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JAN 28 – 31

Panama Claro Championship

Panama GC

Panama City, PAN

Feb 4 – 7

Club Columbia Championship Presented by Ciaro

Bogota CC

Bogota, COL

Mar 17 – 20

Chitimacha Louisiana Open Presented by NACHER

Le Triomphe G&CC

Broussard, LA

MAR 31 – APR 3

Brasil Champions Presented by Embrase

Sao Paulo GC

Sao Paulo, BRA

Apr 7 – 10

Servientrega Championship Presented by Efecty

TPC Cartagena

Cartagena, COL

Apr 21 – 24

El Bosque Mexico Championship Presented by INNOVA

El Bosque CC

Leon, Guanajuato, MEX

Apr 28 – May 1

United Leasing & Finance Championship

Victoria National GC

Newburgh, IN

May 12 – 15

Rex Hospital Open

TPC Wakefield Plantation

Raleigh, NC

May 19 - 22

BMW Charity Pro-AM presented by SYNNEX Corporation

Thornblade Club

Greer, SC

Jun 2 - 5

Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship

Corales GC

Punta Cana, DOM

Jun 9 – 12

Rust-Oleum Championship

Ivanhoe Club

Ivanhoe, IL

Jun 16 – 19

Nashville Golf Open

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club

Nashville, TN

Jun 23 - 26

Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna

Crestview CC

Wichita, KS

Jul 7 – 10

LECOM Health Challenge

Peek’n Peak Resort

Clymer, NY

Jul 14 – 17

Lincoln Land Charity Championship

Panther Creek Country Club

Springfield, IL

Jul 21 - 24

Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank

GC at Thanksgiving Point

Lehi, UT

Jul 28 – 31

Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae

TPC Stonebrae

Hayward, CA

Aug 4 – 7

Digital Ally Open

Nicklaus GC at LionsGate

Overland Park, KS

Aug 11 - 14

Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Highland Springs CC

Springfield, MO

Aug 18 - 21

News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot

Fox Den CC

Knoxville, TN

Aug 25 – 28

WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz

Pumpkin Ridge GC

North Plains, OR

Sep 8 - 11

DAP Championship

Canterbury Golf Club

Beachwood, OH

Sep 15 – 18

Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco

Hillcrest CC

Boise, ID

Sep 22 - 25

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

OSU GC – Scarlet Course

Columbus, OH

Oct 6 - 9 Tour Championship

Atlantic Beach Country Club

Atlantic Beach, FL

Dec 8 - 11 Tour Q-School

Orange County National

Winter Garden, FL


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Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide 2016, Part 2, special Tour Edition, is published by BH Sports under license from PGA TOUR, Inc. Tel: (312) 572 7728 Email: © BH Sports, 2016. All rights reserved. All material in the Official PGA TOUR Essential Guide, 2016 Part 2, special Tour Edition, is wholly copyrighted, and reproduction, without the written permission of the Publisher, is strictly forbidden. The information in this publication is carefully researched and produced in good faith, however, neither the Publisher nor the Editors can accept responsibility for any errors.

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ince 1990, the Tour has been The Path to the PGA TOUR, with 50 players annually securing their TOUR cards since the 2013 season. Major championship winners such as Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk all began their careers on the Tour, and that tradition continues today as we promote some of the game’s up-and-coming stars to the PGA TOUR. Tour players have accounted for more than 440 career wins on TOUR, where three out of four members are Tour alumni. In 2015, the Tour put forth some of the PGA TOUR’s most exciting young players for the 2015-16 season, including winners Emiliano Grillo ( Open), Smylie Kaufman (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open) and Peter Malnati (Sanderson Farms Championship). The breakthrough wins came on the heels of the dramatic, season-ending Tour Finals, which feature 75 players from the PGA TOUR and 75 players from the Tour competing for $1 million purses in each of four tournaments used to determine the second set of PGA TOUR cards awarded to our top players. The Finals, which will culminate this fall with the Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Country Club, provides a dramatic end to an exciting season of golf for players who will soon become household names. In 2016, the Tour—along with the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions—will continue to focus on charity, with the impact of the Tour’s 25 events continuing to extend well beyond the golf course. The PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated a record $160 million for charity in 2015; marking the first time we surpassed the $150 million threshold in a single year, with the all-time total donated to charity sitting at $2.3 billion. As a landmark in the Tour’s development, we now have the launch of a dedicated website that will focus primarily on the players and on our tournaments, encapsulating the spirit of the Tour. We encourage you to explore the Essential Guide to the Tour, and enjoy all of the unique insight to our players and our tournaments. 


FROM THE PRESIDENT, WEB.COM TOUR “As a landmark in the Tour’s development, we now have the launch of a dedicated website that will focus primarily on the players and on our tournaments, encapsulating the spirit of the Tour.”

Bill Calfee. President, Tour

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How the Tour has developed a strategy to prepare young talent for professional success By Kevin Prise



Brandt Snedeker waves to the gallery on the 18th green during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


hen Paul Goydos decided to give the Tour a shot in the spring of 1991, he wasn’t exactly sure what it was about. Nobody was, really.


AN EARLY START It was the Tour’s second year of existence, and outstanding play was required just to break even financially. But five PGA TOUR cards were available at season’s end. That was the important thing. “That Tour wasn’t about making money,” said Goydos, who played two full seasons on the Tour in 1991 and 1992, and went on to a PGA TOUR career that included 500plus events and two victories. “It was about the experience and going on. “The original thought behind that Tour was that you want people to be uncomfortable— you don’t want to be stuck; we expect you to continue to grow and become a good player and go up to the big TOUR.” GROWING SIGNIFICANCE Flash forward to today, and the Tour is staying true to its original goals, but with an importance more pronounced than ever. What was originally five PGA TOUR cards awarded at the end of the year has grown to 25 TOUR cards awarded via the 21-event Regular Season, with another 25 awarded via the fourevent Finals that brings together the top 75 players on the Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the TOUR’s FedExCup standings. As Goydos says, the original intent of the Tour was to prepare players for life on TOUR, both on and off the course. The idea was that when up-and-coming pros graduated from the Tour, they could step onto the biggest stage without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated. With a stable of former players like Jason Day, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and David Duval—and 440 alumni victories on TOUR and counting, it’s safe to say, “Mission accomplished.” w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Learning curve “We’re so fortunate to have the Tour, because every opportunity gives guys like me the chance to go out there and learn our craft and learn how to be professional golfers,” Brandt Snedeker said after earning the Tour’s 400th alumni victory on TOUR at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. “I firmly believe I would not be the golfer I am without those two years I spent on the Tour. I learned a lot. Every guy out there should cherish those events, because they teach you how to be a pro.” Being a pro encompasses a lot of things. It starts at the golf course itself—learning a course via practice rounds, engaging pro-am partners, accommodating fans and media. It also extends to life off the course—learning new places and cultures; scheduling flights, hotels and rental cars. Q-SchooL Before the Tour was founded in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour, the only direct pathway to TOUR was through Q-School. Aside from Q-School, the majority of aspiring TOUR players would spend their seasons on regional mini-tours, honing their games for another opportunity at Q-School in the fall. The Tour provided an opportunity to play a full season that mirrors life on the PGA TOUR, on many levels. Players took advantage, and they continue to do so. “I think that if I’d have gotten straight on


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TOUR out of college, I’d have struggled,” said four-time TOUR winner Chris Kirk. “I don’t think there’s any way I’d have kept my card. “Landing there for three years out of school was huge for me. It just helped me learn how to travel, how to play professional golf, how to try to make cuts and eventually try to win tournaments.” Beginning in the fall of 2013, Q-School no longer provides direct access to the PGA TOUR. All players that advance to Final Stage receive Web. com Tour status for the following season, with the higher finishers earning better status.

Below [l-r]: Chris Kirk hits off the third tee during the second round of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. Paul Goydos walks to the 11th green during the final round of the PGA TOUR Champions DICK’S Sporting Goods Open.

PreParing for SucceSS The change justifiably received mixed reviews in the golf world, but the overall message was understood: The Tour provides up-andcoming pros the best chance to prepare for a successful career on TOUR. With recent graduates like Justin Thomas, Smylie Kaufman and Patton Kizzire already thriving in their young TOUR careers—and this year’s crop like Wesley Bryan, Richy Werenski and Dominic Bozzelli seemingly poised to join them— the original aims of the Tour continue to be fulfilled. “I want to play on the PGA TOUR for about 20 years,” said Harold Varner III last summer. “That’s my No. 1 goal, and I’ve got to start here.” Varner earned his card a few weeks later, yet another Tour graduate poised for success. There are sure to be many more. 

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The company sponsoring the Tour has company values that match those that all players and tournament organizers strive for, including respect, continuous improvement, entrepreneurial spirit and teamwork sign in the lake next to the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course, Florida.


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eadquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: WEB) whose 3,600 global employees serve a diverse small business customer base in North America, South America and the United Kingdom, as well as other parts of the world. Through acquisition and organic growth, the company has expanded from approximately 50,000 subscription customers in 2005 to more than 3.5 million customers today. has been recognized on the Deloitte Fast 500 Technology list as one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America for the past FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS! has been named a Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner and a Yahoo! Local Ambassador. provides a full range of Internet services to small businesses to help them compete and succeed online. The company meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle with affordable, subscription-based solutions including domains, hosting, website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products, and eCommerce solutions. has focused on the small business community since its founding in 1997. The company mission is simple—to help small businesses succeed online. The values are the beliefs that drive the company’s culture: Respect; Continuous Improvement; Customer Satisfaction; Communication; Entrepreneurial Spirit; and Teamwork. focuses on serving the small business community—those hard-working, entrepreneurial owners who know that an effective internet presence is KEY to the success of their business. Whether a “bricks and mortar” storefront or a web-driven business, these small business owners understand that being on the internet is critical to their success and they are looking for a partner to help provide them with affordable and effective digital solutions.  w w w.tour-es /webcom

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PROVING GROUND The Tour is a proven gateway to success on the PGA TOUR and, since 2013, the primary avenue for players to qualify for the TOUR. Tour President Bill Calfee talks about the circuit’s evolution and its exciting future


Interview by David Barrett

DB: How has the Tour developed since you became President in 1999? BC: We made a significant change in 2013 when we went to a new structure whereby all the cards to the PGA TOUR come though the Tour, 25 based on season-long performance and 25 based on play in the final four events that culminate in the Tour w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Championship. It was really a decision that had been evolving over a number of years given what we saw of the performance of the Tour players versus the performance of the PGA TOUR qualifying school graduates. Over the years the Tour graduates just played better. They kept their cards, they had more impact, they were winning more tournaments, so it was

Adam Svensson of Canada holds the championship trophy while posing with Tour President Bill Calfee on the 18th hole green after his seven stroke win on the Champion Course.


