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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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Report 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.

#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.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 3, 2017 8:13 PM BST
#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.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 3, 2017 8:18 PM BST
#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
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 24, 2017 1:22 PM BST
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.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 24, 2017 1:28 PM BST
#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
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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.
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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
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#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.
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#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
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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.
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#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.
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#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
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#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.

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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 !
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#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.
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SERGIO (and LUKE 'off the' LIST).....missed the cut by one Devil
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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 !
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#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
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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.
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ANCER, Mitchell and Wise sticking out their heads again in the BYRON NELSON - only a matter of time shirley Devil
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WISE OWL say "only a matter of time Shirley" Devil .....ON THE PROWL AGAIN this week at the BYRON NELSON
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#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.

WINS THE BARRACUDA Championship
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Andrew Putnam capped off his career-changing week with a 4-point victory to capture his first PGA TOUR title. The Pepperdine 29-y-o already had four top 10s to his name this season but now he is a PGA TOUR winner. Putnam jumps to 31st in the FedEx Cup race, is into the PGA Championship and locks up his PGA TOUR status for two years.
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#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.
..... and maybe later on tooooooo Devil
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Pity about that BROWN adrenalin Laugh
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Starting with last year, I decided to grade the Web.com Tour graduates to see who gamers should be focusing on for the upcoming season.
The main idea here is to look at a simple stat like strokes gained versus the field and see who fared best during the 2018 calendar year. This generally tells us who the real deal is and who just got lucky with a few top-heavy finishes.
Adding to the equation, I include age so we know which golfers may be young and still looking to peak and which golfers are on the back-end of their careers.

Let's see who might be in line for a big 2018-19 season on the PGA TOUR...

#1 Sungjae Im 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age: 20
Easily gained the most strokes of anyone on the Web.com Tour this season and he hasn't even reached legal drinking age in the States. The Korean calls Nine Bridges his home course so look out for him early in the season as I'm sure he'll find a way to crack that field (The CJ CUP). Currently would be in the field as the third-ranked Korean in the OWGR. I'd imagine a sponsor's invite wouldn't be tough to find if that changes. The youngster posted 14 top 25s in 24 starts on the Web circuit, including FIVE podium finishes. This really could be a superstar in the making.

#2 Sam Burns 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 3 Age: 22
Turned pro early out of LSU as he knew his game was ready for the big stage. He proved that with three top 25s in 11 starts on the PGA TOUR and five top 10s in 16 starts on the Web Tour. That included a pair of third-place finishes, a runner-up finish, and a WIN. Made a huge statement at the Honda Classic when he posted a bogey-free 68 during the final round when paired with none other than Tiger Woods. The only potential problem is that he leans a lot on his putter. That isn't a huge problem when you consider he gained 10.5 strokes putting at the Valspar and 5.8 SGP at the Honda. Very similar to Beau Hossler in that regard. Needs to tidy up the tee-to-green play before he can be considered a steady contender.

#3 Cameron Champ 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 4 Age: 23
This masher led the Web.com Tour in driving distance (342 yards). That yielded a win and four other top 10s (just four missed cuts). His game is perfectly suited to dominate on the Wedge dot Com Tour but will he be able to bomb-and-gouge the PGA TOUR setups? Scrambling, in particular, is where I think the PGA TOUR becomes tougher for him. The evidence is not stacking up in his favour as he went just 1-for-6 on the big stage last year. He lost strokes approaching-the-green in all five of his Shot Link starts. His only Web win came in altitude. A world of upside but still needs a lot of polish. I think the best case scenario is a 2018 Keith Mitchell-like season for Champ but a more realistic scenario is probably a Brandon Hagy-like start to his career. Champ is someone I see being overhyped to start the season and I think he'll eventually live up to that hype. Will that happen this season or a few years down the road?

#4 Sebastian Munoz 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 2 Age: 25
The Colombian will be taking his second shot on the PGA TOUR. He was just 8-for-17 during his 2016-17 rookie campaign but there were signs of greater upside. Most notable was a three-event stretch that started with the 2017 St. Jude Classic. He co-led after R1 and R2 that week before fading over the weekend. Two starts later he was the solo leader after Rounds 1, 2, and 3 at The Greenbrier Classic. Munoz settled for T3 that week but we knew there was potential in there. That was on full display this season in the minor leagues, as he missed just five cuts in 21 starts and posted six top 10s along the way. Munoz is a much better putter, but I see a lot of similarities with Abraham Ancer here (struggles the first time trying on the PGA TOUR but then dominates the Web before returning with more confidence and experience).

#5 Anders Albertson 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 5 Age: 25
Albertson played alongside Ollie at Georgia Tech but it's taken him a few more years to jumpstart his career. His cuts-made ratio jumped from 35 percent to 56 percent and then up to 86 percent this season. For his sake, you hope he's a quicker learned up on the PGA TOUR. The Yellow Jacket product ranked 3rd on tour in putting average and 3rd in birdies per round. He's not the longest of hitters but that's not really needed during the fall portion of the schedule. He may be one to target out of the gate in DFS during the fall.

#6 Kramer Hickok 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 7 Age: 26
If Anders gets linked to Ollie then Hickok gets paired with Jordan Spieth. Hickok and Spieth played together at the University of Texas and they remained roommates for a bit, even after they graduated. Hickok is finally coming into his own with two wins on the Mackenzie Tour in 2017 and then posting five top 10s in 24 starts on the Web.com Tour this season. That includes a win during the second event of the Web.com Tour Finals. Hickok ranks 14th in driving accuracy but outside the top 50 in distance, GIR percentage, putting, and birdie average. It doesn't sound like that profile will translate to consistency on the big stage. However, he's proven to have that winning edge with three victories over the last two years. Look for him to contend in weak-field events this year and on courses where accuracy is at a premium. Unfortunately, for Hickok, those courses are few and far between on the PGA TOUR.


#7 Carlos Ortiz 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 8 Age: 27
Ortiz looked like a future superstar when he won three times during the 2014 Web.com Tour season and then went 20-for-30 during his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. Hit a wall during his sophomore campaign but he's 35-for-26 on the Web.com Tour over the last two seasons. That includes 19 top 25s. Grew up on poa annua greens and his PGA TOUR performances showcase that. His SG Putting on poa is more than a shot better per round when compared to bermuda while regular bentgrass is in between. I'd imagine that gap is closing as he has played more on various surfaces but I'd look for Ortiz to be comfortable on poa annua which is good news for anyone wanting to back him in the season opener in Napa.




#8 Wyndham Clark 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 20 Age: 24
This Oregon Duck brings a world of pedigree as he was one of the best college golfers before turning pro. The Denver native wasn't steady (10-for-22) but he finished 16th on the regular season money list, thanks to a four-pack of top 10s, two of them being podium finishes. Clark ranks 11th in driving distance, 19th in putting, and 22nd in birdies per round. That compares very similarly to fellow Duck, Aaron Wise who ranked 14th, 33rd, and 14th in those three stats in 2017. For Clark's rookie season I'd expect some growing pains as he adjusts to the big stage but I'd expect his good weeks to be really good.

#9 Roberto Castro 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 11 Age: 33
He's now a three-time Web.com Tour graduate (2011, 2015, 2018). The 33-year-old already has 153 career PGA TOUR starts under his belt and he's made the cut in 60 percent of those. A pretty solid ratio. Castro has made it all the way to East Lake on two occasions but he's also missed the Playoffs in 3-of-6 seasons. Looking at his past Shot Link performances, he has 13 starts where he's gained 5+ strokes on approach and five events where he's gained 5+ strokes putting. Castro is the perfect mould for a GPP golfer for DFS gamers. He makes it through the cut as a decent-enough clip but he also has weeks where he goes lights out and finds himself in the mix on Sunday.

#10 Scott Langley 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 12 Age: 29
The straight-shooting lefty finished 122nd, 77th, and 127th in the FedEx Cup standings from 2013 to 2015. He's already proven he can hang around on the big stage and get himself in contention from time to time. Langley finished 73rd on the Web money list last season but vaulted up to 3rd this season with five top 10s (three podiums). Given his lack of length, you'll want to be selective in which events you draft him. Historically, he leans heavily on his short game and has done a lot of his damage on bermuda.  Should benefit relative to most of these graduates when it comes to knowledge of PGA TOUR courses. He's been around the block a time or two.

#11 Adam Svensson 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 17 Age: 24
Really fired out of the gate with a win and two other top 15s to start the season. The Canadian slowed his pace once the tour returned to the States but the talent is still there. Considering his success in The Bahamas and Panama, we might want to circle the OHL Classic, Corales, and Puerto Rico for him. Other than that, his profile was pretty poor (88th in GIR percentage, 80th in birdie average, 86th in all-around ranking). One notable stat is that he did rack up 11 eagles, ranking 28th in eagle rate this season.

#12 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 10 Age: 27
Has improved during each season on the Web.com Tour. In 2016 he was 8-for-18 with three top 25s. He posted six top 25s in 2017 and this year he has nine top 25s in 23 starts. That includes three runner-up finishes. I don't see a superstar in the making here but his 2018 Web stats suggest he should be in the running to crack the FedEx Cup Playoffs next season.

#13 Hank Lebioda 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 15 Age: 24
When it comes to going low, Lebioda pops off the page, relative to his overall performance. Looking at the percentage of "go-low rounds" on the Web.com Tour, his closest comparables are Martin Flores, Andrew Putnam, Brice Garnett, Kyle Thompson, Sam Ryder, and Beau Hossler. He's actually slightly ahead of guys like Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, and Keith Mitchell. Of course, the PGA TOUR is a whole different animal but his ability to take it deep does bode well for his fantasy value. Looking at his 84 rounds played this year, he's lapped the field average by 4+ strokes in 12 of them. That might make him a prime candidate for first-round leader bets during the upcoming season.

#14 Adam Long 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 6 Age: 30
Have to admit I know nothing about this Duke Blue Devil. He's been a journeyman over the past three seasons, finishing 44th to 61st in the regular season money list. That changed this season as he posted a career high in terms of top 25s (12) and top 10s (5). Long ranks inside the top 30 in par 3, par 4, and par 5 scoring so he doesn't seem to have one particular strength he leans on. Long might just be a late bloomer or maybe we'll look back at 2018 as the outlier. One to watch closely and jump along for the ride if he comes out swinging in the fall.


#15 Alex Prugh 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 9 Age: 34
Has more than 110 PGA TOUR events under his belt but also has 160+ Web.com Tour starts. He's a classic tweener or AAAA player. He's too talented to stay on the Web.com Tour for long but he struggles to keep his status on the main tour. Has just six top 10s in 114 career PGA TOUR starts but we've seen stranger breakouts at later ages (Ryan Armour, perhaps). His 2018 stats suggest he's a top-10 grad but his lack of results in the past is dropping him down the ranks a bit.

