2017-18 Priority Ranking (as of 5/14/2018) 1. Winner of PGA Championship or U.S. Open prior to 1970 or in the last five seasons and the current season: Jack Burke, Jr. Jason Day Jason Dufner Dow Finsterwald Raymond Floyd Doug Ford Al Geiberger Don January Dustin Johnson Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka Gene Littler Rory McIlroy Bobby Nichols Jack Nicklaus Gary Player Justin Rose Jordan Spieth Justin Thomas Lee Trevino Jimmy Walker 2. Winner of THE PLAYERS Championship in the last five seasons and the current season: Rickie Fowler Si Woo Kim Webb Simpson Tiger Woods 3. Winners of the Masters Tournament in the last five seasons and the current season: Sergio Garcia Patrick Reed Adam Scott Bubba Watson 4. Winners of The Open Championship in the last five seasons and the current season: Zach Johnson Phil Mickelson Henrik Stenson 5. Winners of THE TOUR Championship in the last three seasons and the current season: Xander Schauffele 6. Winners of World Golf Championships events in the last three seasons and the current season: Russell Knox Shane Lowry Hideki Matsuyama 6a. Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament in the last three seasons and the current season, beginning with the 2015 winners. Matt Every Marc Leishman David Lingmerth William McGirt 7. Leader from the final FedExCup points list in each of the last five seasons: Billy Horschel 8. Leader from the final PGA TOUR money list 2013-2016: 9. Winners of PGA TOUR co-sponsored or approved tournaments, whose victories are considered official, within the last two seasons, or during the current season; winners receive an additional season of exemption for each additional win, up to five seasons: Ryan Armour Aaron Baddeley Daniel Berger Jonas Blixt Wesley Bryan Patrick Cantlay Paul Casey Greg Chalmers Kevin Chappell Austin Cook Bryson DeChambeau Tony Finau Fabián Gómez Branden Grace Cody Gribble Emiliano Grillo Adam Hadwin James Hahn Brian Harman Russell Henley Jim Herman Charley Hoffman Mac Hughes Billy Hurley III Smylie Kaufman Chris Kirk Kevin Kisner Patton Kizzire Satoshi Kodaira Matt Kuchar Andrew Landry Peter Malnati Graeme McDowell Ryan Moore Grayson Murray Rod Pampling Pat Perez Scott Piercy D.A. Points Ted Potter Jr. Ian Poulter Jon Rahm Charl Schwartzel Cameron Smith Brandt Snedeker Kyle Stanley Brendan Steele Chris Stroud Brian Stuard Hudson Swafford Vaughn Taylor Jhonattan Vegas Aaron Wise Gary Woodland 11a. Players among the top 50 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use a one-time exemption for the next season: Tim Clark Retief Goosen Bo Van Pelt 11b. Players among the Top 25 in career earnings as of the end of the preceding season may elect to use this special one-time exemption for the next season. K.J. Choi Ernie Els 12. Sponsor exemptions (a maximum of eight, which may include amateurs with handicaps of 0 or less), on the following basis: A. Not less than two sponsor invitees shall be PGA TOUR members not otherwise exempt. B. Not less than two of the 2017 Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour, if not all can otherwise be accommodated. NOTE: PGA TOUR members may receive an unlimited number of sponsor invitations. Non-TOUR members may receive a maximum of seven per year. 13. Two international players designated by the Commissioner. 14. The current PGA Club Professional Champion up to 6 open events (3 must be opposite The Open Championship and World Golf Championships events), in addition to any sponsor selections. The exemption does not apply to open, limited-field events. Omar Uresti 15. PGA Section Champion or Player of the Year of the Section in which the tournament is played. 16. Four low scorers at Open Qualifying which shall normally be held on Monday of tournament week. 17. Past champions of the particular event being contested that week, if cosponsored by the PGA TOUR and the same tournament sponsor, as follows: A. Winners prior to July 28, 1970: unlimited exemptions for such events. B. Winners after Jan. 1, 2000: five seasons of exemptions for such events. 18. Life Members (who have been active members of the PGA TOUR for 15 years and have won at least 20 co-sponsored events). Davis Love III Vijay Singh 20a. Top 125 on the previous season’s FedExCup points list. Louis Oosthuizen Bill Haas Francesco Molinari Chez Reavie Charles Howell III Lucas Glover Kevin Na Keegan Bradley Luke List Anirban Lahiri Stewart Cink Scott Brown Martin Laird Jamie Lovemark Sung Kang Ollie Schniederjans Rafa Cabrera Bello Sean O'Hair Robert Streb Bud Cauley Kevin Tway Danny Lee Kelly Kraft Graham DeLaet Jason Kokrak Patrick Rodgers Morgan Hoffmann Chad Campbell Kevin Streelman C.T. Pan Whee Kim Harold Varner III Nick Taylor J.B. Holmes Camilo Villegas J.J. Spaun Michael Kim Scott Stallings Byeong Hun An Martin Flores Luke Donald Richy Werenski Ryan Blaum Geoff Ogilvy Robert Garrigus Seung-Yul Noh Brian Gay Brandon Hagy Steve Stricker Derek Fathauer Tyrone Van Aswegen Harris English Dominic Bozzelli Nick Watney John Huh Blayne Barber Ben Martin Rory Sabbatini J.J. Henry 21. Players who finished greater than or equal to top 125 on the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Official Season FedExCup Points List through the Wyndham Championship as non-members: Thomas Pieters Tommy Fleetwood Tyrrell Hatton Alex Noren Ross Fisher 22. Major Medical