In 2016 Aaron Wise made history by becoming the first University of Oregon golfer to win the NCAA Individual Championship. Days later the team went on to win their first team championship and last August, Wise continued to add to his Oregon golf legacy by earning his PGA TOUR card here at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, earning full membership for the 2017-18 season.
Entering Sunday’s final round at the Wells Fargo Championship, Wise trailed leader Jason Day by three shots, a deficit he erased as he found himself in a share of the lead standing on the 16th tee. Wise went on to par all three holes of ‘The Green Mile’ the difficult closing stretch at Quail Hollow including an impressive up and down on 18. Day would close with two birdies over his final three holes to secure his second win of the season.
The runner up finish was the highest of Wise’s PGA TOUR career and vaulted him 54 spots in the FedExCup standings while his World Golf Ranking climbed 110 spots. One highlight, among many of the former Oregon standout’s breakthrough week was his 383-yard drive on the 16th hole Sunday – the longest of the week by any player which you can see here.
Sitting safely inside the top 125, Wise is a lock to make the FedExCup playoffs in his rookie season. Other rookies finding success on TOUR this year are Austin Cook, Beau Hossler and Andrew Landry who all join Wise in the playoffs this fall. It’s been a rapid progression for Wise since his final tournament as a Duck. From National Champion, to Web.com Tour winner, to PGA TOUR member and with his recent showing at Wells Fargo, now a serious contender for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.