Players to Watch
First Global Qualifying Tournament
There are 120 players entered in PGA TOUR China-Series’ First Global Qualifying Tournament. Here is a look at four players to watch as they battle for the 12 fully exempt cards and the 23 conditional cards offered.
Gehl has played 58 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica tournaments since 2015, with a pair of runner-up finishes on that Tour. He has also made starts on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and the Web.com Tour. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he was teammates with PGA TOUR players Wyndham Clark, Talor Gooch, Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein.
The son of two tennis professionals, Ruffels instead put his focus on golf, where he enjoyed a stellar amateur career in his adopted Australia. He won events as varied as the Riversdale Cup and the Callaway Junior World Championship, reaching as high as No. 13 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking prior to turning pro. Ruffels has played in 19 PGA TOUR events in his career, making 10 cuts. In 2018, he teamed with Jason Day to tie for 34th at the TOUR’s team event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He finished 15th on the 2017 PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Order of Merit and was 71st a year ago.
Playing on the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2018, Stewart tied for second in Papua New Guinea and added an additional top-10. Stewart previously played half a PGA TOUR Series-China season, in 2014, appearing in six tournaments and making the cut in all six, good for a 68th-place Order of Merit finish. The 33-year-old won the 2006 Australian Amateur, the 2007 Riversdale Cup and 2007 Tasmanian Open as an amateur.
Yap was slow arriving to professional golf after he served two years of compulsory military service in the Singapore Armed Forces following his high school graduation, in 2010. He attended college at Cal-Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., earning All-Big West Conference second-team honors his junior year. In 2018, he primarily played on the Asian Development Tour, with 10 made cuts in 11 starts—a tie for 11th his best outing.
Photo: Brad Gehl
Photo Credit: PGA TOUR Latinoamerica/Enrique Berardi