#16 Kyle Jones 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 21 Age: 25
Ranks 20th in driving accuracy and 27th in GIR percentage. However, he's outside the top 125 in distance. This type of profile typically doesn't translate all that well to the PGA TOUR but there are always exceptions. Personally, I would limit my exposure to weak-field events or courses where distance is not a major factor.

#17 John Chin 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 18 Age: 31
All you lefties can add another name of southpaws to star. The Cal Bear product has just five career top 10s in 86 Web.com Tour starts but two of those were runner-up finishes this year. Ranks 13th in GIR percentage but just 91st in birdies per round. Might be one to target as a deep DFS flyer during the California swing.

#18 Chase Wright 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 19 Age: 29
Born and raised in Indiana and then attended Indiana University. He's a Hoosier through and through. Wright won the Rust-Oleum Championship this year to help lock down his card but overall he's missed more cuts than made during his 92-start career on the Web. This could be a case of finally breaking out or it might just be a few strong results padding his 2018 stats.

#19 Josh Teater 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 13 Age: 39
If Chase Wright is the poster boy for Indiana, Teater is the poster boy for all things Kentucky. Teater has always been a steady cut-maker with 102 cuts made in 160 career starts on the PGA TOUR. He is also 51-for-72 on the Web.com Tour, over the last three seasons. The downside is his lack of high finishes (two podiums in 160 PGA starts) and he's approaching 40. Teater has lost strokes putting in 20 of his last 24 Shot Link starts and he ranked 126th in putting average on the Web this season.



#20 Chris Thompson 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 14 Age: 42
If we're talking late bloomers, then Thompson has to be in the conversation. The Kansas Jay hawk is approaching 100 career starts on the Web.com Tour but he entered the year with just three top 10s to his name. Thompson nearly doubled that total with five more this season. It was a great story but I'd be very shocked if he continued to shine against the big boys. Stranger things have happened, though.

#21 Joey Garber 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 24 Age: 27
He was a Monday Qualifying machine a few years back so we know he can take it low. Secured his TOUR card with a win at the Rex Hospital Open and two other top 10s. Ranks outside the top 75 in driving distance, accuracy, and GIR percentage. Amazingly, he still managed to post 4.1 birdies per round, good for 31st on tour. Given his history of going low on Mondays, he might be one to watch in the first-round leader markets or on DFS Showdown slates.

#22 Jose de Jesus Rodriguez 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 16 Age: 37
Nicknamed The Shrimp, he went 43-for-53 on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica circuit before this year and 29-for-38 on the Mackenzie Tour. Taking a step up in 2018, Rodriguez went 11-for-11 but a WIN and third-place finish helped secure his PGA TOUR card. One of the few Web.com Tour golfers to average less than 300 yards off the tee but he also finished outside the top 90 in accuracy. Hmmm. Gamers should only target him on shorter layouts.  His T3 came on a 7,000-yard par 72 and his win came on a 7,240-yard par 72. Both pretty short when you look at par-adjusted distance.

#23 Julian Etulain 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 23 Age: 30
The Argentine went 13-for-21 during his 2016-17 PGA TOUR rookie campaign but that was only good for 161st in the FedEx Cup race. Lack of upside was his problem but he cured that in 2018, at least on the Web.com Tour, as he found six top 25s in 23 starts. That included three top 10s, one of them being a win at the Louisiana Open. Posted a SG:Total of 0.49 per round this season so it's hard to imagine that translating into consistency as he makes the leap back up in field strength.

#24 Brady Schnell 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 22 Age: 33
The Nebraska Cornhusker owns a career record of 50-for-108 on the Web.com circuit. He had never finished better than 57th on the money list before this year. That all changed with some Midwest home-cooking at the Wichita Open, winning the event to secure his PGA TOUR status. I wouldn't expect week-to-week consistency but maybe we want to circle the John Deere Classic or 3M Open as potential Midwest stops for him to pop.

#25 Martin Trainer 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 25 Age: 27
The only graduate to actually lose strokes to the field in 2018. A remarkable feat, especially when you consider he finished 4th on the regular season money list. Despite his consistency struggles, Trainer managed  21 birdies and THREE eagles during his win in Mexico and then racked up 30 birdies and an eagle during his win in Missouri. That might suggest we target him under very easy scoring conditions... if we're trying to get cute. Devil
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TRAINER - his good weeks were really good ! ..ha..ha..ha - included a win at the Mexico Championship, and another win at the Price Cutter Championship where he was 25-under-par - and he's now a PGA TOUR winner in only his 11th career event.
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HE finished outside of the top 50 in 17-of-21 starts, but is now the Puerto Rico Open Champion, +$540,000, +300 FedEx Cup pts, +2 year exempt. Devil
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….#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.

THE Tennessee BOMBER drives it home in a HONDA Classic ! Devil
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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

#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.
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ANCER, Mitchell and Wise sticking out their heads again in the BYRON NELSON - only a matter of time shirley
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The Top 25 golfers during the Korn Ferry TOUR's regular season earn a PGA TOUR card (formerly the WEB.dot com).
Then another batch of 25 golfers punch their ticket through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
That three-event series will conclude this week at the Korn Ferry TOUR Championship.

Similar to year's past, lets dive into year-long performance of all these graduates and then factor in their age and pedigree to give them a final grade. Here they are:

#1 Scottie Scheffler 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age:23
The comparisons to Jordan Spieth were easy to make early in his journey as Scheffler tried his hand at two PGA TOUR events back in 2014. Both came from Dallas, committed to the University of Texas, and both gave it a shot on the PGA TOUR as teenagers. What's impressive is that Scheffler actually finished T22 at the 2014 Byron Nelson. Scheffler also won three straight Texas individual titles in high school. Who is the only other Texan to accomplish that feat? You guessed, it. Jordan Spieth. When you take location and school out of the equation, the differences start to stand out. Scheffler stands 6'3" at is also listed at 200 pounds. Unlike Spieth, the driver is a key weapon for Scheffler. Just looking at his last five starts on the PGA TOUR, Scheffler has hit more fairways than the field in all five of those starts and also hit it longer than the field average in all five. On top of being a total-driving machine, he also finished this season ranked top 15 in putting average and 1st in birdies per round. All that yielded a win and two runner-up finished then he went ahead and won the first event of the KFT Finals, as well. Scheffler is going to be a star and gamers should expect at least a few podium finishes this season on the big stage.

#2 Kristoffer Ventura 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 19 Age:24
He grew up in Mexico but moved to Norway when he was 12. Found his way to Oklahoma State where he had a strong college career that included a 2018 national championship victory. He reached top-25 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings before his time was up in Stillwater (2018 grad). Tried his hand on the Challenge Tour after graduating but finally hit his stride this summer on the Korn Ferry Tour. Ventura played just 8 regular season events but he won two of them and also posted third-place finishes in two of those starts. It's easy to get excited about him this year when you consider he's still just 24-year-old and just rattled off two wins on the Korn Ferry Tour. He's probably going to be a boom-or-bust weekly option for gamers since his six finishes that didn't landed on the podium were all finishes that landed outside of the top 50. Of this group of 25, he grades out 19th in Total Strokes Gained last year but 4th in Strokes Gained per Round.

#3 Robby Shelton 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 9 Age:24
Shelton was a 7-time winner at the University of Alabama. Made a big splash while still an amateur when he posted a T3 finish at the 2015 Barbasol. Fast forward a few years and he failed to fully catapult his career while playing on sponsor's invites. He took his talents to Canada in 2017 where he posted seven top 15s in nine starts. Parlayed that into a 12-for-22 campaign on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018 but really kicked it into gear this season. Shelton won two times in 2019 and collected seven other top 25s along the way. That helped him finish 2nd on the regular season Points list. Shelton doesn't have a lot of pop in his bat so he'll need to lean heavily on his iron play and short game.

#4 Harry Higgs 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 4 Age:27
Played his college golf with Bryson at SMU. Higgs went 16-for-20 during the regular season to finish 5th on the Points list. That included a win at the Price Cutter Charity and a runner-up finish at the KC Golf Classic. He traded 26 birdies with 4 bogeys on the week of his win which suggests his game is better suited for a shootout where his putter can shine. However, his runner-up finish at the KC Golf Classic says otherwise since that event was won on 11-under and Higgs ended the week at 10-under. Finished the season ranked top 5 in putting average and top 5 in birdies per round. Sounds like the recipe for a great fall season.

#5 Maverick McNealy 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 17 Age:23
The "can't miss prospect" kind of missed in 2018 when he tried to play his way into PGA TOUR status through sponsor's invites. He went 4-for-7 but landed outside the top 40 in six of those starts. McNealy then took his talents to the Korn Ferry Tour and a runner-up finish at the LECOM Suncoast Classic vaulted him inside the top 25 in the KFT Points standings. He remained safe until June and then a third-place finish at the Ellie Mae Classic (second-to-last start of the regular season) sealed his fate as a grad. He finished the season ranked top 25 in driving distance but outside the top 100 in accuracy. That mould is perfectly fine on a lot of PGA TOUR layouts but he can't be spraying it everywhere or he'll find himself struggling ala Ollie Schniederjans. I bring his name up because they seem like pretty good comps. Both bring pedigree and power to the table. Can get a bit too wayward at times. A lot of upside here but certainly not a guarantee that he becomes a star on the next level.

#6 Xinjun Zhang 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 2 Age:32
I talked about his spotty past a few years ago when he played his way onto the PGA TOUR after the 2017 season. If you need a refresher on that just do a search for "Xinjun Zhang suspended". Zhang's first go-round on the PGA TOUR featured a 12-for-28 campaign that saw him finish 167th on the FedEx Cup standings. Did that time help him find what he needed to improve most? Did it make him want to work harder to play his way back? I can't say for certain but something clicked early in the 2019 KFT season and he never looked back. Zhang rattled off two wins, a runner-up finish and a pair of third-place finishes. From February to July he collected top 20s in 10 of his 13 starts. Three of his four top 25s on the PGA TOUR have come on coastal course so that's something to consider when looking for spots to target him in weekly formats.

#7 Zac Blair 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 6 Age:29
The aspiring course architect went 15-for-22 this season with eight of those doubling as top 25s and six of them also landing inside the top 10. It was a summer hot streak that fuelled his move into The 25. Blair posted finishes of T11 or better in five of his last seven starts of the regular season to climb from 55th to 12th. Blair ended the season ranked outside the top 140 in driving distance but top 15 in accuracy, GIR percentage, and putting average. That's the exact mould we've seen him use on the PGA TOUR, as well. Six of his eight career-best finishes on the PGA TOUR have come on courses that he will see this season before Valentine's Day. We should see a lot of Blair in contention early in the season but if he starts out slow then it will be a long season for the short-game wizard.

