Stillwater News Press

October 29, 2012

Oklahoma State's Hoffmann, Wittenberg earn PGA Tour cards

By Jason Elmquist

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State men’s golf program will be well represented on the PGA Tour next year.

Joining a plethora of Pokes on tour will be Morgan Hoffmann and Casey Wittenberg, both of whom earned their PGA Tour card after having success on the Tour this year.

Wittenberg closed out the year at No. 1 on the Tour money list. He finished with $433,453 in earnings — more than $22,000 ahead of Luke Guthrie.

“You want to finish No. 1. You hate to go this far and not finish it out,” Wittenberg said after finishing ninth in the Tour Championship over the weekend.

Wittenberg, who turned professional in 2004, had his best finish in the Major Championship this past year when he tied for 10th at the U.S. Open. His previous best was a tie for 13th at The Masters in 2004, where he competed as an amateur.

Wittenberg is hoping for better things in his return to the PGA Tour. In 2009, he made 10 of 25 cuts with just two 25 finishes and finished 166th in the FedExCup points.

As for Hoffmann, he will make the move to the PGA Tour after just one year on the Tour. Hoffmann, who decided to go pro after his junior year at OSU in 2010, finished 19th in the money list to earn his card.

Helping him make the move in the money list was a solid finish to the season in the Tour Championship over the weekend. Hoffmann carded a final-round 64 to finish tied for third, three strokes behind the leader.

Hoffmann, who is roommates with former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler, qualified for the U.S. Open this past year and had his best finish, coming in tied for 29th. In his only other major championship experience, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open in 2010.

Other former Cowboys already on the PGA Tour include golfers Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Scott Verplank and Bo Van Pelt, who finished second at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia over the weekend.