Extension: If granted by the Commissioner, if not otherwise eligible, and if needed to fill the field, Special Medical Extension. Ryan Palmer Michael Thompson Kevin Stadler John Senden Sangmoon Bae Freddie Jacobson Jon Curran Bob Estes Chris Couch Briny Baird Colt Knost Steve Marino Harrison Frazar John Peterson Andrew Loupe 23. Leading Money Winner from the previous season’s Top 25 regular season players using combined money earned on the Official Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and Web.com Tour Finals Money List. Leading Money Winner from the previous season’s Web.com Tour Finals and Three-Time Winners from previous season Web.com Tour. Chesson Hadley 24. Leading money winner from Web.com Tour medical 25. Top 10 and ties, not otherwise exempt, among professionals from the previous open tournament whose victory has official status are exempt into the next open tournament whose victory has official status. 26. Top Finishers of the Web.com Tour: Finishers 2-25 from the previous season’s Top 25 Web.com Tour Regular season players using combined money earned on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List and money earned in the Web.com Tour Finals and the top 25 players and ties on the Web.com Tour Finals Money List at the conclusion of the Finals who are not already exempt. (reordered) Beau Hossler Tom Hoge Peter Uihlein Brandon Harkins Alex Cejka Keith Mitchell Martin Piller Abraham Ancer Andrew Putnam Talor Gooch Sam Saunders Tyler Duncan Seamus Power Nicholas Lindheim Corey Conners Troy Merritt Adam Schenk Tom Lovelady Ben Silverman Xinjun Zhang Joel Dahmen Shawn Stefani Sam Ryder Denny McCarthy Jonathan Randolph Nate Lashley Rob Oppenheim Stephan Jaeger Bronson Burgoon Lanto Griffin Cameron Tringale Roberto Diaz Jonathan Byrd Matt Jones Ethan Tracy Brett Stegmaier Matt Atkins Steve Wheatcroft Conrad Shindler Andrew Yun Zecheng Dou Kyle Thompson Chad Collins Kris Blanks Will Claxton Will MacKenzie Lee Williams Shane Bertsch David Berganio, Jr. Zack Sucher Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 27. Top Finishers from the Web.com Tour medical: NOTE: This category will be reordered with the above category #26. 28. Players winning three Web.com Tour events in the current season: 29. Minor medical extension: Andrew Johnston 31. Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior season’s FedExCup points list 126-150 (reordered): Trey Mullinax J.T. Poston Johnson Wagner David Hearn Ben Crane Ricky Barnes Daniel Summerhays Zac Blair Cameron Percy Rick Lamb Greg Owen Soren Kjeldsen Note: Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 31. Twenty-five finishers beyond 125th place on prior season’s FedExCup points list 126-150 (reordered): Trey Mullinax J.T. Poston Johnson Wagner David Hearn Ben Crane Ricky Barnes Daniel Summerhays Zac Blair Cameron Percy Rick Lamb Greg Owen Soren Kjeldsen Note: Categories 34-38 Reordered after the conclusion of The RSM Classic and the Genesis Open; thereafter, Mondays of the Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, U.S. Open and The Open Championship. 34. Past Champions, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran Members Beyond 150 on the FedExCup Points List: If not otherwise eligible and as needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, Team Tournament Winners and Veteran members beyond 150th place on the previous season’s FedExCup points list in order of their combined official PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour earnings in the previous season. Jim Furyk Boo Weekley Jason Gore Bill Lunde Bryce Molder Andres Romero Dicky Pride Jason Bohn Carl Pettersson Fred Couples Mark Wilson John Merrick Robert Allenby Y.E. Yang Charlie Wi Craig Barlow Arjun Atwal Tommy Gainey Daniel Chopra Richard Johnson Larry Mize Steven Bowditch Peter Lonard D.J. Trahan Mark Hensby Brendon Todd Parker McLachlin Justin Leonard Michael Bradley Shaun Micheel Tony Mattson Fred Funk David Toms Tim Petrovic Marc Turnesa Chris Smith Jeff Overton Dudley Hart Jonathan Kaye Len Mattiace Robert Gamez 35. Past Champion Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Past Champion members, in order of the total number of cosponsored or approved events won, excluding Team events. If two or more players are tied, the player who is higher on the PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible. 36. Special Temporary Members: If during the course of a PGA TOUR season, a nonmember of the PGA TOUR wins an amount of points (e.g., by playing in PGA TOUR events through sponsor exemptions, Open Qualifying, etc.) equal to the amount won in the preceding season by the 150th finisher on the FedExCup points list, he will be eligible to become a special temporary member for the remainder of the season. 37. Team Tournament Winners: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, winners of co-sponsored team championships, in order of the total number of team championship tournaments won. If two or more players are tied based on the number of such tournaments won, the player who is higher on the official PGA TOUR Career Money List shall be eligible. 38. Veteran Members: If not otherwise eligible and if needed to fill the field, Veteran members (players who have made a minimum of 150 cuts during their career), in order of their standing on the PGA TOUR Career Money List.
