Mid-year look at Augusta-area professional golfers

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Blake Adams hits out of a bunker on the second hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

With two majors down and two to go, the PGA Tour is halfway through its season, and some of the Augusta-area players have work to do to retain their PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. Here's a mid-season look at Augusta-area players (and those who played at Augusta State and USC Aiken) on their respective professional tours. If someone is not in the top 200 on their respective money list, then they are not listed. And if I missed someone, please let me know (chris.gay@augustachronicle.com) and I'll update in the near future.

 

PGA TOUR

 

Charles Howell, 59th on the money list, $896,483. Had a great conversation with Charles in March at the Honda Classic. He seems to have found added happiness being a father of two. Though he's missed three of his past five cuts, look for him to bounce back and finish the year strong.

 

Blake Adams, 92nd on the money list, $627,017. With three consecutive top-30 finishes, the Swainsboro resident is putting together a solid year.

 

Brian Gay, 96th, $618,043. Only posted one sub-70 round in past 21 rounds.

 

Vaughn Taylor, 113th, $462,618. Recorded best finish last week with a tie for 11th at Travelers Championship with closing rounds of 65-65.

 

Will Claxton, 115th, $453,062. Added biggest check of the year ($102,000) with T-15 at Travelers Championship.

 

Kevin Kisner, 157th, $198,854. Despite a missed cut at the Travelers Championship, Kisner seems to be hitting his stride.

 

Scott Brown, 177th, $148,749. In his rookie season, former USC Aiken star is seeking a breakthrough after making just two of 14 cuts.

 

Patrick Reed (non-member), $130,790. Former Augusta State star is 4-for-4 in Monday qualifiers and is seventh in non-member earnings -- he needs to reach $411,943 in PGA Tour earnings to earn exempt status for the rest of the year. Don't be surprised if he makes a run at playing his way onto the PGA Tour with a favorable schedule in the next four months.

 

NATIONWIDE TOUR

Scott Parel, 23rd on money list, $89,509. The 47-year-old Cinderella kid is on pace to graduate to the PGA Tour for the 2013 season. Will need to continue to play well the rest of the season (15 tournaments).

Matt Hendrix, 85th, $24,406. Despite eight missed cuts in 11 events this year, his tie for sixth earlier this year provided a big boost.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Larry Mize, 23rd on money list, $363,647. Former Masters Tournament champ having a solid year with nine top-25 showings.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Scott Jamieson, 72nd, 182,491 euros

Jamie Elson, 77th, 166,466 euros

Oliver Wilson, 126th, 79,957 euros

 

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR

James Heath, 43rd, 14,492 euros

 

NGA TOUR

Major Manning, 87th on money list, $6,564

Kyle Bradley, 161st, $2,443

 

EGOLF TOUR

Mitch Krywulycz, 16th on money list, $31,009. Top 20 members at the end of the season will have their PGA Tour Q-School paid for. That's a big incentive for Krywulycz to continue his hot play.

David Robinson, 26th, $20,254

Henrik Norlander, 41st, $14,696

Stephen Poole, 46th, $13,085

Alex Hamilton, 76th, $6,478

Roberto Diaz, 109th, $4,821

Scott Usher, 158th, $2,533

Jake Amos, 166th , $2,313

 

GATEWAY PRO TOUR

Ryan Dillon, 5th on money list, $24,479.

 

 

 

 

 

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americafirst
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americafirst 06/27/12 - 12:04 pm
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How about Charles Howell?

How about Charles Howell?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 06/27/12 - 12:26 pm
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Yeah, kinda of a big miss

Yeah, kinda of a big miss there. (Howell)

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Chris Gay 06/27/12 - 02:33 pm
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Glad to see you guys were

Glad to see you guys were paying attention. Total brain fart. Sorry about the omission. I like Charles. Had a great conversation with him earlier this year at The Honda Classic. Great guy. I still think he's got a major victory or two in him in the future. He's too good a player.

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