#8 Chase Seiffert 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 11 Age:28
Seiffert popped on my radar when he finished T9 at the 2018 Travelers Championship. It was his fourth straight cut made on the big stage after going 3-for-3 during the previous season. Finding his way to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019, the Florida man went 14-for-19 to finish 15th on the regular season points list. It was a mid-season hot streak that sealed his fate with top 30s in 8-of-9 starts from the end of April to the first week on July. That stretch included five top 10s, as well. Seiffert average 5.3 yards more than the KFT average this season and also 7 percent more fairways. That's funny because his limited PGA TOUR data shows him having an elite short game but shoddy ball-striking. If he's paired those two elements then he's definitely one to watch for as a breakout candidate in 2020.

#9 Tyler McCumber 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 12 Age:28
Just like his pops, he brings winning pedigree to the table. McCumber won three times on the PGA TOUR Latino America circuit from 2014 to 2016. Then he won three times in Canada during the 2018 season. He didn't win this year on the Korn Ferry Tour but he did rack up eight top 20s in 19 regular season starts. That was good for 22nd on the points list. He was safely inside The 25 after 18 of his 19 starts this season thanks to a hot streak early in the year. McCumber averaged 317  yards off the tee this season while the TOUR average was right around 303 yards. That extra pop makes him very appealing on the next level as many of the TOUR layouts cater to the bomb-and-gouge approach.

#10 Bo Hoag 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 3 Age:31
He was steady all year but saved the fireworks for the final event of the regular season. His win at the Portland Open jumped him from 31st to 7th in Korn Ferry Points. The 31-year-old from Ohio has just three career starts on the PGA TOUR (all missed cuts). Hoag has finished top 50 in driving accuracy in each of the last three seasons and top 5 in GIR percentage in two of those three years. He may not have the length to keep up on the big stage but his fairways-and-greens style of play will certainly play well on the handful of PGA TOUR layouts that favour precision over power.

#11 Lanto Griffin 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 10 Age:31
The VCU product flashed some game during his 2018 PGA TOUR rookie campaign but couldn't put all the pieces together. The flashes were him gaining strokes on approach in 9 of his last 12 starts that season. Still, he settled for 171st in the FedEx Cup standings with a 13-for-26 record and just one top 25. He took what he learned and tore through the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 with a 14-for-19 record that saw him post top 25s in 10 of those appearances. That included a win at the RTJ Golf Trail Championship and a runner-up finish at the Dormie Network Classic. Griffin landed 295 birdies and 12 eagles which both rank top 15 on the KFT circuit. Gamers should consider him a good DFS Showdown option until he showcases the ability to piece together four good rounds on the PGA TOUR. Perhaps he's ready to make an Ancer-like leap in 2019 so watch closely and be ready to invest.

#12 Mark Hubbard 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 5 Age:30
The 30-year-old leans on precision over power and that recipe worked out well for him in 2019. Hubbard went 14-for-21 during the regular season to finish 14th on the Points list. The Denver native has played three seasons on the PGA TOUR and his best showing was the 2015-16 season where he made a FedEx Cup Playoffs appearance after finishing 115th in the FEC standings. The only problem is that his upside is somewhat limited most weeks on the PGA TOUR since his lack of distance puts him at a big disadvantage. He's held the lead/co-lead twice on the PGA TOUR (2015 Puerto Rico, 2015 Shriners). He has 84 TOUR starts under his belt and is still searching for his first top 10. Certainly viable as a DFS value target but it's hard to get too excited after looking at his look of top-heavy finishes in the past.

#13 Henrik Norlander 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 15 Age:32
The Swede nearly has more top 25s (35) than missed cuts (43) in 110 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. It was a remarkable feat to collect 10 top 25s last season and still fail to secure a PGA TOUR card. Norlander only found 8 top 25s this season but made the most out of those opportunities with a win at the Wichita Open being the key finish that helped him secure his status. Norlander is no stranger to the spotlight as he's played two seasons on the PGA TOUR and owns a career record of 34-for-51 with six top 25s. He played his way into a playoff at the 2016-17 RSM Classic which was eventually won by Mackenzie Hughes. Norlander's career might have gone an entirely different direction if he pulled off that win but here we are. Norlander was a big hitter when he first tried his hand at the PGA TOUR in 2013 but he now relies on accuracy over distance. He ranked 5th in driving accuracy this season on the KFT but just 98th distance. Other than his close call at Sea Island, his best finish is just a T15 on the PGA TOUR so gamers might want to consider him as a steady cut-maker for DFS but his upside is somewhat limited. At least it has been in the past.

#14 Vincent Whaley 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 14 Age:24
None of his stats leap off the page but he's one of the five youngest grads in this class of 2019. The Georgia Tech grad was the 2018 Player on the Year on the All Pro Tour where he racked up 11 eagles in 12 starts. He continued that trend in 2019 on the Korn Ferry Tour as he carded 12 eagles to finish top 25 in Holes per Eagle. That's going to make him a very appealing DFS sleeper during the fall.

#15 Rhein Gibson 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 7 Age:33
The 33-year-old Aussie finished outside the top 50 in driving distance and driving accuracy. Generally not a good recipe for those trying to make the leap to the PGA TOUR. The highlight of his season was a win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am but he also racked up three other top 10s to secure 10th place in the final regular season points standings. Gibson is not a complete unknown on the big stage since we saw him go 9-for-20 during his 2016 rookie campaign. He's collected top 25s in 20 (of 74) Korn Ferry Tour starts since then. He sets up shop in Oklahoma and we know Aussies have a reputation for excelling in the Lone Star State. Might be one to circle as a sleeper for some of those Texas events.

#16 Ryan Brehm 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 8 Age:33
The big hitter has feasted on Korn Ferry courses over the past few years. He owns a 45-for-73 record with top 25s in 23 of those starts on the minor-league circuit. Brehm ran into trouble when trying to make the leap to the PGA TOUR in 2017. He remained steady with a 17-for-25 record but he landed just one top 25 along the way. Where did he run into trouble? Well, he hit fewer fairways than the field in all but three of those starts and also struggled in the short-game department. His power gives him a nice floor for gamers looking for cut-makers but I'd like to see his short game show some life before I get too excited.

#17 Scott Harrington 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 13 Age:38
A true feel-good story as Harrington played his way into a PGA TOUR card for the first time in his career as a 38-year-old. He grew up in Portland and then sealed his TOUR card with a runner-up finish at the Portland Open. The last event of the regular season. You can't ask for anything more but there is more. Harrington thought his career might be over last year when he stepped away from the game to help support his wife, Jenn, during her battle with cancer. That cancer is now in remission. Good things come to those who wait and Harrington is living his best life right now. He has just four starts on the PGA TOUR and none since 2015. I have no idea how his game will translate but I will definitely be cheering for him in 2020.

#18 Rafael Campos 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 23 Age:31
Long time gamers probably know Campos from his strong showings at the Puerto Rico Open over the years. He's made 17 career starts on the PGA TOUR and 11 of them have come in that event (two of those being top-10 finishes). Adding to his resume of performance outside of the United States, Campos won this year's Great Abaco Classic in The Bahamas. That's where 58 percent of his KFT Points come from this season. He sprinkled in a few other strong finishes but it's clear that Campos is a name you want to circle anytime the TOUR heads to the Caribbean.

#19 Sebastian Cappelen 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 22 Age:29
The young Dane was playing his sixth straight season on the Korn Ferry Tour and this year was his most inconsistent in terms of cuts missed. He went just 8-for-19 during the regular season and also missed the first two cuts of the KFT Finals. Cappelen chose quality over quantity as he made up the difference with a win a the Rex Hospital Open and runner-up finish at the Wichita Open. The 29-year-old averaged 315.5 yards off the tee this season which is more than 12 yards further than the tour average. Distance is always an attractive asset when making the leap to the PGA TOUR but I'd like to see the rest of his game come around before I get to excited about drafting him in any format.

#20 Michael Gellerman 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 24 Age:27
The Oklahoma Sooner compiled five top 10s during the 2018 season in Canada. He built on that success in 2019 with a win at the KC Golf Classic and a T3 at the TPC Colorado Championship. His standards in the points list was flirting with danger before that finish in altitude which goes to show how spotty his results were outside of that victory in KC. You can't take that win away from him and winning often breeds more winning so he's one to watch as a boom-or-bust option with winning upside. I will take a wait-and-see approach on the 27-year-old, though.

#21 Mark Anderson 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 21 Age:33
Anderson first made waves back in 2013 when he finished top 15 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list. He got injured the following year and only made 8 starts on the PGA TOUR, missing the cut in five of them. He got another shot in 2017 but went just 6-for-20 that year on the PGA TOUR. Fast forward to 2019, and we saw Anderson post his best season since that breakout 2013 campaign. Most of his damage was done early in the season as he won the Bogota Championship in February and finished runner-up at the Knoxville Open in May. Anderson finished outside the top 50 in 5 of his last 6 starts to end the season in 14th on the points list. The University of South Carolina product ranked outside the top 100 in driving distance, accuracy, GIR percentage, putting, and birdies per round. Those stats have you scratching your head to figure out how he managed to earn his card. Not quite as volatile as someone like Martin Trainer last year but sort of in the same mould. We saw Trainer go on to win on the PGA TOUR but not do so hot in his other finishes. We might see a similar output from Anderson who will likely pop into contention a few times but remain too inconsistent to rely on in most fantasy formats.

#22 Tim Wilkinson 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 18 Age:41
Silky Wilky is not getting any younger (41) but his game never relied on power so the aging curve may be a little gentler on him. The Kiwi has always leaned heavily on his precision and short game and that was true again in 2019 as he ranked top 25 in driving accuracy and 1st in sand save percentage. The highlights of his season were a T3 at the Knoxville Open and a runner-up finish at the LECOM Health Challenge. Wilkinson has never led after any round on the PGA TOUR but he does have eight career top 10s. Given his style of play, it's no surprise that most of them come in events that use shorter courses like the RBC Heritage, Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Mayakoba Golf Classic. It's hard to imagine a breakout campaign at this age but I probably said the exact same thing about Ryan Armour two years ago.

#23 Michael Gligic 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 16 Age:29
The Canadian racked up 15 top 10s including six podium finishes over the course of his 88-start career on the Mackenzie Tour. Finally made a splash Stateside this season with a win and six other top 25s to finish 17th on the regular season points list. I guess the splash didn't really happen Stateside since his win came at the Panama Championship but you get the idea. Gligic was right around tour average in driving distance this season but just 113th in driving accuracy. He was also outside of the top 120 in putting. His birdie and eagle rates also ended outside of the top 40. You can't ignore his upside potential, seeing that he won an event this year. However, his overall profile does not grade out as favourably as most of his peers that found their way onto this list of 25 graduates.

#24 Nelson Ledesma 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 20 Age:29
The Argentine piled up 15 top 10s in 93 starts on the Latinoamerica circuit before making the leap to the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018. He went 12-for-24 during his rookie campaign with just three top 25s. He cuts-made ratio remained similar this season but he made a bigger splash with seven top 25s including a win at the TPC Colorado Championship. With 14 of his 22 starts landing outside of the top 40, gamers should consider him a boom-or-bust option in weekly formats.

