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Heads of the class – Welcome the 50 new PGA TOUR members

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Accompanied by the always interesting season-ending drama to the Tour season on Sunday at the Tour Championship, the 50 PGA TOUR cards and priority positions for each player for the 2015-16 season have been determined.  The new PGA TOUR season begins in less than two weeks (Oct. 15-18) at the Open in California.

Leading the class of 50 who are headed to the PGA TOUR are Patton Kizzire, who led the Tour in combined earnings for the entire 25-event season, and Chez Reavie, who was the leading money winner for the four-event Tour Finals. Both are fully exempt on TOUR and earned a spot in next May’s PLAYERS Championship. The 25th and last Finals’ money-list card went to Rob Oppenheim, by a mere $101.

The 50 who secured 2015-16 PGA TOUR playing privileges and the order in which they will be slotted in the Tour eligibility ranking (1-50) follow. The order will be used at the start of the upcoming PGA TOUR season to form fields:

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Player Age/Residence (Origin)/College
1 Chez Reavie Chez Reavie

Age: 33
Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz. (Kansas)
College: Arizona State

2 Patton Kizzire Patton Kizzire

Age: 29
Residence: Sea Island, Ga. (Alabama)
College: Auburn

3 Dawie van der Walt Dawie van der Walt

Age: 32
Residence: Kingwood, Texas (South Africa)
College: Lamar

4 Emiliano Grillo Emiliano Grillo

Age: 23
Residence: Bradenton, Fla. (Argentina)

5 Martin Piller Martin Piller

Age: 29
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: Texas A&M

6 Henrik Norlander Henrik Norlander

Age: 28
Residence: Augusta, Ga. (Sweden)
College: Augusta State

7 Jamie Lovemark Jamie Lovemark

Age: 27
Residence: Jupiter, Fla. (California)
College: Southern California

8 Andrew Loupe Andrew Loupe

Age: 26
Residence: Baton Rouge, La.
College: LSU

9 Peter Malnati Peter Malnati

Age: 28
Residence: Knoxville, Tenn. (Indiana)
College: Missouri

10 Roberto Castro Roberto Castro

Age: 30
Residence: Atlanta (Texas)
College: Georgia Tech

11 D.H. Lee D.H. Lee

Age: 28
Residence: Yongin City, South Korea

12 Sam Saunders Sam Saunders

Age: 28
Residence: Fort Collins, Colo. (Florida)
College: Clemson

13 Smylie Kaufman Smylie Kaufman

Age: 23
Residence: Birmingham, Ala.
College: LSU

14 Michael Thompson Michael Thompson

Age: 30
Residence: Birmingham, Ala. (Arizona)
College: Alabama

15 Bronson Burgoon Bronson Burgoon

Age: 28
Residence: The Woodlands, Texas
College: Texas A&M

16 Tom Hoge Tom Hoge

Age: 26
Residence: Fargo, N.D. (North Carolina)
College: TCU

17 Steve Marino Steve Marino

Age: 35
Residence: Tequesta, Fla. (Oklahoma)
College: Virginia

18 Brett Stegmaier Brett Stegmaier

Age: 32
Residence: Vero Beach, Fla. (Connecticut)
College: Florida

19 Dicky Pride Dicky Pride

Age: 46
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (Alabama)
College: Alabama

20 Rhein Gibson Rhein Gibson

Age: 29
Residence: Edmond, Okla. (Australia)
College: Oklahoma Christian U.

21 Kelly Kraft Kelly Kraft

Age: 26
Residence: Dallas, Texas
College: SMU

22 Kyle Stanley Kyle Stanley

Age: 27
Residence: Gig Harbor, Wash.
College: Clemson

23 Si Woo Kim Si Woo Kim

Age: 20
Residence: Fullerton, Calif. (South Korea)
College: Yonsei University

24 Hiroshi Iwata Hiroshi Iwata

Age: 34
Residence: Miyaki, Japan
College: Tohoku Fukushi U.

25 Wes Roach Wes Roach

Age: 26
Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
College: Duke

26 Ricky Barnes Ricky Barnes

Age: 34
Residence: Phoenix, Ariz. (California)
College: Arizona

27 Shane Bertsch Shane Bertsch

Age: 45
Residence: Parker, Colo.
College: Texas A&M

28 Lucas Glover Lucas Glover

Age: 35
Residence: Tequesta, Fla. (South Carolina)
College: Clemson

29 Tyler Aldridge Tyler Aldridge

Age: 30
Residence: Nampa, Idaho
College: Boise State

30 Derek Fathauer Derek Fathauer

Age: 29
Residence: Jupiter, Fla.
College: Louisville

31 Abraham Ancer Abraham Ancer

Age: 24
Residence: Norman, Okla. (Mexico/U.S. citizen)
College: Oklahoma

32 Anirban Lahiri Anirban Lahiri

Age: 28
Residence: Bangalore, India

33 Harold Varner III Harold Varner III

Age: 25
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (Ohio)
College: East Carolina

34 Tyrone Van Aswegen Tyrone Van Aswegen

Age: 33
Residence: San Diego, Calif. (South Africa)
College: Oklahoma City University

35 Michael Kim Michael Kim

Age: 22
Residence: Houston, Texas (South Korea)
College: California

36 Mark Hubbard Mark Hubbard

Age: 26
Residence: San Jose, Calif. (Colorado)
College: San Jose State

37 Miguel Angel Carballo Miguel Angel Carballo

Age: 36
Residence: Bahia Blanca, Argentina

38 Robert Garrigus Robert Garrigus

Age: 37
Residence: Phoenix, Ariz. (Idaho)
College: Scottsdale CC

39 Rod Pampling Rod Pampling

Age: 45
Residence: Double Oak, Texas (Australia)

40 Tim Wilkinson Tim Wilkinson

Age: 37
Residence: Jacksonville Beach, Fla. (New Zealand)
College: St. Peter’s

41 Darron Stiles Darron Stiles

Age: 42
Residence: Pinehurst, N.C. (Florida)
College: Florida Southern

42 Derek Ernst Derek Ernst

Age: 25
Residence: Las Vegas, Nev. (California)
College: UNLV

43 Sung Kang Sung Kang

Age: 28
Residence: Seoul, South Korea / Irving, Texas
College: Yonsei Unversity

44 Luke List Luke List

Age: 30
Residence: Jupiter, Fla. (Washington)
College: Vanderbilt

45 Andrew Landry Andrew Landry

Age: 28
Residence: Austin, Texas
College: Arkansas

46 Thomas Aiken Thomas Aiken

Age: 32
Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa

47 Lucas Lee Lucas Lee

Age: 28
Residence: Torrance, Calif. (Brazil)
College: UCLA

48 Brian Davis Brian Davis

Age: 41
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (England)

49 Patrick Rodgers Patrick Rodgers

Age: 23
Residence: Avon, Indiana
College: Stanford

50 Rob Oppenheim Rob Oppenheim

Age: 35
Residence: Orlando, Fla. (Massachussetts)
College: Rollins College