic, Puerto Rico Open, and/or the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship.

#8 Andrew Landry Strokes Gained Rank: 1st Age: 30
You may remember him from the 2016 U.S. Open where he flew out of the gate and eventually finished T15. That was during his PGA TOUR rookie season where he still finished just 178th in the FedExCup standings, despite that strong finish in a major. He's feasted in 2017 (ranks first in the strokes gained department) but I'm hesitant to fully get on board since he's reached his 30s but still has less than 20 starts on the big stage.

#9 Marty Dou Strokes Gained Rank: 22nd Age: 20
On the flip side of that equation, we have a youngster here with less-than-excellent results in the strokes-gained department but he's still just 20-years old. In addition to his victory at the 2017 Digital Ally Open, he also has four career wins on the PGA TOUR China circuit. Five wins at his age is mighty impressive. I'm expecting some roller-coaster results on the PGA TOUR, but he's proven to have winning upside. He becomes very valuable in fantasy leagues if you start getting into long-term formats like dynasty leagues. Also, if you are looking through old results, you may see his given name (Zecheng) on the leaderboard. How does that translate to Marty? No idea, but it is a little easier to say.

#10 Talor Gooch Strokes Gained Rank: 13th Age: 25
The Oklahoma State product is 14-for-22 this year on the Web.com Tour. That includes four top 15s in his last five events with a runner-up and a win during that stretch. He also rattled off three straight top 15s early in the season, proving to be a streaky golfer. If he opens the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season with a strong finish, gamers should jump on the train and ride out his likely hot streak.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 03 Oct 17 20:18
#11 Andrew Yun Strokes Gained Rank: 15th Age: 26
Yun is a Washington native, a Stanford alum, and now calls Arizona home. That sounds like a recipe for success early in the season while the TOUR hovers over the West Coast. Of course, that is all just a guessing game for now, since he enters the 2017-18 season with ZERO PGA TOUR experience.

#12 Chesson Hadley Strokes Gained Rank: 8th Age: 30
Unlike Yun, Hadley boasts plenty of TOUR experience. That includes a win at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open. The finger-snappin' Georgia Tech product may have gotten too comfortable on the PGA TOUR, and let his game slip. However, he proved that his talent is still there, winning twice on the Web.com Tour this season. Combining his results from both circuits, he now has five wins in 140 starts (3.5% win rate). Hadley's upside is still through the roof, but he's never been a consistent cut-maker.

#13 Ted Potter, Jr. Strokes Gained Rank: 3rd Age: 33
A winner at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, Potter Jr. broke his ankle in July of 2014 when he slipped on a curb at his hotel. The lefty failed to keep his card when he returned on a medical extension in 2016. His form looks just fine on the Web.com Tour, though, going 27-for-35 with 21 top 25s over the past two years. He's lower down this list because at this stage of his career we know what he is. TPJ has missed the cut in 41 (of 75) career starts on the PGA TOUR, making him a boom-or-bust option with winning upside in weaker-field events.

#14 Ben Silverman Strokes Gained Rank: 12th Age: 29
Gamers can consider Silverman's season a great success for Team Nappy Factor. The Canadian had his son (Jack Palmer, what a name) on July 18th. His next four events went as follows: WIN-T7-T2-T24. His lone appearance on the PGA TOUR is a missed cut at the 2014 Canadian Open.

#15 Conrad Shindler Strokes Gained Rank: 16th Age: 29
The Texas resident was steady all season, posting nine top 25s in 23 starts, one of those coming in the Web.com Tour Finals. His eight regular season top 25s were good enough to help him finish 17th on the money list. Shindler's results line up well with his strokes gained results, as he ranks 16th in the strokes gained department. At the age of 29, he's a bit of a late bloomer, with just two starts in his career at the PGA TOUR level (1-for-2).

#16 Nate Lashley Strokes Gained Rank: 6th Age: 34
From a strokes-gained view, Lashley's season is remarkable. However, the 34-year-old has just one PGA TOUR start on his resume. His run all started with a breakout 2016 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica circuit where he won three times. The Arizona Wildcat picked up another win this year on the Web.com Tour, proving he's not afraid of the winner's circle, by any means. I'm a little hesitant, given his age, but I am intrigued to potentially see him at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as he lists TPC Scottsdale as his home course.

#17 Stephan Jaeger Strokes Gained Rank: 19th Age: 28
Known for his remarkable round of '58' at the 2016 Ellie Mae Classic. He also had to deal with large galleries at that same event this year, when he got paired with Steph Curry. More impressively he won twice this season to finish 5th on the money list. However, he posted just one other top 15 all season. To me, that sounds a bit like Chesson Hadley. When his game is clicking, there is no stopping him, but he will likely be inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.

#18 Matt Atkins Strokes Gained Rank: 24th Age: 26
South Carolina-Aiken product who calls Palmetto GC home. I would guess that means he is good friends with TOUR pros like Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner. The youngster finished 32nd on the money list in 2016 but improved 13 spots this season to earn his TOUR card. Was just 3-for-17 during his Web.com Tour rookie season but he's 26-for-48 since then. One of the younger grads, Atkins has some upside in long-term formats but he's a bit of a long shot to make a big impact in 2018.