#25 Vince Covello 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 25 Age:36
Somewhat of a mini-tour journeyman. He finally found his footing last year with a consistent 15-for-26 season on the Korn Ferry Tour. The 36-year-old turned it up a notch in 2019 as he traded consistency for top-heavy finishes. Covello won the Louisiana Open early in the season and also picked up a T4 at the Evans Scholar and T10 at the Wichita Open. Like we see with most of these names near the bottom of the list, it was very boom or bust for him this season. Covello finished outside the top 65 in 13 of his 19 starts, heading into the KFT Championship.
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Big day ahead for TOM LEWIS #85 OWGR

PGA Tour card almost in his pocket Devil
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on sky now
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Peter Uihlein makes four straight birdies on holes 13-16 to move inside projected The Finals 25 (proj No. 20)…...
THEN, double bogey on 17 and bogey on 18 for Peter, falls from proj No.19 to proj No.30, as it moves Justin Harding (who DNP) to proj No.25, just wild.

Down the stretch...final hour of 30th Korn Ferry TOUR season.
Projected The Finals 25 ...
21. Oppenheim
22. Davis
23. Bramlett
24. Werenski
25. Harding
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Justin now #26 Sad
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Justin gets his PGA Tour card, whew !
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Tom LEWIS is the KF Tour Champ in Victoria National GC, Newburgh, Indiana, (68,66,66,65 for -23, wins by 5, his 4th pro title) and secures his PGA TOUR card....up to #63 OWGR.

Korn Ferry graduates this year: Viktor (bomber) Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, Robby Shelton, Kris Ventura, Mav McNealy, Doug Ghim, Matt NeSmith among those earning a Tour card for the first time. Other notables to qualify in the Finals 25 are bomber Brandon Hagy, Anirban Lahiri, Richie Werensky and Brendon Todd (Back from the full swing yips!)

Cameron Percy came in at 12, MC, dropped to 18...Justin Harding came in at 13, MC, dropped to 26th and doesn't have Tour Card...thin margin!
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50th place earnings on the 2019 PGA Tour money list: $2,147,065
50th place earnings on the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour money list: $105,115
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The Presidents Cup hopeful, who has won five times worldwide in the past two years, still has his European Tour card (he is 14th in the current Race to Dubai standings) and will now have playing opportunities on the Korn Ferry Tour next season, as well. Oh, and at No. 52 in the world rankings, Harding is closing in on a Masters berth.
But his PGA Tour card will have to wait.
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Congratulations to SUNJAE IM on being voted 2019 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.

Like so many Korn Ferry Tour graduates, he arrived on the PGA TOUR prepared to compete with the world’s best, and his season was a reflection of a maturity beyond his 21 years.”
IM was selected for the honor over (alphabetically) Cameron Champ, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.
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IM, a 21-year-old native of Jeju, South Korea, was the only rookie to advance to the TOUR Championship and finished the season tied for 19th in the FedEx Cup standings.
With his Rookie of the Year honours, IM joins Stewart Cink (1996-97) as the only players to be named the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons.
For the season, IM made 26 cuts in 35 starts, becoming the first rookie in the FedEx Cup era to play 35 or more events.
He recorded seven top-10s, highlighted by three top-fives, with his best finish of the season coming at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he tied for third.
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2019 / 2020 by JOSH CULP….

Last week I gave a look at the regular season top 25 from the Korn Ferry Tour. They all earned a PGA TOUR card for the upcoming 2019-20 season which kicks off next week in West Virginia.
Now, the Korn Ferry Tour Finals have concluded and there is another batch of 25 golfers who punched their ticket to the big stage. Let's dive into the numbers to see which golfers should be on your fantasy radar this fall. In the list below, I've ranked them based on expected fantasy output this season. The 2019 Strokes Gained Rank refers to the total number of strokes gained across the PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, and European Tour, over the course of 2019.
Here they are:

#1 Viktor Hovland 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age:21
You might bucket him into the "generational star" category and he hasn't even played a full season as a pro yet. He brings that kind of upside on the course in addition to being incredibly marketable off-the-course. Hovland ranks first of everyone on this Finals 25 list in terms of total (adjusted) strokes gained in 2019. He did that all in less than 50 rounds while much of this list sits above 70 rounds for their sample. How does Hovland get the job done? Through elite ball striking. He gained at least 1.6 strokes off-the-tee each of his last seven measured starts and gained at least 1 stroke approaching-the-green in all seven of those events. Remember last year when Niemann looked like a can't-miss superstar? Hovland has basically 1.5x'd Niemann's output over the first 10 events on the PGA TOUR. We should see plenty of Hovland near the top of the leaderboard this season.

#2 Doug Ghim 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 4Age:23
Brings elite amateur pedigree but he lost strokes to the field in six of his first seven starts on the PGA TOUR. That made it tough to earn his TOUR card in 2018 but he went down to the Korn Ferry Tour to hone his craft. All that hard work paid off as he went 9-for-17 during the regular season with three top 10s and then added a pair of top 25s during the KFT Finals to secure his spot on the big stage. Only three other golfers on this list gained more strokes over the field during 2019 worldwide appearances. Ghim has Midwestern roots, went to school in Texas, and now calls Vegas home. I think that variety of climate experience should help him adapt quickly to all the new courses he'll see in 2020.

#3 Tom Lewis 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 7 Age:28
The Englishman snuck into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals via his T11 at The Open Championship and he paid off that opportunity in a big way by winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship after skipping the first two legs. Lewis was highly regarded after his amateur career then won early on at the 2011 Portugal Masters. He then went on to miss 29 of his next 50 cuts and hovered outside the top 300 in the OWGR until he found something in 2018. Lewis won on the Challenge Tour and Euro Tour in a matter of three weeks and his game has been relatively consistent since then. Still in his late 20s, he brings 4 worldwide wins to the table, which is more than most, if not all, can say from this list of graduates.

#4 Beau Hossler 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 9 Age:24
The young Cali native might be the best putter on TOUR, or maybe on the planet. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but he already has 11 career starts where he gained at least 5 strokes putting for the week. The problem during his sophomore campaign was a dip in his iron play. Hossler ranked 179th in SG Approach in 2018 but manged to drop to 184th last season. Just a guess but this could be a case of trying to make swing changes where things get worse before something finally clicks. He's never gained more than 3.8 strokes on approach in a single week and until that changes, it will be hard to rely on him as a consistent option. He's been T3 or better thru 54 holes on three occasions (2017 Sanderson, 2017 Shriners, 2018 Houston). All three of those events are part of the fall swing this year so we may see an early spark from the Texas Longhorn.

#5 Hank Lebioda 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 6 Age:25
Hammerin' Hank finished above TOUR average in Strokes Gained Off-the-Tee, Strokes Gained Approach, and Strokes Gained Around-the-Green, during his rookie campaign on the big stage last season. That was good for 58th in SG Tee-to-Green at season's end. Not too shabby for the lefty from Florida State. The ball-striking stats are nice, but we'd also like to see that extra gear which is missing so far. He managed just two top 25s in individual events on the PGA TOUR last season.

#6 Cameron Davis 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 12 Age:24
The young Aussie has a world of talent, but we are still waiting for that big breakthrough on the big stage. He's a big hitter but hit fewer fairways than the field in 14 of his last 17 starts, just to paint a little picture of his play style. I think the best is yet to come still for young Davis. He's never been better than T10 after any round on the PGA TOUR (T10 after R1 of 2019 John Deere). He was getting his first look at most of the courses last year so maybe that little extra experience will help him get in his comfort zone and post some more low rounds. I'm not eager to invest right out of the gate but if he heats up then I think the sky is the limit and I'll quickly jump on board.

#7 Matthew Nesmith 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 10 Age:25
The South Carolina native has sprinkled five career starts on the PGA TOUR and missed the cut in all of them. His results on the Korn Ferry Tour were much better than that in 2019. He went 15-for-25 including a win during the KFT Finals. He ranked 20th in driving accuracy this season and 1st in GIR percentage (125th in putting average, yikes). That steady ball-striking is a good sign for his prospects on shorter layouts he'll face this season. Adding an interesting note, he also proposed to his wife at Harbour Town so maybe the RBC Heritage is an event to circle for him.

#8 Joseph Bramlett 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 2 Age:31
The Stanford product dealt with back issues in 2014 and 2015 that nearly ended his playing career. He found his stride again in 2018 but narrowly missed out on a PGA TOUR card. It looked like another heartbreak might be in the works when he ended 32nd on the regular season points list in 2019. He stayed calm and rattled off three straight finishes in the T23 to T26 range to secure his card. Bramlett ended the season ranked 30th in driving distance, 6th in GIR percentage, and 14th in eagle rate. He could make a big splash if his back holds up which there is no indication that it will be a major problem again. Just something you have to consider when investing in season-long leagues because back injuries rarely just go away for good.

#9 Kramer Hickok 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 11 Age:27
The Texas native went 13-for-26 on the PGA TOUR this season and showed some flashes of upside along the way. That includes the Mayakoba Golf Classic where he co-led after day one, the Genesis Open where he was T3 after day one, and the Barbasol where he was T3 thru 36 holes. He has been a bit more consistent on easier courses with bermudagrass greens so that's something to consider when looking for spots to invest.

#10 Grayson Murray 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 20 Age:25
Struggled with injuries in 2018 but his comeback tour picked up a bit of steam this summer. He ended the KFT regular season with a T29 before posting finishes of T23, T11, and T7 during the Finals. The 25-year-old won the 2016 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and then again, the following year with a victory at the Barbasol Championship. The big hitter brings winning pedigree to the table and he's still young. Let's just hope that he's matured a bit while he was recovering from injury because he was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons before, but his golf game might be the star of the show in 2020. Silverado Resort or GC of Houston might be decent spots to target him during the fall. Overall, we want to invest during weeks where the course doesn't put a big penalty on missed fairways.

