We’ve been providing plenty of updates on native Oklahoman Robert Streb, who last week recorded his fifth consecutive top 20 finish in a PGA Tour event with a tie for 14th at the John Deere Classic. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his experience this week in his first Open Championship as well.
There are a host of other talented young Oklahoma pros who would love to join Streb on the PGA Tour in the near future. Here’s a mid-season report card.
Finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour is the best way these days to earn a PGA Tour card for the following season and we have a couple in the hunt. Kevin Tway of Edmond is currently 20th on the money list with $134,617 and Australia native and Edmond resident Rhein Gibson is 27th at $107,987.
Also still within range with some strong finishes are Del City native Ryan Spears at 37th and former Tulsa Tag Ridings at 60th.
Among players with area college ties, former Sooner Abraham Ancer is 5th after winning recently in Nova Scotia and in great shape to earn a card. OSU’s Casey Wittenberg is 101, former Sooner Glen Day 111, former Cowboy Ed Loar 113, former Sooner Hunter Hass is 125.
On the PGA Latin America Tour, former OSU golfer Ian Davis currently is ranked 23rd. The top five earn status on the Web.com Tour for 2016.
Many of the pros who last year were competing on the Adams Tour are this year competing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, which is run by the PGA Tour and also offers five exempt spots on the Web.com Tour for 2016.
Talor Gooch of Midwest City lost in a playoff for the title of a late June event and is currently 13th on the money list. He has the most realistic shot to earn an exemption, but others out there competing include Dillon Rust of Edmond, former University of Tulsa golfers Logan McCracken, Chris Worrell and Stephen Carney, Will Kropp of Edmond and former Oklahoma State golfer Kevin Dougherty.
Add to those the Oklahomans who remain on the Adams Tour or other satellite tours and it will be interesting to follow when Web.com Tour qualifying begins this fall. Streb has proven what is possible given the opportunity but also that the opportunity has to be earned, and it’s not easy.