Former UO Golfer Wise Pursuing PGA Tour Card

The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz is the final Regular Season event on the Web.com Tour. 2017 marks the fourth edition of the Portland area event held at the renowned Witch Hollow course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, host site of Tiger Woods’ historic U.S. Amateur “three-peat” and several national championships. The following are storylines of the players who will be making a stop in Portland later this summer.

THE RACE TO SECURE ONE OF 25 PGA TOUR CARDS
At the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz August 24-27, the top 25 players on the 2017 Web.com Tour money list will earn their PGA TOUR cards for the 2017-18 season. Here’s a look at Nos. 23 through 27 on the money list through eight events:

23. Corey Conners

$58,628

Two top-10s, six made cuts

Kent State University

24. Aaron Wise

$58,572

One top-five, five made cuts

University of Oregon

25. Roger Sloan

$58,540

Two top-fives

University of Texas – El Paso

26. Austin Cook

$55,890

One top-five, four top-25s

University of Arkansas

27. Marty Dou

$55,190

One runner-up

 

RANGEFINDERS TO BE USED DURING COMPETITON IN SOUTH CAROLINA
This week marks the first time distant-measuring devices will be allowed during competition rounds of a televised PGA TOUR-sanctioned event. In March, the TOUR announced that it will test DMDs on site at its events contested on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada. Players and caddies at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYYNEX Corporation will be allowed to use rangefinders without the use of the slope function all four competitive rounds.

SI WOO KIM CAPTURES SECOND TOUR TITLE AT THE PLAYERS
Si Woo Kim earned his PGA TOUR card in Portland on August 30, 2015. Less than two years later he became the youngest Champion in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship. While the tricky Pete Dye design at TPC Sawgrass largely got the best of golf’s strongest field, Kim never carded a score higher than even par 72. Stepping to the famous 17th hole with a two-shot lead on Sunday, Kim calmly hit the island green for the fourth consecutive day on a week that saw 69 balls in the water. After another up and down on 18, Kim unseated Adam Scott as the youngest winner of the TOUR’S flagship event. Following his $1.89 Million payday, Kim left Florida in a less lavish style than you might expect. A photo showed the champ in a middle coach seat on his flight to Atlanta.

2017 WEB.COM TOUR MEMBER TO WATCH

Kyle Thompson – 38 – Greenville, South Carolina

Thompson has won five times on the Web.com Tour. His latest victory came in the season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, despite recording seven double-bogeys throughout the week. At No. 5 on the money list, Thompson has positioned himself well to earn a PGA TOUR card this season. The 16-year pro has graduated from the Web.com Tour twice in his career (2008, 2011).

Thompson is making his 15th appearance in the BMW Charity Pro-Am this week and is a member at the host course, Thornblade Club. He has made seven of 14 cuts and recorded three top-10s including a runner-up performance in 2003.

While attending the University of South Carolina, Thompson was a three-time All-American and was first-team All-SEC for four years. He won a school-record five collegiate tournaments, eclipsing Carl Paulson's USC record of four wins and is the only player in NCAA history to win two different regionals (East Regional as a sophomore and the West Regional as a senior).

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