#11 D.J. Trahan 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 17 Age:38
Snagged a top 10 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to play his way back onto the PGA TOUR. Trahan went 8-for-14 last season on the big stage with a trio of top 10s to his credit. The problem was that all three of them came in alternate-field events. His Shot Link stats were off the charts last season but most of that was accomplished against weaker fields. It will be interesting to see if he can pick up some momentum this fall, now that he's finally playing with some real status. The two-time TOUR winner hasn't cracked more than 16 starts since 2012 but that will surely change this season.
#12 Brendon Todd 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 21 Age:34
Todd has talked about dealing with ball-striking yips, as he likes to call it. Those yips yielded quite the lengthy slump which saw him miss 39 cuts out of 44 tries from the 2015-16 season thru the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. He fought his way back and managed four top 25s in 11 starts this season. Then he went down to the KFT Finals and posted a runner-up finish in the first leg of the KFT Finals to punch his ticket back to the PGA TOUR. He's still in the bottom half of these graduates if we look at total strokes gained in 2019 but if we look at a Per Round level then he's 8th on the list. The Georgia Bulldog rattled off 11 top 10s over a two-season stretch in 2014 and 2015, so we know the upside is there. It will be very interesting to see which Todd we see in 2020. There are reasons to be optimistic but also plenty of reasons to be bearish. I'm someone in the middle, waiting to see a string of steady form before getting too excited.
#13 Richy Werenski 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 18 Age:27
Snuck through with the last spot of the Finals 25 standings. That was after finishing 126th in the FedEx Cup standings. That could have been a brutal blow if he missed out on both bubbles by one spot. Werenski went 17-for-27 last season on the PGA TOUR but landed just four top 25s with three of them coming during the fall portion of the schedule. On top of that, he also finished with five straight cuts made before going T37-MC-T7 in the KFT Finals. Combine that summer form with last year's fall performance and Werenski might be one to target in DFS early in the season.
#14 Chris Baker 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 3 Age:33
Baker graduated a year before I did at Iowa State, so he instantly gets a bump up my personal fandom board. The Cyclone product went 18-for-25 this season with a whopping seven top 10s. That included a closing T4 at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to seal his fate. Baker was exactly tour average in driving distance (302.8 yards) but 2nd in driving accuracy and 15th in GIR percentage. Accuracy over power is not the ideal mould when making the leap to the PGA TOUR but there will be some venues that fit his game during the fall schedule. Could come out firing and if he does you might want to jump along for the ride. He went T7-T7 early this season and then went T4-T6-T10 to kick off June. He can ride the hot hand when he gets locked in.
#15 Tom Hoge 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 15 Age:30
The Fargo man will always have a soft spot in my heart since I lived in North Dakota for three years after college. The stat sheet is less friendly, though, and it starts with his short-game struggles. Hoge averaged 0.163 strokes lost around-the-green and 0.284 strokes lost putting, per round. That is nearly two shots he needs to make up over the course of four days, if he plays to his averages. It helps that he finished top 40 in SG Approach last season but even the best iron player would have troubles climbing out of that hole he puts himself in with the short-game woes. Hoge has six career rounds of 64 or better on the PGA TOUR and five of them have come on bermudagrass greens with most of them leaning toward less-than-driver in nature in terms of off-the-tee strategy. Keep that in mind when looking for spots to invest in weekly leagues.
#16 Cameron Percy 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 8 Age:45
Had this to say after securing his TOUR card, "In April this year l fell over and fractured my wrist. I thought my life as a golfer were over. Today l played my way back onto the PGA tour which is an absolute privilege. Pretty happy right now!!" The 45-year-old Aussie went 11-for-13 this season on the Korn Ferry Tour, despite missing two months with that wrist injury. His consistency was hard to match as he finished T17 or better in 7-of-13 starts. The problem? Percy has never played his way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, in seven tries. His best attempt saw him finish 144th in the FEC standings, back in 2017. Could this be a case of finding the right state of mind, late in his career? Or was is just an outlier in terms run of form? Hard to say but I'm not getting my hopes up. If you want to blindly follow the stats, then he ranks 8th from this list in terms of total worldwide strokes gained in 2019.
#17 Tyler Duncan 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 16 Age:30
Finished 168th in the FedEx Cup standings last season after landing inside the top 110 during his rookie campaign. Regained his card with a T4 finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Where did it go wrong? The first sign of decline jumps off the page in the SG Approach department. Duncan ranked 25th in SG Approach during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season but just 139th this year. The 30-year-old was outside of the top 35 after 25 of his last 27 rounds played this season so he wasn't particularly close to finding form over the summer. The Purdue product is still relatively young and flashed ball-striking talent just two years ago. Let's not give up hope yet but we'd love to see some steady ball-striking stats return before getting too optimistic.
#18 Bronson Burgoon 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 19 Age:32
A wild season for Burgoon who posted a runner-up finish in his second start of the season last year (CIMB Classic). That was good for 208 FedEx Cup Points, but he would add just 14 FEC Points over his next 12 starts. Found his game again late in the season and went down to the KFT Finals to post a T19 and T5 to allow him to skip the final leg. Burgoon has a go-low button that many mid-tier players are lacking. Burgoon has eight career TOUR rounds of 65 or better including a R3 65 at the 2018 Greenbrier. That will be the first event of the upcoming season so that's something to consider next week. Most of his best finishes on TOUR have come on courses that put a premium on driving the ball. During the fall that means we should look to target him at the Greenbrier, RSM Classic, and Mayakoba.
#19 Rob Oppenheim 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 5 Age:39
We know what Oppenheim is at this point in his career. He has just three podium finishes in 199 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. He has just two top 10s in 56 starts on the PGA TOUR. He's not getting any younger, but he can light up the course with his short irons when he gets dialled in. Gamers should look for ways to invest in round-by-round formats rather than locking him into weekly line ups. Ryan Armour's late breakout is all I can think about when guys like Oppenheim play their way back onto the big stage, but we shouldn't expect to see those surges every year. I would expect to see Oppenheim flirting with the Top 150 bubble by season's end, if I had to guess.
#20 Anirban Lahiri 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 22 Age:32
The Indian star cracked the FedEx Cup Playoffs for three straight seasons before landing at 178th last season. More than 50 spots short of keeping his full status. However, he was talking a big game as the season was winding down in terms of finding his game again and that came to fruition during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He posted a T7 in Ohio and then a T5 in Idaho, allowing him to skip the last event. Lahiri has 18 international wins in Asia but is still searching for his first win on the PGA TOUR. They also took away the CIMB Classic which was the site of a T10 and T3 for him on the PGA TOUR to go along with plenty of other good finishes at the course when it hosted Euro Tour events. Lahiri posted a career-low 61 during the 2018 Greenbrier so he might be one to give a second look at next week at the season's lid-lifter.

#21 David Hearn 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 23 Age:40
The Canadian was on that short list of golfers that were oh-so-close to winning on the PGA TOUR but here we are at the age of 40 and he's still searching. Hearn went 9-for-18 on the PGA TOUR last season while playing on conditional status but finished 174th in the FedEx Cup race. A T4 at the KFT Championship earned his card back and I don't think Hearn will want to give it back. The problem? He's lost strokes off-the-tee in 15 of his last 22 starts which makes things difficult.
#22 Ben Taylor 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 13 Age:27
The London native attended LSU and now calls Florida home. He was a member of the LSU team that won the 2015 NCAA Championships. Taylor roared out of the gate this season with top 25s in five of his first six starts to find himself 15th in the points race. Taylor slowed his pace from there but locked up his card with a runner-up finish at the Scarlet Course for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. You would never expect to find him on the graduates list if you just looked at his stat profile this season. Taylor ranked 93rd in driving distance, 100th in accuracy, 80th in GIR percentage, and 50th in birdies per round. For whatever reason, I'm instantly drawn to making a Kelly Kraft comp because neither golfer "wows you" with stats but they find a way to get the job done a few times each season. Might have some strong finishes in his tank this season but I'm expecting them to be hard to peg. Hearn has three careers top 15s at the Greenbrier so he might be one to jump out to a quick start but overall, I see him flirting with a 50% cuts-made ratio similar to last season. His fairway-to-pin game is perfectly suited for top-heavy finishes though, since he can strike on any given week when he's finding fairways. A volatile season-long option with high-end week-to-week upside.
#23 Robert Streb 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 24 Age:32
The Kansas State product missed more cuts (16) than he made (12) last season on the PGA TOUR but still managed to nearly crack the Playoffs (128th in the FedEx Cup race). He accomplished that with a T4 at the Shiners and T3 at the Barracuda. He secured his job, though, during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with a T5 and T30 in Ohio and Idaho. Golf is a crazy game and Streb's career showcases that well. He went 17-for-21 then 25-for-30 then 17-for-27 then 20-for-30 over a four-year stretch on the PGA TOUR. That is consistency. But since then he missed 19 (of 29) cuts and 16 (of 28) cuts over the last two seasons. Where has his game dipped? If we compare his more recent stats to his long-term baseline, then it's his SG Off-the-Tee and SG Putting that is holding him back lately. He's gone from being longer than TOUR average in most of his starts to the opposite now. His driving distance was less than the field average in each of his last 13 starts. On the data alone it almost looks like he's played through injury but hasn't withdrawn in the middle of any events over the course of his career. Something is fishy here and I wouldn't fully endorse him as a steady fantasy option until that driving distance returns to his previous baseline range.
#24 Brandon Hagy 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 25 Age:28
It was a slow and painful return for Hagy who missed cuts in 14-of-15 starts from late 2018 to mid-2019. Then he caught fire in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with finishes of T5 and T2 to start things off and allow him to rest during the KFT Championship. One of the longest hitters on TOUR, Hagy still has just one top 10 in 52 career PGA TOUR starts. Despite all his firepower, he has just one career round of 64 or better and two rounds of 65. The 28-year-old still has room to grow and play his way back into some more consistent form, but I will take the wait-and-see approach before investing in weekly fantasy formats.
#25 Fabian Gomez 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 14 Age:40
The 40-year-old Argentine went 11-for-20 last year on the PGA TOUR with four top 25s. That was good for just 169th in the FedEx Cup standings but he played his way back with a runner-up finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Gomez is a two-time PGA TOUR winner and has a pair of top 10s at the Puerto Rico Open. However, he was inside the top 10 after just two (of 62) rounds played on the big stage last year. The Puerto Rico Open might be the only spot I'll consider him in any format this season.
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Next, we'll look at the worldwide performance of each golfer during the 2019 calendar year.

The 2019 Strokes Gained rankings for all 50 of the golfers that played their way into PGA TOUR status via the Korn Ferry Tour. That list is generally a pretty strong predictor of which golfers will make a splash and play their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs by year's end. You need to account for the entire package before making the final call, though.

This data includes PGA TOUR, Korn Ferry Tour, and European Tour results. It's been adjusted to reflect the strength of field each golfer has faced.


