PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tyrone Van Aswegen became the first former Oklahoma City University golfer to earn his PGA Tour card by virtue of his finish among the Web.com Tour’s priority rankings.
Van Aswegen finished 24th in the priority rankings, which include the Web.com Tour’s final four events of the season. The top 25 finishers in the Web.com Tour priority rankings earn PGA Tour exemptions.
Former OSU golfer Kevin Tway of Edmond had earned his card before the playoffs began by finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour. He finished 47th in the playoffs.
Edmond North graduate Robert Streb, who finished a heartbreaking 126th on the Fed-Ex Cup Standings (the top 125 earn full playing rights for 2014), did not make the top 25 in the playoffs. Neither did Tulsa Memorial graduate Tag Ridings, who also finished between 126 and 175 on the PGA Tour in 2013. Those 50 players, if they did not earn a spot in the playoffs, still have conditional PGA Tour cards for 2014, but will be behind both the top 125 and the 50 from the playoffs when it comes to getting spots in fields. The player who finished 126th on the list in 2012 got in 15 tournaments in 2013, according to Jeff Adams with Web.com Tour communications. Streb can expect about the same number of spots in 2014 and Ridings somewhat fewer. Both players will be eligible to compete in Web.com Tour events on weeks when they are excluded from PGA Tour fields.
Ryan Spears of Del City finished 56th in the playoffs and will have Web.com status again in 2014. Former OSU golfer Edward Loar, who lost his PGA Tour card in heartbreaking fashion with a collapse at the end of Qualifying School finals last winter, played his way back on to the big tour by finishing ninth in the playoffs.
In 2013, Van Aswegen took 38th on the Web.com Tour money list with $140,561 in earnings through 25 events. Van Aswegen piled up $44,383.33 in the season’s final four events towards the priority rankings.
“Great news for our program,” OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. “I am so proud of him. His persistence and hard work have paid off. He’s going to be playing with the big boys.”