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Golf Draft Kit: PGA Qualifiers from Web.com Tour

Len Hochberg

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The following 50 golfers won 2015-16 PGA Tour cards from last season's Web.com Tour.

Rookies (R)
International Players (I)

1. Anirban Lahiri - I
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$2,700,000
2014-15 Earnings: $490,003

This is a unique case where one of the best players in the world -- Lahiri is ranked 39th -- is going to be a Reshuffle List player, having earned his card through the Web.com Tour Finals. A Presidents Cup member, Lahiri is a star in India. He earned his card via a T6 finish at the first Web.com Tour Finals event, the Hotel Fitness Championship, on the back of a T5 finish at the PGA Championship. Last year, he won both his home country's open and in Malaysia and finished fifth at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. Winner of the Long Drive Competition at the PGA, Lahiri averaged 64.63 percent of his fairways and 65.79 percent of his greens in his appearances on the PGA Tour last season. This guy is going to win a major, folks.

2. Emiliano Grillo – I
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$1,500,000
2014-15 Earnings: $348,407

Technically he won't be a rookie -- he played too many events last season on the PGA Tour to still qualify for that status -- but the point still holds: this first-year player has a ton of game. One of the losers in the five-man playoff earlier this season at the Puerto Rico Open (fellow Web.com Tour Finals graduate Sam Saunders was another), Grillo earned enough points through that event and other finishes to make it to the Finals, where he won in style in the final-round of the final event, capping off a four-event run where he went 9-T2-missed cut-1, a dazzling stretch of golf that proves how much talent this man has. At TPC Sawgrass he was T4 in driving accuracy, 17th in driving distance, T1 in greens in regulation and 14th in putts per GIR. And he has momentum headed into this season. PGA Tour: watch out. He starts the season second on the Reshuffle List.

3. Harold Varner III – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$1,200,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

By far the rookie with the most publicity is Varner, the first African American to earn his card via the Web.com Tour. Varner's on-the-course play should not be overlooked. He has the potential to be THE superstar of the rookies this year. While he didn't win on the Web.com Tour last season, consistency was the name of the game. He finished second in his first start of the season – the Panama Claro Championship and notched two other top-10s and nine top-25s in 25 starts. He had to hold his breath at the end – he got the 25th and final card from the Web.com Tour regular-season money list. With a game that had him ranked 48th in total driving and 38th in the all-around Ranking, Varner has the potential to win in 2015-2016 if he can putt a little better and hit more fairways (he ranked 111th and 102nd in those two categories, respectively). Varner starts the new PGA Tour season 31st on the Reshuffle List.

4. Patrick Rodgers
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$1,200,000
2014-15 Earnings: $1,038,291

Overlooked in the last month because of a quirk in PGA Tour regulations that prohibited him from participating in the FedEx Cup Playoffs as a non-member, Rodgers pulled off a heck of a feat in 2015: turning pro with almost no status and STILL managing to earn his card in THREE ways: via the Web.com Tour's 25 leading regular season money winners, the PGA Tour Non-Member FedEx Cup points list and the PGA Tour Non-Member money list. His results were stout: T2 at the Wells Fargo Championship and third at the Barracuda Championship with 12 made cuts in 17 starts, crucial to him clinching his card. In those 17 events, he was ninth in driving distance, 24th in birdie average and 44th in total driving. He is one to watch.

5. Tom Hoge
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$1,200,000
2014-15 Earnings: $690,319

Hoge had four top-25s as a rookie, but all in the second half of season, definitely showing improvement. He just missed the FedEx Cup playoffs, should be there this season.

6. Sam Saunders
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$850,000
2014-15 Earnings: $578,571

Arnold Palmer's grandson showed flashes as rookie and now should do a bit better now that he's gone through one season. But only a bit better.

7. Si Woo Kim
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$850,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

He's only 20 and had a Web.com win and runner-up, and that's enough to keep an eye on him. Played eight PGA events in 2013 (no made cuts), so he's not a rookie. He's 23rd in priority rankings.