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a natural evolution that we decided that this Tour should be the way to get to the PGA TOUR. DB: How does it feel when you see Smylie Kaufman and Peter Malnati come straight off the Tour and win right away on the PGA TOUR as they did last fall? BC: Our whole team feels great. When players like Smylie, Peter and others go out and win, I think it’s a huge validation of what this Tour is about and what we work hard for, and that this is PGA TOUR golf. DB: What do you feel the level of play is on the Tour? BC: I think it’s really high. I think it’s easy for people to say if it’s not the PGA TOUR it must be minor league—that’s the default position. But when you compare it to other sports, what’s happened in the last 20 to 30 years is that a lot of franchises have been added in other sports so more players are at the highest level. Our sport is different. If you just look at the PGA TOUR, since 1968 there have been roughly 200 to 250 players on the TOUR. I look at the Web. com Tour as more a PGA TOUR expansion rather than developmental or minor league. There are so many good players, these guys have the game when they get to the PGA TOUR. Others have said that in terms of breadth and depth of talent, this is the second most competitive tour in the world. I haven’t said that, but I don’t argue with somebody when they do say it.

DB: On the other hand, would you like to have a little less turnover sometimes? BC: Absolutely. Our main focus over the last two years is trying to stabilize the events. A little attrition is not a bad thing, but we want to have long-term relationships. We have four events that have been playing with us since Day 1 [in 1990]. Those are performing at a high level. We’d like to have more stability. I think we’re building events in the right way, in a better way that gives us the most chance for success. We really do want events to be on the Tour long term, and I think we’d like to add some events. We’d like to get back to 28 to 30 tournaments.

David Brown and Bill Calfee during the announcement that Atlantic Beach Country Club will host the 2016 Tour Championship.

DB: What do you expect from 2017 and beyond for the Tour? BC: I see our players continuing to have a dramatic impact on the PGA TOUR. I see continued solid growth in our events and building new markets, adding events and getting to that 28 to 30 number. I see a bright future. We’ve got a tremendous umbrella sponsor in, and they’ve been great partners and that will continue. We’re going to try to push purses a bit, but we want to balance that with charitable contributions in the communities where we play. We’re on a solid course to continue to do well in the future and grow. 

DB: You have a number of new events in 2016 in new markets such as the Dominican Republic, Nashville and Springfield, Ill. Are there regions of the country you would like to get into in the future? BC: There’s a lot of interest in this Tour, we’re getting a lot of calls from different markets, from sponsors that want to learn more about it, how they can get involved and what does it take to get a tournament. We’re really excited about the future of the Tour, not only from a competitive standpoint but also from what we are able to do in terms of community impact and charitable commitments. I’d love to get another event in the Pacific Northwest. We’d also like to get into New England and maybe Southern California. We’re looking at pockets around the country, in markets that we think might have some real interest and some good support. A market like Little Rock, Ark., Tulsa or Oklahoma City, where they don’t have any PGA TOUR golf. 12

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May 19-22, 2016

BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation

The Second Half of the 2016 Tour Season


Thornblade Club (host course), Greer, S.C.


7,024; par 71


With so much to play for in the second half of the season, the competition amongst the Tour players becomes even more intense. At the same time, international interest in the Tour continues to grow—of the 288 eligible Tour players in 2016, 80 are international players from 19 countries outside the U.S. And the total prize money in 2016 amounts to $17,325,000 over the 25 tournaments. The average purse is $693,000 and the largest purse is $1 million, available at all four Tour Finals events.  For further news and information about Tour tournaments and players, visit the new official Tour website at:


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2015 Winner

Rod Pampling (261)

2015 Runner-up Kelly Kraft (263)

Prize Money/1st


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Course Insight

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is played at three courses. In addition to host Thornblade Club, The Preserve at Verdae (7,021 yards; par 72) and The Reserve at Lake Keowee (7,112 yards; par 72) are used in the first three rounds. The director of golf at Thornblade Club is PGA TOUR Champions player Jay Haas; his son Bill Haas and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover play out of Thornblade. The layout’s home stretch starts with back-to-back par 5s on 15 and 16, both birdie chances, followed by two of the toughest holes on the course, the par-3 17th and par-4 18th.


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Our tournament coverage takes us from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in May, through the final 17 (of the 25) tournaments of the current season, culminating in the exciting finish in early October that is the Tour Championship.

Tom Fazio, 1990

“I knew if I went out there and played solid, that’s all you can do. I’ve learned my last two tournaments that it’s either your day or it’s not.”—Richy Werenski

Richy Werenksi’s 2016 season began with two runner-up finishes and four missed cuts in his first six starts, followed by back-to-back top-25 finishes entering BMW Charity Pro-Am week. The former Georgia Tech golfer and Golf Channel “Big Break” winner entered Sunday’s final round at host Thornblade Club trailing overnight leader Brandon Hagy by one shot, but birdied three of his opening nine holes to move into a four-way tie for the lead at 18-under par with nine holes to play. Werenski birdied Nos. 12, 15 and 16 to close in 7-under 65 for a 21-under 265 total, good for a two-shot victory over a trio of players, as well as the $121,500 first-place prize, which secured his 2016-17 PGA TOUR card.  Werenski finished the week in Greenville ranked 4th in Putting Average, 8th in Driving Accuracy and 1st in All-Around Ranking. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

June 9-12, 2016

Rust-Oleum Championship


Location Puntacana Resort & Club – Corales Golf Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Ivanhoe Club, Mundelein, Ill.


7,191; par 71

7,650; par 72

Architect: Tom Fazio, 2010 New event

Prize Money/1st $625,000/$112,500

Course Insight Corales Golf Club is part of a 45-hole golf complex at Puntacana Resort & Club. Designer Tom Fazio made use of a spectacular setting to create a course that plays through many environments. There are inland holes bordered by lush trees and vegetation, others featuring crystal blue lakes, and ultimately the course brings players to six dramatic holes along the Caribbean. The challenge culminates with The Devil’s Elbow, as the last three holes are known. The 16th is a 461-yard par 4 that plays toward the ocean, the 17th a 214-yard par 3 with the ocean along the right side and also behind the green, and the 18th a demanding and spectacular 501-yard finish that wraps around the cliff-lined Bay of Corales. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be the Tour’s first tournament in the Dominican Republic and the first played on any of the islands in the Caribbean. The tournament will be managed by Sport Link of Bogota, Colombia, organizers of two other Web. com Tour events. The event will feature a 156-player field, with an eligibility component similar to that used at other Tour events in Latin America. “It is a great pleasure to welcome Puntacana Resort & Club to the PGA TOUR’s family of tournament sponsors,” said PGA TOUR Deputy Commissioner Jay Monahan. “The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship is an important addition to the PGA TOUR’s growing presence and impact in Latin America, which now features the Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, not to mention the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. There is no question Latin America’s impact on the PGA TOUR and Tour will continue to grow as a result of these many competitions in the region.”

Architect: Dick Nugent, 1991; Arthur Hills (renovation), 2003

2015 Winner Shane Bertsch

2015 Runner-up Lucas Lee

Prize Money/1st $600,000/$108,000

Course Insight Ivanhoe Club was born in 1991 with 27 holes designed by Dick Nugent. In 2003, the members decided to take the course to the next level as a championship test, and also to differentiate the three nines, giving each its own personality. Architect Arthur Hills, who has overseen renovation work at such clubs as Oakmont, Oakland Hills, Inverness and Congressional, was hired for the job and produced the Forest, Prairie and Marsh nines. This is the first year the course has hosted the Rust-Oleum Championship, which was played in Ohio its first two years.

“It’s been a long time. I’ve been close a few times. I’ve always known I could do it, I’m just glad I could prove it to everyone else.” —Shane Bertsch


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June 2-5, 2016

After grabbing a two-stroke lead during the final round, Shane Bertsch had to wait out a two-hour, 40-minute rain delay before claiming the Rust-Oleum Championship with pars on the final four holes. 45-year-old Bertsch began the final round in a tie for second two strokes back, but asserted himself with four birdies in a fivehole stretch starting at the third and added another at the 13th. He finished with a bogey-free, 5-under 66 and an 18-under 266 total. That was one stroke better than Lucas Lee, who shot 63-65 in the last two rounds and birdied the last two holes but was hurt by a double bogey at the 14th.  The victory was the third in Bertsch’s Tour career, but his first in 10 years, 1 month. That’s the fifth longest gap between victories in Tour history; the record belongs to Omar Uresti at 12 years, 11 months. 15

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June 16-19, 2016

Nashville Golf Open

Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kan.

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Brentwood, Tenn.


Yardage Architect: Bruce Devlin/Robert von Hagge, 1972

New event

Prize Money/1st $550,000/$99,000

Course Insight Nashville Golf & Athletic Club was designed in 1972 by PGA TOUR player Bruce Devlin and his architect partner Robert von Hagge to potentially host a U.S. Open. That didn’t come to pass, but the layout is a challenging one that has hosted the Tennessee State Open on a number of occasions. The course is set on rolling terrain, with many tees providing views of the surrounding countryside. Fairways are separate and apart from each other without interference from another hole. The club considers its signature hole to be the 171-yard sixth, a scenic par 3 that plays from an elevated tee to a starshaped green surrounded by bunkers. 16

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The Nashville Golf Open will be the third PGA TOURsanctioned event to be held annually in Tennessee, joining the TOUR’s FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis and the Tour’s News-Sentinel Open presented by Pilot in Knoxville. The Nashville event will be played the week after the FedEx St. Jude Classic. “As one of the emerging markets in the country, Nashville is an ideal location for our newest Tour event,” said Tour President Bill Calfee. “The business community has demonstrated phenomenal support behind a number of professional sports teams, and we are excited to add the Web. com Tour to the annual slate of top-tier events in the area.” Net proceeds from the Nashville Golf Open will benefit The First Tee of Middle Tennessee, a regional youth skills program operated by the Tennessee Golf Foundation, with programming locations in Nashville, Franklin, Smyrna, Murfreeesboro, Clarksville, Hendersonville and Sewanee.

Architect: Robert Trent Jones, 1969

2015 Winner Rob Oppenheim (267)

2015 Runner-up Andy Winings (268)

Prize Money/1st $625,000/$112,500

Course Insight Wichita has been a stop on the Tour since the Tour’s inaugural year of 1990, and Crestview Country Club has hosted the event since 2001. Winners at Crestview have included future PGA TOUR winners Jason Dufner, Scott Piercy and Jhonattan Vegas. Crestview Country Club moved to its current site in 1969 with 36 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones. The Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna is played on the North Course. The feature hole in the tournament is the par-3 17th, which has the reputation as providing the most fun atmosphere on the Tour, with the green surrounded by covered double-decker seating.

