How did the 2013 Tour Finals graduates fare on the PGA Tour?
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How did the 2013 Tour Finals graduates fare on the PGA Tour?


The 50 players who graduated from the Tour and the Tour Finals were a guinea-pig class of sorts. How would they do on the PGA Tour in 2013-14? Would they get enough starts to even have a chance to keep their status?

And now, with the end of the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, we have the results. Overall? Not good.


Just 16 of the 50 combined graduates managed to get into the PGA Tour playoffs -- a little better than 30 percent, with no player who ranked worse than 38th in the final Tour Finals standings able to piece the top 125 in the 2013-14 FedEx Cup standings.

Of the 34 who missed the playoffs, a dozen won't even get a chance to get their cards back. A dozen players finished outside the top 200, meaning they'll do no better than status on the Tour next season.

However, three guys -- Chesson Hadley, Brendon Todd and Seung-yul Noh -- won on the PGA Tour. So, it's a mixed bag in terms of results.

The problem for any player who finished in the bottom 40 percent of the Tour Finals standings was getting starts. Unless you had previous tenure on the PGA Tour, such as Ricky Barnes (No. 32 in the Tour Finals standings), or pedigree, like Kevin Tway (No. 46), it was difficult to get more than 20 starts -- from a total of 41 events.

Take a look at the final rankings of the 50 graduates and how many starts they had on the PGA Tour this season, in graphic and table form.


PriorityPlayerFEC RankStarts
1Michael Putnam8928
1John Peterson17925
3Chesson Hadley7226
4Seung-yul Noh4224
5Andrew Svoboda8022
6Trevor Immelman14528
7Will MacKenzie4624
8Scott Gardiner18718
9Ed Loar23319
10Ben Martin5824
11Patrick Cantlay2175
12Brendon Todd1225
13Ryo Ishikawa7522
14Brad Fritsch15118
15Kevin Kisner9325
16Sean O’Hair16025
17Troy Matteson16523
18Bud Cauley14319
19Heath Slocum12923
20Russell Knox4823
21Hudson Swafford14626
22Will Claxton2138
23Brice Garnett11727
24Tyrone Van Aswegen14425
25Chad Collins15928
26Billy Hurley III8724
27Danny Lee11626
28Jim Herman18221
29Joe Durant17015
30Troy Merritt11119
31Lee Williams20413
32Ricky Barnes10526
32Andrew Loupe13722
34Peter Malnati17818
35Bobby Gates25814
36Alex Aragon25218
36Bronson La’Cassie18618
38Tim Wilkinson11424
39Jamie Lovemark17220
40Wes Roach15322
41Daniel Chopra24916
42Alex Prugh20616
43Miguel Angel Carballo18915


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