Golf Draft Kit: 2017-18 International Newcomers
Golf Draft Kit: 2017-18 International Newcomers

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

This article covers international players who did not have a PGA Tour card last season but earned one for 2017-18. These are players who as non-members finished with the equivalent points to the top 125 on the 2016-17 FedExCup Points List. Earnings include money from PGA Tour events and WGC events.

Tommy Fleetwood
2017-18 Projected Earnings:
$2,700,000
2016-17 Earnings: $2,094,454
2016-17 Events: 10

Fleetwood showed last season that he can compete on the biggest stages in the world. He won twice (Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, Open de France), finished second twice (WGC-Mexico Championship, Shenzhen International) and had five other top-12 finishes, including a T4 at the U.S. Open, which earned him his 2017-18 PGA Tour card after playing last season on Special Temporary Member status. Fleetwood, who ranked first in greens in regulation on the European Tour, enters this season 17th in the OWGR rankings and is the leader in the Race to Dubai.

Thomas Pieters
2017-18 Projected Earnings:
$2,600,000
2016-17 Earnings: $2,058,000
2016-17 Events: 12

Pieters backed up his impressive performance at the 2016 Ryder Cup with a big year last season on both sides of the Atlantic. A T2 at the Genesis Open, fourth-place finishes at the Masters and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and a T5 at WGC-Mexico Championship earned him a 2017-18 PGA Tour card as he led non-members with 727 FedEx Cup points, the equivalent to 52nd on the points list. Just how much Pieters plays stateside is uncertain, though. He said he is committed to the European

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