“You never know out here. It’s a lot less pressure and definitely easier playing from where I was than being in the lead.” —Rob Oppenheim


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7,563; par 72

June 23-26, 2016

Rob Oppenheim started the final round six strokes behind, but finished strong with a 64 to take a one-stroke victory over third-round leader Andy Winings. After making four birdies on the first 13 holes, Oppenheim struck the crucial blow with a 25-foot eagle putt on No. 14. He didn’t make a bogey in the final round, but had to make a 10-footer for par on 18. Oppenheim didn’t know that would be the winning putt because there was still much golf to be played. Winings was tied for the lead at 13-under coming down the stretch, but a bad drive on the 18th ultimately led to a bogey for a 71 and an outright victory for Oppenheim. Rhein Gibson (65) and Nicholas Lindheim (70) tied for third, two strokes back.  Oppenheim’s previous best finish in 129 Tour starts was T4 at the 2012 Chile Classic and 2014 South Georgia Classic. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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July 7-10, 2016

July 14-17, 2016


LECOM Health Challenge Lincoln Land Charity Championship

Location Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa (Upper), Clymer, N.Y.

Location Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, Ill.

Yardage 7,058; par 72



John Exley, 1997


7,244; par 72

2015 Winner

The LECOM Health Challenge represents a return to Peek’n Peak Resort for the Tour, which previously played an event there in 2002-07. The new sponsor is the Erie, Pa.-based Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), with the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation serving as host organization. “From the moment we purchased Peek’n Peak Resort in 2011, it was a desire to bring the PGA TOUR back to the Peek,” said Nick Scott Sr., president and owner of Scott Enterprises. “We had a lot of work to do to bring the resort up to new higher standards. We have accomplished our goals with the golf courses and the facilities onsite and are now ready to showcase the ‘new’ Peek’n Peak Resort.”

Rick Lamb

Prize Money/1st $600,000/$108,000

Course Insight Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa is a golf and ski resort in Western New York with two golf courses, the Upper and Lower. The Upper Course, designed by John Exley, features a lot of elevation changes and scenic views, but no blind shots. It is not particularly long, but is plenty challenging; when the Peek’n Peak Classic was held there in 2002-07 the winning score ranged from 9-under to 15-under. Two of the more interesting holes are contrasting short par 4s on the front nine. The 345-yard fourth, playing downhill, offers a chance to drive the green, while the 330-yard seventh is an uphill dogleg that annually ranked in the top five hardest holes on the course. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Architect: Hale Irwin, 1992

2015 Winner Martin Flores

Prize Money/1st $550,000/$99,000

Course Insight Panther Creek Country Club is a links-style course with fairly generous fairways and very large greens. The winning score in the five years the LPGA State Farm Classic was played there ranged from 17- to 21-under par. The most challenging holes are the ninth and 18th, both fairly long par 4s (451 and 446 yards) with water in play on both sides requiring accuracy and caution. It is expected that the 10th hole will be converted from a par 5 to a par 4, turning that into a difficult hole and the course into a par 71.

NEW EVENT The Lincoln Land Charity Championship in Springfield gives the Tour a second Illinois event on the 2016 schedule, joining the Rust-Oleum Championship outside Chicago held five weeks earlier. The event heads to a course with a tournament history, as Panther Creek hosted the LPGA State Farm Classic from 2007-11. “Panther Creek Country Club and the city of Springfield will help to make this a great Tour event,” said Tour President Bill Calfee. “Anytime we can bring the Tour to a new market, it provides reason for hope and excitement as our players embrace a new locale with a host of passionate golf fans.” The tournament, which has a five-year agreement in place, will be managed by Birmingham, Ala.-based Bruno Event Team, which facilitates all aspects of client services for a number of PGA TOURsanctioned tournaments. 17

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July 21-24, 2016

July 28-31, 2016

Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank

Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae

Location TPC Stonebrae, Hayward, Calif.

Location Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

Yardage 7,677; par 72


2015 Runner-up Sung Kang (269)

Prize Money/1st $650,000/$117,000

Course Insight The Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point plays around 55-acre Ashton Gardens. The course measures 7,677 yards, but doesn’t play quite that long because the ball flies farther at an elevation of about 4,500 feet. The Johnny Miller design features a lot of elevation changes and big greens with multiple tiers, making it essential to hit the right section of the putting surface. Several holes require long carries off the tee over the Jordan River and the signature downhill par-3 17th also crosses the river. Water doesn’t come into play much otherwise, but there are many bunkers on the course. 18

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Patton Kizzire survived a roller-coaster final round and defeated Sung Kang in a playoff for his first victory of 2015 after two runner-up finishes to go with nine earlier secondplace showings on various mini-tours. Kizzire led by two strokes entering the final round, lost the lead on the first two holes, went up by four at the turn, and then was tied by Kang’s back-nine charge. Kang had five birdies for a 31 on the incoming nine, but Kizzire was able to take the title when he made a three-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole. Kizzire had taken control of the tournament with a second-round 62 that included eight birdies in a nine-hole stretch. His 129 total for 36 holes gave him a four-stroke lead. A 71 in the third round cut that lead in half, followed by a 69 in the final round for a 19-under 269 total.  Runner-up Sung Kang was the only player with four sub-70 rounds (68-66-68-67).

Yardage 7,024; par 70

Architect: David McLay Kidd, 2007

2015 Winner Si Woo Kim (268)

2015 Runner-up Jamie Lovemark, Wes Roach (268)

Prize Money/1st $600,000/$108,000

Course Insight TPC Stonebrae sits in unspoiled surroundings on Walpert Ridge more than 1,500 feet above and east of San Francisco Bay. Architect David McLay Kidd took full advantage of the topography’s sweeping panoramic vistas, rolling grasslands, wind-twisted oaks and lichen-glazed outcroppings to create a strong test reminiscent of the links-style courses of his native Scotland. Breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais, the East Bay and San Francisco heighten the experience, while an unpredictable breeze adds to the challenge. The finishing hole is a 598-yard par 5 where birdies can be had but native areas in play can bring bogeys into the picture.

“I was happy to have another try [after missing a putt at the end of regulation]. I was fortunate.” —Si Woo Kim


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“The victories seem to be a little sweeter after all the near-misses.” —Patton Kizzire

Si Woo Kim, Jamie Lovemark and Wes Roach were tied for the lead through 54 holes, and that’s the way they stayed through regulation as all shot 68 in the final round. The ending contained drama, as Lovemark bogeyed the 18th hole to lose a onestroke lead, while Kim missed a three-foot birdie putt that would have won it. Given a second chance, Kim holed a three-foot putt for the winning birdie after a pitch from 50 yards on the par-5 18th, the first extra hole. Kim had a steady final round of three birdies and one bogey in contrast to Lovemark, who double bogeyed the par-5 12th, made three straight birdies starting on 14, then bogeyed 18.  At 20 years old, South Korea’s Kim became the second-youngest winner ever on the Tour behind Jason Day, who was 19 when he won the Legend Financial Group Classic in 2007. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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August 4-7, 2016

August 11-14, 2016

Digital Ally Open

Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Location Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kan.

Yardage 7,237; par 71


“I didn’t have any kind of number in mind. I just wanted to play as well as I could on each shot. I knew there were a lot of good players chasing me today.” —Martin Piller

2015 Winner 2015 Runner-up Darron Stiles (262)

Prize Money/1st $650,000/$117,000

Course Insight The Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate features a number of interesting holes laid out on gently rolling terrain. The sixth hole is a par 4 of only 363 yards, offering a birdie opportunity but with water in front of the green also has the danger of double bogey or worse, and was the fourth toughest on the course in 2015. The 16th is a par 4 of 364 yards on the scorecard, but with the tees moved up is drivable. The 188-yard par-3 17th is the PAR TEE Club hole, which features a stadiumlike atmosphere. 20

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Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr., 1987

2015 Winner Dawie van der Walt (265)

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Martin Piller (258)

Yardage 7,115; par 72

Martin Piller began the final round with a twostroke lead and never led by less than that margin as he shot a bogey-free 65 to claim his second victory in three weeks. It wasn’t a walk in the park, however. Piller’s lead was still only two strokes before he birdied the last two holes to finish with a four-stroke margin over runner-up Darron Stiles with a 26-under 258 total. Chris Baker was also within two late in the final round before a triple bogey on the 16th hole ended his bid. Piller’s opening rounds of 65-62 were matched by Shane Bertsch as they shared the 36-hole lead, but Piller moved ahead with a 66 in the third round.

2015 Runner-up Smylie Kaufman (267)

Prize Money/1st $675,000/$121,500

Course Insight Robert Trent Jones Jr. created a course that exemplifies the Ozarks, utilizing the dogwood, elm, maple and walnut trees found on the property to produce a layout with rolling hills, local foliage and streams that flow across the land. The toughest stretch of holes is Nos. 12, 13 and 14, all of which play along water. The par-72 layout does provide scoring opportunities, particularly on the par 5s, all four of which are reachable in two shots. But danger lurks on the par-5 18th with its peninsula green, with it producing more double bogeys or worse than all but one other hole in 2015.

“I feel very fortunate. I didn’t think it was going to be enough. Everything was just a little bit off, but I’ll take it.” —Dawie van der Walt


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Location Highland Springs Country Club, Springfield, Mo.

South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt built a four-stroke lead with opening rounds of 6365-65 and managed to hold on in the final round with a 72 that was good for a twostroke victory. The 32-yearold Van der Walt didn’t have a bogey in the first two rounds, and finished the week with only three bogeys as he posted a 23-under 265 total. He had only two birdies to go with two bogeys in the final round, but his closest pursuers, Smylie Kaufman and Martin Piller, couldn’t make up much ground as they shot 70 and 71, respectively. Kaufman pulled within one of the lead with an eagle on the 11th, but bogeyed two of the next three and settled for second place.  Van der Walt’s 23-under 193 total for 54 holes broke the tournament record by two strokes (Tom Scherrer, 2007). w w w.tour-es /webcom

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August 25-28, 2016

News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot

WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz


August 18-21, 2016

Location Location Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tenn.

