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Canadians Silverman, Svensson, Sloan secure PGA TOUR cards for 2019

Written by PGA TOUR Communications
Ben Silverman (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC BEACH, Florida – The 2018 Web.com Tour season came to a close on Sunday in Atlantic Beach, Florida, as the Web.com Tour Championship wrapped up the sixth-annual Web.com Tour Finals. University of Virginia alum Denny McCarthy won the season-ending event, where 25 players secured their PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season.

The Web.com Tour awarded a first set of 25 PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season at the conclusion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz in August, with a second set of 25 solidified at the conclusion of the Finals.

South Korea native Sungjae Im began his rookie season with a win at the season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. The 20-year-old backed up his win with a runner-up finish the following week, essentially locking up a spot in The 25 at the end of the Regular Season. Im continued his momentum throughout the year, winning the Regular Season-ending WinCo Foods Portland Open to end the year with two victories and six additional top-10 finishes. Im’s performance continued into the Finals, allowing him to win the combined money list. Im became the first player in Tour history to lead the money list wire-to-wire for the duration of the season and became the first Korean-born player to be named a money list winner.

McCarthy graduated from the Web.com Tour via the Web.com Tour Finals in 2017, picking up three top-20 finishes in the four-event series to earn his first PGA TOUR card. The 25-year-old struggled in his rookie season on TOUR, however, carding just one top-10 finish in 22 starts. The three-time Maryland Open winner found his stride in the 2018 Web.com Tour Finals, notching four top-13 finishes, capped off by a win Sunday in Atlantic Beach.

By virtue of winning their respective money titles, Im and McCarthy have earned fully-exempt status on the PGA TOUR next year, which includes a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, located just minutes from Atlantic Beach.

Jim Knous picked up the 25th and final card with a par-save on the last. The Colorado School of Mines alum had a breakout sophomore season on Tour in 2018, picking up five top-25 finishes in the Regular Season to earn his first Web.com Tour Finals berth. Knous continued his strong play into the Finals, where he finished T10-T25-T24 in the first three events before eventually finishing at No. 25 on the Finals-only money list.

Five of the 25 players who secured their PGA TOUR cards solely through the Web.com Tour Finals will be rookies during the 2018-19 season. The top 25 are:
Player
Finals Stats
Finals Earnings
College
1. Denny McCarthy
One win
255,793
University of Virginia
2. Sangmoon Bae
One win
218,156
Sungkyunkwan University
3. Robert Streb
One win
187,460
Kansas State University
4. Peter Malnati
One runner-up
157,296
University of Missouri
5. Cameron Davis*
Two top-20s
126,675
N/A
6. Adam Schenk
One runner-up
125,798
Purdue University
7. Lucas Glover
One runner-up
125,212
Clemson University
8. Matt Jones
One runner-up
112,000
Arizona State University
9. Hunter Mahan
One runner-up
107,505
Oklahoma State University
10. Roger Sloan
One runner-up
84,307
University of Texas – El Paso
11. Shawn Stefani
Three top-25s
80,579
Lamar University
12. Seth Reeves*
Two top-5s
80,360
Georgia Tech
13. Max Homa
Two top-10s
78,200
University of California
14. Roberto Diaz
Three top-25s
70,326
University of South Carolina – Aiken
15. Stephan Jaeger
One top-5
69,923
University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
16. Curtis Luck*
Two top-10s
64,920
N/A
17. Nicholas Lindheim
Two top-20s
59,169
N/A
18. Dylan Frittelli
Two top-20s
48,600
N/A
19. Wes Roach
Two top-25s
48,100
Duke University
20. Sepp Straka*
One top-5
47,844
University of Georgia
21. Cameron Tringale
One top-5
47,760
Georgia Tech
22. Ben Silverman
One top-5
47,700
Florida Atlantic University
23. Michael Thompson
Two top-25s
45,466
University of Alabama
24. Fabián Gómez
Two top-20s
43,657
N/A
25. Jim Knous*
Three top-25s
41,931
Colorado School of Mines
*=PGA TOUR rookie in 2018-19

Finishing 26th on the Finals money list Justin Lower, who earned $41,441 to finish $490 behind Knous. Lower had a career-best season on Tour in 2019, earning a Web.com Tour Finals berth for the first time in his career. The Malone University alum was on the bubble all week, but ultimately missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole at Atlantic Beach CC to come up just shy.

The 25 players from the Web.com Tour Finals money list will join the 25 players from the Regular Season money list on the PGA TOUR. The 25 from the Regular Season are below:

Player
Hometown
Stats
College
1. Sungjae Im*
Jeju, South Korea
Two wins
Korea Nat’l Sport
2. Sam Burns
Shreveport, La.
One win, five top-10s
Lousiana State University
3. Scott Langley
Barrington, Ill.
One win, five top-10s
University of Illinois
4. Martin Trainer*
Palo Alto, Calif.
Two wins
Southern California
5. K.H. Lee*
Ilsan, South Korea
Three runners-up
Korea Nat’l Sport
6. Cameron Champ*
Sacramento, Calif.
One win, five top-10s
Texas A&M
7. Sebastian Muñoz
Bogotá, Colombia
Six top-10s
North Texas
8. Anders Albertson*
Alpharetta, Georgia
One win, two top-10s
Georgia Tech
9. Chase Wright*
Muncie, Ind.
One win, four top-10s
University of Indiana
10. John Chin*
Temecula, Calif.
Three top-10s
UC Irvine
11. Kyle Jones*
Snowflake, Ariz.
Four top-10s
Baylor University
12. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez*
Irapuato, Mexico
One win, three top-10s
N/A
13. Adam Long*
St. Louis, Mo.
Five top-10s
Duke University
14. Adam Svensson*
Surrey, B.C., Canada
One win, four top-10s
Barry University
15. Josh Teater
Lexington, Ky
Three top-10s
Morehead State
16. Wyndham Clark*
Denver, Colo.
Four top-10s
University of Oregon
17. Julian Etulain
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Three top-10s
N/A
18. Alex Prugh
Spokane, Wash.
Four top-10s
University of Washington
19. Joey Garber*
Petoskey, Mich.
One win, three top-10s
University of Georgia
20. Chris Thompson*
Lawrence, Kan.
Five top-10s
University of Kansas
21. Carlos Ortiz
Jalisco, Mexico
Four top-10s
North Texas
22. Brady Schnell
Omaha, Neb.
One win, two top-10s
University of Nebraska
23. Kramer Hickok*
Dallas, Texas
Four top-10s
University of Texas
24. Roberto Castro
Atlanta, Georgia
Five top-10s
Georgia Tech
25. Hank Lebioda*
Orlando, Fla.
Four top-10s
Florida State University

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