Another narrow miss on the Web.com Tour for Rhein Gibson means the Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Famer has more work to do to secure a PGA Tour card for 2017.
Former Edmond North star Robert Streb, meanwhile, is not in danger of losing his PGA Tour card for 2017, but did see his 2016 season end with a fourth-round 76 in The Barclays Sunday at Bethpage Black in New York City. That dropped him from 95th to 105th in the Fed-Ex Cup standings, with only the top 100 advancing to the second round of the playoffs this week. A better final round and he would not only have advanced but moved closer to the top 70 which will move into the third round.â€¨â€¨
That concluded a bit of a setback year for Streb, who made 17 of 27 cuts and earned just over $1 million. Not bad, but in 2015 he had nine top-10 finishes compared to one this year, made nearly $4 million and finished 18th in the Fed-Ex Cup. He battled a balky putter most of the year, and even in the final two weeks didn’t take advantage of numerous good approach shots by converting on birdie opportunities. He ranked 183rd on the tour in putting.
Gibson led for a time on Sunday in the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, but consecutive bogeys on the back nine took him out of contention and he eventually finished in a seven-way tie for fourth in the tournament that marked the end of the Web.com Tour’s regular season.â€¨â€¨
The top 25 finishers on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards for next year, and Gibson — despite playing in only seven Web.com Tour events this year — placed 30th at $144,419, about $5,850 behind the 25th-place finisher.â€¨â€¨
The top 75 Web.com Tour money-earners — along with the PGA Tour players who finish between 126th and 200th in the FedEx Cup standings — advanced to the Web.com Tour’s four-tournament postseason. Gibson falls into both those groups, at 199th on the latter list.
The top 25 money earners during the Web.com Tour Finals — capped by the Web.com Tour Championship — also will earn PGA Tour cards.
Kevin Tway of Edmond will need to finish in the top 25 during the finals to earn his card. He ranked 23rd going into last weekend’s event but missed the cut to drop to 27th.
Also in the playoffs will be former Tulsan Tag Ridings, who finished 52nd. Ryan Spears of Del City and Ian Davis of Edmond did not qualify for the finals.â€¨â€¨
The finals is how Gibson – who’s from Linsmore, Australia, and now lives in Edmond – secured his PGA Tour card last year, and now it’s how he’ll need to do so again if he wants to remain on that tour.â€¨â€¨
Already this season, he’s twice finished as a runner-up on the Web.com Tour — in the LECOM Health Challenge on the Upper Course at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, N.Y., and the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif.â€¨â€¨
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.â€¨â€¨
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 the 2014 British Open and played in a memorable third-round grouping with Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.