The applause from the United States’ victory in the Presidents Cup has barely died down, but the 2015-16 PGA Tour season starts Thursday with the Frys.com Open in Napa, California.
Here’s a look at the players with Louisiana ties on the various professional tours going into the new season:
Smylie Kaufman (age 23)
Status: The former LSU golfer finished seventh on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn his PGA Tour card. Won the United Leasing Championship and $248,088 in prize money.
Andrew Loupe (26)
Status: The ex-LSU and Episcopal golfer reclaimed his PGA Tour exemption with a fourth-place finish in the four-event Web.com Tour finals that included a victory in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.
John Peterson (26)
Status: The 2011 NCAA champion had a solid if unspectacular 2014-15 season, winning $779,509 and finishing 105th in FedEx Cup points. Peterson had seven top 25s but didn’t crack the top 10 in any event.
Patrick Reed (25)
Status: The former U-High golfer was 12th in FedEx Cup points, won the Tournament of Champions, collected $3.59 million in earnings and played on the winning Presidents Cup team. The only downer: just one top-10 finish in his last 18 starts.
Michael Thompson (30)
Status: Like Loupe, the former Tulane golfer earned his PGA Tour exemption with a strong finish (seventh) in the Web.com Tour finals after finishing 146th in FedEx Cup points.
David Toms (48)
Status: Toms finished 126th on the pre-FedEx Cup playoff money list but avoided having to use a career earnings exemption because a foreign player ahead of him didn’t count as a PGA Tour member. Toms qualifies for the Champions Tour in January 2017.
Curtis Thompson (22)
Status: The ex-LSU golfer, older brother of LPGA star Lexi Thompson, finished 58th on the Web.com Tour money list with $107,252.
Austin Ernst (23)
Status: The 2011 NCAA women’s champion is currently 22nd on the LPGA Tour points list and has $432,650 in earnings this season.