How new to the PGA Tour is Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Smylie Kaufman?
So new that the fifth link for his name on a Google search is his profile from his college days at LSU.
Kaufman was a four-year letter-winner down on the bayou, tying for 19th at the NCAA Championship in 2014 and second at the Southeastern Conference Championship that same year. He graduated LSU with a degree in marketing in the spring of 2014.
That summer he was awarded a wild card to the US Open but missed the cut, shooting a 73-76 – 149.
Kaufman joined the Web.com Tour in 2015 and played 20 events, making the cut 10 times and finishing in the Top 10 five times, winning the United Leasing Championship, his third pro event.
He played twice on the PGA Tour in 2015, missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open and finishing tied for 66th at the Barbasol Championship.
He wound up 13th on the money list from the Web.com Tour. The top 25 players each year earn a PGA card for the following season.
He started the season with a tie for 10th at the Frys.com Open, shooting an 11-under 277. By winning the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, he’s officially No. 1 in the very early FedEx Cup standings
As for that moniker, his full name is Carter Smylie Kaufman, and it’s not a misprint, he has a younger brother named Luckie.