#19 Lanto Griffin Strokes Gained Rank: 20th Age: 29
He got the seal of approval from fan favourite, Willy Wilcox who said Griffin (and Aaron Wise) would be cash machines on the PGA TOUR next season. Griffin is 0-for-2 in his career on the PGA TOUR but he hasn't pegged it since 2011 on the big stage. The 29-year-old ranks 24th in driving distance and 14th in birdie average, making him a potential sleeper in DFS formats where birdies and eagles are worth a lot.

#20 Brice Garnett Strokes Gained Rank: 10th Age: 34
This is where helps us. Garnett finished the season ranked 1st on the money list but he sits at just 10th in the strokes gained department. This tells us his bad weeks are probably pretty bad. Still, he won two times this year, so there is the upside. However, we also sort of already know who Garnett is. He's played two full seasons on the PGA TOUR and never finished inside the top 120 in the FedExCup standings. Then he went 7-for-15 the following year while playing on conditional status. With just four top 10s in 75 career starts on the big stage, he doesn't leap off the page to me.

#21 Ethan Tracy Strokes Gained Rank: 25th Age: 27
Another University of Arkansas product (Austin Cook) to make it through the gauntlet. Tracy was not the most consistent golfer this season, entering the Web.com Tour finale with a 9-for-24 record. However, an early win at the Colombia Championship earned him $126K. That was 78% of his end of season earnings, but he still slid through in 24th position on the money list.

#22 Brandon Harkins Strokes Gained Rank: 18th Age: 31
Much like Lanto Griffin, Harkins could be an appealing DFS option in weaker fields this upcoming season. He ranks 11th on the Web.com Tour in driving distance and T8th in birdie average. Like I mentioned before, that driving distance will likely translate from 316.6 yards down to the 305 range next year, but that is still plenty long. The only downside is his age. I'm always wary of golfers in their 30s who are just now getting a shot at the big stage. He might be a late bloomer, but the more likely scenario is that he picks up one or two top 25s this year before finishing outside the top 125 in the FedExCup race.

#23 Xinjun Zhang Strokes Gained Rank: 21st Age: 30
Joins Marty Dou as the first Chinese-born golfers to earn a PGA TOUR card. While Dou brings a lot of promise as a youngster, Zhang brings some controversy. He was the leading money winner on the PGA TOUR China Series, back in 2014 before he got suspended six months due to signing incorrect scorecards. By season's end he finished 2nd on the money list, behind Hao Tong Li. After his return from suspension, he won again on the China Series (Chongqing Open in October of 2015) so he clearly has the game, regardless of his scorecard signing habits. Zhang has since moved to the Jacksonville area and plays out of TPC Sawgrass. Has two career wins and eight runner-ups worldwide, but the PGA TOUR is a big step up in competition. I will take the wait-and-see approach before investing here.

#24 Roberto Diaz Strokes Gained Rank: 23rd Age: 30
Likely remember him from this year's WGC-Mexico Championship where Diaz was the only golfer in the field with any experience at the course. He went on to finish T67 (of 77) that week, against some of the best golfers in the world. The South Carolina Aiken product opened his Web career with 20 missed cuts in his first 36 starts but has since gone 28-for-44. Diaz is showing signs of improvement, but he's still near the back of this class in terms of strokes gained and also in the age department (30).

#25 Kyle Thompson Strokes Gained Rank: 9th Age: 38
The oldest of this year's talent pool. Thompson is graduating from the Web.com Tour for the third time in his career (2008, 2011). The South Carolina product has made a living at the Rex Hospital Open, proving that course history is a real thing (with three of his five wins coming at TPC Wakefield). Surprisingly, he finishes outside the top 50 at that event in 2017, but had already hoisted a trophy at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic (first start of the season). With a golfer like Thompson, we already have a 55-start sample size on the PGA TOUR (13-for-55 with just two top 25s). It would be a bit surprising to see him finally break out on the big stage, as he approaches 40.
With thanks to Josh Culp Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 24 Oct 17 13:22
AFTER the completion of the Web.com Tour Championship Finals, we have the second set of graduates. This list comes from the top 25 money earners during the Web.com Tour Finals (excluding The 25 above from the regular season list).

#1 Peter Uihlein Strokes Gained Rank: 1st Age: 28
For years he was just known as "the son of the Titleist CEO." Then he soared through the amateur golf ranks and established a name for himself before heading overseas. Much like Brooks Koepka, the original plan was likely to win a few events overseas and earn invites into bigger events along the way. Instead, he stalled out a bit in terms of top-heavy finishes, got injured along the way, and ended up playing over in Europe for more than 5 years. Finally, he got homesick this year and wants to spend more time back in Jupiter, Florida. He's ready to test his game against the best in the world, on a weekly basis. Decided to give the Web.com Tour Finals a shot and won on his first attempt. That says all you need to know about his talent and swag level. As a Florida resident and a big fan of hitting butter cuts, we can safely file him somewhere in the Daniel Berger & Brooks Koepka folder.