Scottie Scheffler: 112 total strokes gained (1.37 SG Total per round)
Xinjun Zhang: 90 total strokes gained (1.13 SG Total per round)
Viktor Hovland: 80 total strokes gained (1.9 SG Total per round)

Bo Hoag: 67 total strokes gained (0.75 SG Total per round)
Harry Higgs: 66 total strokes gained (0.83 SG Total per round)
Mark Hubbard: 59 total strokes gained (0.77 SG Total per round)
Joseph Bramlett: 55 total strokes gained (0.71 SG Total per round)
Lanto Griffin: 53 total strokes gained (0.72 SG Total per round)
Zac Blair: 50 total strokes gained (0.57 SG Total per round)

Doug Ghim: 48 total strokes gained (0.59 SG Total per round)
Robby Shelton: 47 total strokes gained (0.67 SG Total per round)
Ryan Brehm: 46 total strokes gained (0.64 SG Total per round)
Chris Baker: 46 total strokes gained (0.54 SG Total per round)
Tom Lewis: 46 total strokes gained (0.89 SG Total per round)
Cameron Percy: 45 total strokes gained (0.97 SG Total per round)
Rhein Gibson: 44 total strokes gained (0.56 SG Total per round)
Henrik Norlander: 43 total strokes gained (0.6 SG Total per round)
Tyler McCumber: 40 total strokes gained (0.59 SG Total per round)

Chase Seiffert: 39 total strokes gained (0.54 SG Total per round)
Rob Oppenheim: 37 total strokes gained (0.45 SG Total per round)
Vincent Whaley: 35 total strokes gained (0.44 SG Total per round)
Scott Harrington: 35 total strokes gained (0.47 SG Total per round)
Hank Lebioda: 33 total strokes gained (0.46 SG Total per round)
D.J. Trahan: 30 total strokes gained (0.78 SG Total per round)

Kristoffer Ventura: 28 total strokes gained (0.67 SG Total per round)
Beau Hossler: 27 total strokes gained (0.35 SG Total per round)
Kramer Hickok: 25 total strokes gained (0.34 SG Total per round)
Cameron Davis: 25 total strokes gained (0.36 SG Total per round)
Matthew NeSmith: 23 total strokes gained (0.3 SG Total per round)
Ben Taylor: 23 total strokes gained (0.33 SG Total per round)
Brendon Todd: 21 total strokes gained (0.5 SG Total per round)

Fabian Gomez: 19 total strokes gained (0.25 SG Total per round)
Bronson Burgoon: 18 total strokes gained (0.36 SG Total per round)
Grayson Murray: 17 total strokes gained (0.35 SG Total per round)
Michael Gligic: 14 total strokes gained (0.19 SG Total per round)
Mark Anderson: 14 total strokes gained (0.26 SG Total per round)
Tim Wilkinson: 13 total strokes gained (0.18 SG Total per round)
Maverick McNealy: 11 total strokes gained (0.14 SG Total per round)
Richy Werenski: 10 total strokes gained (0.13 SG Total per round)
Sebastian Cappelen: 7 total strokes gained (0.12 SG Total per round)
Tyler Duncan: 6 total strokes gained (0.08 SG Total per round)
Nelson Ledesma: 6 total strokes gained (0.09 SG Total per round)
Tom Hoge: 6 total strokes gained (0.08 SG Total per round)
David Hearn: 3 total strokes gained (0.05 SG Total per round)

Anirban Lahiri: -3 total strokes gained (-0.05 SG Total per round)
Rafael Campos: -6 total strokes gained (-0.08 SG Total per round)
Michael Gellerman: -6 total strokes gained (-0.09 SG Total per round)
Brandon Hagy: -9 total strokes gained (-0.27 SG Total per round)
Vince Covello: -10 total strokes gained (-0.18 SG Total per round)
Robert Streb: -11 total strokes gained (-0.17 SG Total per round)
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 8, 2019 9:31 PM BST
"His 2019 Korn Ferry Tour season was among the best in tour history.".....after a season that included two wins and earned him fully exempt status on the PGA Tour, Scottie Scheffler was named 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year on Tuesday.

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#12 Mark Hubbard 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 5 Age:30
The 30-year-old leans on precision over power and that recipe worked out well for him in 2019. Hubbard went 14-for-21 during the regular season to finish 14th on the Points list. The Denver native has played three seasons on the PGA TOUR and his best showing was the 2015-16 season where he made a FedEx Cup Playoffs appearance after finishing 115th in the FEC standings. The only problem is that his upside is somewhat limited most weeks on the PGA TOUR since his lack of distance puts him at a big disadvantage. He's held the lead/co-lead twice on the PGA TOUR (2015 Puerto Rico, 2015 Shriners). He has 84 TOUR starts under his belt and is still searching for his first top 10. Certainly viable as a DFS value target but it's hard to get too excited after looking at his look of top-heavy finishes in the past.
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#11 Lanto Griffin 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 10 Age:31
The VCU product flashed some game during his 2018 PGA TOUR rookie campaign but couldn't put all the pieces together. The flashes were him gaining strokes on approach in 9 of his last 12 starts that season. Still, he settled for 171st in the FedEx Cup standings with a 13-for-26 record and just one top 25. He took what he learned and tore through the Korn Ferry Tour in 2019 with a 14-for-19 record that saw him post top 25s in 10 of those appearances. That included a win at the RTJ Golf Trail Championship and a runner-up finish at the Dormie Network Classic. Griffin landed 295 birdies and 12 eagles which both rank top 15 on the KFT circuit. Gamers should consider him a good DFS Showdown option until he showcases the ability to piece together four good rounds on the PGA TOUR. Perhaps he's ready to make an Ancer-like leap in 2019 so watch closely and be ready to invest.
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#17 Scott Harrington 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 13 Age:38
A true feel-good story as Harrington played his way into a PGA TOUR card for the first time in his career as a 38-year-old. He grew up in Portland and then sealed his TOUR card with a runner-up finish at the Portland Open. The last event of the regular season. You can't ask for anything more but there is more. Harrington thought his career might be over last year when he stepped away from the game to help support his wife, Jenn, during her battle with cancer. That cancer is now in remission. Good things come to those who wait and Harrington is living his best life right now. He has just four starts on the PGA TOUR and none since 2015. I have no idea how his game will translate but I will definitely be cheering for him in 2020.
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Report Catch Me ifyoucan October 14, 2019 7:38 PM BST
Most consecutive cuts made on the PGA TOUR:

Tommy Fleetwood, 28.
Webb Simpson, 14.
LANTO ‘Maitreya’ Griffin, 13.


Griffin has made 33 TOUR starts - missed 15 of his first 20 cuts, but he hasn’t missed one since.

His parents were “hippies" who named their son after a spiritual lord. There is ONE special person that has played a pivotal role in Lanto's life since his father passed away.
Griffin has waited a long time to repay Steve Prater, Head Pro at Blacksburg CC, VA - his long time mentor and coach.

https://www.golfchannel.com/news/lanto-griffins-long-hard-road-blacksburg-houston-ends-victory?utm-tags=golf2408000

..... will be interesting to see how he performs at AUGUSTA.
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#10 Bo Hoag 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 3 Age:31
He was steady all year but saved the fireworks for the final event of the regular season. His win at the Portland Open jumped him from 31st to 7th in Korn Ferry Points. The 31-year-old from Ohio has just three career starts on the PGA TOUR (all missed cuts). Hoag has finished top 50 in driving accuracy in each of the last three seasons and top 5 in GIR percentage in two of those three years. He may not have the length to keep up on the big stage but his fairways-and-greens style of play will certainly play well on the handful of PGA TOUR layouts that favour precision over power.

MEXICO might suit the lad Devil
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#17 Tyler Duncan 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 16 Age:30
Finished 168th in the FedEx Cup standings last season after landing inside the top 110 during his rookie campaign. Regained his card with a T4 finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Where did it go wrong? The first sign of decline jumps off the page in the SG Approach department. Duncan ranked 25th in SG Approach during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season but just 139th this year. The 30-year-old was outside of the top 35 after 25 of his last 27 rounds played this season so he wasn't particularly close to finding form over the summer. The Purdue product is still relatively young and flashed ball-striking talent just two years ago. Let's not give up hope yet but we'd love to see some steady ball-striking stats return before getting too optimistic.

...[b]Tyler Duncan nails it - birdie for victory - 5-under-par-65 (4 under in back nine charge) - and his maiden tour win at the RSM Classic.[/b]
Report Catch Me ifyoucan November 24, 2019 11:52 PM GMT
Reorders occur at the conclusion of these tournaments...
• The RSM Classic (Nov. 24)
• The Genesis Invitational (Feb. 16)
• Valero Texas Open (April 5)
• Rocket Mortgage Classic (May 31)
• John Deere Classic (July 12)

First reorder of Korn Ferry Tour (KFT) graduate reshuffle...

Biggest UPs
+36 Werenski
+32 Trahan
+27 Hoge
+23 S. Harrington
+23 Percy
+23 McNealy
+20 Lebioda

Biggest DOWNs
-42 Lewis
-34 Hagy (on Major Med.)
-27 Brehm
-23 Lahiri
-22 Murray (on Major Med.)
-20 Ledesma
-18 NeSmith
Report Catch Me ifyoucan November 26, 2019 9:02 PM GMT
A WORD ON Sponsor's Invite coming good - WILLIAM GORDON pencilled a 4-under-par 68 during Rd3 of the Barracuda Championship - at the 54-hole mark was good a share of live clubhouse 6th place. He was putting that rare opportunity to good use with 13 birdies and 2 eagles to offset seven bogeys in his first start on his big stage debut.
WILL is on the Mackenzie Tour with two T25’s to his name. He also finished T28 in his lone Korn Ferry Tour start. He cracked the T10 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings during his time at Vanderbilt and his skills are translating well to the pro ranks.

As a Non-member GORDON made his Sanderson Farms Championship debut (again on a sponsor exemption - as World #1193) but Missed-the-Cut by 12 and finished tied-last on 9-over. It was the 23-yr-old's second career TOUR event after a T31 at last season's opposite-field Barracuda. He's made eight of nine cuts on the MacKenzie Tour last season (with two T5’s, including a T4 at the Players Cup where he fired a course-record 61 that featured eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch. The Vanderbilt alum ranks T20 in birdie average (4.44), 16th in scoring average (68.82), and sits 21st on their Order of Merit.

Making his tournament debut with yet another Sponsor's Invite WILL fired a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of The RSM Classic to wrap on 13-under 269, up 17 places to a Career-Best T10 in his 4th career TOUR event. WILL's a North Carolina native but shows his residence as Nashville.
It was his third start this season and second cash, joining a T55 at last week's Mayakoba, and the Top 10 will earn him a spot into the SONY OPEN in January. For the week, the Vandy alum posted rounds of 68-65-70-66 and totalled one eagle and 18 birdies against seven bogeys. In the finale, he hit six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing 0.663 strokes around but gaining 1.319 off-the-tee and 2.601 on approach. WILL squared two bogey-5s at holes 2 and 14, outpaced by four birdies at 1, 7, 11 and 15, adding a wonderful hole-out eagle-2 at 16th from 71 yards out. He registered 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.257 SG: Putting, converting three scoring tries from between 10 and 25 feet…..William moves-up to OWRG #827.....SEE YOU in Hawaii. Devil
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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 !

HE DID IT AGAIN Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan January 25, 2020 9:49 PM GMT
Culp’s Korn Ferry grads.....2020

#1 Viktor Hovland 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age:21
You might bucket him into the "generational star" category and he hasn't even played a full season as a pro yet. He brings that kind of upside on the course in addition to being incredibly marketable off-the-course. Hovland ranks first of everyone on this Finals 25 list in terms of total (adjusted) strokes gained in 2019. He did that all in less than 50 rounds while much of this list sits above 70 rounds for their sample. How does Hovland get the job done? Through elite ball-striking. He gained at least 1.6 strokes off-the-tee each of his last seven measured starts and also gained at least 1 stroke approaching-the-green in all seven of those events. Remember last year when Niemann looked like a can't-miss superstar? Hovland has basically 1.5x'd Niemann's output over the first 10 events on the PGA TOUR. We should see plenty of Hovland near the top of the leaderboard this season.

