NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — A round at Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge earlier this week is cause to look back at The 25 and ahead to the tournament that makes their names or breaks their hearts. The WinCo Foods Portland Open won’t come to the Portland suburbs until late August at Pumpkin Ridge’s Witch Hollow course, but even this early in the Web.com Tour’s season, there are some things shaping up.
For instance, Wesley Bryan, a 26-year-old South Carolinian, has virtually clinched his spot in The 25 — the top regular-season money-winners on the Web tour — with victories in two of the first six events, including last week at the El Bosque Mexico Championship in Guanajato, Mexico.
The 25, you know by now, is the list of players who earn PGA Tour cards by being in the magic number. Smylie Kaufman is a name you know — first for playing with Jordan Spieth in the final group on Sunday at The Masters, then for the 81 that blew him out of contention.
The 24-year-old Kaufman likely wouldn’t be playing with the big boys at all if he hadn’t gotten a leg up on The 25 last season by winning the Web.com’s United Leasing & Finance Championship, which returns this week to Victoria National GC in Indiana.
It all comes down to the WinCo, the last regular-season event (Aug. 25-28) on the Web.com schedule. There are other ways to get on the PGA Tour, but The 25 don’t have to worry about them — they’re in.