#2 Tom Lovelady Strokes Gained Rank: 7th Age: 24
They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If that's true, then Lovelady has a great headstart with Justin Thomas as his roommate in Jupiter, Florida. The University of Alabama product hasn't found the winner's circle yet but he is 16-for-24 to kickoff his Web.com Tour career. After finishing the regular season ranked 29th on the money list, he posted a T3 in the Finals opening event. That was plenty good enough to secure his status for the upcoming PGA TOUR season. Lovelady doesn't have any PGA TOUR experience but he does pack plenty of potential as he readies for his rookie season.

#3 Keith Mitchell Strokes Gained Rank: 6th Age: 25
A member of the Sea Island Mafia, so you know he already has plenty of experience against a lot of the guys who are now his PGA TOUR peers. In part one of this feature, I talked about the big driving distance flaws between the Web.com and PGA TOUR stats. Mitchell is actually one of the big boys who's driving distance will translate to the PGA TOUR. Distance-wise, he grades out similarly as guys like Brandon Hagy, Trey Mullinax, Kevin Tway, Grayson Murray, and Ryan Brehm. I would also expect his performance to be similar to that group of golfers. If you followed along closely last year, you probably noticed that all of those were spotty for most of the year but nearly all of them "got hot" and ran off a good run of finishes at some point in the season. Mitchell ranks 7th in Par 5 Birdie or Better on the Web.com Tour this season and 1st in Total Eagles (17). Has winning upside (in weak-field events) but I'm more interested in his scoring prowess as he'll likely be very fantasy friendly in formats that heavily reward birdies and eagles.

#4 Denny McCarthy Strokes Gained Rank: 9th Age: 24
One of the better golfers to come out of the University of Virginia, this youngster is still tapping into his full potential. McCarthy has been a top-25 machine on the Web.com Tour, posting seven in his rookie campaign and 10 more this year (also in line for an 11th as I type this). Proven to be very consistent but lacking any podium finishes thus far. The 24-year-old grew up in the Northeast and now calls Jupiter, Florida, home. Despite the East Coast connection, two of his top four finishes this year have come on the West Coast with the other two coming south of the border. Might end up to be one of those that makes cut after cut.

#5 Corey Conners Strokes Gained Rank: 8th Age: 25
Didn't finish any better than T5 but his round-by-round results suggest there is plenty of upside hiding in the young Canadian's game. Since 2014, there are only seven golfers who have done a better job at consistently gaining strokes over the field each round (on the Web.com Tour). Those golfers? Justin Thomas, Wesley Bryan, Grayson Murray, Fabian Gomez, Patton Kizzire, Chesson Hadley, and Tony Finau. Only Kizzire is winless on the PGA TOUR (has a runner-up finish). He is 1-for-10 in his career on the PGA TOUR, but I expect him to improve that record quite a bit this season. Winning upside here for the 25-year-old who ranked 1st on the Web.com Tour in GIR Percentage.

#6 Sam Saunders Strokes Gained Rank: 2nd Age: 30
Just joined the Sub-60 Club on the Web.com Tour to secure his card. That happened to be at his home course, not to take anything away from the stellar round/week, but it is worth mentioning. Saunders is coming off a career year on the PGA TOUR but even that was just shy of cracking the Playoffs (and retaining his card). It's possible that he's still improving but at 30-years old it's more likely that he's stuck in the AAAA-mold. He's too talented for the Web.com Tour but doesn't quite have the chops to make it as a regular on the PGA TOUR. On the bright side for gamers, Saunders appears to really take advantage of course knowledge and plays well at the same venue time after time. Looking at his 18 career top 25s, two have come at the Valspar, two at the Honda, two at Glen Abbey, two at the Barracuda, and two in Puerto Rico. It looks like an easy recipe for gamers, only consider rostering him if he's previously posted a top 25 at that week's venue.

#7 Ireland's Seamus Power Strokes Gained Rank: 5th Age: 30
Posted an impressive 19-for-25 record during his rookie season. It was a lack of top-heavy finishes that held him back though, finishing 130th in the final FedExCup standings. Could that have been a warmup season as he gets comfortable on PGA TOUR course setups? Or will he always be categorized as a cut-maker? I guess that is what we'll find out this season, as he finished 25th in the Web.com Tour Finals standings, cutting it very close.

#8 Tyler Duncan Strokes Gained Rank: 10th Age: 28
Took him three full seasons on the Web.com Tour to play his way up on merit, but the Purdue Boilermaker got the job done when he opened the Finals with finishes of T24 and T5. He's built in the Justin Thomas mold, except three inches shorter. Duncan checks in at 5'7" and 145 pounds. Duncan doesn't quite have the distance of Thomas, though, as Duncan ranked 86th on the Web.com Tour this year in Driving Distance. Instead, he gets it done through accuracy (5th) and putting (18th in putting average). He's just 0-for-1 on the big stage (inexperienced), making him a bit of a wildcard this year. My gut tells me he will be a golfer we want to target on less-than-driver courses where his lack of distance won't be punished as well as easy courses where his flat stick will be able to shine.

