Duncan Punches PGA Tour Card in Boise
Sept. 18, 2017

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue alum Tyler Duncan has had a couple of pretty good weeks. 


One week after going through bachelor-party festivities in advance of his upcoming wedding, Duncan, a 2012 Purdue alum, earned his PGA Tour card Sunday after a fifth-place finish at the Albertsons Boise Open. Duncan fired a 12-under par 272 to finish four shots behind winner Chesson Hadley and punch his ticket for the 2018 PGA Tour season.

The Boise stop was the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events. Twenty-five PGA Tour cards are given out during the Finals and Duncan locked one up with his fifth-place finish.

It had been a long ride for the Columbus, Indiana, native to earn his card after starting his career on the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica in 2014. He finished 43rd in the Order of Merit, but moved to the Web.com Tour with a T-16 finish in Q-school. He also started this year with conditional status, and just missed qualifying through the regular season by finishing 31st on the money list (top 25 earn cards).

“I played three events down there [on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica] this spring just because I didn’t know. Luckily, I have to thank the Web.com because they got me the exemption to the Bahamas and if it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be standing here right now,” Duncan said. “It’s been awesome. I told my fiancée last fall after the season was over that if you look back a lot of the guys that struggled the previous year, and had to go back to Q School and back to the Web (Tour) and get their PGA TOUR cards -- that was something I was hoping to do and I’ve done it.”

Duncan now joins 2014 Purdue grad Adam Schenk on the PGA Tour. Schenk locked up his PGA Tour card by finishing on the Web.com Tour’s top-25 money list during the regular season.

The duo become the first Purdue golfers to earn a PGA Tour card since Rick Dalpos in 1993. It is unknown the last time Purdue had two alums on the PGA Tour.

“It’s going to be awesome [to be on TOUR with Schenk]. We’ll be able to bounce ideas off of each other and learn and grow together because it’ll be the first time for both of us,” Duncan said. “I think it’s always helpful to have someone that’s going through the same things you’re going through, but you also need people that have been there to help mentor you and coach you through it. So hopefully we’ll be able to find a couple people like that to help us through.”

Duncan was a second-team All-Big Ten selection 2012 and ranks 10th on Purdue’s career stroke average list (73.82). As a senior, he averaged 72.58 strokes per round, the fourth-best average
 

 

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