Former Wildcat Watkins Earns PGA Tour Card

Aaron Watkins

Dec. 5, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State men's golf standout Aaron Watkins tied for 17th place in the 172-player field at the PGA Tour's qualifying tournament held at the PGA West's Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament Courses in La Quinta, Calif., last weekend to earn a spot on the 2013 PGA Tour.

"It's a six-day grind; you have got to be patient and know that you are going to make some bogies," said Watkins following last weekend's event. "There are plenty of birdie opportunities out there. You just have to fight your way back onto the Tour."

This will be Watkins' second time on the Tour as he competed during his rookie year in 2009, where he recorded a top finish of T-7th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  

A letterwinner from 2001-04, Watkins showed signs of what was to come this summer as he tied for 15th place in the 2012 US Open, with a 72-hole score of 6-over par 286 (72-71-72-71) in his first U.S. Open appearance. He became the first former Wildcat to make a cut at a major championship since Jim Colbert did so in the 1984 PGA Championship.

Watkins joins former Wildcat Robert Streb on the PGA Tour, as Streb finished seventh on the 2012 Tour's Money List with $305,591 to earn his 2013 PGA Tour card.