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WinCo Foods Portland Open and Web.com Tour Update

The WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz is the final regular-season event on the Web.com Tour. This year is 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. Nicholas Thompson

$87,973

Two top-10s, four top-25s

Georgia Institute of Technology

24. Alex Prugh

$79,704

Three top-10s

University of Washington

25. Brandon Harkins

$75,753

One top-five, two top-25s

California State University-Chico

26. Sebastian Munoz

$70,200

One top-10

University of North Texas

27. Talor Gooch

$67,052

Two top-10s, four top-25s

Oklahoma State University

DUFNER WINS THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Jason Dufner picked up win No. 468 by a Web.com Tour alum at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide over the weekend. Dufner took a commanding lead after back-to-back 65s to set a new tournament-low 36-hole total of 14-under-par 130. After a 77 in the third round, Dufner responded with a final-round 68, good for a three-stroke victory. Dufner, who now has five PGA TOUR wins, graduated from the Web.com Tour twice (2003, 2006). In 123 career starts from 2001-08, the former PGA Championship victor posted 24 top-10s including two wins (2001 – Air Capital Classic, 2006 – LaSalle Bank Open).

WEB.COM TOUR PLAYERS QUALIFY FOR NEXT WEEK’S U.S. OPEN AT ERIN HILLS
On Monday, the USGA held Sectional Qualifying for the 117th U.S. Open contested at Erin Hills Golf Club June 15-18. Twelve Web.com Tour members successfully navigated the tough task of trying to gain entry into the second major of the year, which is impressive considering there were 72 spots in the field up for grabs at 10 sites in the United States and two international (England, Japan).

The following players advanced from Sectional Qualifying to compete in the U.S. Open:

  • Chopra, Daniel
  • Conners, Corey
  • Dougherty, Kevin
  • Flanagan, Nick
  • Garnett, Brice
  • Gooch, Talor
  • Jaeger, Stephan
  • Kohles, Ben
  • Maguire, Jack
  • Potter Jr., Ted
  • Ryder, Sam
  • Thompson, Kyle

NUMBERS TO KNOW

4 – The last four winners of the FedEx St. Jude Classic came from the Web.com Tour, including 2016 champion Daniel Berger, who graduated in 2014.

5 – The number of players that finished double digits under par in the Rust-Oleum Championship in 2016. In total, 47 players were 1-under or better at the conclusion of the tournament.

2017 WEB.COM TOUR MEMBER TO WATCH

Adam Long – 29 – Jupiter, Fla.

Long is in his fourth season on the Web.com Tour (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017). The 29-year-old Duke alum turned pro in 2010 and joined the Tour two years later. As a rookie, Long played 17 events, made six cuts and posted one top-10. After losing his card, he spent time on both PGA TOUR Latinoamérica and Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada.

Long returned to the Web.com Tour the next year and has been a mainstay since regaining his status. After finishing 2015 No. 46 on the money list and No. 61 in 2016, he is having arguably his best year in 2017 after a solo-fourth at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, where he carded a final-round 63 to move up 27 spots in the standings. Through 10 events, Long is No. 37 on the money list with two top-10s. With a strong finish to the season he could become the third Blue Devil to earn a PGA TOUR card through the Web.com Tour in the last three years, Joining Wes Roach (2013, 2015) and Ryan Blaum (2016).

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