In the second round of the 2015 The Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON, Ben Silverman maintained his momentum carding five birdies to take a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend.
In the opening round of the 2015 The Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON, Chase Marinell and Ben Silverman both card an 8-under 64 to take the clubhouse lead before play was suspended due to weather.
In the final round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Ben Silverman hits his 133-yard approach shot on the par-5 18th hole to 3 inches, then sinks the putt for birdie.
Following his third-round 69 at the 2015 Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON, Ben Silverman talks about how he remained focus and set to hold onto the lead.
Following his opening-round 64 at the 2015 Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON, Ben Silverman talks about his ideal tee time that lead to no mistakes and looks to use the momentum to carry him forward.
In the third round of the 2015 The Syncrude Boreal Open Presented by AECON, Ben Silverman battled the field to retain his lead at 16-under just one ahead of Sam Snyder.
Ben Silverman chronicles his journey to Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife Morgan, and shares his thoughts about playing the 2016 Brasil Champions presented by Embrase.
Ben Silverman of the traveling Foursome takes on the outdoors of North Vancouver, in a self-guided tour of the “The Grouse Grind.”
HOW THEY QUALIFIED Former Winners of the Fort Worth Invitational Keith Clearwater Zach Johnson Chris Kirk Kevin Kisner Rory Sabbatini Adam Scott Jordan Spieth Steve Stricker Winner — THE PLAYERS Championship Rickie Fowler Si Woo Kim Webb Simpson Winner — U.S. Open Championship Brooks Koepka Justin Rose Winner — PGA Championship Jason Dufner Jimmy Walker Winner — The TOUR Championship Xander Schauffele Winner — HSBC Champions Russell Knox Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational David Lingmerth William McGirt Winner — Tournament Winner in the Past Year Ryan Armour Patrick Cantlay Austin Cook Bryson DeChambeau Brice Garnett Patton Kizzire Satoshi Kodaira Andrew Landry Grayson Murray Pat Perez Scott Piercy Ted Potter, Jr. Jon Rahm Chris Stroud Jhonattan Vegas Member of Last Named U.S. Ryder Cup Team Matt Kuchar Brandt Snedeker Member of Last Named U.S. Presidents Cup Team Charley Hoffman Member of Last Named International Presidents Cup Team Emiliano Grillo Adam Hadwin Anirban Lahiri Louis Oosthuizen Charl Schwartzel Players selected by winners of Fort Worth Invitational Sam Burns Joaquin Niemann Top 15 and Ties from last year's Fort Worth Invitational Sean O'Hair Danny Lee Brian Harman Stewart Cink Scott Brown Bill Haas Sponsors Exemptions — Web.com Tour Finals Jonathan Byrd Conrad Shindler Sponsor Exemptions — Unrestricted Cody Gribble J.J. Henry Maverick McNealy Shubhankar Sharma Sponsors Exemptions — Members not otherwise exempt Chad Campbell Ben Crane Jim Furyk Tim Herron Smylie Kaufman John Senden Top 50 — World Golf Ranking Cameron Smith Chez Reavie Russell Henly Top 80 on Prior Year's FedExCup Points List Mackenzie Hughes Wesley Bryan Kevin Na Martin Laird Sung Kang Ollie Schniederjans Robert Streb Kevin Tway Kelly Kraft Rod Pampling Jason Kokrak Patrick Rodgers Top 80 from YTD FedExCup Points LIst Chesson Hadley Beau Hossler Kevin Streelman J.J. Spaun Aaron Wise Tom Hoge Whee Kim Nick Watney Peter Uihlein Trey Mullinax Brandon Harkins Keith Mitchell Alex Cejka Below 80th from YTD FedExCup Points List John Huh Ryan Palmer Brian Stuard Scott Stallings Martin Piller Tyrone Van Aswegen Abraham Ancer Vaughn Taylor Harris English Andrew Putnam Talor Gooch Sam Saunders Nick Taylor Ben Martin Tyler Duncan Cheng Tsung Pan Aaron Baddeley Seamus Power J.T. Poston Nicholas Lindheim Corey Conners Adam Schenk Tom Lovelady Richy Werenski Robert Garrigus Derek Fathauer Ben Silverman Xinjun Zhang Joel Dahmen Michael Thompson Martin Flores
Get to know PGA TOUR Canada pro Benjamin Silverman as he answers questions about life on and off the course.
Go off the course with Ben Silverman as he and his family hit the waters in South Florida for some water skiing and fun on the boat.