Florida’s Fred Biondi tops PGA Tour University pre-season standings | Golf News and Tour Information

The University of Florida fifth-year senior tops the preseason list released Wednesday. A 21-year-old Brazilian, Biondi edged out his rising senior comrades, who will all work through their senior year of college, in addition to helping their teams fight for an NCAA title, to enter the top five in the standings. and become a member. on the Korn Ferry Tour for summer 2023.

And if you think that’s not really a reward, think again. Texas All-American Pierceson Coody finished No. 1 at the end of the 2022 season in early June and, in his third KFT start this summer, won the Live and Work in Maine Open. With two regular season events to play, he has an outside chance to slip into the top 25 of the KFT points list (he’s currently 32nd) and earn a PGA Tour card for the 2022-23 season. His current spot puts him in the Korn Ferry Tour Final Series, where 25 other PGA Tour cards are up for grabs.

It’s not just the top five players at the end of the college season who earn a spot to play next summer. Those who finish sixth through 15th on the PGA Tour U points list earn a membership in PGA Tour Canada or PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

Biondi’s resume includes two wins and two runners-up with the Gators in the 2021-22 season. He also qualified for the US Open at the Country Club (missing the cut) and was 2-0-2 for the international team that won the Arnold Palmer Cup this summer. In January, he finished second in the Latin American Amateur Championship and he is the highest-ranked Brazilian golfer in the history of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (21st).

Not far behind him in the standings are two players who have been central to the PGA Tour U. pursuit in previous seasons. Second-ranked Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg was going to wrap up his college season last spring, but an injury forced him to postpone his departure for a year. Likewise, Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett was No. 1 in the PGA Tour U. Rankings at the end of the fall semester in 2021, but decided to use a year of remaining eligibility and postpone his senior season to 2022- 23. He is third in the pre-season standings.

PGA Tour University Velocity Global Ranking—2022-23 Pre-Season

Rounding out the top five are 2021 US Amateur runner-up Austin Greaser of North Carolina and Texas’ Travis Vick, a key member of the 2022 Longhorns’ team that won the NCAA title and the low amateur at the US Open in Brooklyn.

Michael C. Ford