U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Former Air Force golfer Tom Whitney, a 2010 Academy graduate, received a sponsor’s exemption to compete in the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge, Jan. 18-21, at the Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament Courses at the PGA West / La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.
Whitney, who will compete in his second PGA Event, will tee off at 9:50 am PT on Thursday on the Nicklaus tournament course. Live scoring will be available at www.pgatour.com.
Whitney joins a strong field that includes former major’s champions Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson and John Daly. Former CareerBuilder Champions include Mickelson, Dufner, Justin Leonard, David Duval, Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
Whitney became the first former Falcon to play in a PGA Event, as he qualified for the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospital for Children Open, Nov. 2-5, at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nev. Whitney narrowly missed the cut, shooting 71-76 (+5) over the first two days.
In 2017, Whitney ranked 89th on the Web.Com Tour, having a stroke average of 70.38 and one top-10 finish in 15 events. Whitney shot a 13-under 271 to tie for fifth Lincoln Land Charity Championship, June 22-25, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.
The native of La Quinta, Calif., was the Falcons’ team MVP in 2010. A finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, he was a two-time all-Mountain West selection and two-time NCAA Regional qualifier.