A runner-up finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship by Colleyville resident Ryan Palmer means that five of the top 25 golfers on today’s updated PGA Tour money list live in Tarrant County.
Westlake resident K.J. Choi, winner of The Players Championship on May 15, is fourth on the money list with $2,941,699. Fort Worth resident Rory Sabbatini, who won the Honda Classic on March 6, is 11th at $2,150,431.
The remaining Tarrant golfers among the Top 25 money winners have yet to win this season but have been close on more than one occasion. Colleyville resident Hunter Mahan, No. 15 on the money list, has earned $2,008,402. Masters runner-up Jason Day, a Fort Worth resident who finished fifth at the Nelson, has collected $1,855,362 in tour earnings this season. He ranks 17th on the money list.
Palmer, a Colleyville resident who fell to Keegan Bradley in Sunday’s playoff at the Nelson, jumped 25 spots on this week’s money list and checks in at No. 25, with $1,516,768 in 2011 earnings. Palmer’s runner-up finish at the Nelson marked his top showing of the season.
In terms of world rankings, seven Tarrant Country residents rank among the world’s top 50 golfers based on today’s updated numbers: Choi (No. 16), Mahan (No. 18), Day (No. 19), Westlake resident Ben Crane (No. 39), Southlake resident Y.E. Yang (No. 40), Sabbatini (No. 46) and Palmer (No. 48).
_ Jimmy Burch