#9 Tom Hoge Strokes Gained Rank: 15th Age: 28
He's posted a cuts-made ratio greater than 50% in all three seasons he's appeared in, on the PGA TOUR. However, three of his six top 10s have come in alternated-field events, where FedExCup points are reduced. That helps explain why he's finished outside the top 130 in the FedExCup standings in all three of those seasons. On two occasions, the TCU product from Fargo has been inside the top 5 after R2 of the St. Jude Classic, so perhaps we should make a note to circle Hoge for that event, as long as he finds a way into the field this year.

#10 Cameron Tringale Strokes Gained Rank: 14th Age: 30
Wasn't that long ago that Tringale was on the short list of "Best Golfers without a PGA TOUR win." Now he's lost his card after finishing 133rd in the FedExCup race last year before earning that card back in the Web.com Tour Finals. Perhaps that will be the motivating factor that gets him back on route to the winner's circle. Prior to last season, the Oklahoma State product had posted six or more top 25s in six straight seasons. He's never been elite off the tee, but he gained strokes off-the-tee in just 1-of-28 starts last season (three of those were not lasered events, so 1-of-25 in ShotLink events). He'll need to tidy up his driver if he wants to get back into contended on a weekly basis.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 24 Oct 17 13:28
#11 Jonathan Byrd Strokes Gained Rank: 3rd Age: 39
Byrd is a great example of the fine line between PGA TOUR status and Web status. After a 15-for-32 record in his 2002 PGA TOUR rookie season, he's posted a cuts-made ratio over 50% in every season he's made an appearance (except for one). That lone exception came in 2013 when he missed three months due to wrist surgery. That's all it took to derail his consistent PGA TOUR status. Now he's back on track after shining in the Web.com Tour Championship. He nearly skipped the event after missing the cut in his last two starts and feeling down about his game. Luckily, he changed his mind. The five-time PGA TOUR winner is past his prime, but he's definitely fantasy relevant, especially in deeper formats where a cut made is all that you need from him.

#12 Matt Jones Strokes Gained Rank: 12th Age: 37
Missed out on his card after the 2015-16 season by the narrowest of margins. Still found 20 starts last season on the PGA TOUR, going 12-for-20 but nothing inside the top 10. Twirled four rounds of 68 or better in the Web.com Tour Championship to regain his TOUR status. If we're looking for a spot to invest in the Aussie, he's posted four finishes of T15 or better at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and three top-7 finishes at the John Deere Classic. On four occasions, the 2014 Shell Houston Open champion has finished T67 or better in the FedEx Cup standings.

#13 Shawn Stefani Strokes Gained Rank: 13th Age: 35
Had a breakout season in 2015 with 10 top 25s on the PGA TOUR, in 26 starts. Over his next 55 starts, he's found just six top 25s. Losing his status at the end of the 2016-17 season might have been the kick he needed to get back on track. Missed the cut in the first two Finals events but finished with a pair of top 20s to regain his PGA TOUR card. Stefani won twice back in 2012 on the Web.com circuit (his rookie season) but he's still searching for his first win on the PGA TOUR. The Texan has nine career top 10s with two of them coming at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. If nothing else, make a note to look closely at Stefani when that event rolls around. Is currently a stepfather but he and his wife are set to have their first child together in December. After his strong finish at the Web.com Tour finale, Stefani cited the change in perspective after the pregnancy news (#PreNappyFactor).

#14 Joel Dahmen Strokes Gained Rank: 20th Age: 29
Impressed with his long game during his 2016-17 rookie campaign but also finished outside the top 170 in strokes gained around-the-green as well as strokes gained putting. Only cracked the field in 16 events last year but he gained 2.5+ strokes off-the-tee in three of those starts and 2.5+ strokes approaching-the-green three tournaments, as well. That kind of long game is the stuff of PGA TOUR winners, but he will need to improve his short game. Big Time.

#15 Jonathan Randolph Strokes Gained Rank: 19th Age: 29
The Ole Miss product has 10 career top 30s on the PGA TOUR, with four of them coming in alternate-field events. With 149 career rounds on the PGA TOUR, he's been inside the top 3 after just one of them (never leading or co-leading). Has seven podium finishes in 56 starts on the Web.com Tour, so perhaps he's still just trying to adjust to the PGA TOUR course styles. Has plenty of talent, but he needs to make a big leap to become fantasy relevant this season.

#16 Bronson Burgoon Strokes Gained Rank: 16th Age: 30
Looked very promising in his 2016 rookie season on the PGA TOUR. He went 16-for-27 with seven top 25s to his credit. That fell just short of making the FedExCup Playoffs (131st, needed to finish inside the top 125 to retain his card). On top of that, an injury knocked him out and he wasn't able to return until July of 2017. From there, he was slow to shake off the rust but entered the Web.com Tour Championship with three top 25s in his last five starts, two of them doubling as top 10s. He is also right in the mix in the finale, as I type this. He's a born-and-raised Texan, so it might be worth waiting for the Texas Swing. His top three finishes on TOUR have all come on courses with bermudagrass greens.

