For a host of Oklahoma golfers, much will be decided this week as the playoffs continue on the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour.
For our two Edmond North High School graduates on the PGA Tour, the odds are long for both Robert Streb and Kevin Tway that their seasons will continue into the final week of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Streb got off to a solid start Thursday in the BMW Championship with a 4-under 67, which moved his projected FedEx Cup rank from 59th to 52nd. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship. Tway is currently projected at 69th. Both would likely need a top-5 finish to advance.
Not advancing won’t dim the luster from two solid seasons registered by both players. Streb has earned $1,568,127 in 29 events and Tway $1,447,466 in 26 events and both have secured full tour status for 2018. And they will be joined next year by some other Oklahomans currently playing in the Web.com Tour Finals. The questions is how many.
Talor Gooch, Midwest City native who now plays out of Oak Tree National in Edmond and former All-American at Oklahoma State University, has secured his PGA Tour card for next year by finishing in the top 25 on the regular season money list, as has former Oklahoma golfer Abraham Ancer. Former OSU golfer Peter Uihlein secured his by winning the first of the four-event playoffs and is now assured of finishing in the top 25 of the Finals. He is winning this week’s event after a 9-under first round for good measure.
Keep an eye this weekend on Taylor Moore of Edmond, who is currently projected at No. 22 on the Finals list in the chase for the top 25. Moore, who played at Edmond Memorial and the University of Arkansas, is one of many young professionals now competing out of Oak Tree National.
Also in the Finals are Tag Ridings of Memorial High School in Tulsa and the University of Arkansas, and Rhein Gibson of Oklahoma Christian who also plays out of Oak Tree National. Ridings finished at 156 on the PGA Tour money list in 2017 and a top 25 finish would enable him to return to the Tour full-time in 2018.
Projected standings for both tours are included in the leaderboards at www.pgatour.com.