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Professional Golf Update for OSU Alum

Jordan King - August 13, 2019 9:28 am

The Northern Trust is the first tournament of the PGA tour playoffs. via Wikipedia

That from the Korn Ferry Tour periscope live stream on Twitter yesterday evening when former Oklahoma State Cowboy national champion golf team member Kristoffer Ventura was given his PGA Tour Card.

He closed the regular season with a bang. Although he shot just two under on his final round, the Poke from Norway finished third in the Winco Foods Portland Open with an eye popping 19 under par.

That moved him into the top-5 on the Tour’s point rankings, which is important in terms of tour card priority and he is sitting pretty heading into the playoffs. He will be joined by fellow national champion teammate Viktor Hovland during the playoffs, as Hovy has to earn his card.

Kevin Daugherty will also be competing in the playoffs, he was cut this weekend and finished outside the top-25 so he also has to earn his card.

Although pro golf is bright for former Cowboys, Edward Loar suffered a gut punch on the 18th yesterday when he saw his birdie putt come up less than an inch to the left of the cup and would not fall. That meant he missed out on a shot at the playoffs by a single stroke. Loar tweeted out afterwards, “I chose a cruel sport to play for a living… sometimes I wish I didn’t love it so much.. not sure what’s next.”

On the PGA tour playoffs, it wasn’t a great weekend for Pokes. Nothing noteworthy from the top-two Cowboys in points as Charles Howell III and Rickie Fowler were both cut. As for Talor Gooch and Matthew Wolff, both played the weekend, but both finished one over. That means both will not advance and Wolff’s rookie year comes to a close. He missed out on the next round by just four spots.

Wolff also garnered attention of one of the other young bright stars in professional golf and a multi-time major champion.

Kevin Tway had struggled recently heading into the playoffs and though he didn’t play four great rounds, he was the best of the bunch. He finished 7 under for a tie for 24th and will join Fowler and Howell in the next round of the playoffs.

 

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