Which South Carolina golf players are on the PGA Tour?


Lucas Glover holds the trophy after winning the John Deere Classic golf tournament, Sunday, July 11, 2021, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


There are just two PGA Tour tournaments left for players to achieve full status for the 2021-22 season, and there’s work — lots of work — to be done for about half of South Carolina’s contingent.

The magic number is 125 in the season’s FedEx rankings for players to qualify for this season’s playoffs and gain full playing privileges for 2021-22, and more than half of the state’s players are in perilous positions.

The “safe” list:

Dustin Johnson, 15th in FedEx points and No. 2 in the world, although his calendar year was below his standards;

Lucas Glover, a former Clemson All-American who ended an 11-year winless streak at the John Deere Classic and is 33rd in points;

Kevin Kisner, the Aiken pro who is another who hasn’t played by his usual standards, but is 68th in FedEx points;

Doc Redman, another former Clemson star who finished tied for second at Congaree, posted three top-five finishes and is 82nd in points.

Matt NeSmith, the former USC All-American, has seven top-25 finishes this year and ranks 102nd.

Kyle Stanley, who played at Clemson and is heading to the final tournaments at 106.

Otherwise, state players need high finishes or will look to the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs to earn 2021-22 PGA status.

Scott Brown, who shone in national champion teams USC Aiken, has enjoyed much of the season and sits at 159. His tie for fourth at the John Deere raised hopes for another standout tournament the would propel into the top 125.

Ben Martin (Greenville/Clemson) at 175, Mark Anderson (Beaufort/USC) at 177 and DJ Trahan (Mount Pleasant/Clemson) at 187 to finish the season in the top 200 and have the opportunity to make the Korn playoffs ferry.

Multi-tournament winners Bill Haas (Greenville) at 205 and Jonathan Byrd (Columbia/Clemson) at 206 have a shot at a top-200 finish and will only have former champion status – a low priority – in case of failure.

Tommy Gainey (Hartsville) has spent most of the season playing Korn Ferry events and will be in the playoffs on this tour. He, too, would have former PGA Tour champion status.

William McGirt (Bluffton/Wofford) and Wesley Bryan (Columbia/USC) will play 2021-22 on major medical overtime. The two have played in 11 events this season, and Bryan suffered a tendon injury that ruled him out of the new season which begins in September.

Andrew Novak (Mount Pleasant/Wofford) and Robert Diaz (USC Aiken) are in a position to earn full PGA Tour status next season thanks to their performances in the Korn Ferry pre-elimination events.

Most of the top players will compete in the WGC St. Jude tournament next weekend with others in an opposing event, the Barracuda. The regular season ends with the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro from August 12-15.

The top 125 start the playoffs in the Northern Trust. The top 70 after this event move on to the BMW and the top 30 earn spots in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Amateur Preview. The 90th South Carolina Amateur Championship runs Thursday through Sunday at the DeBordieu Club near Georgetown with some familiar names chasing the top amateur title in the state.

Defending champion Jonathan Griz withdrew to compete in the US Amateur which begins August 9, leaving Kyle Bearden (tied for second), 2019 champion Tyler Gray (fourth) and Evans Lewis (fifth) best returnees of the 2020 tournament.

Robert Lutomski and SC Match Play winner Jason Steiner will be joined by the college-aged crowd led by Jack Parrott, Colombian champion Bronson Myers, Walker Jones and Gene Zeigler and junior stars Rowan Sullivan and Max Green.

The last time the Amateur came to DeBordieu, in 2016, former Clemson star and current mini-tour pro Carson Young won by three strokes with a total of 277 over four innings.

Chip shots. The U.S. female fan starting Monday in Rye, New York includes four South Carolinas: Jensen Castle (West Columbia/Kentucky), Anna Morgan (Spartanburg/Furman), Emma Schimpf (Daniel Island/College of Charleston) and Mary Kathryn Toledo (Spartanburg/College of Charleston). … Matt NeSmith, former USC All-American and current PGA Tour pro, is the title sponsor of the Tuesday-Thursday AJGA Junior Tournament at Forest Lake Club. NeSmith earned AJGA Player of the Year honors in 2012. … The Palmetto State team won the Georgia-South Carolina junior team games at Greenville CC’s Riverside Course. … Zach Adams (Charleston) and Paige Paolucci (Blythewood) won the individual titles at the 23rd annual Blade Junior Classic at Thornblade Club in Greer. … In South Carolina’s junior match play at Lancaster GC, Zach Adams (Charleston) won the boys’ title and Skye Two Hawks Skenandore (Aiken) won the girls’ championship.

Michael C. Ford