(Image courtesy bleacherreport.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour)
Buckeye Kevin Hall is one happy man. And an inspiration.
Cincinnati native Kevin Hall finished his qualifying event in style with final round cores of 66 – 68 to give him a four round total of 282 and a tie for 10th place, easily one of the top 19 qualifiers.
With qualification for the Web.com Tour Final Stage, Kevin has earned status on that tour for 2018. If he finishes in the top 45 during the Final Stage, he will be assured a significant offer of spots in tournaments.
Ryan Armour had a so-so day on Saturday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 72 (+1) but made hay on Sunday’s final round with a 67 (-4) that moved Ryan up to T-20th position. After winning his previous start at the Sanderson Farms Championship, a top-20 follow up is an encouraging sign for the 2018 season. He has maintained his spot at #9 in the FedEx Rankings.
On Saturday, he drove the ball well (318 yard avg), was accurate off the tee (64% – Tour avg 58%) and was so-so on hitting greens in regulation at 67% (Tour avg 67%). His bugaboo was his putting; he lost almost 2.5 strokes to the field. We have a little something to work on this week. Ryan hit 12/18 greens in regulation, but only converted 3 of these to birdies.
In Sunday’s final round, it was more “good” Ryan. He still drove well (299 yards) and was more accurate, hitting 64% of the fairways. Hitting off more fairways meant he had opportunity to hit more greens, which he did at 78% clip. Consequently, his putting dramatically improved and it was reflected in his score. In this round, of 14 greens in regulation, he converted 5 to birdie or better. Sunday was a much better round for Ryan.
Ryan Armour tees it up this weekend at the OHL Classic in Playa Del Carmen, MEX.
Kevin Hall’s next big event is the Web.com Tour Final Stage qualifier to be held December 7 – 10 in Chandler, AZ.