Ancer in first Tour Championship, Tway narrowly misses, Streb off to solid start in Korn Ferry Finals

University of Oklahoma grad Abraham Ancer will occupy the 10th position in this week’s Tour Championship, starting the 30-man field at 4-under and six shots behind leader Justin Thomas. It will be the first trip to East Lake for Ancer, who played for the Sooners from 2010-2014.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will be represented by Rickie Fowler in 19th place at 2-under and Charles Howell in 28th place starting at even par. You can see the field and their positions here. 

We nearly had a native Oklahoman in the field, as Edmond North grad Kevin Tway made a spectacular four-birdie run on holes 14-17 to give himself a chance to grab the 30th and final spot with another birdie on the par-4 18th hole in the BMW Championship Sunday at Medinah. Alas, Tway’s approach on 18 left him a long birdie attempt which failed to drop, leaving him 31st in the playoffs, one spot outside the field. Still a great year by Tway.

While Ancer, Fowler and Howell will have a chance at the $15 million top prize, on the Korn Ferry Tour players are battling for the chance to earn a PGA Tour card for 2019-20. The first of the three-event Finals concluded Sunday in Columbus, and Edmond North grad Robert Streb, who won this event a year ago to secure his card, finished fifth at 9-under after a final round 66, putting himself in good position to duplicate his feat from a year ago. The top 25 in the three-event Finals series will earn PGA Tour cards.

OSU’s Viktor Hovland, after grabbing the first round lead with a 64, played even-par the rest of the way and finished tied for 11th. Josh Creel of Edmond tied for 32nd at -3, while OSU-ex Peter Uihlein and Rhein Gibson of Edmond tied for 37th at -2. OSU’s Kristoffer Ventura finished 53rd. OU’s Grant Hirschman made the cut but finished 73rd at 8-over. Missing the cut were OU’s Michael Gellerman, OSU’s Morgan Hoffman, OU’s Charlie Saxon and Anders Albertson, whose father lives in Tulsa. See complete results here. The second event is the Albertson’s Boise Open beginning Thursday.

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Gibson, Ventura and Gellerman have earned their PGA Tour cards by finishing in the top 25 in the Korn Ferry Tour regular season and are playing to improve their positioning.

 

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