Yardage 7,071; par 71


Patton Kizzire (264)

2015 Runner-up Brad Fritsch, Si Woo Kim (268)

Prize Money/1st $550,000/$99,000

Course Insight With the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, architect Willard Byrd laid out Fox Den on natural terrain featuring rolling hills, beautiful wooded areas and several ponds. Bill Bergin did a redesign in 2004, resurfacing all the greens, redoing the bunkers and adding some new ones. The greens are large, averaging 7,500 square feet, protected by many of the course’s 52 bunkers. The signature hole is the 18th, a 597-yard par 5 where it usually takes three shots to reach a green that is guarded on the front and right by water. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Patton Kizzire was six strokes behind after opening with 68-68, but a pair of 64s on the weekend enabled him to pull away to a four-stroke victory. Kizzire trailed by two entering the final round, but got off to a good start with a birdie on the first hole, which was playing particularly tough into the wind. He added birdies on 3, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 15 while not making a bogey for his 7-under 64 giving him a 20-under 264 total. With Matt Fast and Steve Allan, 1-2 entering the final round, slipping to a 71 and 70, respectively, to tie for fourth with three other players, Si Woo Kim (66) and Brad Fritsch (67) ended up tied for second.  Kizzire ranked T1 in Driving Accuracy, missing only eight fairways all week. He made only three bogeys in the tournament, just one in the last 54 holes.

Yardage 7,109; par 71

Architect: Robert E. Cupp, 1992

2015 Winner Dicky Pride (264)

2015 Runner-up Tim Herron (267)

Prize Money/1st $800,000/$144,000

Course Insight Pumpkin Ridge has 36 holes, including the public Ghost Creek course and the private Witch Hollow. Architect Bob Cupp designed Witch Hollow to blend harmoniously with its natural surroundings in the shadows of the Cascade Mountains. The layout’s undulating fairways weave through fir, maple, oak and ash trees, with numerous wetland areas and a variety of ponds, lakes and streams adding to the beauty and the challenge. The course has hosted many events, including the 1996 U.S. Amateur won by Tiger Woods, the 1997 and 2003 U.S. Women’s Opens, the 2009-12 LPGA Safeway Classic, and is in its third year hosting the Tour.

“It hasn’t been a couple of years, it’s been a couple of decades since I hit the winner’s circle. It’s really nice to be back.” —Dicky Pride


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“I don’t like to think about numbers, but 20 [under] was a hard number to ignore. That’s a milestone in itself. That was in my mind.” —Patton Kizzire

Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Ore.

The tournament came down to a battle between former PGA TOUR winners in their mid-40s, with 46-year-old Dicky Pride prevailing over Tim Herron, 45. Pride, whose only PGA TOUR victory came in his rookie season of 1994, led second-place Herron by four strokes entering the final round and a closing 67 was good for a 20-under total of 264 and a three-stroke victory. Pride holed a 60-foot eagle putt on the par-5 11th to go ahead by five, and cruised in from there. Herron, a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, shot a final-round 66. Another former PGA TOUR winner, 40-year-old Tommy Gainey, closed with a 65 and claimed third place at 269.  Pride was the oldest player to win on the Tour in 2015 and the 10th oldest ever. The oldest was 49-yearold Kirk Triplett at the 2011 News Sentinel Open. 21

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September 8-11, 2016

DAP Championship

September 15-18, 2016

Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco

Location Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio



Hillcrest Country Club, Boise, Idaho

7,012; par 71


Architect: Herbert Strong, 1922

New event

Prize Money/1st $1,000,000/$180,000

Course Insight Canterbury is a classic course designed by English professional Herbert Strong. It has hosted many tournaments, including the 1940 and 1946 U.S. Opens, 1973 PGA Championship, 1964 and 1979 U.S. Amateurs, 1996 U.S. Senior Open, 2009 Senior PGA Championship and the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship from 198386. The course makes excellent use of rolling terrain, featuring many thrilling downhill and uphill shots. The layout is known for its strong finish: the up-and-down 617-yard par-5 16th, the 229-yard par-3 17th played to a long, narrow green, and the 439-yard par-4 18th played uphill to a heavily bunkered green. 22

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The four-event Tour Finals will lead off with a new event in Cleveland, the DAP Championship. The Web. com Tour has had a presence in the Cleveland area for the last two years with the RustOleum Championship, which moved to the Chicago area in 2016. DAP Products Inc., makers of caulks, sealants and other patch and repair products, and Rust-Oleum are both subsidiaries of RPM International Inc. The big news with the new DAP Championship is the venue, with Canterbury Golf Club having been the site of major championships and senior majors. “We look forward to reintroducing our historic golf course to the next generation of golfers and witnessing the incredibly talented future stars of the PGA TOUR,” said Jim Morrissey, General Chairman of the DAP Championship. The Akron, Ohio-based LeBron James Family Foundation has been named the tournament beneficiary.

Architect: A. Vernon Macan, 1940; Robert Muir Graves, 1968

2015 Winner Martin Piller (256)

2015 Runner-up Jorge Fernandez-Valdes (262)

Prize Money/1st $1,000,000/$180,000

Course Insight The origins of Hillcrest Country Club go back to 1925 when Idaho Country Club was founded on the site; after that club failed during the Great Depression, Hillcrest was formed in 1940. The course, designed by Irishman A. Vernon Macan and redesigned by Robert Muir Graves in 1968, is laid out on relatively flat terrain in a parkland setting, water is in play on many holes. Hillcrest offers scoring opportunities down the stretch. No. 15 is a drivable par 4 of 293 yards, No. 16 a reachable par 5 of 535 yards, and No. 17 a short par 3 of 134 yards.


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6,807; par 71

“Sometimes you think, will I ever get back to the PGA TOUR. The fact that this happened, it gives me a lot of confidence and belief that when I do play well I can be in contention and win tournaments.” —Martin Piller

Martin Piller opened with a 61 to take a three-stroke lead and extended his margin by one stroke in each of the three subsequent rounds to win by six with a tournament record 28-under 256 total. Jorge FernandezValdes began the final round five strokes behind Piller and tried to apply pressure with a birdie-birdie-eagle start. But Piller started out birdieeagle himself, holing his third shot from a greenside bunker on the par-5 second, and never let his lead slip to less than four strokes. Cody Gribble (62) and Jin Park (67) tied for third at 263.  Piller’s 124 total for the first 36 holes matched the Tour record set by Kevin Chappell at the 2010 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. His 256 total for 72 holes was the second- best ever on the Tour, behind Steve Wheatcroft’s 255 at the 2011 Melwood Prince George’s County Open. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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September 22-25, 2016

October 6-9, 2016



Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet), Columbus, Ohio

Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Yardage 7,455; par 71

Architect: Alister MacKenzie, 1938; Jack Nicklaus, 2005

Bronson Burgoon, Tom Hoge, Roberto Castro (281)

Prize Money/1st $1,000,000/$180,000

Course Insight The Scarlet Course at Ohio State University Golf Club has an impressive pedigree. It was built from plans by the renowned Alister MacKenzie, with Perry Maxwell overseeing construction after MacKenzie’s death, and then redesigned by Ohio State alum Jack Nicklaus in 2005. Nicklaus concentrated on restoring the course to the way MacKenzie originally intended it to play, while lengthening it to more than 7,400 yards. The hardest hole, the 473-yard 11th, is typical of the strategy involved at the Scarlet Course. The trouble off the tee is to the left, but a tee shot favoring the right side leaves a tougher approach to an angled green. w w w.tour-es /webcom 23

Andrew Loupe began the final round three strokes behind, but with the Ohio State Scarlet Course playing tough, a closing 1-under 70 earned him a two-stroke victory with a 279 total. The long-hitting Loupe had three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, then locked up the title by going without a bogey on the back nine while getting a birdie on the 14th. Third-round leader Roberto Castro, meanwhile, was 3-over on the back nine for a 75 and a tie for second at 281 with Tom Hoge (69) and Bronson Burgoon (70). The 26-year-old Loupe was the only player with all four rounds par or better; he opened with 71-70-68.  Loupe’s winning total of 5-under was the highest relative to par on the Web. com Tour since Edward Loar won the 2012 Panama Claro Championship at 4-under.

Yardage 6,815; par 71

Architect: Erik Larsen, 2015

2015 Winner Emiliano Grillo (266)

2015 Runner-up Chez Reavie (267)

Prize Money/1st $1,000,000/$180,000

Course Insight Atlantic Beach Country Club, which opened in 2015, is a rebirth of Selva Marina Country Club in Atlantic Beach. Erik Larsen, a former associate of Arnold Palmer’s design firm and an Atlantic Beach resident, designed an entirely new course on the site, with one exception—the par-5 18th hole remained intact. That’s where Jack Nicklaus made the only double eagle of his PGA TOUR career in 1966, one of two years in the mid-1960s that Selva Marina hosted the Jacksonville Open. The new course incorporates North Florida ecology, with fairways bordered by fescue grasses and non-irrigated areas of sand.

“It’s been a great week. I’m on the PGA TOUR and it feels great.” —Emiliano Grillo


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“This course stood out to me. I thought it was probably my best chance to get [a win] just because you can use length as an advantage a little bit.” —Andrew Loupe

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Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course to emerge the winner in a tight finalround duel with PGA TOUR veteran Chez Reavie. The two were never separated by more than one stroke from the third hole on, with the lead changing hands twice before Reavie squared it with a birdie on No. 16. Grillo, who got into the Tour Finals based on his performance on the PGA TOUR as a nonmember in 2015, finished with a 1-under 69 and total of 266 thanks to his birdie on 18. Reavie shot a 69, and his second-place finish secured him the top spot in The Finals and fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR in 2016. Earlier in The Finals, he won the Small Business Connection Championship. Sam Saunders finished third, two strokes back, after a 67. 23

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Here’s our selection of some of the top Tour players currently making an impact. All of these players are likely to graduate to the PGA TOUR when the new 2016-17 PGA TOUR season commences on October 10 this year ANDERS ALBERTSON Age: 23 Birthdate/Place: Houston, Texas Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 160 pounds Best Tour finish: T3, 2016 Brasil Champions What kind of guy is Anders Albertson? Well, for a lot of golf insiders the “say no more” moment is when they learn the former Georgia Tech stalwart won the highly competitive Byron Nelson Award, which is given to the graduating college senior whose brilliance on the course is matched by his excellence in the classroom and the community. It was little surprise that Albertson beat out a starry field for the 2015 honor. Excellent GPA? Check. Albertson was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s academic honor roll five times. Excellent golf resumé? Well, being selected for Palmer Cup play, along with two individual titles in the ACC Championship and (along with fellow Tour rookie Ollie 26