8. Wes Roach
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$800,000
2014-15 Earnings: $20,495

Roach had an impressive Web.com season with a win, a second and a third. He lost his card after so-so rookie 2014 season but could be better this time around. He's still only 26

9. Henrik Norlander
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$800,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

The 28-year-old Swede begins sixth in priority rankings. He had three top-25s as PGA Tour rookie in 2013, winding up 159th in points. Maybe he just wasn't ready then.

10. Patton Kizzire – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$750,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Fully exempt (aka not subject to the Reshuffle List) and in The Players as the leading regular-season money winner, things are nice at the moment for Kizzire. A strong Web.com Tour season, highlighted by two wins, first at the Utah Championship presented in early August in a playoff where he shot a second-round 62, and then three weeks later at the News Sentinel Open where he won in style, shooting two 64s on the weekend. He ranked first on the Web.com Tour in putting average and eighth in greens in regulation. If he can adapt to the new golf courses he'll be facing quickly, Kizzire has the game to make it on the big stage. Want further proof? Take note of this consistency: 23 starts, two wins, two seconds, a third, and 12 top-10s.

11. Mark Hubbard
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$750,000
2014-15 Earnings: $293,980

Hubbard finished 164th in FedEx Cup points as rookie last season, so he wasn't too far off. He's 36th in priority rankings this season and is only 26, so better days are ahead.

12. Peter Malnati
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$750,000
2014-15 Earnings: $0

Malnati had a Web.com win, five top-10s and 10 top-25s last season. He was PGA rookie in 2014 but had only 18 starts. At ninth in priority rankings, he should be able to get more starts.

13. Jamie Lovemark
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$700,000
2014-15 Earnings: $146,138

Lovemark earned card by finishing sixth on Web.com regular-season money list, not fluke hot streak in Finals. He starts seventh in priority rankings, so a little optimism is warranted.

14. Lucas Glover
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$600,000
2014-15 Earnings: $515,241

Glover had six top-25s last season, but he's had only two top-10s in four years since winning 2011 U.S. Open. He's a good iron player but can't putt. That's a problem.

15. Robert Garrigus
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$600,000
2014-15 Earnings: $253,699

Long off the tee, but not straight, Garrigus had horrid strokes-gained numbers, and his game collapsed. One can only imagine he will improve, but how much?

16. Roberto Castro
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$600,000
2014-15 Earnings: $179,723

Castro is 10th in priority list, so he'll get starts. But aside from 2013, has not taken advantage of opportunities. He certainly should see uptick from his paltry 2014-15 earnings.

17. Derek Fathauer
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$575,000
2014-15 Earnings: $482,023

After stellar Web.com season in 2013-14, Fathauer came to PGA Tour with high hopes, but definitely underperformed. Maybe he'll have a slight uptick as sophomore. Maybe.

18. Bronson Burgoon – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$560,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Victory can be sweet, and second – especially via a playoff loss -- can be crushing, but for Burgoon he can look back and and view his two second-place finishes as the source of his PGA Tour card. A playoff loss at the Nova Scotia Open on July 4th weekend and a solo second at Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship helped punch his ticket to the PGA Tour, aided by four other top-10 finishes in 25 starts. He ranked sixth in greens in regulation and 11th in the All-Around Ranking on the Web.com Tour in 2015, and if he can improve on his 60.64 percent driving accuracy that had him ranked 90th, we see a possibility for big things in 2015-16 for Burgoon. He begins the PGA Tour season 13th on the Reshuffle List, a pretty good spot.

19. Brian Davis
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$550,000
2014-15 Earnings: $656,534

The 41-year-old Brit was 143rd in FedEx with two top-10s and five top-25s but made only 14 of 31 cuts. At 48th in priority rankings, he needs to get off to fast start.

20. Ricky Barnes
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$550,000
2014-15 Earnings: $614,455

Barnes used three top-25s in last 5 starts to turn a disastrous season into simply an awful one. He starts 26th in priority rankings, which doesn't bode well.

