|E-NOTES – December 13, 2016
2016 – Won
Here’s a look at the Official World Golf Ranking following the conclusion of Challenge Season events:
PGA TOUR Champions
Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino were among the 13 World Golf Hall of Fame Members in the field. In all, the 20 professionals represented a total 335 PGA TOUR titles and 64 major championships.
At age 50 and 49, respectively, Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker were the oldest team in the field at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. They nearly won the event for the second time, as they finished in second place behind champions Harris English and Matt Kuchar. Kelly is planning on making his PGA TOUR Champions debut in February at the Chubb Classic, while Stricker turns 50 on February 23 and plans on balancing his PGA TOUR Champions schedule with his responsibilities as 2017 Presidents Cup Captain.
The next 12 players (Nos. 2-10 and ties) on the final leaderboard will be subject to the third re-shuffle next year. Notable names in that category include 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner Derek Ernst, two-time University of Alabama team captain Tom Lovelady and Argentina’s Puma Dominguez, who owns the most career starts (73) in PGA TOUR Latinoamérica history. Lovelady, who was a member of Alabama’s NCAA Championship teams in 2013 and 2014, holds the ninth-best scoring average (72.79) in school history after competing in 42 career tournaments.
Players who finished T14 through T42 (Nos. 11-45 and ties) will be subject to the second re-shuffle on the 2017 Web.com Tour. Notable names from this grouping include 2014 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Chesson Hadley, 2014 NCAA Individual Champion Cameron Wilson and Andrew Landry, who was the first-round leader and T2 through 54 holes at this year’s U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.
Twelve players who finished Nos. 2 through 5 on the Order of Merit for PGA TOUR China, PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada competed at final stage in an attempt to improve their earned status for the year. Of the 12, four players finished inside the top 45 and ties: Taylor Moore (2), Brock Mackenzie (T4), Puma Dominguez (T4) and Xinjun Zhang (T23).
The Web.com Tour released the 2017 schedule on Monday, featuring 26 events in 16 states and five countries outside the United States. Notable highlights include:
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR CANADA
Here’s a look at the 10-member team from the Mackenzie Tour who will be competing against PGA TOUR Latinoamérica members at the inaugural Aruba Cup at Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf. (Bold denotes Canadian).
Dan McCarthy Syracurse, N.Y.
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will battle the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada in the inaugural playing of the Aruba Cup, a Presidents Cup-style team match play event featuring 10 players from each team. Hosted by Tierra del Sol Resort and Golf, the matches will be played over the course of three days (December 15-17) with teams competing in Four-Ball, Foursomes and Singles sessions. With PGA TOUR member Julián Etulain as its Captain, team PGA TOUR Latinoamérica includes Nate Lashley, Augusto Núñez, Guillermo Pereira, Samuel Del Val, Martin Trainer, Andrés Echavarría, Seth Fair, Tom Whitney, Sebastián MacLean and Seth Fair.
Costa Rica will be joining PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2017. The inaugural playing of the Essential Costa Rica Classic was officially launched during a press conference held in the capital city of San Jose last Wednesday. The tournament will be played May 1-7 at the Robert Trent Jones II designed Reserva Conchal in the province of Guanacaste. The full 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamérica scheduled will be announced next month.
Canada’s Justin Shin and Australia’s Jamie Arnold both earned 2017 Web.com Tour status with strong finishes at the Qualifying Tournament last week. Shin, who finished ninth on the PGA TOUR China Order of Merit, guaranteed himself starts in the first eight events of the season with his tie for 35th at Q-School. Arnold, a veteran of 14 previous tournaments in China, tied for 19th and will also be exempt at least through the first eight events on the schedule.
China’s Zihao Chen was one strokes shy of earning a full exemption to the 2017 Web.com Tour. Chen finished 10th on the 2016 Order of Merit and that earned him a spot in the Qualifying Tournament. He ultimately needed one birdie over his final three holes Sunday at Orange County National Golf Club but finished par-par-par to tie for 53rd. The top-45 players and ties earned full status. The native of Zhuhai will hold conditional status on the 2017 Web.com Tour and will be fully exempt on PGA TOUR China.