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Schniederjans) three ACC team titles certainly got voters’ attention. Community service? A partial list of this Yellow Jacket’s volunteer activities includes work on behalf of the Georgia Special Olympics Winter Games, the Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon and Kids on Campus. Days after the Palmer Cup, Albertson began his pro career with a 4-under par 68 in a SwingThought Tour event. Early this season, after earning exempt status with a T45 in Q-School, Albertson missed three consecutive cuts and failed to break 70 in his first seven rounds. Then, after a first-round 70 at the Brasil Champions in March, something clicked. The Woodstock, Ga., resident fired a 9-under, secondround 62 at São Paulo GC. When Albertson followed that with a pair of weekend 66s, he finished solo third and vaulted to No. 13 on the money list. Suddenly, the rookie was no longer playing like a rookie. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Age: 40 Birthdate/Place: Akron, Ohio Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 170 pounds Best Tour finish: Won 2016 Panama Claro Championship Persistence is stock-in-trade for anybody hoping to feed his family by playing golf professionally, but on the Tour there may be no better possessor of grade-A grit than this Ohio native. Since turning pro in 1999 after twice earning All-Big Ten honors at Ohio State, Armour searched for victory both high (see: three seasons on the PGA TOUR, the latest in 2014-15) and low (early stints on both the Hooters and Golden Bear tours). But it wasn’t until this year’s Panama Claro Championship—his 217th Tour event—that Armour’s doggedness delivered a title. Prior to that three-stroke victory over his friend Kyle Thompson at Panama Golf Club, Armour’s career highlights were an extra-hole loss


RYAN ARMOUR to Tiger Woods in the final of the 1993 U.S. Junior Amateur at Waverly Golf Club in Portland, Ore., and a solid campaign on the PGA Tour in 2007, which saw him notch three top-10s (including a fourth place at the Mayakoba Golf Classic) and earn $862,979. That the former Buckeye broke through in Panama was not entirely surprising. Armour had made six of eight cuts there before this year’s season-opener. He was solo third in 2004, set the course record (61) in 2011 and tied for second (a shot back of champion Edward Loar) in 2012. Nor was it surprising that persistence was part of his 2016 Panama Claro storyline: Nine shots off the pace through 36 holes, Armour crafted weekend rounds of 65 and 64 to become a winner after 645 Tour rounds. “I’ve always been a grinder. This cements that I can get it done over four rounds,” said Armour, his $112,500 payday exceeded only by his sense of relief. And accomplishment.

MATT ATKINS Age: 25 Birthdate/Place: Aston, Pa. Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 160 pounds Best Tour finish: T2, 2016 Club Colombia Championship Matt Atkins’ first PGA TOUR courtesy car was at the RSM Classic last November. He had to return the vehicle, but the real, more enduring perk was the confidence he drove off with at week’s end. Prior to fourspotting his way into the Sea Island, Ga., event, victories—even moral ones—had been hard to come by for the Owensboro, Ky., resident, who played collegiately at Henderson State (one year) and South Carolina-Aiken (three years). He had won a Carolina Pro Series event in 2013, but in 17 Tour events last year, Atkins missed 14 cuts and earned less than $7,000. A week before the RSM Classic, he barely squeaked through Second Stage qualifying for this year’s Tour. Although still a bit w w w.tour-es /webcom

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weary from that experience, Atkins shot a 67 in Monday-qualifying for the RSM, and his karma began to change. There was the courtesy car, a practice round with Stewart Cink and, most importantly, the lesson that he could play on the big stage: Atkins had rounds of 70, 69, 67 and 73 to finish a respectable T63 in his PGA TOUR debut. The confidence boost in Georgia was followed by a T14 in the Q-School Finals and carried over into the new year. He had a T2 at the Club Colombia Championship in February, where the difference between himself and winner Sebastián Munoz was his missed six-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. Two months later, the man who had struggled to make cuts in 2015 made his fifth consecutive cut of the season, a T4 at the Servientrega Championship in Cartagena, Colombia. Courtesy of his courtesy-car week last fall, Atkins’ game has clearly discovered a new gear. 27

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DOMINIC BOZZELLI Age: 25 Birthdate/Place: Rochester, N.Y. Height: 6 feet Weight: 175 pounds Best Tour finish: T4 at 2016 Rex Hospital Open Bozzelli graduated from Auburn University in 2013, but make no mistake: His Empire State roots are deep. You can find Bozzelli rooting for the Yankees, Jets, Knicks and Rangers in their various professional sports leagues. There’s no doubt Bozzelli aspires to the highest level of his sport. He was a two-time All-American for Auburn—and runner-up in the individual portion of the 2013 NCAA Championship— and already has shown promise in his relatively short stint on the Web. com Tour. He played in only five Tour events in 2014 but made the most of the two times he made the cut, parlaying each into a T9 finish. Bozelli concentrated

on the NGA Tour that season, winning three times and earning Player of the Year honors. On the Tour in 2015, Bozzelli made a greater percentages of cuts (six of 10), including a T13 at the News Sentinel Open, where he finished strong with a 63. Buoyed by his ability to compete in limited appearances, he finished fourth at the 2015 Tour Qualifying Tournament, setting himself up for a complete season of Tour action this year. With a T4 at the 2016 Rex Hospital Open, Bozzelli enjoyed the best finish of his young career. Bozzelli knows all about clutch because his biggest sporting thrill outside of golf was attending the 2013 Iron Bowl, when Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a missed field goal for a touchdown to beat rival Alabama and advance to the SEC Championship. Golf heroics seem likely someday for this Tiger.


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Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2016 season. He spent 2015 on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, earning three top-10s in 11 appearances highlighted by a runner-up finish at The Great Waterway Classic. Brehm got off to a solid start on the Web. com Tour in 2016, making the cut in five of seven events. His best week in his young career came at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER where he opened with 65-67 on his way to a T3 finish and $26,400 payday. Brehm showed he could go low in the Brasil Champions presented by Embrase, following a first-round 76 by shooting a 63. That’s the kind of bounce-back that Brehm’s favorite golfer, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa, would appreciate.

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Age: 30 Birthdate/Place: Mount Pleasant, Mich. Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 220 pounds Best Tour finish: T3 at 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER

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Age: 26 Birthdate/Place: Columbia, S.C. Height: 6 feet Weight: 175 pounds Best Tour finish: Won 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER and El Bosque Mexico Championship presented by INNOVA After signing for a 101 in a fall tournament playing for the University of South Carolina during his junior year, Wesley Bryan briefly but seriously considered walking away from the game. Good thing he didn’t. Less than six years later, he owns a pair of Tour victories and one of the most intriguing resumés—millennial division—in golf. Along with his older brother, George, who was on his bag for his Chitimacha Louisiana Open victory in March, Wesley runs Bryan Brothers Golf, which has been cranking out entertaining, highly creative and often commercially successful trickshot videos since 2014. Perhaps you saw the one recorded at Whistling Straits, the one sponsored by a big-name audio equipment company in which Wesley smashes mid-air drives served up by lob-wedge shots from George


WESLEY BRYAN over the head of Rory McIlroy. Or the Road Hole Challenge at St. Andrews (in which George, himself a four-year star at South Carolina, edges Wesley, 2-1). If you didn’t, don’t worry: Somebody on Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube did. Bryan Brothers Golf (bryanbrosgolf. com) boasts more than eight million total video views and 67,000-plus social media fans. Shortly after Wesley’s win in Louisiana, saluted the pair’s marketing prowess with a story headlined: “5 Branding Secrets From the Golf Brothers Dominating Social Media.” One of Wesley’s swing-tips for viral videos was “wear crazy socks. People love commenting (on them).” Side-business success aside, Bryan’s lone goal at the start of the year was to add “PGA TOUR member” to his resumé. At the El Bosque Mexico Championship presented by INNOVA in April, Bryan secured his 2016-17 TOUR card with a commanding four-shot victory over Brad Fritsch. The win put the Chapin, S.C., native one victory away from the Tour’s Three-Victory Promotion, whereby he would immediately earn TOUR status for the 2015-16 season.

RAFAEL CAMPOS Age: 28 Birthdate/Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 190 pounds Best Tour finish: T20, 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER and 2016 United Leasing & Finance Championship Because of his skill and showmanship, World Golf Hall of Fame member Chi Chi Rodriguez stands apart as the greatest Puerto Rican golfer ever. It’s an extremely high bar for any of Rodriguez’s countrymen to shoot for, but Campos is showing that he has plenty of potential. The 2016 Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach offers one example of Campos’ considerable talent. Playing in the PGA TOUR event on home soil for the ninth w w w.tour-es /webcom

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time, Campos shot an opening 64 and maintained the lead through 36 holes. The 2010 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University cooled off over the weekend but finished T8, which got him a spot in the following week’s tournament, the Shell Houston Open. Campos made the cut there, too, finishing T38. Campos had his best season as a pro in 2015, the San Juan native collecting two runner-up finishes and five top-10s on PGA TOUR Latinamérica to finish third on the Order of Merit and join “Los Cinco” to graduate to the Tour. A trip to Tour Q-School’s final stage and a T34 finish allowed him to improve his status for 2016. A golfer since he was 9 years old, Campos was proving himself in Puerto Rico while still a teenager, capturing the U.S. territory’s amateur championship four straight years (2007-2010). 29

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SEBASTIAN CAPPELEN Age: 26 Birthdate/Place: Odense, Denmark Height: 6 feet Weight: 190 pounds Best Tour finish: Won 2014 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna It’s not a big surprise that Cappelen found his way into professional sports. After all, his father, Ulrik, was a member of the Danish national pro soccer team. Cappelen’s earliest golf memory is holing out a 7-iron from 110 yards for a birdie when he was 10—and there were plenty of other highlights for Cappelen as an amateur, who was a member of his country’s junior and national teams and represented Team Europe in the Palmer Cup from 2011-13. He came to the United States for college, attending the University of Arkansas where he

established a new career scoring average record for the Razorbacks (72.0) while becoming their first four-time All-American. Cappelen didn’t waste any time making an impact on the Tour. He won in his professional debut at the 2014 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna, becoming the first Monday qualifier to triumph since Ted Potter Jr. in 2011 and 21st in Tour history. The first Dane to win on the Tour, Cappelen has big footsteps to follow to reach the achievements of countryman Thomas Bjørn, who has won 15 tournaments on the European Tour, finished second in three major championships and has been a member of three winning Ryder Cup teams. Cappelen’s early success, however, indicates that he could be another Dane who makes his mark on the global golf stage.


