Monday, July 24th, 2017: On Sunday, both the PGA and Web.com Tour events were won by SwingThought TOUR alums. Grayson Murray won the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship by 1 after making a 4 foot putt for par on the 72nd hole. Murray shot a final round 3-under to capture his first PGA Tour victory. Murray, who struggled in the early part of the year has since turned it around in recent months. He has made 11 cuts in his last 13 events and has vaulted up to 60th in the FedEx Cup Points standings. With his victory, Murray earns a 2 year exemption on the PGA Tour and an exemption into this year’s PGA Championship in Charlotte.
On the Web.com circuit, former SwingThought member Sam Ryder was on cruise control during his final round at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. Ryder who finished the tournament at 21-under won by 8 shots. His week was highlighted by a 2nd round 9-under 62. With this victory, Ryder moves into 2nd on the Web.com Money List, where the Top 25 automatically earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2018-2019 season.
The week was also kind to our Compass Pointe Classic winner Christian Brand. Brand, who has earned status on the Web.com Tour based on his play, finished solo 6th at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. Brand, who won the Compass Pointe Classic in May, has 2 T-17 finishes, a T-13 finish and now a solo 6th finish on Tour. With his play of late, Brand has moved into 71st on the Web.com Tour Money List.
Grant Leaver and Robby Shelton both had solid weeks at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship. Shelton, who won our first event of the season and currently sits 1st on the order of merit on the Mackenzie Tour, made the most of his sponsors exemption by finishing in a tie for 35th. Leaver, who won our 2nd Major of the year at Greystone, Monday Qualified and finished in a tie for 42nd. Leaver made a big move up the leaderboard on Saturday after posting a third round 64.
8 Alums finished inside the Top 10 at the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship: Grayson Murray (1), Chad Collins (2), Brian Gay, Scott Stallings and Tad Ridings (T3), Ryan Blaum and Ben Martin (T6), and Robert Garrigus (10). Former SwingThought TOUR players continue to succeed, advancing to the highest level of touring professional golf, the PGA Tour.
About SwingThought TOUR
The SwingThought TOUR, wholly owned and operated by Golf Interact (Golf Interact acquired the former NGA Hooters Tour and eGolf Pro Tour), has proven year after year to be the most outstanding avenue for players to display and develop their skills in an extremely competitive atmosphere. The SwingThought TOUR is the only Professional Tour in the country, to offer a series of events, besides the PGA and Web.com Tours, which offers a full week of activities that include 72-hole (36-hole cut) tournaments, free practice rounds, free sponsored beverages and snacks each week, free range balls, paid participant pro-ams, long drive contests, and shootouts at selected events. The SwingThought TOUR provides players the opportunity to experience all aspects of life as a true touring golf professional. The schedule is structured around geographical series and different varieties of championship golf courses to subject our players to any type of course they may face at golf’s highest levels. The SwingThought TOUR is operated by a knowledgeable staff who are PGA and USGA certified. As evidenced by the success of our alumni, The SwingThought TOUR is the most proven avenue to the PGA and Web.com Tours. SwingThought TOUR alumni have won an amazing 17 Major Championships. Most recently, 87 of the 150 players who competed in the 2015 Web.com Tour Q School Final Stage were past players on the SwingThought TOUR.