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WinCo Foods Portland Open - August Storylines

The WinCo Foods Portland Open is a Web.com tournament played at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 16-19.

SPECIAL OGA MEMBER BENEFIT IN 2018
As a special benefit of membership, each OGA Member who buys tickets will receive 10 free tastings at the Grove and will be entered to win a walk inside the ropes as an Honorary Observer. The drawing will be held on Aug. 10. Click here for full details and links to buy tickets.

THE RACE TO SECURE ONE OF 25 PGA TOUR CARDS
At the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz in August, the top 25 players on the 2018 Web.com Tour money list will earn their PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season. Here’s a look at Nos. 23 through 27 on the money list through 19 events:

23. Joseph Bramlett

$152,493

Four top-10s

Stanford University

24. Adam Long

$151,866

Four top-10s

Duke University

25. Alex Prugh

$148,911

Three top-10s

University of Washington

26. Eric Axley

$145,056

One win

East Tennessee State University

27. Nelson Ledesma

$144,171

One win

N/A

MARTIN TRAINER BECOMES FIRST REPEAT WINNER OF 2018
University of Southern California alum Martin Trainer began 2018 without any status on the Web.com Tour. After Sunday qualifying for a sponsor’s exemption in the El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova field, the 27-year-old played lights out on the weekend to earn his first Tour title and secure status through 2020. In the weeks following his win, however, Trainer struggled to maintain a high level of play, missing nine cuts and picking up just one top-50 finish (T9, Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank). Trainer was finally able to break through his rut at last week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, carding four sub-70 rounds to finish the week at 25-under 263 and pick up his second trophy of the season, becoming the first repeat winner of the year. Trainer led after the first and third rounds in Missouri before eventually converting his lead into a one-stroke victory over Henrik Norlander. The victory moved Trainer from 24th on the Regular Season money list to No. 3, essentially locking up a spot in The 25 as well as his first PGA TOUR card.

STEPHEN CURRY TO PLAY SECOND CONSECUTIVE ELLIE MAE CLASSIC
Back-to-back National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and Golden State Warriors All-Star Guard Stephen Curry announced Monday that he will play in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae for a second consecutive year. Curry made his Tour debut at the event last year, posting rounds of 74-74 –148 (8-over) after receiving an unrestricted sponsor’s exemption into the field. The 30-year-old will compete on the same exemption this year, maintaining his amateur status. Curry brought tournament-record crowds for the event last year, playing alongside current PGA TOUR members Stephan Jaeger and Sam Ryder. The Golden State star became the 11th professional athlete to compete on Tour when he made his start last season, and this year he will look to become the first to make it to weekend play.

JUSTIN THOMAS IN THE HUNT AT WGC BRIDGESTONE
As the WGC Bridgestone makes its final appearance at longtime host Firestone Country Club, 2014 Portland Open alum Justin Thomas is looking to hoist the trophy in Akron. After opening with rounds of 65-64 Thomas found himself in a share of the lead along with Europeans Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood.

Thomas leads Portland Open alums with eight career victories and is currently ranked third in the Official World Golf Rankings. His win at last season’s PGA Championship was his first career major victory and helped secure 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Honors. Thomas is set to defend his PGA Championship next week at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

  • 3 – With his victory last week, Martin Trainer became just the third first-round leader to convert his lead into a victory on Tour this season. He also became the fifth third-round leader to win a 72-hole event this year.
  • 7 – Money list leader Sungjae Im also leads the Tour in most top-10 finishes on the season, having picked up seven, including a win and three runners-up, in 20 starts this year.
  • 145 – The best finish by a professional athlete competing in a Web.com Tour event belongs to National Hockey League (NHL) Hall of Fame member Grant Fuhr, who posted rounds of 75-70 –145 (2-over) at the 2008 Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic in his first start on Tour. Fuhr missed the cut.
  • 13 – With $180,000 serving as the earnings amount to essentially lock up a spot in The 25, 13 players are PGA TOUR bound with just four Regular Season events left: Sungjae Im, Scott Langley, Martin Trainer, Cameron Champ, K.H. Lee, Sam Burns, Sebastian Muñoz, Chase Wright, José de Jesús Rodríguez, Anders Albertson, Adam Svensson, Wyndham Clark and Joey Garber.

2018 WEB.COM TOUR MEMBER TO WATCH

Chris Thompson – 42 – Lawrence, Kansas

After finishing the 2017 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament T16 to earn guaranteed starts into early season events for the first time since 2007, Kansas University alum Chris Thompson has been playing some of the best golf of his career. Thompson matched his previous career-best finish at the Panama Championship with a T7 and since then has picked up five more top-25 finishes, including a new career- best T3 at last week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. The 42-year-old sits at No. 43 on the money list, in prime position to earn a Web.com Tour Finals berth for the first time in his 19 years as a professional.

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