Cazaubon is off to a slow start during his rookie Tour season—making only two cuts in his first eight tournaments—but it shouldn’t take long for him to hit his stride. Cazaubon has succeeded at every level of competition en route to the Tour, including unprecedented achievement on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica in 2015. Athletic prowess runs in his family. His father, Rodolfo Sr., played professional golf for a decade before being forced to retire because of three herniated disks. His brother, Marcelo, plays professional soccer in Mexico. Cazaubon arrived on the Tour after a great season 32

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on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. He was the first player to win three titles in a season on that tour: Lexus Panama Classic presented by World Jewelry Hub, Dominican Republic Open and Lexus Peru Open Presentado por Scotiabank. In addition to those victories, Cazaubon had four other top-10s en route to a tour-leading 69.76 scoring average and Player of the Year honors. Cazaubon’s thriving year in Latin America came on the heels of a fine career at North Texas University, where he earned AllAmerican status in his last season. He also was part of the Mexican national team that finished second at the 2012 World Team Amateur Championship, where he partnered with Sebastian Vazquez and 2014 Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz. The international experience is all part of the education of a golfer poised to climb the competitive ladder.

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Age: 25 Birthdate/Place: Little Rock, Ark. Height: 5-foot-7 Weight: 160 pounds Best Tour finish: T5, Panama Claro Championship Cook is one of those golfers whose world extends beyond the course. At the University of Arkansas, where he earned a biology degree in 2013, he was an academic AllAmerican. He is involved with St. Jude Children’s Hospital—known for its world-renowned medical care for youth—and enjoys spending time with special-needs children. When it comes to golf, Cook thinks big: His dream foursome includes Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Cook has already gotten a taste of the PGA TOUR, playing in seven events during 2015 and making the cut six times. Two of


AUSTIN COOK those were top-10 finishes, a T6 at the Barbasol Championship and T7 at the RBC Canadian Open. He earned enough FedExCup points as a non-TOUR member to qualify for the Tour Finals. He finished 51st among players who did not earn cards through the Regular Season, giving him a spot for 2016 without having to go to Q-School. Cook showed promise from his first PGA TOUR appearance, the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he Monday-qualified and finished T13. Cook had a memorable and inspiring visit as a spectator to the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, where Europe staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the United States. If Cook keeps progressing, he might find himself on the other side of the ropes at a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup.

JOEL DAHMEN Age: 28 (turns 29 on Nov. 11) Birthdate/Place: Clarkston, Wash. Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 176 pounds Best Tour finish: T3, 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER Even the most savvy golf insider might not be able to tell you much about the PC Financial Open or the Syncrude Boreal Open. But if you ask Joel Dahmen about them, he’ll tell you all you need to know. His victories in those early season PGA TOUR Canada events in 2014 helped him lead the tour’s Order of Merit wire-to-wire and capture Player of the Year honors. Those victories not only helped earn him exempt status on the Tour, they marked an end to a personally tumultuous decade that began with his mom’s death from pancreatic cancer when he was a junior in high school and ran through his despondency after failing to qualify for the w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Tour’s 2014 season. That abridged history neglects to mention Dahmen losing his golf scholarship at the University of Washington for academic reasons after one season and his own successful battle with testicular cancer, which was diagnosed in 2011. The Q-school miss in late 2013 was rock bottom for the now Scottsdale, Ariz., resident. “That was probably the lowest point of my professional career,” he says. “My girlfriend gave me a big kick in the butt. She said, ‘Get a job or go play golf.’ ” The choice was easy and, fortunately, vindicated by his 2014 season in Canada. Last year, in his first full season on the Web. com Tour, Dahmen played in all 25 events, making 13 cuts, including three top-10s and six top-25s. That he handled the ups and downs of his rookie season with equanimity did not surprise his fans. As he once said after his major life victory: “If you can get through cancer, you can pretty much get through anything.” 33

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GREG EASON Age: 24 Birthdate/Place: Leicester City, England Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 190 pounds Best Tour finish: T9, 2016 Rust-Oleum Championship Just a half dozen years ago, Eason couldn’t have imagined a career as a professional golfer. He was planning to be a surveyor in his native England, but a friend who was in the United States playing golf recommended Eason to the golf coach at the University of Central Florida, who had been an assistant coach at the friend’s school. “One minute I was doing construction,” Eason told The Telegraph in 2014, “and the next minute I am trying to play golf.” Eason flourished at UCF, becoming a two-time, firstteam All-American and graduating with a Communications degree. The former badminton and soccer player—he supports Liverpool FC,

not hometown Leicester City that pulled a major upset to win the 2015-16 Premier League—quickly found success after qualifying for the Mackenzie Tour –PGA TOUR Canada two years ago with four top-10 finishes in 12 events. Eason finished fifth on the Order of Merit to earn conditional status on the 2015 Web. com Tour, then improved his status at Tour Q-School with a T16 finish. Having proven he can go low, posting a 62 earlier this season at the Panama Claro Championship and a 63 at the 2014 Forces and Families Open on the Mackenzie Tour. Eason has played solidly on the Tour, making the cut in 23 of 35 career starts including eight of nine in 2016—avoiding most of the ups and downs of one of his passions, rollercoasters. While he would like to trade places with British Prime Minister David Cameron for a day, Eason is happy moving up in a sport that once seemed an unlikely career.


This former Argentine Amateur champion is in his second full season on the Tour, and, based on his record since turning professional in 2008, it won’t be a stretch if he’s among the Tour’s top 25 at year’s end. In 2009 he was rookie of the year on the Tour de las Americas. In 2010 he won an event on the Colombian Tour and was also No. 1 on the Tour de las Americas Order of Merit via eight top-25s (including two victories) in 10 starts. There was more success in 2011. He made the cut at the Puerto Rico Open, his first start on the PGA TOUR, and later 34

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that year he captured the Tour de las Americas’ Televisa Players Championship in Acapulco, Mexico, when he fired a closing-round 60. Early in 2012, Etulain, then 23, became the youngest player to win four titles on the Tour de las Americas with a first-place finish at the stop in Rancagua, Chile. In 2013 the young Argentine won the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Lexus Peru Open, and when he won that event the following year, he became the first player on that tour to successfully defend a title, as well as the first player to win three times (his earlier 2014 victory was the Lexus Panama Open). More significantly, Etulain finished No. 1 on the 2014 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit, which earned him exempt status on the Tour. After easily retaining his card by finishing 39th on the Web. com Tour’s money list in 2015, Etulain made the cut in this year’s first five events, which included a solo second behind Wesley Bryan at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March.

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Age: 34 Birthdate/Place: Fort Worth, Texas Height: 6 feet Weight: 180 pounds Best Tour finish: Won the 2016 Lincoln Land Charity Championship The Tour is both a springboard and a safety net. It can launch PGA TOUR careers; it can also provide competitive safe haven for talented players who fail to retain exempt status on the main tour. Just ask Flores, who is making the most of the latter. The former Oklahoma Sooner star returned to the Web. com Tour after four consecutive years on the PGA TOUR. In two of those seasons—2012 and 2013-14—Flores pocketed more than $1 million in official earnings. In 2013, the last PGA TOUR season completed entirely within a calendar year, the Texan finished a career-best 87th in the FedExCup standings. Last year, while


MARTIN FLORES making major putting changes—to his putter, grip and stroke—he stumbled to 156th and lost his PGA TOUR card. “I changed almost everything. … I didn’t really feel like it was going to be that big of an impact, but I lost a lot of confidence in competition during the change,” said the 12thyear pro, whose best TOUR finish was a solo third at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2014. The good news? The last time Flores returned to Tour play, in 2011, his stay was short. He regained his PGA TOUR card by finishing in the top 25, a season highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Rex Hospital Open. And the pattern may be holding. Three top-fives in his first five events of 2016 (T3s at the Panama Claro Championship and the Chitimacha Louisiana Open and a fourth at the Brasil Championship) suggest Flores is once again a man on a mission. He is determined to launch himself back onto pro golf’s main stage.

HAO TONG LI Age: 21 Birthdate/Place: Hunan, China Height: 6 feet Weight: 165 pounds Best Tour finish: T6, 2015 Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper In 2016, the year golf returns to the Olympics after more than a century, signs of the game’s growing reach are everywhere. That includes the Web. com Tour, where China’s Hao Tong Li is playing for the second year. An elite prospect that has commanded attention since he turned pro in 2011, Li, then 18, broke through with four victories in two months in late 2014. That run included a OneAsia Tour title and, more significantly, three firsts in PGA TOUR China events. By winning PGA TOUR China’s Order of Merit that year, Li became the first Chinese member of the Tour. Last year, shuttling between the European and Tours, Li piled up dollars, travel miles and w w w.tour-es /webcom

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incalculable experience. He made 16 of 23 cuts on the Tour, where he won $101,952 and retained his card by finishing 49th in earnings. His European Tour play was even more impressive. He made five of seven cuts and won nearly the equivalent of $700,000. That part of his 2015 was highlighted by three top-10s. In April, Li lost a sudden-death playoff to Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the Shenzhen International, where his final-round 67 almost made him the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil. That near-miss was followed by a solo sixth at the Volvo China Open, and, in November, Li recorded the highest PGA TOUR finish for a Chinese-born player when he notched a T7 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai (bettering Weng-Chong Liang’s T8 at the 2010 PGA Championship). Said the outgoing Li afterward: “This is very, very big. Incredible for me this week.” Indications are, his best is yet to come. 35

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TREY MULLINAX Age: 24 Birthdate/Place: Birmingham, Ala. Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 195 pounds Best Tour finish: Won the 2016 Rex Hospital Open There aren’t many shortcuts to the PGA TOUR, but that’s not to say length isn’t an admirable quality for those making the journey. Certainly it was part of Trey Mullinax’s consistent play a year ago, his rookie campaign on the Tour. The powerful former University of Alabama golfer made 14 of 18 cuts in 2015; six of those resulted in top-25 finishes. One of those was a T11 at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, a finish highlighted by the two longest drives on Tour all year. Mullinax smashed a 430-yarder on the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point’s 11th hole during the first round. Two days later he returned to the par 5 and belted his tee ball 425 yards. Pokes

like those helped Mullinax finish the season with a 318.3-yard average, trailing only Curtis Thompson and Hugo Leon. Before he became known as one of the most prodigious drivers on the Tour, Mullinax was a member of the Crimson Tide’s back-to-back NCAA championship teams in 2013 and 2014. Mullinax went 2-1 in the matchplay component of ’Bama’s victory over Illinois in ’13. The next year, when the Tide rolled Oklahoma State in the final, it was Mullinax’s eagle putt from the fringe on Prairie Dunes’ 17th hole that sealed the victory. Mullinax’s ties to Tuscaloosa remain valuable. After he Monday-qualified for the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic last November, Mullinax had Jay Seawell, his college coach, on the bag. They didn’t team for a title, but the Tide alum authored a respectable T25 in only his second PGA TOUR event.