21. Rhein Gibson – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$500,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Gibson finished 10th on Web.com Tour Finals list to clinch his PGA Tour card for 2015-2016. Missed cut-T21-T9-4 is how his four-event Finals stretch went, with the Web.com Tour Championship the highlight, shooting weekend rounds of 65-65 to secure the card. That was a week in which he ranked first in birdies and first in putts per green in regulation. Conversely, he ranked 133rd in driving accuracy and 98th in greens in regulation for the season, two areas he will need to improve on for the PGA Tour to have a successful season. But with momentum and a ranking of 18th on the Reshuffle List, Gibson is someone to keep an eye early in the season.

22. Dawie Van Der Walt – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$500,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Van der Walt won twice in 2015, nabbing victories in his first start of the year, the Chile Classic, where he shot a 64 to open and 65 to close, and the Price Cutter Charity Championship in mid-August where he opened in 63. He sprinkled in four other top-10s and two more top-25s in 19 starts. He was third in greens in regulation, impressive since he ranked 42nd in driving accuracy and 68th in driving distance, putting him 32nd on tour in total driving. Those stats will need to improve if he wants to find consistency on the PGA Tour in 2015-16. On the plus side: He'll be first in the Reshuffle List to start the season. And that means more starts in the crucial fall slate.

23. Michael Thompson
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$500,000
2014-15 Earnings: $599,835

Thompson has regressed since lone PGA win in 2013. He starts 14th in priority rankings but needs to perform in fall season or he'll drop. He'll drop.

24. Chez Reavie
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$500,000
2014-15 Earnings: $331,623

Reavie was the leading money winner in Web.com Tour Finals, so he's exempt from the Reshuffle List. He'll get plenty of starts, but he hasn't produced big on PGA Tour in five years.

25. Martin Piller
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$500,000
2014-15 Earnings: $47,250

A two-time Web.com winner last season, Piller has PGA card for first time since his rookie year in 2011 when he crashed. But starting fifth in priority rankings gives him a fighting chance.

26. Kyle Stanley
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$450,000
2014-15 Earnings: $245,504

Stanley had only a dozen starts last season. He'll get more this season, but how many more? He starts at No. 22 in the priority rankings.

27. Rod Pampling
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$450,000
2014-15 Earnings: $189,055

The second-oldest Web.com grad at 45, the Aussie can't wait to get to the Champions Tour. He's 39th in priority rankings, so he starts toward the bottom. Should stay there.

28. Brett Stegmaier – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$400,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Four top-10s and eight top-25s, including an eighth, a fifth and a T18 in the Web.com Tour Finals clinched his card. His path to the PGA Tour came on the Web.com Tour Finals money List, where he finished ninth. So what changed to get him a card? For one thing, a game that had him ranked 85th in greens in regulation and 126th in putting average came alive. Take the fifth at the second Finals event, the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run. He was 21st in GIR and 11th in putts per GIR that week. He's certainly got momentum entering the PGA Tour's fall slate, so he may be someone to watch early if you like his form. He enters 16th on the Reshuffle List, a nice spot.

29. Thomas Aiken – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$400,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Aiken utilized nearly every avenue available to him to get onto the PGA Tour for 2015-16. A European Tour member, he tied for 23rd at Doral, 26th at Memorial, 25th at the U.S. Open and 80th at The Open Championship, earning 134 Non-Member FedEx Cup points, enough to get into the Web.com Tour Finals. There, he essentially put himself being the 8-ball after missing the cut in his first three Finals events before rallying to finish T5 at the Web.com Tour Championship to get his card. That's getting it done, especially on venues he's probably never seen before, something he'll face once again now as a member of the PGA Tour for the first time. Not in his favor? He's 44th in the Reshuffle List. Beware of that.

30. Andrew Loupe
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$400,000
2014-15 Earnings: $183,850

Loupe had one top-10 all last season -- in an opposite-field event. His good run in the Web.com Tour Finals was more fluke than reason for optimism, but he starts near the top of the priority list.