#2 Doug Ghim 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 4 Age:23
Brings elite amateur pedigree but he lost strokes to the field in six of his first seven starts on the PGA TOUR. That made it tough to earn his TOUR card in 2018 but he went down to the Korn Ferry Tour to hone his craft. All that hardwork paid off as he went 9-for-17 during the regular season with three top 10s and then added a pair of top 25s during the KFT Finals to secure his spot on the big stage. Only three other golfers on this list gained more strokes over the field during 2019 worldwide appearances. Ghim has Midwestern roots, went to school in Texas, and now calls Vegas home. I think that variety of climate experience should help him adapt quickly to all the new courses he'll see in 2020.

#3 Tom Lewis 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 7 Age:28
The Englishman snuck into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals via his T11 at The Open Championship and he paid off that opportunity in a big way by winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship after skipping the first two legs. Lewis was highly regardedafter his amateur career then won early on at the 2011 Portugal Masters. He then went on to miss 29 of his next 50 cuts and hovered outside the top 300 in the OWGR until he found something in 2018. Lewis won on the Challenge Tour and Euro Tour in a matter of three weeks and his game has been relatively consistent since then. Still in his late 20s, he brings 4 worldwide wins to the table which is more than most, if not all, can say from this list of graduates.

#4 Beau Hossler 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 9 Age:24
The young Cali native might be the best putter on TOUR, or maybe on the planet. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration but he already has 11 career starts where he gained at least 5 strokes putting for the week. The problem during his sophomore campaign was a dip in his iron play. Hossler ranked 179th in SG Approach in 2018 but manged to drop to 184th last season. Just a guess but this could be a case of trying to make swing changes where things get worse before something finally clicks. He's never gained more than 3.8 strokes on approach in a single week and until that changes, it will be hard to rely on him as a consistent option. He's been T3 or better thru 54 holes on three occassions (2017 Sanderson, 2017 Shriners, 2018 Houston). All three of those events are part of the fall swing this year so we may see an early spark from the Texas Longhorn.

#5 Hank Lebioda 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 6 Age:25
Hammerin' Hank finished above TOUR average in Strokes Gained Off-the-Tee, Strokes Gained Approach, and Strokes Gained Around-the-Green, during his rookie campaign on the big stage last season. That was good for 58th in SG Tee-to-Green at season's end. Not too shabby for the lefty from Florida State. The ball-striking stats are nice but we'd also like to see that extra gear which is missing so far. He managed just two top 25s in individual events on the PGA TOUR last season.

#6 Cameron Davis 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 12 Age:24
The young Aussie has a world of talent but we are still waiting for that big breakthrough on the big stage. He's a big hitter but hit fewer fairways than the field in 14 of his last 17 starts, just to paint a little picture of his play style. I think the best is yet to come still for young Davis. He's never been better than T10 after any round on the PGA TOUR (T10 after R1 of 2019 John Deere). He was getting his first look at most of the courses last year so maybe that little extra experience will help him get in his comfort zone and post some more low rounds. I'm not eager to invest right out of the gate but if he heats up then I think the sky is the limit and I'll quickly jump on board.

#7 Matthew NeSmith 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 10 Age:25
The South Carolina native has sprinkled five career starts on the PGA TOUR and missed the cut in all of them. His results on the Korn Ferry Tour were much better than that in 2019. He went 15-for-25 including a win during the KFT Finals. He ranked 20th in driving accuracy this season and 1st in GIR percentage (125th in putting average, yikes). That steady ball-striking is a good sign for his prospects on shorter layouts he'll face this season. Adding an interesting note, he also proposed to his wife at Harbour Town so maybe the RBC Heritage is an event to circle for him.

#8 Joseph Bramlett 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 2 Age:31
The Stanford product dealt with back issues in 2014 and 2015 that nearly ended his playing career. He found his stride again in 2018 but narrowly missed out on a PGA TOUR card. It looked like another heartbreak might be in the works when he ended 32nd on the regular season points list in 2019. He stayed calm and rattled off three straight finishes in the T23 to T26 range to secure his card. Bramlett ended the season ranked 30th in driving distance, 6th in GIR percentage, and 14th in eagle rate. He could make a big splash if his back holds up which there is no indication that it will be a major problem again. Just something you have to consider when investing in season-long leagues because back injuries rarely just go away for good.

#9 Kramer Hickok 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 11  Age:27
The Texas native went 13-for-26 on the PGA TOUR this season and showed some flashes of upside along the way. That includes the Mayakoba Golf Classic where he co-led after day one, the Genesis Open where he was T3 after day one, and the Barbasol where he was T3 thru 36 holes. He has been a bit more consistent on easier courses with bermudagrass greens so that's something to consider when looking for spots to invest.

#10 Grayson Murray 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 20 Age:25
Struggled with injuries in 2018 but his comeback tour picked up a bit of steam this summer. He ended the KFT regular season with a T29 before posting finishes of T23, T11, and T7 during the Finals. The 25-year-old won the 2016 Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and then again the following year with a victory at the Barbasol Championship. The big hitter brings winning pedigree to the table and he's still young. Let's just hope that he's matured a bit while he was recovering from injury because he was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons before but his golf game might be the star of the show in 2020. Silverado Resort or GC of Houston might be decent spots to target him during the fall. Overall, we want to invest during weeks where the course doesn't put a big penalty on missed fairways.
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#11 D.J. Trahan 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 17 Age:38
Snagged a top 10 at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship to play his way back onto the PGA TOUR. Trahan went 8-for-14 last season on the big stage with a trio of top 10s to his credit. The problem was that all three of them came in alternate-field events. His ShotLink stats were off the charts last season but most of that was accomplished against weaker fields. It will be interesting to see if he can pick up some momentum this fall, now that he's finally playing with some real status. The two-time TOUR winner hasn't cracked more than 16 starts since 2012 but that will surely change this season.
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#12 Brendon Todd 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 21 Age:34
Todd has talked about dealing with ball-striking yips, as he likes to call it. Those yips yielded quite the lengthy slump which saw him miss 39 cuts out of 44 tries from the 2015-16 season thru the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. He fought his way back and managed four top 25s in 11 starts this season. Then he went down to the KFT Finals and posted a runner-up finish in the first leg of the KFT Finals to punch his ticket back to the PGA TOUR. He's still in the bottom half of these graduates if we look at total strokes gained in 2019 but if we look at a Per Round level then he's actually 8th on the list. The Georgia Bulldog rattled off 11 top 10s over a two-season stretch in 2014 and 2015, so we know the upside is there. It will be very interesting to see which Todd we see in 2020. There are reasons to be optimistic but also plenty of reasons to be bearish. I'm someone in the middle, waiting to see a string of steady form before getting too excited.

#13 Richy Werenski 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 18 Age:27
Snuck through with the last spot of the Finals 25 standings. That was after finishing 126th in the FedExCup standings. That could have been a brutal blow ifhe missed out on both bubbles by one spot. Werenski went 17-for-27 last season on the PGA TOUR but landed just four top 25s with three of them coming during the fall portion of the schedule. On top of that, he also finished with five straight cuts made before going T37-MC-T7 in the KFT Finals. Combine that summer form with last year's fall performance and Werenski might be one to target in DFS early in the season.
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#14 Chris Baker 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 3 Age:33
Baker graduated a year before I did at Iowa State so he instantly gets a bump up my personal fandom board. The Cyclone product went 18-for-25 this season with a whopping seven top 10s. That included a closing T4 at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to seal his fate. Baker was exactly tour average in driving distance (302.8 yards) but 2nd in driving accuracy and 15th in GIR percentage. Accuracy over power is not the ideal mold when making the leap to the PGA TOUR but there will definitely be some venues that fit his game during the fall schedule. Could come out firing and if he does you might want to jump along for the ride. He went T7-T7 early this season and then went T4-T6-T10 to kickoff June. He can ride the hot hand when he gets locked in.

#15 Tom Hoge was 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 15 Age:30
The Fargo man will always have a soft spot in my heart since I lived in North Dakota for three years after college. The stat sheet is less friendly, though, and it starts with his short-game struggles. Hoge averaged 0.163 strokes lost around-the-green and 0.284 strokes lost putting, per round. That is nearly two shots he needs to make up over the course of four days, if he plays to his averages. It helps that he finished top 40 in SG Approach last season but even the best iron player would have troubles climbing out of that hole he puts himself in with the short-game woes. Hoge has six career rounds of 64 or better on the PGA TOUR and five of them have come on bermudagrass greens with most of them leaning toward less-than-driver in nature in terms of off-the-tee strategy. Keep that in mind when looking for spots to invest in weekly leagues.

#16 Cameron Percy 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 8 Age:45
Had this to say afer securing his TOUR card, "In April this year l fell over and fractured my wrist. I thought my life as a golfer were over. Today l played my way back onto the Pgatour which is an absolute privilege. Pretty happy right now!!" The 45-year-old Aussie went 11-for-13 this season on the Korn Ferry Tour, despite missing two months with that wrist injury. His consistency was hard to match as he finished T17 or better in 7-of-13 starts. The problem? Percy has never played his way into the FedExCup Playoffs, in seven tries. His best attempt saw him finish 144th in the FEC standings, back in 2017. Could this be a case of finding the right state of mind, late in his career? Or was is just an outlier in terms run of form? Hard to say but I'm not getting my hopes up. If you want to blindly follow the stats, then he ranks 8th from this list in terms of total worldwide strokes gained in 2019.

#17 Tyler Duncan 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 16 Age:30
Finished 168th in the FedExCup standings last season after landing inside the top 110 during his rookie campaign. Regained his card with a T4 finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Where did it go wrong? The first sign of decline jumps off the page in the SG Approach department. Duncan ranked 25th in SG Approach during the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season but just 139th this year. The 30-year-old was outside of the top 35 after 25 of his last 27 rounds played this season so he wasn't particularly close to finding form over the summer. The Purdue product is still relatively young and flashed ball-striking talent just two years ago. Let's not give up hope yet but we'd love to see some steady ball-striking stats return before getting too optimistic.

#18 Bronson Burgoon 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 19 Age:32
A wild season for Burgoon who posted a runner-up finish in his second start of the season last year (CIMB Classic). That was good for 208 FedExCup Points but he would add just 14 FEC Points over his next 12 starts. Found his game again late in the season and went down to the KFT Finals to post a T19 and T5 to allow him to skip the final leg. Burgoon has a go-low button that many mid-tier players are lacking. Burgoon has eight career TOUR rounds of 65 or better including a R3 65 am the 2018 Greenbrier. That will be the first event of the upcoming season so that's something to consider next week. Most of his best finishes on TOUR have come on courses that put a premimum on driving the ball. During the fall that means we should look to target him at the Greenbrier, RSM Classic, and Mayakoba.

