WICHITA, Kan. (June 28, 2015) – After a long stretch of disappointing outings on the Web.com Tour, Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Famer Rhein Gibson appears to be back on track.
Gibson fired a 5-under-par 65 on Sunday to tie for third in the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic at Crestview Country Club. At 11-under 269 for the tournament, Gibson finished two shots behind the winner, Rob Oppenheim, and one shot behind third-round leader Andy Winings.
With OC men’s coach David Lynn serving as his caddy, Gibson – a native of Linsmore, Australia, who now lives in Edmond – improved with each round over the 6,913-yard course. Gibson shot a 69 in the first round, a 68 in the second round and a 67 on Saturday. He bogeyed No. 2 on Sunday, but rebounded with six birdies, including one on the final hole.
It was Gibson’s third top-10 finish of the season on the Web.com Tour. The most recent one came in late March, when he placed second in the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in Broussard, La., but Gibson then missed the cut in five straight events before a 50th-place finish two weeks ago in the Rust-Oleum Championship in Westlake, Ohio.
The top 25 finishers on the tour’s money list during the 21-event regular season will earn PGA Tour cards for 2016 and Gibson had dropped to No. 38 before his success in Wichita. He earned $34,800 for finishing third, increasing his season total to $107,987 thru 13 events, good for 20th on the money list. Last year, the No. 25 player on the list earned $146,836.
While at OC, Gibson won four individual tournament titles while helping the Eagles to a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place team showings at the NAIA Championship. Shortly after his graduation in 2008, he won the Oklahoma state amateur title and was named as the Oklahoma state amateur player of the year in 2008.
He’s most famous for a memorable round in May 2012 at River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma City, during which he set a world scoring record by shooting a 55. He also qualified for last year’s British Open and played in a memorable third-round grouping with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.