31. Dicky Pride
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$400,000
2014-15 Earnings: $39,414

The oldest Web.com grad at 46, Pride came out of nowhere with a win in final regular-season event. In 433 PGA starts, he has only 21 top-10s. He's waiting for the Champions Tour.

32. Steve Marino
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$400,000
2014-15 Earnings: $0

Injuries have derailed once-promising career for Marino. He has not played a full PGA season since 2011, and now his prime may have passed. He's 17th in the priority rankings.

33. Smylie Kaufman – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$350,000
2014-15 Earnings: $7,210

The best name of all the rookies joining the PGA Tour for next season also has the game to back it up. A win in May at the United Leasing Championship included a Saturday 64 and his second-place finish in August at the Price Cutter Charity Championship cinched his card. He must improve his consistency to thrive on the PGA Tour, as he missed a staggering 10 cuts in 20 starts on the Web.com Tour in 2015. The culprit? He ranked 106th in driving accuracy (59.01 percent) and 99th in greens in regulation (67.54 percent). Both those figures must go up for Kaufman to be a player on the PGA Tour in 2015-16. Kaufman begins the season 11th on the Reshuffle List.

34. Kelly Kraft – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$350,000
2014-15 Earnings: $0

If Kraft's name is familiar that's because he won the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills over Patrick Cantlay. On the Web.com Tour in 2015 he got a win and a second, the victory coming in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER in March where he shot a Sunday 65 and the second-place finish coming in the BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation nearly two months later. He finished the year with three top-10s and eight top-25s in 23 starts, earningmore than $240K and a 19th starting spot on the Reshuffle List. As a result he'll need a strong fall to gain more starts in the early portion of the 2016 schedule, and that'll require some better ball-striking. He ranked 66th in driving distance, 94th in driving accuracy and 88th in greens in regulation. Those numbers will need to go up for the PGA Tour.

35. Derek Ernst
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$325,000
2014-15 Earnings: $320,085

Since his fluke win in 2013, Ernst has done squadoosh. Look for more squadoosh ahead. He starts 42nd in the priority rankings.

36. Rob Oppenheim – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$300,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Oppenheim has probably the best story of anyone who got through via the Web.com Tour Finals money List. At the Web.com Tour Championship, he thought he had lost his PGA Tour card after struggling a bit down the stretch on Sunday. He's been trying, for YEARS, to make it to the PGA Tour and yet he's come up short. He thought this was yet another year of the same ending until Lucas Glover's collapse changed Oppenheim's earnings for the week and ensured he got his PGA Tour card for 2015-16. Oppenheim won the Air Capital Classic in June, a week that included a Sunday 64, and had a T13 in August at the News Sentinel Open. But those were his only highlights until the Finals, where Oppenheim pieced together finishes of T74-T25-T47-T12 to earn his PGA Tour playing privileges. His stats aren't flashy – he's sixth in putting average but 100-plus in several tee-to-green stats – but if there's someone who'll probably feel like the Frys.com Open is a vacation, it's him. Let's all hope he plays well because this is one great story. He starts the season 47th on the Reshuffle List.

37. Tim Wilkinson
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$300,000
2014-15 Earnings: $171,654

The New Zealander regressed after a decent rookie season, with 19 MCs in 28 starts. He starts 40th in the priority rankings, which is not good.

38. Hiroshi Iwata – I
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$300,000
2014-15 Earnings: $97,667

It may feel like it was years ago by now but just last fall Iwata nearly won the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He did not. Bubba Watson did. But that finish did help put him into the Web.com Tour Finals, where he parlayed a T4 finish at the opening event, the Hotel Fitness Championship, into a PGA Tour card for next season. Iwata only made three more starts on the PGA Tour last season, missing the cut in the first two before finishing T21 at the PGA Championship in August, a week where he ranked eighth in strokes-gained putting. Coming to a new Tour, there will be a learning curve, but he certainly has the talent to compete with the big boys. He starts the 2015-2016 PGA Tour season 22nd on the Reshuffle List.