#17 Alex Cejka Strokes Gained Rank: 17th Age: 46
The German has played 355 events on the PGA TOUR. That includes a win at the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. We know he has skills but we also know he has injury concerns, as you'd expect out of a 46-year-old. As for his skill set, I'd call them PB&J skills. He has the peanut butter (approach play) and jelly (around-the-green skills) but he's missing the bread (off-the-tee and putting). Can't ignore his career record of 206-for-355 but you also can't ignore the fact he's posted just six top 10s since 2011. In the seven seasons prior to that he'd picked up 20 of them. He's lost a bit of his luster but still worth considering in weaker-field events.

#18 Rob Oppenheim Strokes Gained Rank: 4th Age: 37
He's naturally attracted to bubbles it seems, finishing 26th on the 2015 Web.com Tour money list, 50th in the priority ranking that year. The following year he finished 51st in the priority ranking to just miss his chance to graduate again. This season he finished 27th on the money list, missing out by two spots. However, he showed up big time in the Web.com Tour Finals to play his way back onto the PGA TOUR. This 37-year-old has just three top 30s in 28 career starts, so it's hard to really get excited about that.

#19 Troy Merritt Strokes Gained Rank: 18th Age: 31
Has pegged it in at least 20 starts in each of the past four PGA TOUR seasons. Hasn't always produced consistent results but usually pops up just enough to keep his card, cracking the FedExCup Playoffs in three of the past four seasons. That wasn't the case this season as he went 12-for-28 to finish 151st in the FEC race. After a missed cut to kick off the Web.com Tour Finals he rattled off back-to-back top 10s to secure his PGA TOUR card. With 155 career starts on the PGA TOUR, there isn't much guesswork here. We know he generally hovers around 50% in terms of cuts made and then pops out of the blue, once or twice a year. Owns five podium finishes including the most notable, a win at the 2015 Quicken Loans National.

#20 Martin Piller Strokes Gained Rank: 22nd Age: 31
Skipped an event late in the season to be with his wife as she played in the Solheim Cup. He ended up missing out on The 25, but karma played in his favor as he still managed to punch his ticket back to the PGA TOUR after collecting a solo fourth at the DAP Championship. The Texan has just three top 20s in his career on the PGA TOUR, two of them coming in his home state (T4 at 2016 Valero Texas Open and T6 at 2016 DEAN & DELUCA). His closest comparable in my eyes would be Peter Malnati. They both lean heavily on their flat stick which works a little better on the Web.com Tour where courses are not set up as tough, tee-to-green. As we know, Malnati used that flat stick to win on the big stage, gaining nearly 12 strokes putting that week. It will take a similar effort for Piller to reach the winner's circle. The smart play is to avoid him except for events in Texas, then only consider him in the deepest of formats, as a boom-or-bust option.

#21 Ryan Armour Strokes Gained Rank: 11th Age: 34
If you blinked you might have missed him last year on the PGA TOUR. The 41-year-old didn't find a top 25 until the final event of the regular season (T4 at the Wyndham). It was the fourth top 10 of his career as he eclipsed the 100 start checkpoint on the PGA TOUR. Has proven he can pop on occasion but he's posted back-to-back top 25s just twice in his career on the PGA TOUR. Good luck guessing when his "form" will arrive.

#22 Steve Wheatcroft Strokes Gained Rank: 24th Age: 39
Battled through injuries and illness last year en route to a 9-for-17 record on the PGA TOUR season. That was good for just 179th in the FedExCup race. Wheatcroft is 42-for-71 on the PGA TOUR, a solid ratio for the 39-year-old. Despite the strong cuts-made ratio, Wheatcroft has pieced together just six career top 10s in 150 starts. His upside is a bit limited but his work with the flat stick can hold up against nearly anyone on TOUR.

#23 Chad Collins Strokes Gained Rank: 23rd Age: 39
Much like Wheatcroft, he is an aging veteran with little upside (historically). Collins has eight top 10s in 180 career PGA TOUR starts (4.4%) which is very similar to Wheatcroft who sits at 4% after 150 starts. Collins does nearly all of his magic on, or around, the greens. That doesn't bode well for week-to-week consistency but he certainly has the short-game skills to shine on any given week. In particular, I generally like to target these short-game wizards on easy courses. Adding to that, he's reached 20-under or better on three occasions (PGA TOUR). His game sets up better for Web.com Tour course setups, but he can still play the role of deep sleeper whenever an easy tee-to-green course rolls around.

#24 Brett Stegmaier Strokes Gained Rank: 25th Age: 34
Another golfer we know plenty about. He is on the wrong side of the spectrum when it comes to a cuts-made ratio (28-for-59). The aging Florida Gator has a trio of top 10s in those starts. As you might expect from someone who attended Florida and now calls Florida home, bermudagrass is the place to target the Stegosaurus. Six of his seven career top-25 finishes have come on courses with Bermuda greens.