SEBASTIÁN MUNOZ Age: 23 Birthdate/Place: Bogota, Colombia Height: 6 feet Weight: 179 pounds Best Tour finish: Won 2016 Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro If this affable rookie were a start-up company, you’d have to be impressed with his early returns. Since earning a degree in business administration and entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas in 2015, Munoz turned pro and began making a name for himself—building a brand, if you will—one birdie at a time. Within months of winning the Conference USA individual title as a member of the Mean Green golf team, Munoz posted two wins and two other topfours on the Colombian Tour. Later last year, at the grand finale of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s developmental series in Quito, Ecuador, he fired a final-round, course-record 63 at Arrayanes Country Club—including eight consecutive birdies—to earn exempt status for the first half of 36

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the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s 2016 season. The former college teammate of Carlos Ortiz, 2014 Web. com Tour Player of the Year, was just getting started. Playing on a sponsor exemption in his hometown at the Tour’s Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro last February, Munoz birdied the par-5 72nd hole at Bogota Country Club to break out of a tie with Richy Werenski and Matt Atkins. The popular victory, which earned him $126,000, exempt status on the Tour and a congratulatory text from countryman and four-time PGA TOUR winner Camilo Villegas, made him the first Colombian to capture a Tour title. It was also the first time a sponsor invitee prevailed on Tour since Russell Henley captured the Stadion Classic in 2011. Lofting the trophy and draped in the yellow-blue-and-red flag of his native land at the presentation ceremony, Munoz smiled the broad smile of a champion, looking very much like a young entrepreneur with a winning business plan.

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CHENG TSUNG PAN Age: 24 (Turns 25 on Nov. 12) Birthdate/Place: Taipei, Chinese Taipei Height: 5-foot-6 Weight: 145 pounds Best Tour finish: T7, 2016 Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER, and T2, 2016 LECOM Health Challenge The 2015 graduate of the University of Washington wants to play Augusta National Golf Club one day, and given his impressive track record in the game so far, odds are that he’ll do so in front of large galleries with a green jacket on the line. Pan didn’t take long to win as a professional last season, racking up two wins on the Mackenzie Tour –PGA TOUR Canada: The Players Cup and Cape Breton Celtic Classic presented by PC Financial. He closed with a 66 in both events, claiming the latter in a playoff with current Tour member Taylor Pendrith. His quick success wasn’t a surprise, given what he had already achieved. Pan was a four-time All-American for the Huskies and a Ben Hogan Award finalist in 2015, when he finished second individually at the NCAA Championships. He has gotten a taste of major championships, competing in The Open Championship two years ago and in the U.S. Open in 2011 at Congressional, 2013 at Merion and 2015 at Chambers Bay. Pan made the cut in his last two U.S. Open appearances, and he didn’t lack for fan support at Chambers Bay not far from his college campus. Pan has three top-15 finishes in nine starts so far on the Tour in 2016, the last, at the BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by SYNNEX Corporation, on the strength of a season-low 63 in the second round.

TAYLOR PENDRITH Age: 25 Birthdate/Place: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 205 pounds Best Tour finish: T4, 2016 Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro It’s not much of a surprise that Pendrith’s dream foursome would include Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland, three PGA TOUR players known for their distance off the tee. Pendrith, a 2014 graduate of Kent State University and one of only two players to represent the school all four years at the NCAA Championships, is a fellow power player who has impressed with his length in his rookie season on the Tour. Pendrith was leading the Tour in Driving Distance with a 316.6-yard average through the end of May. That he is atop the Driving Distance category would 38

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not be a surprise to anyone who saw him earn low-amateur honors at the 2014 RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR, where he shot an opening 65 and ranked second in Driving Distance for the week to Patrick Rodgers. Given how early some juniors are immersed in golf these days, Pendrith was a relatively late starter, taking up the game at age 12 and also excelling in baseball during high school. He starred on the men’s golf team at Kent State, where he was a three-time All-Mid American Conference honoree and MAC Player of the Year his junior season. Pendrith earned three runner-up finishes in eight starts on the 2015 Mackenzie Tour –PGA TOUR Canada, securing a thirdplace finish on the Order of Merit and Tour status for this season. Golf runs through his family. His sister, Jennifer, is golf course superintendent at Kawartha Country Club in Ontario. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Age: 38 (Turns 39 on Nov. 21) Birthdate/Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 176 pounds Best Tour finish: T4, 2013 Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro It doesn’t look as if Rocha will qualify to compete in the golf competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in his home country—his countryman Adilson da Silva appears poised to get a berth—but the announcement of Olympic golf re-energized Rocha and turned his career around. He has played around the globe since graduating from Mississippi State University in 2000, no small feat for someone who didn’t speak English when he arrived on campus in Starkville, Miss. In addition to earning a Marketing degree, Rocha, who was a two-time national junior and amateur champion in Brazil, was


ALEXANDRE ROCHA a first-team All-American for the Bulldogs his senior year. Rocha is a veteran of a number of tours around the world in addition to the Tour: European Tour (2006-07 and 2009), Asian Tour (2010) and Canadian Tour (2002-05). His lone victory on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica came in dramatic fashion. At the 2015 Alberto do Brasil presented by Credit Suisse Hedging Griffo, Rocha won a sudden-death playoff that lasted seven holes and nearly two hours, the longest playoff conducted on the Tour. A winner of eight international tournaments from 2000 to 2008, mostly in South America, he earned conditional status for the Tour in 2016 by finishing T79 at the 2015 Qualifying Tournament. His best result in seven 2016 appearances was T7 at the Club Colombia Championship Presented by Claro.


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Age: 22 (turns 23 on June 15) Birthdate/Place: Dallas, Texas Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 190 pounds Best Tour finish: Second, 2016 Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty, and won 2016 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but a week after Anders Albertson had elbowed his way into The 25 with a third-place finish at the Brasil Champions in April, Ollie Schniederjans leapfrogged past him after losing in a playoff to Brad Fritsch at the Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty in Colombia. Albertson, Schniederjans’ friend and friendly rival since they began their careers at Georgia Tech together in 2011, probably just sees it as Ollie being Ollie. For every accomplishment Albertson piled up as a Yellow Jacket, Schniederjans seemingly always had a response. And then some. The longhitting Schniederjans played his way onto two Palmer Cup teams, was twice named ACC player of the year, and twice was a first-team All-American. w w w.tour-es /webcom

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Among Schniederjans’ most impressive credentials was winning the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medal after holding the No. 1 spot on the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 41 consecutive weeks. The perks of that honor included exemptions into last year’s U.S. Open and The Open Championship, and Schniederjans gained valuable experience—and turned heads— on both occasions. He finished T42 at Chambers Bay, a course that vexed some of the most decorated players in the game. A month later he was even more impressive at St. Andrews’ Old Course, where he closed with a 5-under 67 and tied for 12th. Immediately thereafter, Schniederjans turned pro at the RBC Canadian Open, where he finished T22; he continued his splendid midsummer run the next week when he notched a T15 at the Quicken Loans National. Schniederjans missed the first two cuts of his rookie season on the Tour, but that may partly be explained by a couple of stops on the PGA TOUR’s West Coast swing and also squeezing in The Honda Classic as he hoped to land Special Temporary Membership status on the big tour. 39

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Age: 25 (Turns 26 on Aug. 21) Birthdate/Place: Los Angeles, Calif. Height: 5-foot-8 Weight: 165 pounds Best Tour finish: T2, 2016 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, T2, 2016 Air Capital Classic presented by Aetna Spaun’s career took a huge step in the right direction in 2015, when his performance on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada was a dramatic turnaround from the previous season. After only making one cut in six appearances in 2014, Spaun was a force in 2015. The 2012 San Diego State University graduate had five top-five finishes in 11 tournaments, highlighted by a victory at the Staal Foundation Open presented by


J.J. SPAUN Tbaytel. He vaulted from 159th in Mackenzie Tour earnings in 2014 to No. 1 in 2015 with $91,193. The Order of Merit crown gave him exempt status for the 2016 Web. com Tour, and he has continued to play solidly this season. In only his third tournament as a rookie, Spaun was T7 at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by NACHER, where he had a share of the first-round lead with an 8-under 63. He also shot an opening 63 at the Rex Hospital Open, picking up his other top-10 so far this season, despite a final-round 76. Spaun gives himself plenty of birdie opportunities as he ranks fifth in Greens in Regulation at 77.78 percent. A fan of Disneyland, where he is a season-pass holder, Spaun is having fun as a Tour rookie.

ADAM SVENSSON Age: 22 (Turns 23 on Dec. 31) Birthdate/Place: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada Height: 6 feet Weight: 178 pounds Best Tour finish: T9, 2016 LECOM Health Challenge Some players just have a knack for winning, and Svensson is one of them. He had a plethora of success as a junior, from titles in his home province to a Callaway World Junior Golf Championship in 2010 and 2012 Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Svensson kept winning at Barry University in Miami, Fla., where he was a member of two NCAA Division II championship teams and twice a first-team All-American. After turning professional in 2015, Svensson wasted no time in a new environment either, claiming three

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CURTIS THOMPSON Age: 23 (turns 24 on Dec. 13) Birthdate/Place: Plantation, Fla. Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 180 pounds Best Tour finish: T3, 2016 Panama Claro Championship Those long shadows from which this long-hitting former Louisiana State University Tiger hopes to emerge belong to two of his biggest supporters: younger sister Lexi Thompson, one of the marquee players on the LPGA, and older brother Nicholas, who completed his seventh full season on the PGA TOUR in 2015. Curtis first earned full Tour playing privileges at Q-School in 2014 with Lexi and Nicholas on hand for moral support at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In his rookie season on the Tour, the former two-time Dixie Amateur champion wasn’t always successful (he made only 11 of 25 cuts), but he was always long. His 322-yard

average during the regular season was tops on the bomber-friendly tour. Even though he posted a T6 early in the season at the Panama Claro Championship, it was not until August of last year that Thompson found his stride and took dead aim at salvaging his exempt status for 2016. He made a season-best four consecutive cuts that month. That card-saving stretch included a T10 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, a T13 at the News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot and a T4 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz. Thompson, a teammate of rising PGA TOUR star Smylie Kaufman, played those three tournaments in a combined 44 under par. The new year saw Thompson again find success at Panama Golf Club. His opening rounds of 66 and 64 underpinned his T3, which was his best finish on the Tour to that point.

