Fidelity Sports clients had a wonderful week across the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Latin America and PGA Tour Canada, notching four top twenty finishes across the three tours, all of which provide a direct pathway to the PGA Tour.
Justin Hueber, a three time winner on PGA Tour Latin America, recorded a career best Web.com Tour finish in Wichita, Kansas at the Air Capital Classic. Justin fired rounds of 65-67-70-64, good enough for a 4th place tie. The finish vaulted Hueber 62 spots up the Money List, and now places him squarely in contention for a spot in the Web.com Tour playoffs and the chance to make a run towards the Top 25 and a PGA Tour card for the 2017-2018 season.
Playing for more than a trophy, Hueber had his wife Sarah on the bag as caddy for the first time in 2017. The Air Capital Classic was the first event Sarah, a RN, was able to travel to this season. With her nearly impeccable caddying record to date with Justin, we may need to ask her to make a career change!
Hueber’s 2017 season got off to a slow start. He was forced to withdraw from the final stage of 2016 Q-School leaving him with Web.com Tour membership, but no guaranteed starts for the year. After Monday Qualifying for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March and a Sponsors Exemption to the Corales Punta Cana Resort Championship, Hueber was able to improve his status and earned a spot to the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May where he would finish 17th. While he waited for the next reshuffle, which would again improve his status, Hueber Monday Qualified for the Air Capital Classic with a 66 in 30mph gusting wind conditions to earn his spot in the field. Now 70th on the Money List with the reshuffle, Hueber can chart his own schedule for the remainder of the season.
Lanto Griffin entered the Air Capital Classic with his back against the wall. Play well, and he would continue to set his own schedule for the 2017 Web.com Tour season with the Monday Reshuffle. Miss the cut, and he was in danger of being reshuffled out of fields and forced to join in on Monday Qualifying.
Lanto took a positive outlook on the challenge ahead, and recorded his best finish of the year–19th place, thanks to a final round 64! For the week, Lanto recorded rounds of 71-64-71-64, notching 23 birdies in four days which was 2nd best in the field, and he was also 2nd in the field for putting! The Top 25 finish not only improved his projected position in the reshuffle, it also guaranteed him a spot in field this week at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship.
Wade Binfield made his first start of the 2017 Mackenzie-Tour PGA Tour Canada season this past week at Golf BC Championship the in Kelowna, British Colombia. Wade had missed the first two events of the season due to his play on the Web.com Tour. Playing on a Sponsors Exemption at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, Binfield finished 14th in the rain-shortened event with three rounds of 67-67-68 to earn a spot in the following event at the Rex Hospital Open, where he would go on to finish 33rd. Wade continued his solid play in Kelowna, finishing 9th place with rounds of 66-70-66-70.
Brian Richey has been a man on a mission in 2017 on PGA Tour Latin America. After just missing out on keeping his Web.com Tour status for 2017, Brian has regrouped wonderfully and his proving where he belongs. Brian played 8 events in PGA Tour Latin America’s Spring Swing, recording Top 25 finishes in all six cuts made including four top 10 finishes. To end the spring season, Brian played the BMW Jamaica Classic, finishing in a tie for 9th with rounds of 67-70-69-66. Brian heads in to the summer months 11th on the Order of Merit. At the end of the Fall Swing, Top 10 on the Order of Merit receive Web.com Tour membership while 11-20 advance to the 2nd stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.