#25 Nicholas Lindheim Strokes Gained Rank: 24th Age: 32
The late bloomer went 9-for-22 in his PGA TOUR rookie season. Putting proved to be his biggest (only?) asset last year as he ranked 35th in strokes gained putting but 180th or worse in the remainder of the strokes-gained sub-categories. Lindheim didn't pick up the game until he was 19-years-old and didn't attend college to hone his craft. Despite his lack entry into the game, he doesn't let that handicap him, winning twice now on the Web.com Tour. However, his early results show that he may be too far behind the boat in terms of tee-to-green play on the PGA TOUR. He lost strokes off-the-tee in every start he made last year and gained strokes on approach in just four starts. It's really hard to contend when you lean so heavily on the short game.

WATCH OUT FOR SOME OF THESE GUYS - especially in weaker fields like this week ! Thanks you again Josh Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 24 Oct 17 13:35
Strokes Gained Ranking of all 50 grads *Strokes Gained looks at performance across PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour, and European Tour during the 2017 calendar year. Number is also adjusted for strength of competition.

#1. Peter Uihlein 220.24 strokes gained in 2017.
#2. Andrew Landry 123.23 strokes gained in 2017.
#3. Austin Cook 111.98 strokes gained in 2017.
#4. Abraham Ancer 102 strokes gained in 2017.
#5. Sam Saunders 101.05 strokes gained in 2017.
#6. Andrew Putnam 99.57 strokes gained in 2017.
#7. Ted Potter, Jr. 97.84 strokes gained in 2017.
#8. Nate Lashley 97.31 strokes gained in 2017.
#9. Sam Ryder 87.03 strokes gained in 2017.
#10. Chesson Hadley 86.41 strokes gained in 2017.

#11. Brice Garnett 86.03 strokes gained in 2017.
#12. Jonathan Byrd 84.41 strokes gained in 2017.
#13. Rob Oppenheim 83.46 strokes gained in 2017.
#14. Seamus Power 82.99 strokes gained in 2017.
#15. Kyle Thompson 82.15 strokes gained in 2017.
#16. Ben Silverman 82.02 strokes gained in 2017.
#17. Adam Schenk 77.17 strokes gained in 2017.
#18. Keith Mitchell 75.17 strokes gained in 2017.
#19. Tom Lovelady 69.58 strokes gained in 2017.
#20. Corey Conners 68.63 strokes gained in 2017.

#21. Denny McCarthy 66.54 strokes gained in 2017.
#22. Talor Gooch 64.76 strokes gained in 2017.
#23. Tyler Duncan 61.91 strokes gained in 2017.
#24. Aaron Wise 60.25 strokes gained in 2017.
#25. Ryan Armour 57.05 strokes gained in 2017.
#26. Andrew Yun 56.29 strokes gained in 2017.
#27. Conrad Shindler 56.06 strokes gained in 2017.
#28. Beau Hossler 50.69 strokes gained in 2017.
#29. Matt Jones 50.53 strokes gained in 2017.
#30. Shawn Stefani 46.87 strokes gained in 2017.

#31. Cameron Tringale 44.63 strokes gained in 2017.
#32. Brandon Harkins 43.7 strokes gained in 2017.
#33. Lanto Griffin 40.94 strokes gained in 2017.
#34. Stephan Jaeger 39.6 strokes gained in 2017.
#35. Tom Hoge 34.92 strokes gained in 2017.
#36. Bronson Burgoon 33.33 strokes gained in 2017.
#37. Alex Cejka 31.15 strokes gained in 2017.
#38. Marty Dou 30.65 strokes gained in 2017.
#39. Troy Merritt 26.57 strokes gained in 2017.
#40. Roberto Diaz 25.33 strokes gained in 2017.

#41. Matt Atkins 24.71 strokes gained in 2017.
#42. Jonathan Randolph 24.38 strokes gained in 2017.
#43. Xinjun Zhang 21.87 strokes gained in 2017.
#44. Joel Dahmen 20.07 strokes gained in 2017.
#45. Steve Wheatcroft 19.86 strokes gained in 2017.
#46. Martin Piller 15.35 strokes gained in 2017.
#47. Chad Collins 14.58 strokes gained in 2017.
#48. Ethan Tracy -7.85 strokes gained in 2017.
#49. Nicholas Lindheim -30.3 strokes gained in 2017.
#50. Brett Stegmaier -37.75 strokes gained in 2017.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 24 Oct 17 13:37
Ranking of ALL 50 golfers who earned their 2017-18 PGA TOUR cards through the Web.com Tour: 

#1 Peter Uihlein
#2 Abraham Ancer
#3 Aaron Wise
#4 Austin Cook
#5 Beau Hossler

#6 Tom Lovelady
#7 Keith Mitchell
#8 Adam Schenk
#9 Sam Ryder
#10 Andrew Putnam

#11 Denny McCarthy
#12 Corey Conners
#13 Sam Saunders
#14 Seamus Power
#15 Andrew Landry
#16 Marty Dou
#17 Talor Gooch
#18 Andrew Yun
#19 Chesson Hadley
#20 Ted Potter, Jr.

