Dylan Frittelli joins list of 1st-time PGA Tour winners in 2018-19 season

Dylan Frittelli wins the 2017 Lyoness Open Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports

Dylan Frittelli joins list of 1st-time PGA Tour winners in 2018-19 season

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Dylan Frittelli joins list of 1st-time PGA Tour winners in 2018-19 season

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Before the John Deere Classic, Dylan Frittelli had won all over the world — the European Tour, Asian Tour, Sunshine Tour, Challenge Tour, and even an NCAA championship with Texas — but never on the PGA Tour.

That changed July 14 with his 21-under 263 in Silvis, Ill., capping off four rounds of impressive golf that included just one bogey the entire tournament.

With his final-round 64, the 29-year-old South African jumped into the top 50 of the FedEx Cup rankings, secured his Tour card for the next two years and earns a start at next week’s British Open.

Frittelli is far from the only first-time winner during the 2018-19 season, though. Here are the 11 others who hoisted PGA Tour trophies for the first time this year.

Matthew Wolff

Wolff isn’t far removed from the NCAA individual championship he won in May at Oklahoma State, but the 20-year-old has already found PGA Tour success. In his third career PGA Tour start, Wolff nailed a 26-foot, 1-inch putt for eagle on the 18th hole at the 3M Open, unleashing a fist pump as he jumped into the lead at 21-under 263.

Jul 7, 2019; Blaine, MN, USA; Matthew Wolff takes the trophy from 3M vice president Jeff Lavers after winning the 3M Championship golf tournament at TPC Twin Cities. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Lashley

Lashley locked up his first PGA Tour win at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic despite just sneaking into the field as an alternate. The 36-year-old — who has dealt with tragedy on his path to his first trophy — led wire-to-wire, getting off to a great start with a 63 in the first round and another 63 on round three. His final-round 70 secured his Tour status for the next two years.

Nate Lashley poses with the trophy after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament at Detroit Golf Club. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Kevin Tway

Tway won the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur and went on to play at Oklahoma State, but it took until the first tournament of the 2018-19 season for the 30-year-old to win his first PGA Tour event. At the Safeway Open on Oct. 7, 2018, Tway beat Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore in a playoff, finishing at 14-under 274.

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Kevin Tway putts in to win on a third hole sudden death playoff against Ryan Moore on the 10th green during the final round of the Safeway Open at the North Course of the Silverado Resort and Spa on October 7, 2018 in Napa, California. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

Cameron Champ

Champ was one of two amateurs to make the cut at the 2017 U.S. Open and finished the tournament at even-par, paving the way for the start of his professional career shortly after. The Texas A&M product finished sixth in the Korn Ferry Tour in 2018, earning the 24-year-old a place in the PGA Tour. And on Oct. 28, 2018, Champ secured an extended stay on the PGA Tour when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship with a 21-under 267.

JACKSON, MS - OCTOBER 28: Cameron Champ poses with the trophy after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on October 28, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cameron Champ poses with the trophy after winning the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on October 28, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Adam Long

In Long’s sixth PGA Tour start of his career, he beat Phil Mickelson. The 31-year-old, who had earned a PGA Tour card for finishing 13th on the Korn Ferry Tour last year, entered the final round of the Desert Classic on Jan. 20 three shots behind Mickelson, who had led the first three days. Long finished with a one-shot lead, sinking a 14-foot putt on he 18th hole to cap a 7-under 65 Sunday and capture his first PGA Tour title with a 26-under total.

Adam Long kisses the winners trophy in January after winning the Desert Classic at PGA West. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Martin Trainer

The 2018 Korn Ferry Tour graduate — winning two tournaments and finishing fourth on the money list — joined the list of first-time PGA Tour winners in his PGA Tour 11th start. At the Puerto Rico Open in February, the USC graduate shot a 15-under 273, earning $540,000 and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour in the process.

Martin Trainer holds the championship cup after winning the Puerto Rico Open PGA golf tournament in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Keith Mitchell

Mitchell, a former Georgia golfer, started out his professional career on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica. He graduated from the Korn Ferry Tour in 2017, and then beat out two of the biggest names in golf for his first PGA Tour win on March 3. At the Honda Classic, the 27-year-old birdied the final hole, nailing a 15-foot putt, to avoid a playoff with Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler. Mitchell finished at 9-under 271.

Mar 3, 2019; Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA; Keith Mitchell reacts after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Keith Mitchell reacts after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion). (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Corey Conners

Conners had come close to a win before, holding a 54-hole lead in the Valspar Championship in March 2018 before a final round collapse and finishing second to Champ earlier in the 2019 season. But on April 7, the Canadian secured his first PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open. Conners’ 20-under 268 put him two shots ahead of Charley Hoffman.

Corey Conners celebrates after his win on the 18th green during the during the final round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament at TPC San Antonio – AT&T Oaks Course. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

C.T. Pan

Pan earned his PGA Tour card for the 2017 season and started 59 tournaments in 2017 and 2018. He finished 35th in the FedExCup standings in 2018, with two top-10 finishes that year. Then on April 21, Pan won his first PGA Tour event, with a 12-under 272 at RBC Heritage edging out Matt Kuchar by one stroke.

C.T. Pan poses with the RBC Heritage trophy after winning the 51st RBC Heritage golf tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links. (Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)

Max Homa

Homa had spent two seasons on the PGA Tour — 2015 and 2017 — but after regaining his Tour card for the 2019 season, Homa will stick around longer this time. The 28-year-old won the Wells Fargo Championship in May by three strokes.

Max Homa (USA) celebrates his win with caddie Joe Ryder during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Sung Kang

Kang won four Korean Tour events after turning pro in 2007, but he had more trouble finding a foothold on the PGA Tour. In May, though, he won the AT&T Byron National, shooting 23-under 261 to win by two strokes.

Tournament champion Sung Kang shakes the hand of Scott Piercy on the 18th green during the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club. (Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports)

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