#19 Rob Oppenheim 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 5 Age:39
We know what Oppenheim is at this point in his career. He has just three podium finishes in 199 career starts on the Korn Ferry Tour. He has just two top 10s in 56 starts on the PGA TOUR. He's not getting any younger but he can light up the course with his short irons when he gets dialed in. Gamers should look for ways to invest in round-by-round formats rather than locking him into weekly lineups. Ryan Armour's late breakout is all I can think about when guys like Oppenheim play their way back onto the big stage but we shouldn't expect to see those surges every year. I would expect to see Oppenheim flirting with the Top 150 bubble by season's end, if I had to guess.

#20 Anirban Lahiri 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 22 Age:32
The Indian star cracked the FedExCup Playoffs for three straight seasons before landing at 178th last season. More than 50 spots short of keeping his full status. However, he was talking a big game as the season was winding down in terms of finding his game again and that came to fruition during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. He posted a T7 in Ohio and then a T5 in Idaho, allowing him to skip the last event. Lahiri has 18 international wins in Asia but is still searching for his first win on the PGA TOUR. They also took away the CIMB Classic which was the site of a T10 and T3 for him on the PGA TOUR to go along with plenty of other good finishes at the course when it hosted Euro Tour events. Lahiri posted a career-low 61 during the 2018 Greenbrier so he might be one to give a second look at next week at the season's lid-lifter.

#21 David Hearn 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 23 Age:40
The Canadian was on that short list of golfers that were oh-so-close to winning on the PGA TOUR but here we are at the age of 40 and he's still searching. Hearn went 9-for-18 on the PGA TOUR last season while playing on conditional status but finished 174th in the FedExCup race. A T4 at the KFT Championship earned his card back and I don't think Hearn will want to give it back. The problem? He's lost strokes off-the-tee in 15 of his last 22 starts which makes things difficult.

#22 Ben Taylor 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 13 Age:27
The London native attended LSU and now calls Florida home. He was a member of the LSU team that won the 2015 NCAA Championships. Taylor roared out of the gate this season with top 25s in five of his first six starts to find himself 15th in the points race. Taylor slowed his pace from there but locked up his card with a runner-up finish at the Scarlet Course for the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. You would never expect to find him on the graduates list if you just looked at his stat profile this season. Taylor ranked 93rd in driving distance, 100th in accuracy, 80th in GIR percentage, and 50th in birdies per round. For whatever reason, I'm instantly drawn to making a Kelly Kraft comp because neither golfer "wows you" with stats but they find a way to get the job done a few times each season. Might have some strong finishes in his tank this season but I'm expecting them to be hard to peg. Hearn has three career top 15s at the Greenbrier so he might be one to jump out to a quick start but overall I see him flirting with a 50% cuts-made ratio similar to last season. His fairway-to-pin game is perfectly suited for top-heavy finishes though, since he can strike on any given week when he's finding fairways. A volatile season-long option with high-end week-to-week upside.

#23 Robert Streb 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 24 Age:32
The Kansas State product missed more cuts (16) than he made (12) last season on the PGA TOUR but still managed to nearly crack the Playoffs (128th in the FedExCup race). He accomplished that with a T4 at the Shiners and T3 at the Barracuda. He secured his job, though, during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with a T5 and T30 in Ohio and Idaho. Golf is a crazy game and Streb's career showcases that well. He went 17-for-21 then 25-for-30 then 17-for-27 then 20-for-30 over a four-year stretch on the PGA TOUR. That is consistency. But since then he missed 19 (of 29) cuts and 16 (of 28) cuts over the last two seasons. Where has his game dipped? If we compare his more recent stats to his longterm baseline then it's his SG Off-the-Tee and SG Putting that is holding him back lately. He's gone from being longer than TOUR average in most of his starts to the opposite now. His driving distance was less than the field average in each of his last 13 starts. On the data alone it almost looks like he's played through injury but hasn't withdrawn in the middle of any events over the course of his career. Something is fishy here and I wouldn't fully endorse him as a steady fantasy option until that driving distance returns to his previous baseline range.

#24 Brandon Hagy 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 25 Age:28
It was a slow and painful return for Hagy who missed cuts in 14-of-15 starts from late 2018 to mid-2019. Then he caught fire in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with finishes of T5 and T2 to start things off and allow him to rest during the KFT Championship. One of the longest hitters on TOUR, Hagy still has just one top 10 in 52 career PGA TOUR starts. Despite all his firepower, he has just one career round of 64 or better and two rounds of 65. The 28-year-old still has room to grow and play his way back into some more consistent form but I will take the wait-and-see approach before actually investing in weekly fantasy formats.

#25 Fabian Gomez 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 14 Age:40
The 40-year-old Argentine went 11-for-20 last year on the PGA TOUR with four top 25s. That was good for just 169th in the FedExCup standings but he played his way back with a runner-up finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Gomez is a two-time PGA TOUR winner and also has a pair of top 10s at the Puerto Rico Open. However, he was inside the top 10 after just two (of 62) rounds played on the big stage last year. The Puerto Rico Open might be the only spot I'll consider him in any format this season
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#25 Fabian Gomez 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 14 Age:40
The 40-year-old Argentine went 11-for-20 last year on the PGA TOUR with four top 25s. That was good for just 169th in the FedExCup standings but he played his way back with a runner-up finish at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Gomez is a two-time PGA TOUR winner and also has a pair of top 10s at the Puerto Rico Open. However, he was inside the top 10 after just two (of 62) rounds played on the big stage last year. The Puerto Rico Open might be the only spot I'll consider him in any format this season
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 22, 2020 12:39 AM GMT
#1 Viktor Hovland 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age:21
You might bucket him into the "generational star" category and he hasn't even played a full season as a pro yet. He brings that kind of upside on the course in addition to being incredibly marketable off-the-course. Hovland ranks first of everyone on this Finals 25 list in terms of total (adjusted) strokes gained in 2019. He did that all in less than 50 rounds while much of this list sits above 70 rounds for their sample. How does Hovland get the job done? Through elite ball-striking. He gained at least 1.6 strokes off-the-tee each of his last seven measured starts and also gained at least 1 stroke approaching-the-green in all seven of those events. Remember last year when Niemann looked like a can't-miss superstar? Hovland has basically 1.5x'd Niemann's output over the first 10 events on the PGA TOUR. We should see plenty of Hovland near the top of the leaderboard this season.
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 24, 2020 1:21 PM GMT
Hovland is the first rookie to win on the PGA TOUR in 2019-20, snapping a streak of 18 events to start the season without a win by a rookie (longest since 2009)...... but it was worth the wait Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 24, 2020 1:24 PM GMT
Victory in just his 17th career start for the Norwegian
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 24, 2020 1:30 PM GMT
....and the third player from the 2018 Arnold Palmer Cup to earn a TOUR win, joining Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa!
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 28, 2020 12:10 AM GMT
#3 Tom Lewis 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 7 Age:28
The Englishman snuck into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals via his T11 at The Open Championship and he paid off that opportunity in a big way by winning the Korn Ferry Tour Championship after skipping the first two legs. Lewis was highly regardedafter his amateur career then won early on at the 2011 Portugal Masters. He then went on to miss 29 of his next 50 cuts and hovered outside the top 300 in the OWGR until he found something in 2018. Lewis won on the Challenge Tour and Euro Tour in a matter of three weeks and his game has been relatively consistent since then. Still in his late 20s, he brings 4 worldwide wins to the table which is more than most, if not all, can say from this list of graduates.

Tom Lewis victory in the Korn Ferry Tour Championship opened the door to some extent BUT he explained his position when talking to the press after today's 66: "The back end of last year obviously when I won that Korn Ferry final, I thought, this is going to be great, I'm going to have opportunities left, right and center, but obviously it hasn't happened. I can't get anything really. I've got to play good to get in stuff, and hopefully sponsors like me, but I've got a lot of good opportunities coming over the next couple of months, so hopefully if I can play as well as I did today, then maybe I can sneak a win and I won't have to ask sponsors."
Asked about his schedule, Lewis added: "It's difficult. I don't even know where I'm playing. I was hoping I'd play (Bay Hill) next week. I didn't get in next week. So another two weeks off, then come back, play Valspar I think it is, and let's just see. Hopefully if I can shoot four scores 4-under par, then my schedule becomes a little easier to plan."
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 29, 2020 12:49 AM GMT
#13 Richy Werenski 2019 Strokes Gained Rank: 18 Age:27
Snuck through with the last spot of the Finals 25 standings. That was after finishing 126th in the FedExCup standings. That could have been a brutal blow if he missed out on both bubbles by one spot. Werenski went 17-for-27 last season on the PGA TOUR but landed just four top 25s with three of them coming during the fall portion of the schedule. On top of that, he also finished with five straight cuts made before going T37-MC-T7 in the KFT Finals. Combine that summer form with last year's fall performance and Werenski might be one to target in DFS early in the season.

Comes from a family of avid golfers. Father, Michael, was formerly a PGA club professional. Brother, Mickey, played on the Texas A&M golf team. Grew up next door to The Orchards GC in South Hadley, Mass and attended Heritage Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C. His earliest golf memory is going to Orlando, Fla., for the "Drive, Chip & Putt" national finals at ages 10 and 12. Won the Golf Channel's "Big Break The Palm Beaches," which aired early in 2015. 70's still available Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan February 29, 2020 12:50 AM GMT
.....for The HONDA
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 1, 2020 11:06 PM GMT
#1 Sungjae Im 2018 Strokes Gained Rank: 1 Age: 20
Easily gained the most strokes of anyone on the Web.com Tour this season and he hasn't even reached legal drinking age in the States. The Korean calls Nine Bridges his home course so look out for him early in the season as I'm sure he'll find a way to crack that field (The CJ CUP). Currently would be in the field as the third-ranked Korean in the OWGR. I'd imagine a sponsor's invite wouldn't be tough to find if that changes. The youngster posted 14 top 25s in 24 starts on the Web circuit, including FIVE podium finishes. This really could be a superstar in the making. Catch Me ifyoucan • September 11, 2019 6:01 PM BST

Congratulations to SUNJAE IM on being voted 2019 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.

Like so many Korn Ferry Tour graduates, he arrived on the PGA TOUR prepared to compete with the world’s best, and his season was a reflection of a maturity beyond his 21 years.”
IM was selected for the honour over (alphabetically) Cameron Champ, Adam Long, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff.

THREAD FOR WINNERS......move along sonny Devil
Report Catch Me ifyoucan March 1, 2020 11:46 PM GMT
21yo IM.....
2018: Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year
2019: PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year
2020: PGA TOUR winner (youngest Honda winner)

The South Korean had 714 birdies since the start of last year....that's 149 more than any other TOUR player.
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