Twenty-five players earn 2019-20 PGA TOUR membership at WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by KraftHeinz
Bo Hoag claims first title at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
Harrington, the 54-hole leader, entered the day needing at least a solo-third finish to earn his first PGA TOUR card. A closing birdie at the 18th allowed the hometown hero to secure solo-second and ascension to the TOUR. The win in a familiar place was even more for Harrington with his wife, Jenn, in attendance. Jenn has twice battled Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is now cancer-free. She flew in on Saturday night and watched Harrington earn his card.
“A lot of focus gets put on us, and what we’ve been through, but what she’s been through has been hell,” said Harrington. “It was rough for me, but it pales in comparison to what she’s actually had to go through. To see her so happy on 18, it’s just everything. Family is everything, family trumps golf. To be able to do it for her and have her in attendance makes it that much more meaningful.”
Vincent Whaley, a rookie from Atlanta, earned the 25th and final PGA TOUR card despite missing the weekend. The Georgia Tech alum waited for 48 hours to see if his 761 points would ultimately be enough.
“Honestly, I probably had the worst two days of my life trying to figure it out, doing the math and being a complete psychopath,” said Whaley. “It was a horrible two days, but it worked out…I’m just really happy right now. This is a dream since I started playing golf, to make it onto the PGA TOUR.”
Chris Baker, who also missed the cut this week, finished as the odd man out at 26th in the points standings. Baker, along with the rest of the top 75 players in the standings, will advance to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals where he will attempt to earn one of 25 additional TOUR cards. Two out of the past three players to finish 26th in the standings have gone on to earn their cards in the Finals. Those players (Keith Mitchell and Xander Schauffele) have already combined for five PGA TOUR victories.
China’s Xinjun Zhang, who finished T43 this week, retained the top spot in The 25, though Robby Shelton, No. 2 in the standings, gained ground with a T11 finish. The top points-earner after the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will earn fully exempt status and an exemption into the 2020 PLAYERS Championship.
The top 25 who secured their 2019-20 PGA TOUR membership are:
1. Xinjun Zhang - Guangdong, China
2. Robby Shelton - Birmingham, Ala.
3. Scottie Scheffler* - Dallas, Tx.
4. Kristoffer Ventura* - Oslo, Norway
5. Harry Higgs* - Dallas, Tx.
6. Lanto Griffin - Blacksburg, Va.
7. Bo Hoag* - Columbus, Ohio
8. Nelson Ledesma* - Tucuman, Argentina
9. Mark Hubbard - Denver, Colo.
10. Rhein Gibson - Edmond, Okla.
11. Henrik Norlander - Stockholm, Sweden
12. Zac Blair - Saint George, Utah
13. Ryan Brehm - Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
14. Mark Anderson - Beaufort, S.C.
15. Chase Seiffert* - Panama City, Fla.
16. Sebastian Cappelen* - Odense, Denmark
17. Michael Gligic* - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
18. Rafael Campos* - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
19. Scott Harrington* - Portland, Ore.
20. Vince Covello* - Atlantic Beach, Fla.
21. Michael Gellerman* - Edmond, Okla.
22. Tyler McCumber* - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
23. Maverick McNealy* - Stanford, Calif.
24. Tim Wilkinson - Palmerston North, New Zealand
25. Vincent Whaley* - Atlanta, Ga.
*=PGA TOUR rookie in 2019-20
The top 75 in the Korn Ferry Tour standings will be joined at the Finals by those PGA TOUR players who finished 126-200 in the FedExCup standings, plus non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish within the 126-200 range as well as players competing on PGA TOUR medical extensions.
The 50 graduates will join the PGA TOUR for the 2019-20 season, which opens the week of September 9-15 with the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Fifteen of Sunday’s 25 card earners will be rookies on the PGA TOUR in 2019-20.