Wheatcroft retains PGA Tour card
Posted October 10, 2017 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact
Steve Wheatcroft competing in the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach. Photo courtesy of USGA.
Washington, PA, native Steve Wheacroft played 17 events on the PGA Tour during the 2016-17 season. He made nine cuts, with a tie for tenth in Memphis his best. Wheatcroft’s earnings were $309,518 that left him 173rd on the money list and 179th on the FedEx Cup points list.
In attempting to secure PGA Tour status for 2017-18, Wheatcroft played in four events in the Web.com Tour Finals. The field of 144 from the the top-75 players on the web.com money list, and the players ranked 126-200 from the PGA Tour money list, competed for 25 PGA Tour cards for the upcoming season. The top 25 were determined by money won in these four events to advance to the PGA Tour.
Wheatcroft stayed in the hunt by making cuts at Columbus and Boise, followed by a t-11 at Canterbury GC. He was ranked 23rd heading into the finals and opened with 62 at Atlantic Beach, but followed with rounds of 68 and 73 left him in 29th. The fourth round was played on Monday following the cancellation of the round on Sunday due to weather. Wheatcroft shot a bogey-free 67 to tie for 16th and secure his PGA Tour card for the 2017-18 season. It will be his sixth season on the PGA Tour.
Wheatcroft has played 180 events on the Web.com Tour and 150 on the PGA Tour in his thirteen year career. He has made the cut in 71 PGA Tour competitions and finished in the top-ten six times, including a third and a second place finish. He retained his card in the 2015 season finishing 101st on the money list with just over a million dollars in earnings.
While playing locally, Wheatcroft won the 2003 Pennsylvania Open and the 2004 West Penn Open. He has recorded two wins on the Web.com Tour, and has won nearly a combined $3,700,000 since 2004 in his five seasons on the PGA Tour and eight on the Web.com Tour.
Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, also secured his card. He opened with a 59 at Atlantic Beach, tied for second in the finals and qualified sixth overall.