Aug 24

PGA Tour – FedEX Cup Playoffs Underway

Camilo Villegas Florida 01

The PGA Tour FedEX Cup Playoff is underway and the regular season concluded with more than $186M in winnings going to 233 former college golfers. They represent 102 colleges and universities from 32 athletic conferences.

 

Top 5 NCAA Teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 1 Georgia $21,592,816
2 2 Georgia Tech $10,217,968
3 3 UNLV $9,097,947
4 4 Oklahoma State $9,083,879
5 5 Arizona $6,350,946

 

Top 5 NCAA Conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 SEC $42,449,069
2 2 ACC $31,562,459
3 3 Big 12 $25,082,956
4 4 PAC 12 $20,502,035
5 5 Mountain West $18,861,079

Aug 05

PGA Tour – Rankings update prior to the PGA Championship

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After a start to the season that saw former college golfers win 21 of the first 25 events on the PGA Tour, things have slowed down a bit. As things stand right now there are 39 official tournaments in the books and former college golfers have won 27 of them.

Despite the recent slowdown in championship trophies at the game’s highest level, former college athletes have still earned more than $177M this season. All told, 230 golfers representing 102 schools and 32 conferences have cashed checks on the PGA Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 29

PGA Tour – ACC gets 5th win of PGA Tour Season

Tim Clark NC State 01

Tim Clark stepped up big on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open. Shooting a 5-under 30 on the back nine was enough for the former NC State Wolfpack standout to grab his second PGA Tour win. The win was the 5th of the year by former members of the ACC – second only to the SEC.

Among the top 25 rankings it was a pretty quiet week. Arizona managed to find its way inside the top 5 for the first time in recent memory. Led by Jim Furyk, the Wildcats are now ranked as the 5th most successful NCAA program on the PGA Tour this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 28

MLB, NFL and NBA on hold…for now

Stephen Strasburg San Diego State 01

I created the Rivals Cup in an effort to make a home for promoting the collegiate affiliations of professional athletes. While that is not changing, the focus is going to be narrowed a bit.

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Jul 17

PGA Tour – UGA keeps the pedal down at John Deere Classic

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Does anyone else get the feeling that we are seeing something this year from the University of Georgia on the PGA Tour that we will not see the likes of again for the foreseeable future?

When Brian Harman held the John Deere classic trophy on Sunday night, he became the 6th former UGA golfer to do so this season. One of the ‘Dawgs included in that 6 is Bubba Watson, who was won twice (including at some place called Augusta National). Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 11

eGolf Tour Update – Million Dollar Midseason

Jack Fields North Carolina 01

The eGolf Tour hit the million-dollar mark in season-long payout following last week’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno, NV, with $1,012,090 going to 153 former college golfers, representing 95 schools from 31 conferences.

The ECU Pirates continue to lead the way this year, with $53,651 in earnings. The Greenville, NC school has put forth a bevy of talent in recent years, with current Web.com Tour star and former eGolf Tour standout Harold Varner III leading the way. The purple and gold currently have two players inside the top 20 on the 2014 eGolf Tour money list, as Adam Stephenson and seven-time tour winner Frank Adams III have combined to produce $35,736 in season-long earnings – over 66 percent of the school’s overall tally. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 17

PGA Tour – U.S. Open wraps with heavy NCAA influence

Brooks Koepka Florida State 01

Brooks Koepka who finished T4 at the U.S. Open in Pinehurst led Florida State this week. In honor of this, and in recognition of the Seminoles consistently being among the top 15 NCAA programs on the PGA Tour, we’ve added a team detail page, which you can see here.

The ‘Noles had 3 formers make the cut in Pinehurst – good for 2nd among all NCAA programs in such a comparison. Should be fun to watch FSU on the PGA Tour in the coming years. Nice piece on Koepka and what this performance did for him over at Golfweek.

Alas, it was the University of Georgia that left Pinehurst having gained the most in the Rivals Cup – shocking, I know.

Five former Bulldogs cashed checks at the U.S. Open earning a total of more than $1.0M. Georgia has now amassed $18.6M in official PGA Tour earnings this season. They have 6 wins from 5 different players and have simply demonstrated their excellence at will.

No ‘Dawg stood taller at the U.S. Open than Erik Compton though. Compton became the 7th former UGA star to earn more than $1M this season. If you’re not familiar with Compton’s touching personal story, I suggest you check it out here – sure puts things in perspective.

4th ranked Oklahoma State became only the 4th NCAA program to cross the $6M in cumulative earnings on the PGA Tour this season.

6th ranked Texas got a nice boost from newly minted pro Cody Gribble (this was his second event as a professional).  Gribble became the 6th former Longhorn to record earnings on the PGA Tour this season when he finished T21 at the Open, 1 shot behind Texas flag-bearer Jordan Spieth.

Illinois was the only other NCAA program (Florida State) to move up in the rankings this week. The Illini are now ranked 17th on the PGA Tour and are just a win away from top 10 status.

Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and UNLV all held their positions in the top 25 rankings this week.

Meanwhile, Clemson and Florida both slipped on spot each. The Tigers blanked in the U.S. Open, but the Gators managed about $80k in earnings thanks to Billy Horschel who finished T23.

 

Top 5 NCAA teams on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev School Earnings
1 1 Georgia  $18,604,607
2 2 Georgia Tech  $8,950,420
3 3 UNLV  $6,975,877
4 4 Oklahoma State  $6,581,130
5 5 Baylor  $4,933,789

 

Top 5 NCAA conferences on the PGA Tour (top 25):

Rank Prev Conference Earnings
1 1 SEC  $35,057,828
2 2 ACC  $23,006,298
3 3 Big 12  $20,855,270
4 4 PAC 12  $15,674,553
5 5 Mountain West  $14,708,377

Jun 10

PGA Tour – PAC12 gets 3rd win in Memphis

Ben Crane Oregon 01

It was another good week on the PGA Tour from a Rivals Cup perspective. Ben Crane’s victory in Memphis was the 24th of the year by a former college golfer. That’s 24 out of 30 by the way, meaning that former NCAA athletes are winning at a rate of 80% on the games biggest stage.

58 Rivals-Cuppers made the cut and cashed checks at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week. They represent 42 colleges or universities from 16 conferences and they earned a cumulative total of more than $5.2M. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 03

PGA Tour – Memorial Tournament Rankings Update

Paul Casey Arizona State 01

Even without a win this week, former NCAA’ers still made their presence at the Memorial Tournament known. 59 former college golfers representing 40 colleges or universities from 17 conferences cashed checks totaling more than $3.75M.

Illinois was the biggest mover of the week. Former Illini are now ranked #17 on the PGA Tour – up from #23 last week. Led by Steve Stricker’s T6 and Luke Guthrie’s T8, Illinois cashed $421.5k in checks this week at Muirfield Village. It was still a what-could-have-been type of Sunday for Scott Langley who finished T28 with a closing round of 79.

No worries for Illinois however – they can still lay claim to the last Big 10 win on the PGA Tour – D.A. Points in Houston in 2013 and are certain to be among the top 25 programs on the PGA Tour for a long time coming.

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May 27

PGA Tour – UNLV claims 2nd win of the season

Adam Scott UNLV 04

With Adam Scott’s win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, UNLV regained the #3 rank on the PGA Tour with more than $6.3M in cumulative earnings.

It was the second win by a former Rebel this year on the PGA Tour. Ryan Moore also won early in the 2013-2014 wrap around schedule at the CIMB Classic in October. Read the rest of this entry »

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