Local Tour Roundup

Hubbard makes more progress toward PGA Tour card with sixth-place tie in Web event; Cunningham also shares sixth; ex-DU player Kofstad 12th on European Tour

By Gary Baines – 05/26/2019

Denver native Mark Hubbard appears to want to leave nothing to chance regarding regaining his PGA Tour card.

The freshly-minted 30-year-old, who won on the Tour in February, on Sunday recorded his second consecutive top-six finish, tying for sixth in the Evans Scholars Invitational in Glenview, Ill.

With the $16,638 payday, Hubbard stands at $165,723 in 2019, good for sixth on the season-long Web money list. 

The top 25 finishers on the Web’s regular-season points list will earn PGA Tour cards for the 2019-20 wraparound season. And in 2018, the player who placed 25th in the Web’s regular season earned a little more than $167,000. 

The Web regular season concludes in early August.

Hubbard (pictured) played on the PGA Tour for three seasons, but lost his card at the end of 2017.

In Glenview, Hubbard went 71-70-68-65 for a 14-under-par 274 total, which left him three strokes behind Scottie Scheffler, who won in a playoff. The Colorado native made an eagle, six birdies and a final-hole bogey on Sunday.

Also tying for sixth on Sunday was Boulder native and former Louisville resident George Cunningham, who recorded rounds of 68-69-68-69. It was a season-best for Cunningham, who placed seventh the previous week in the Knoxville Open.

Elsewhere on major tours for players with strong Colorado connections:

— Former University of Denver golfer Espen Kofstad broke out of a season-long slump on the European Tour to finish 12th in the Made in Denmark tournament in Farso.

It was one of Kofstad’s best showings ever on the European Tour; his top career finish was tie for eighth at the Open de Espana in 2013. His previous best performance this 2018-19 season on the European circuit was a 42nd place in December.

In Denmark, Kofstad carded rounds of 68-72-69-68 for a 7-under-par 277 total, which left him seven strokes behind winner Bernd Wiesberger. Kofstad earned 47,475 euros.

— Also finishing 12th on Sunday was former Castle Pines resident Esteban Toledo in the Senior PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y. For the 56-year-old native of Mexico, it was a season-best showing.

Toledo posted scores of 70-67-74-76 for a 7-over-par 287 total, which left him 10 strokes behind champion Ken Tanigawa.