39. Lucas Lee – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$250,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Iif you're in the market for someone with momentum … Lucas is not that person. He withdrew from the final three Web.com Tour Finals events, two after playing just one round and one – the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship – after three. No apparent reason was given, but it's something to watch. He earned his card via two second-place finishes in consecutive starts – a T2 at the Greater Dallas Open and a second at the Rust-Oleum Championship – but the withdrawals have him 45th on the Reshuffle List to start the season and a steep hill to climb starting out.

40. Darron Stiles
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$225,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

At 42, Stiles' PGA career dates to 1999, but he hasn't played an event since 2013. He starts 41st in the priority rankings, and that sounds about right.

41. Tyrone Van Aswegen
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$200,000
2014-15 Earnings: $168,234

Van Aswegen missed 12 of 20 cuts last season and was fortunate to finish 191st in points to get into Web.com Tour Finals. He'll struggle to get there again next season.

42. D.H. Lee
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$200,000
2014-15 Earnings: $38,985

No, not Danny Lee. D.H. was 15th in Web.com's regular-season money list and is 11th in the priority rankings. He has never come close to duplicating 2013 rookie season.

43. Shane Bertsch
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$200,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

The third-oldest Web.com grad at 45, Bertsch has two PGA starts in the last three seasons. He starts 27th in the priority rankings and should only fall from there.

44. Miguel Angel Carballo
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$175,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

The 36-year-old Argentine played on the PGA Tour in 2012 and 2014, totaling four top-25s in 40 starts. He won't reach either total in 2015-16.

45. Sung Kang
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$175,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Kang last played on the PGA Tour in 2012, when he me made just eight of 30 cuts. Combined with priority ranking of 43rd, it's not a pretty picture.

46. Luke List
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$150,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

List got his card thanks to one T5 in Web.com Finals. He flatlined as PGA Tour rookie in 2013, and there's little reason to envision a change. He starts 44th in the priority rankings.

47. Tyler Aldridge
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$150,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Aldridge gained his card via a Web.com victory and placing in the top 25 on the regular-season money list. But he hasn't played a PGA event since 2009. And he wasn't good then.

48. Michael Kim – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$100,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

Kim didn't win in 2015 but did nab two thirds and three other top-10 finishes. All told he made 19 cuts in 24 starts, earned over $190K and will start the 2015-16 PGA Tour season 33rd on the Reshuffle List. Like several others, strong play in fall would greatly help his chance of getting the proper number of starts to make a run at keeping his card. His game is actually pretty solid statistically: fifth in greens in regulation, 11th in putting average, fourth in birdie average and third in scoring average. Hit a couple more fairways on the big circuit and maybe the bounces will come his way next season. But it'll have to happen quickly or else that first reshuffle at the end of 2015 will make it much harder in 2016.

49. Abraham Ancer – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$75,000
2014-15 Earnings: NA

A dual U.S./Mexican citizen, Ancer won in a playoff at the Nova Scotia Open on July 4th weekend. He also finished second at the Brasil Champions in March. A hallmark of his season was inconsistency. He missed 14 cuts in 25 starts, which will have to be improved upon for someone who will start the 2015-16 PGA Tour season 29th on the Reshuffle List. Why the struggles at times? He ranked 66th in greens in regulation and a staggering 97th in putting average (there's no ShotLink on the Web.com Tour, thus no strokes gained stats). He also ranked 107th in birdie average and 62nd in scoring average. He needs a hot start or else his appearances on the PGA Tour in early 2016 won't be as many as he'd like.

50. Andrew Landry – R
2015-16 Proj. Earnings:
$35,000
2014-15 Earnings: $0

Landry won in his third start of the year, the Cartagena de Indias at Karibana Championship, which was his only top-10 of the season. Like several other rookies who'll be on the PGA Tour this year, consistency will be a potential issue. He made 14 cuts in 23 starts but only had five top-25s, indicative of finishes that were in the money but not in contention. Why? He was 76th in greens in regulation, 123rd in sand save percentage and 84th in scrambling. On tougher PGA Tour courses, that will need to improve, as his spot 43rd on the Reshuffle List requires quick, strong play.