For a young golfer on the PGA Tour, there are few greater feelings (other than winning) than earning your PGA Tour Card for the following season. That is exactly what Denny McCarthy was able to do on Sunday. Thanks to his tie for ninth finish at the DAP Championship coupled with a tie for fifth at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, McCarthy has guaranteed a spot in the Web.com Tour Championship and thus a spot in the Top-25 of the Web.com Tour Finals money list.
McCarthy finished 149th in the PGA Tour’s Fedex Cup regular season standings, missing out the Fedex Cup Playoffs, but qualifying for the Web.com Tour Finals. He struggled early on in his rookie year on the PGA Tour missing the cut in seven of his first nine events. But he turned things around and finished strong making 11 of 13 cuts including a fourth place finish at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship and top 25 finishes at the Valero Texas Open and Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
While McCarthy’s job for next season is secure, he’ll still have plenty to play for over the next couple of weeks. In addition to his share of the $2M in prize money still at stake, the leading money-winner in the Web.com Finals is fully exempt on the PGA Tour next season. A privilege that allows a player his choice of which events he wants to play as well as an exemption into THE PLAYERS Championship. That quest begins next week at the Albertsons Boise Open and concludes the following week at the Web.com Tour Championship.
Joining McCarthy in Boise will be Ben Kohles. The 2012 Virginia grad has struggled down the stretch on the Web.com Tour this season, but finished tied for 36th at the DAP Championship and is currently within striking distance of a PGA Tour card, sitting in 56th place of the Web.com Tour Finals standings.