#21 Ben Silverman
#22 Tyler Duncan
#23 Tom Hoge
#24 Cameron Tringale
#25 Jonathan Byrd
#26 Matt Jones
#27 Shawn Stefani
#28 Conrad Shindler
#29 Nate Lashley
#30 Stephan Jaeger
#31 Joel Dahmen
#32 Jonathan Randolph
#33 Bronson Burgoon
#34 Matt Atkins
#35 Lanto Griffin
#36 Brice Garnett
#37 Alex Cejka
#38 Rob Oppenheim
#39 Troy Merritt
#40 Martin Piller

#41 Ethan Tracy
#42 Brandon Harkins
#43 Xinjun Zhang
#44 Roberto Diaz
#45 Kyle Thompson
#46 Ryan Armour
#47 Steve Wheatcroft
#48 Chad Collins
#49 Brett Stegmaier
#50 Nicholas Lindheim
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 19 Nov 17 22:12
#3 Austin Cook Strokes Gained Rank: 4th Age: 26
Posted five top 25s in seven PGA TOUR starts in 2015. That was definitely impressive but wasn't quite enough to secure Special Temporary Membership. Narrowly missed out on graduating from the Web last year, but made it easy this year (15th on the regular season money list). The Arkansas product brings a great mix of youth, performance, and PGA TOUR experience. Definitely, one to watch early and often when the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season kicks off.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jan 18 20:28
#8 Andrew Landry Strokes Gained Rank: 1st Age: 30
You may remember him from the 2016 U.S. Open where he flew out of the gate and eventually finished T15. That was during his PGA TOUR rookie season where he still finished just 178th in the FedExCup standings, despite that strong finish in a major. He's feasted in 2017 (ranks first in the strokes gained department) but I'm hesitant to fully get on board since he's reached his 30s but still has less than 20 starts on the big stage.

#22 Brandon Harkins Strokes Gained Rank: 18th Age: 31
Much like Lanto Griffin, Harkins could be an appealing DFS option in weaker fields this upcoming season. He ranks 11th on the Web.com Tour in driving distance and T8th in birdie average. Like I mentioned before, that driving distance will likely translate from 316.6 yards down to the 305 range next year, but that is still plenty long. The only downside is his age. I'm always wary of golfers in their 30s who are just now getting a shot at the big stage. He might be a late bloomer, but the more likely scenario is that he picks up one or two top 25s this year before finishing outside the top 125 in the FedExCup race.

Two auld lads going well in this weeks CareerBuilder Challenge Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Jan 18 20:31
AND a nice cheque on the way for...

#7 Ireland's Seamus Power Strokes Gained Rank: 5th Age: 30
Posted an impressive 19-for-25 record during his rookie season. It was a lack of top-heavy finishes that held him back though, finishing 130th in the final FedExCup standings. Could that have been a warmup season as he gets comfortable on PGA TOUR course setups? Or will he always be categorized as a cut-maker? I guess that is what we'll find out this season, as he finished 25th in the Web.com Tour Finals standings, cutting it very close.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 11 Feb 18 22:28
#13 Ted Potter, Jr. Strokes Gained Rank: 3rd Age: 33
A winner at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, Potter Jr. broke his ankle in July of 2014 when he slipped on a curb at his hotel. The lefty failed to keep his card when he returned on a medical extension in 2016. His form looks just fine on the Web.com Tour, though, going 27-for-35 with 21 top 25s over the past two years. He's lower down this list because at this stage of his career we know what he is. TPJ has missed the cut in 41 (of 75) career starts on the PGA TOUR, making him a boom-or-bust option with winning upside in weaker-field events.
By:
ccmac1975
When: 13 Feb 18 16:39
Good work catch me
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 06 Mar 18 23:24
#2 Aaron Wise Strokes Gained Rank: 14th Age: 21
The second-youngest of The 25 to punch his ticket. Playing on sponsor's invites, he went 4-for-6 on the PGA TOUR this year but couldn't burst into contention. However, he did plenty of damage on the lower circuit to secure his card. That included a win and five other top 25s in 16 starts. Given his pedigree as an amateur, we should expect Wise to receive a lot of hype this fall, and rightfully so.

He's one of everyone's favourite breakout candidates and this week's course provides a good chance for him to roar into contention. The Oregon standout has Proximity numbers better than the field in every bucket that the PGA TOUR tracks but he's elite from 200+ yards. Wise is also very strong in the 150-to-200 yards range. Basically, the longer the approach, the bigger the advantage Wise gains. That's a good stat to have in your favour this week since the nature of the Copperhead Course forces you to lay back off the tee and then come in from longer distances. #youvebeentold 150/1ew 7pls Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 31 Mar 18 01:06
Catch Me ifyoucan • October 3, 2017 8:12 PM BST
#1 Abraham Ancer  Strokes Gained Rank: 2nd Age: 26
The University of Oklahoma product ranks second in strokes gained despite not finding the winner's circle. His season includes a trio of runner-up finishes and four other top 10s. The dual citizen of U.S. and Mexico also graduated from the Web.com Tour in 2015 but didn't find much success on the big stage. He was 6-for-19 with one top 25, but he appears to have used that experience to his advantage and will try to keep it rolling in the fall.  I think we could see him make some noise, early in the season.

