It wasn’t a great week for last-minute heroics from the players with Oklahoma ties looking to secure playing privileges on the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour for 2019.
On the PGA Tour, Edmond North graduate Robert Streb will have to enter the Web.com Tour Finals beginning this week in order to keep his Tour card for 2019. He began last week 176th on the Fed-Ex Cup points list, well outside the top 125 but also outside the 150 mark which is sufficient to keep a conditional card and earn at least 18 to 20 starts the following year. After missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship, Streb will have to play well in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals to earn one of the 25 cards remaining and extend his six-year career as a full-time PGA Tour member.
It’s been a tough year for the Kansas State graduate, having missed the cut in 19 of his 29 events and earning just over $400,000 after making more than $1 million in each of the last four seasons including nearly $4 million in 2015.
First-year PGA Tour player Talor Gooch of Midwest City also missed the cut and lost a chance to move into the top 125 and participate in the playoffs. At 139 on the points list, he will retain conditional status for 2019.
Among players with Oklahoma ties in the playoffs, the highest ranked is former Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler at 17 on the FedEx Cup points list. Fowler’s OSU teammates Peter Uihlein (81) and Kevin Tway of Edmond (85) are in, as is former Oklahoma Sooner Abraham Ancer at 83. Former Oklahoma City University star Tyrone Van Aswegan missed the cut and fell from 125 to 127.
On the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour cards for next season were handed out to the top 25 finishers in the season money standings and earning one of the 25 cards was Anders Albertson, son of Tulsa businessman Scott Albertson. Anders finished eighth on the money list with $210,455.
Missing out on a card but earning a spot in the finals were former OSU player Kevin Doughterty (26th), Taylor Moore of Edmond (30th) and Rhein Gibson of Edmond (43).
Those who will have to enter various stages of qualifying school to retain their Web.com Tour cards include Tag Ridings (90) and Max McGreevy of Edmond (161).
Former OU golfer Michael Gellerman put himself in position to earn one of the five spots on next year’s Web.com Tour available to competitors on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, helped by his second-place finish in last week’s Player’s Cup. He is currently ranked fourth on the Order of Merit with three events remaining.
Other locals who have spent the summer in Canada preparing include former Sooners Michael Schoolcraft, Grant Hirschman and Rylee Reinertson and former Cowboys Jordan Niebrugge, Ian Davis and Brendon Jelley.
Although they don’t gain any status for playing well on the Adams Pro Tour, several Oklahomans have fared very well this summer on that tour, especially Josh Creel of Edmond, who won his third event of the summer this Saturday by claiming the Texarkana Children Charities Open. Creel led the tour in money winnings with $75,933.17. Other Oklahomans in the top 50 on the APT Tour money list who will likely be in the mix at qualifying school include Dillon Rust, Logan McCracken, Trent Whitekiller and Matt Mabrey.
The four-event Finals on the Web.com Tour begin Thursday with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University. Qualifying school for the 2019 Web.com Tour begins with the first pre-qualifying event this Wednesday and continues with First Stage events starting Sept. 25 and continues through Final Stage Dec. 6-9 in Chandler, Ariz. Here is a link to all qualifying events.