Find out more about Will Zalatoris, one of the hottest players on the planet and someone you may have never heard about until last week.
There are not a lot of big names in the field this week at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, as many players are taking the week off following last week’s U.S. Open. However, that does not mean there are not storylines in the field. One of the best stories of the week is that of Will Zalatoris.
The 24-year-old Zalatoris spent last year on the Korn Ferry Tour, where he made quite a name for himself. After the tour came back from the coronavirus pandemic break, Zalatoris caught fire and stayed hot through the end of the season.
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Zalatoris’ list of finishes on the KFT almost reads like a mistake, but it’s true. He finished inside the top 20 in 11 consecutive events to finish last season. That’s right. T6, T3, 4, 1, T5, T14, 6, T18, T5, T19 and T2. All of that added up to Zalatoris ranking first on the KFT money list and in good position to earn his PGA Tour card.
He had qualified for the U.S. Open and he took full advantage of that opportunity last week at Winged Foot. He was solid from start to finish last week, shooting 70 on Thursday, 74 on Friday, 70 on Saturday and 71 on Sunday. That added up to a 5-over par finish, which was good for a tie for sixth place. And impressive finish, considering that the only players who shot better scores than Zalatoris were Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Wolff, Louis Oosthuizen, Harris English and Xander Schauffele.
Zalatoris is hoping to do something that will allow him to earn his way onto the PGA Tour. He can do that with two more KFT wins, a win on the PGA Tour or by earning a special temporary membership by earning non-member FedEx Cup points.
This week, Zalatoris finds himself in an event where there aren’t many big names in the field. It’s a great opportunity for him because he has a real chance to win this week. He will be one of, if not the, hottest player in the field.
Zalatoris did a lot to establish a name for himself last week at the U.S. Open. If he can win, or at the very least compete, this week at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, it could go a long way to an early trip to the PGA Tour for Zalatoris.