Catch Me ifyoucan • March 27, 2018 5:39 PM BST
28's LUKE makes the LIST..... 3rd last year
40's AN......on debut
66's Reavie.....7th - 2016
125/1 Uihlein.....23rd last year
200's Ancer.....on debut !
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Apr 18 12:21
Catch Me ifyoucan • January 21, 2018 8:28 PM GMT
#8 Andrew Landry Strokes Gained Rank: 1st Age: 30
You may remember him from the 2016 U.S. Open where he flew out of the gate and eventually finished T15. That was during his PGA TOUR rookie season where he still finished just 178th in the FedExCup standings, despite that strong finish in a major. He's feasted in 2017 (ranks first in the strokes gained department) but I'm hesitant to fully get on board since he's reached his 30s but still has less than 20 starts on the big stage.
.....ALSO BEEN FROM AUSTIN, TX HELPS !
HE's UP THERE AGAIN Devil


AND SO IS.....
#12 Chesson Hadley Strokes Gained Rank: 8th Age: 30
Unlike Yun, Hadley boasts plenty of TOUR experience. That includes a win at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open. The finger-snappin' Georgia Tech product may have gotten too comfortable on the PGA TOUR, and let his game slip. However, he proved that his talent is still there, winning twice on the Web.com Tour this season. Combining his results from both circuits, he now has five wins in 140 starts (3.5% win rate). Hadley's upside is still through the roof, but he's never been a consistent cut-maker.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 21 Apr 18 12:25
SERGIO (and LUKE 'off the' LIST).....missed the cut by one Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 22 Apr 18 23:08
World #114 (not for long) Andrew Landry with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open was good for a share of the 54-hole lead and played in the final threesome on Sunday with Johnson and Trey Mullinax.
He landed nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, T1 for GIR on the day and No. 1 for the week at 79.63 percent (43/54). The Arkansas alum carded five birdies at holes 3, 5, 6, 16 and 17, all from inside of nine feet, posting 1.688 putts per GIR and -0.591 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts. He gained 2.801 strokes approaching-the-green and 4.516 tee-to-green, No. 1 in SGTTG with a cumulative 9.884. That was the Texan's first 54-hole lead/co-lead in 32 events. His career best is P2 at the CareerBuilder back in January where he was T2 thru 54 holes. After opening in 69-67, the second-year player began T3, one back of co-leaders Johnson and Ryan Moore.

Andrew had been out of action for over a month to witness the birth of his first child before a return to Hilton Head Island for the RBC Heritage. Landry was a pre-tournament WD at the Valspar Championship over a month ago, choosing to rest up before becoming a dad. On March 23rd, he shared the news via Twitter saying, "Brooks Ryan Landry... greatest accomplishment of my life." If you are a big believer in the Nappy Factor then Landry deserved the betting boost this week. Before his son was born, Landry opened the season with a 3-for-10 record. It's been very boom-or-bust for the Web.com Tour grad, posting a pair of top 5s but also missing the cut seven times. Amazing what fatherhood can do !
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 04 May 18 19:00
#2 Aaron Wise Strokes Gained Rank: 14th Age: 21 - Wise is also very strong in the 150-to-200 yards range. Basically, the longer the approach, the bigger the advantage Wise gains..... ON THE PROWL AGAIN this week
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 09 May 18 23:13
CASEY OUT (citing a back injury) IN COMES...

#3 Keith Mitchell Strokes Gained Rank: 6th Age: 25
A member of the Sea Island Mafia, so you know he already has plenty of experience against a lot of the guys who are now his PGA TOUR peers. In part one of this feature, I talked about the big driving distance flaws between the Web.com and PGA TOUR stats. Mitchell is actually one of the big boys who's driving distance will translate to the PGA TOUR. Distance-wise, he grades out similarly as guys like Brandon Hagy, Trey Mullinax, Kevin Tway, Grayson Murray, and Ryan Brehm. I would also expect his performance to be similar to that group of golfers. If you followed along closely last year, you probably noticed that all of those were spotty for most of the year but nearly all of them "got hot" and ran off a good run of finishes at some point in the season. Mitchell ranks 7th in Par 5 Birdie or Better on the Web.com Tour this season and 1st in Total Eagles (17). Has winning upside (in weak-field events) but I'm more interested in his scoring prowess as he'll likely be very fantasy friendly in formats that heavily reward birdies and eagles.
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 17 May 18 18:58
ANCER, Mitchell and Wise sticking out their heads again in the BYRON NELSON - only a matter of time shirley Devil
By:
Catch Me ifyoucan
When: 19 May 18 01:01
WISE OWL say "only a matter of time Shirley" Devil .....ON THE PROWL AGAIN this week at the BYRON NELSON
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