The number of players with Oklahoma ties on the PGA Tour is going to swell considerably in the 2019-20 season.
In the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals, both Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State and Edmond North grad Robert Streb have played well enough in the first two events that they will earn two of the 25 available PGA Tour cards whether or not they even play in the final event. Hovland tied for second Sunday in the Albertson’s Boise Open while Streb added a tie for 30th to his fifth place finish in the opening event. Both are well over the 200 points needed to finish in the top 25.
With his tie for 11th at 13-under in the Albertson’s Boise Open Sunday, Charlie Saxon of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma moved into a three-way tie for 23rd in the standings. Former OSU player Kevin Dougherty is in 21st place. Outside the top 25 but with a chance to move up with a strong finish in the final event are Josh Creel of Edmond (33rd), Peter Uihlein of OSU (T-53) and Grant Hirschman of OU (60).
Already earning cards by finishing in the Top 25 on the regular Korn Ferry Tour season were Rhein Gibson of Edmond, Michael Gellerman (OU) and Kristoffer Ventura (OSU).
Also back on the PGA Tour in 2019-20 will be Oklahoma State veteran Bo Van Pelt, who has not played a full season since 2015 while battling injuries. He recently had a rib removed to alleviate a nerve impingement and is finally feeling healthy and swinging freely. He will have a full season on an injury waiver to keep his card.
Those players will join Edmond North grad Kevin Tway and Midwest City Carl Albert grad Talor Gooch, both of whom played for OSU, as well as Rickie Fowler (OSU), Abraham Ancer (OU), Charles Howell (OSU) and Matthew Wolff (OSU) who are fully exempt for next year, giving Oklahoma a minimum of 12 and possibly up to 17 players with state ties on the big tour. Jimmy Walker, who was born in Oklahoma, finished 158 on the money list. He has not played in the Korn Ferry Tour finals, but likely has status into many events based on six PGA Tour wins and winning the 2016 PGA Championship.