Age: 24 Birthdate/Place: Springfield, Mass. Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 175 pounds Best Tour finish: T2, 2016 Club Colombia Championship presented by Claro, and won the 2016 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation The reality of a victory in a reality TV competition is that there’s a limit to what it can do for one’s career. No doubt Richy Werenski’s name recognition is greater than what it’d be if he hadn’t won Golf Channel’s “Big Break: The Palm Beaches, Florida,” which aired in 2015. And, no doubt, the spoils of that victory over a 12man field were nothing to sneeze at. The $80,000 in cash and prizes the Bluffton, S.C., resident received provided much-needed financial cushioning as he played in his first Tour season last year. Ditto for the perk that exempted him into 42

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the 2015 Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Ala., which allowed him to test his game on the PGA TOUR for the first time. (Werenski acquitted himself well there. He made the cut, finished T72 and pocketed $6,825). Perhaps more significant for the former Georgia Tech golfer’s development has been his week-in, week-out play on the Tour. Last season, as a rookie, Werenski played solidly in stretches. Although he never finished higher than a T11 at the Rex Hospital Open, he made 14 of 20 cuts, including seven in a row to end the regular season. After retaining his exempt status at last year’s Q-School—a final-round 78 dropped him to T34 after an impressive 68-6968 start—Werenski bounced back from a missed cut in the season-opener in Panama with T2 at the Club Colombia Championship. The $61,600 check he took home was less than his Big Break take, but it provided a glimpse of how good he might become.

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PLAYERS’ WISHLIST A random selection of Tour players provides us a fascinating insight into how they plan to fine-tune their individual games By Kevin Prise

ANDERS ALBERTSON Goal: “I want to try my best to learn the courses really well in the practice rounds … Monday through Wednesday, I’ve got to get really good 44

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at figuring out how the courses are going to play.” Outlook: It’s been a bit of Jekyll-and-Hyde for Albertson this season, as he started with three missed cuts, then recorded three straight top-30 finishes including a solo third, then missed four more cuts in a row. If he can find another hot streak this summer, a TOUR card could be in the cards. DOMINIC BOZZELLI Goal: “If I can get consistent with my wedge play … easier said than done, but that’s a good bulk of the practice that I’m going to be putting in.” Outlook: Mission accomplished, with the former Auburn Tiger ranking 16th in Scrambling at the midway point (62.69 percent), after being less than 60 percent in 2015. He won recently in Punta Cana and is comfortably inside the top 10 on the money list.

Above [l-r]: Dominic Bozzelli hits his third shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Corales Puntacana Resort And Club Championship.

Ian Davis reads his putt on the eighth hole green of the Champion Course during the final round of Tour Q-School.


W Tour players are just one step away from playing on the biggest stage of golf, the PGA TOUR. With such a fine line between success and failure at the highest levels of the sport, Tour pros know that if they can fine-tune one particular area of their game, they could be poised to make the jump to the next level. We asked a handful of Tour pros earlier in the season to name one part of their game they would like to improve in 2016. Midway through the Regular Season, how are they faring?

Joel Dahmen putts on the third hole during the second round of the Web. com Tour Rust-Oleum Championship.

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Joel Dahmen Goal: “Definitely my short game. My putting lets me down … I think I’m a top-20 ball-striker out here, and I think I finished about 150th in putting last year.” Outlook: Dahmen ranks 67th in Scrambling (54.41 percent), a slight improvement on the 2015 season where he ranked 89th. He stood No. 25 on the money list at the midway point, right on the bubble for a TOUR card. Kent Bulle Goal: “Just a couple more 8- to 10-footers, something like that. I’m not asking for 60-footers, to reinvent putting or anything like that; but a couple more 8- to 10-footers to go in.”

Result: Etulain ranks seventh in Scrambling through 10 events, and it has led to success: all 10 cuts made, and a No. 12 position on the money list. ZacK FIscher Goal: “Probably my attitude, just to stay positive and not be so hard on myself. It’s very difficult whenever you know that you can do better.” Result: Fischer has struggled at times during the 2016 season, making just three of his first 10 cuts to stand No. 103 on the money list. But he is succeeding in maintaining an upbeat attitude, confident that things will turn around soon.

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[l-r]: Zack Fischer reads a putt on the first green during the final round of the Tour Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Kent Bulle hits his birdie putt on the 13th hole during the first round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft.

Result: Bulle ranks 88th on Tour in Putting Average in his rookie Tour season, squarely in the middle of the pack. But his putter heated up in early June at a U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Georgia, where he fired rounds of 69-64 to play his way into the field at Oakmont Country Club. Ian DavIs Goal: “Probably just being a little more mentally tough, thinking my way around the course a little bit better.” Result: Davis’ results in his rookie season were sporadic midway through the season, with just four cuts made in 10 events and without a top-25 finish. There’s plenty of time for a turnaround, though, because he played well enough to maintain his status inside the reshuffle. JulIan etulaIn Goal: “The short game. I did a lot of work on the short game over the offseason, 120 yards and in.” w w w.tour-es /webcom

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BraD FrItsch Goal: “I would love to start better on Thursdays. My stroke average on Thursdays was terrible last year.” Outlook: A resounding success, with Fritsch maintains a first-round scoring average of 68.86 halfway through the season (compared to 70.84 in 2015). He stands No. 3 on the money list. nIcholas lInDheIm Goal: “Just believing in myself and knowing that, to see all these guys graduate and get to the TOUR … obviously they’re heck of players, everybody out here is pretty darned good themselves, so just to know that I belong.” Result: It has been an up-and-down season for Lindheim, with four cuts made in his first eight starts and a No. 64 spot on the money list. He finished T11 recently in Punta Cana, though, so things are looking up. 45

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In clinical trials, those taking Myrbetriq made fewer trips to the bathroom and had fewer leaks than those not taking Myrbetriq. Your results may vary. USE OF MYRBETRIQ® (MEER-BEH-TRICK) Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) is a prescription medicine for adults used to treat overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urgency, frequency, and leakage. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Myrbetriq is not for everyone. Do not use Myrbetriq if you have an allergy to mirabegron or any ingredients in Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may cause your blood pressure to increase or make your blood pressure worse if you have a history of high blood pressure. It is recommended that your doctor check your blood pressure while you are taking Myrbetriq. Myrbetriq may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream. Myrbetriq may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. If you experience swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, with or without difficulty breathing, stop taking Myrbetriq and tell your doctor right away. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including medications for overactive bladder or other medicines such as thioridazine (Mellaril™ and Mellaril-S™), flecainide (Tambocor®), propafenone (Rythmol®), digoxin (Lanoxin®). Myrbetriq may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Myrbetriq works. Before taking Myrbetriq, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. In clinical studies, the most common side effects seen with Myrbetriq included increased blood pressure, common cold symptoms (nasopharyngitis), urinary tract infection and headache. For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see Brief Summary of Prescribing Information for Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) on the following page. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) extended-release tablets 25 mg, 50 mg Brief Summary based on FDA-approved patient labeling Read the Patient Information that comes with Myrbetriq® (mirabegron) before you start taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This summary does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or treatment. What is Myrbetriq (meer-BEH-trick)? Myrbetriq is a prescription medication for adults used to treat the following symptoms due to a condition called overactive bladder: • urge urinary incontinence: a strong need to urinate with leaking or wetting accidents • urgency: a strong need to urinate right away • frequency: urinating often It is not known if Myrbetriq is safe and effective in children. Who should not use Myrbetriq? Do not use Myrbetriq if you have an allergy to mirabegron or any of the ingredients in Myrbetriq. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Myrbetriq. What is overactive bladder? Overactive bladder occurs when you cannot control your bladder contractions. When these muscle contractions happen too often or cannot be controlled, you can get symptoms of overactive bladder, which are urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and urinary incontinence (leakage). What should I tell my doctor before taking Myrbetriq? Before you take Myrbetriq, tell your doctor if you: • have liver problems or kidney problems • have very high uncontrolled blood pressure • have trouble emptying your bladder or you have a weak urine stream • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Myrbetriq will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Myrbetriq passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take Myrbetriq or breastfeed. You should not do both. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Myrbetriq may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Myrbetriq works. Tell your doctor if you take: • thioridazine (Mellaril™ or Mellaril-S™) • flecainide (Tambocor®) • propafenone (Rythmol®) • digoxin (Lanoxin®) How should I take Myrbetriq? • Take Myrbetriq exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. • You should take 1 Myrbetriq tablet 1 time a day. • You should take Myrbetriq with water and swallow the tablet whole. • Do not crush or chew the tablet. • You can take Myrbetriq with or without food. • If you miss a dose of Myrbetriq, begin taking Myrbetriq again the next day. Do not take 2 doses of Myrbetriq the same day. • If you take too much Myrbetriq, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away. What are the possible side effects of Myrbetriq? Myrbetriq may cause serious side effects including: • increased blood pressure. Myrbetriq may cause your blood pressure to increase or make your blood pressure worse if you have a history of high blood pressure. It is recommended that your doctor check your blood pressure while you are taking Myrbetriq. • inability to empty your bladder (urinary retention). Myrbetriq may increase your chances of not being able to empty your bladder if you have bladder outlet obstruction or if you are taking other medicines to treat overactive bladder. Tell your doctor right away if you are unable to empty your bladder. • angioedema. Myrbetriq may cause an allergic reaction with swelling of the lips, face, tongue, throat with or without difficulty breathing. Stop using Myrbetriq and tell your doctor right away.

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The most common side effects of Myrbetriq include: • increased blood pressure • common cold symptoms (nasopharyngitis) • urinary tract infection • headache Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away or if you have swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, skin rash or itching while taking Myrbetriq. These are not all the possible side effects of Myrbetriq. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should I store Myrbetriq? • Store Myrbetriq between 59°F to 86°F (15°C to 30°C). Keep the bottle closed. • Safely throw away medicine that is out of date or no longer needed. Keep Myrbetriq and all medicines out of the reach of children. General information about the safe and effective use of Myrbetriq Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in the Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Myrbetriq for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Myrbetriq to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. Where can I go for more information? This is a summary of the most important information about Myrbetriq. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Myrbetriq that is written for health professionals. For more information, visit or call (800) 727-7003. What are the ingredients in Myrbetriq? Active ingredient: mirabegron Inactive ingredients: polyethylene oxide, polyethylene glycol, hydroxypropyl cellulose, butylated hydroxytoluene, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, yellow ferric oxide and red ferric oxide (25 mg Myrbetriq tablet only). Rx Only PRODUCT OF JAPAN OR IRELAND – See bottle label or blister package for origin Marketed and Distributed by: Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Northbrook, Illinois 60062

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