The Fuzzy Zoeller Classic at the Covered Bridge Golf Club
SELLERSBURG, Indiana — The 2021 Forme Tour program resumes after a week of hiatus. Players arrive in the southern part of Hoosier State for The Fuzzy Zoeller Classic at the Covered Bridge Golf Club. The fifth event on the calendar, the city of Sellersburg is sponsoring the tournament which features a field of 19 of the top 20 on the points list. Only Alex Smalley, ranked No.11, is not playing this week. Like the last event of the Tour, the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational outside of Chicago, this week’s tournament begins on Tuesday and ends on Friday.
The race to reach the Korn Ferry Tour is entering its final stages, and with just four events remaining, opportunities to move up the points list are scarce. The PGA TOUR established the Forme Tour in early 2021 to provide playing opportunities for PGA TOUR Canada members whose seasons have been interrupted due to border restrictions at the Canadian border caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This week’s pitch features 156 players from seven countries.
APPOINTMENT: August 10-13, 2021
OFFICIAL NAME: The Fuzzy Zoeller Classic at the Covered Bridge Golf Club
HASHTAG: #FuzzyZoellerClassic #TowerForm
PROGRAM: Fifth of the eight official tournaments of the Forme Tour 2021
PLACE: Covered Bridge Golf Club
BY / LAND: 71 (36-35), 7 044
LIST OF POINTS: The winner earns 500 points
SCHOLARSHIP MONEY: US $ 115,000 (winner claims US $ 20,000)
TO CUT: Top-60 professional (and ties, plus all amateurs in the top-60)
CUT: 156 players (including eight who qualified in the 18-hole qualifier held last week at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Henryville, Indiana)
Tuesday August 10 First round
Wednesday August 11 Second round
Thursday August 12 Third round
Friday August 13, final round
NOTES FROM COMPETITORS IN THE FIELD OF THIS WEEK
There are 157 players from seven countries or territories playing.
The distribution of the 157 players on the field: Colombia (1), France (1), Russia (1), Germany (2), England (3), Canada (10) and the United States (139).
After his victory two weeks ago at the Birck Boilermaker Classic, Turkish Pettit moved to first place on the list of points. In West Lafayette, Indiana, and in his third tournament as a professional, Pettit clocked a 67th final round to beat Joseph Harrison in one stroke. In addition to the victory, Pettit finished tied for 11th at the Auburn University Club Invitational and added a tie for 42nd at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational. In 12 official rounds, Pettit, a former Clemson and 2021 NCAA Championship individual champion, has the second-best scoring average (68.75).
Only 19 points behind Turk Pettit on the points list is Mac Meissner. In Illinois two weeks ago, Meissner, 22, a recent SMU graduate, started the final round with a five-stroke lead. He extended his advantage to seven strokes before three consecutive bogeys (holes 13, 14 and 15) reduced his lead to two strokes. Meissner stabilized and birdied the 72nd hole to finish at 21 under, good for a three-stroke triumph over Canadian Joey Savoie, who was making his Circuit Debut debut.
Mac Meissner is second with the Eagles this season. In 16 laps, he did five. Only Joseph Harrison is ahead of him in this category. Harrison made seven. Meissner’s numbers are also positive when it comes to birdies. In 16 laps played, he has 78, one less than category leader Trevor Werbylo.
Missing ground this week is Alex smalley– but he has a good reason. At No.11 on the points list, the Duke University product received an invitation from a sponsor for the Wyndham PGA TOUR Championship in Greensboro, NC. This will be Smalley’s sixth career PGA TOUR appearance and his fourth in the 2020-21 season. He’s yet to miss a cup, tied for 14th place at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in September, returning to Corales Golf Course in March for 22nd place, then tied for 46th there is a months at the John Deere Classic.
Philippe Knowles is third on the points list, 37 points behind Pettit. A good week at Covered Bridge Golf Club would not only allow Knowles to end a two-cup missed streak, but he would also be able to return to No.1 on the points list, a position he held after having won Auburn University. Club Invitational in the second week of the season. Knowles gave up a 67 in the final round to reach 23 under and defeat Clay Feagler with two shots. The former Osprey of the University of North Florida finished by signing scorecards without a bogey in his last two laps. In total, he recorded 40 consecutive holes without bogeys to complete the tournament.
During the week-long break of the Forme Tour, players took advantage of other playing opportunities. Michael feagle played in the PGA TOUR Barracuda Championship in California, tied for 54th. On the Korn Ferry Tour, at the Utah Championship, Matt Oshrine got his first career top 10 with his 66-63 weekend at Oakridge Country Club, good for a tie for fifth. Byron methamphetamine 50th tied.
Sam saunders was the first winner of the season, keeping him fourth on the points list. The 29-year-old won the L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club in Georgia by beating Trevor Werbylo in the playoffs. Saunders missed the green with his approach shot on the first extra hole, but managed to move up and down for the par, taking advantage of Werbylo’s lost tee shot that forced him to take a penalty stroke.
Between 2018 and 2019, Sam Saunders was a member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. In those two seasons, he made four Cups, his best in the top 25 at the 2018 BMW Jamaica Classic. In 2019, former New Mexico Lobo won the Colorado Open and the New Mexico Open. ‘Utah.
Trevor Werbylo is the only player in the top five on the points list to have yet to win a tournament this season. Despite this, the 23-year-old was selected in all four tournaments and placed in the top 10 at the L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club and Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational. No one has more birdies this season than Werbylo, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona. He had 79 birdies in 16 official rounds.
The top five winners on the points list at the end of the eight tournament season will advance to the Korn Ferry Tour 2022, with the player with the most points eligible to play in each event. He will also be crowned player of the year on the Tour. Players finishing in positions 2-5 will earn a membership and be eligible to play based on available field space each week.
Highlights of the top 10 players on the points list