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Joe Affrunti

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 155

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PGA TOUR rookie Joe Affrunti is in Memphis, Tenneseee, for his second playing of the FedEx St. Jude Classic where he finished T47 in 2013. UPDATE: At 2-over-par 74-68=142, Affrunti missed the cut by one shot.
If he actually tees off, this will be the 34-year-old's last start on a medical extension out of the reshuffle category. He needs to earn $503,325 to meet the terms or at least $247,103 for conditional status for the remainder of the season. The Illinois native and resident has made three starts on the main tour so far in 2015-16 with his only cash a T20 ($64,909) at the 54-hole Zurich Classic. He's also gone 2-for-3 on the Web.com Tour, including a missed cut last week, ranking 151st on the money list ($5,568). Interestingly enough, his medical extension dates to his original rookie season on TOUR in 2011, where he made a career-high six starts. Jun 8 - 8:53 AM
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Joe Affrunti shot a 9-over-par 38-43=81 in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and sits last place in the 156-man field after day one.

In his first action since a missed cut at the Wyndham Championship last August, Affrunti toured Spyglass Hills GC in an eight-bogey one-double one-birdie effort. He split 11 (of 14) fairways but found just eight greens in regulation and settled for 2.000 putts per GIR. The 34-year-old PGA TOUR rookie is playing this season on a Major Medical Extension out of the Web.com Tour category and inclusive of this week, has four starts remaining to earn $568,234. He missed the scheduled 54-hole cut in his only other AT&T Pro-Am appearance in 2011 (71-73-72).
Feb 12 - 9:39 AM

At 2-under-par 71-67=138, Joe Affrunti missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship by one stroke.

Affrunti totaled 21 (of 28) fairways hit and 28 greens in regulation at Sedgefield this week, but seven birdies couldn't overcome three bogeys and a double. It's his second MC in four starts this season and leaves him with four starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to bank $568,234 and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category. He's also 1-for-10 on the Web.com Tour this season.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 07:25:00 PM

With nine points in his final round of the Barracuda Championship, Joe Affrunti landed in an eight-way tie for 37th place with 27 points.

He traded five birdies with one bogey today to climb 12 spots on the leaderboard. His finish yielded $13,020.00 in what was his second payday in just three starts this season. Affrunti now has five starts remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to bank $568,234 and get promoted to the Major Medical category. And because he's not going to eclipse seven starts this season, the 34-year-old will remain rookie eligible on the PGA TOUR for a sixth consecutive season. What's even more unreal about that is that if he doesn't graduate from the Web.com Tour Finals and doesn't meet the terms of his medical, he may not play more than seven times next season, which would presumably retain his rookie eligibility for another season even though he'd have burned through an entire allotment of starts reserved via a medical extension. There are anomalies on the PGA TOUR, and then there's this guy.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 11:26:00 PM

Joe Affrunti has withdrawn from this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Apparently content with where how his schedule lines up for the summer, Affrunti would otherwise be criticized for sitting out the last event of the latest phase of the reshuffle. He'll climb a bit from the bottom and gain entry into a number of tournaments on merit the rest of the way. But he's also juggling a medical extension in that category. With just six starts remaining on it, he may be choosing to be frugal and picks spots where he thinks his game fits best. Whatever the case, we won't see him again on the PGA TOUR for at least another two weeks as he didn't qualify for the U.S. Open.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Tue, Jun 9, 2015 01:59:00 PM

Joe Affrunti blew up for a 6-over-par 37-38=75 in today's final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship to fall all the way back into a nine-way share of 46th place.

Going out in the antepenultimate threesome off the first tee today, Affrunti's objective was for something much better than what he furnished. He erased two birdies with eight bogeys to share the high round of the day. It couldn't have helped that playing partner Charley Hoffman shot 65 for a T2. The good news is that this is Affrunti's first payday on the PGA TOUR in 22½ months. With the $18,460.00 that will deposited into his bank account tomorrow, the holdover rookie has six starts remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $581,254. The 21 FedExCup points he collected don't contribute to his medical, but they'll help him rise in the next reshuffle (following the FedEx St. Jude Classic in two weeks).
Sun, May 31, 2015 06:46:00 PM

Joe Affrunti smoothed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-30=63 in his second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship to post 8-under 131 at the break, one stroke adrift of the 36-hole tri-leaders.

Affrunti returned to TPC Four Seasons this morning and played his final four holes in 2-under. He totaled six birdies on the round for what is easily his lowest aggregate in 46 career on the PGA TOUR. The 33-year-old from Illinois is the poster boy of patience. He earned his card for the 2011 season, but has retained rookie eligibility as a result of multiple surgeries and a medical extension in the reshuffle category. Affrunti sis down to seven starts to bank $599,714 and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category, so he's in position to take a large bite out of that this weekend.
Sat, May 30, 2015 01:12:00 PM

Joe Affrunti shot 4-under-par 71-69=140 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, missing the cut on the number.

As we've chronicled ad nauseam, this was Affrunti's first PGA TOUR appearance since the 2013 Wyndham Championship. He buried nine birdies at TPC Louisiana, but also swallowed five bogeys, including a 6 at the seventh hole in the second round. The holdover rookie now has seven starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to collect $599,714 and earn a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Joe Affrunti is included in the published field of next week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

This is what we anticipated when he attempted to open qualify for the Shell Houston Open. Affrunti hasn't pegged it on the PGA TOUR since the Wyndham Championship in 2013 due to surgery and setback. With a missed cut at the El Bosque Mexico Championship today, he's 0-for-5 on the Web.com Tour this season. Because of the litany of his injuries and time away, he's still considered a rookie on the PGA TOUR even though he broke on in 2011. Affrunti has eight starts remaining on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category. Should he honor his commitment in New Orleans, he'll be making his first appearance in the tournament.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Joe Affrunti turned in a 3-under-par 35-34=69 at Cypresswood Golf Club's Tradition Course in today's open qualifier for the Shell Houston Open, four strokes too high to join the playoff for the final two berths into the tournament proper.

Affrunti buried six birdies but swallowed one bogey and a double. Regardless of this effort, it's a positive sign that he's ready to play regularly. The holdover PGA TOUR rookie has eight starts remaining on his medical extension in the reshuffle category. Other notables that fell short today include: 66-Steven Alker ... 67--Vaughn Taylor ... 68--Tommy Gainey; James Nitties; Sung Kang; Bubba Dickerson ... 69--Eric Axley; Josh Teater; Ben Curtis; Billy Mayfair; Wes Short, Jr.; Peter Tomasulo; Peter Malnati ... 70--Carlos Sainz, Jr.; Tyrone Van Aswegen; Greg Chalmers; Chris Smith; Brad Elder ... 71--Heath Slocum; David Branshaw; Jason Allred; Brad Adamonis; Edward Loar ... 72--John Rollins; Mike Standly; Roland Thatcher; Michael Letzig; David Mathis ... 73--Andrew Loupe; Roberto Castro; Tim Petrovic; Jeff Maggert; Len Mattiace ... 74--Mike Heinen ... 75--David Gossett; Omar Uresti.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 09:46:00 PM

Joe Affrunti posted an even-par 33-37=70 in his opening round of the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship.

Today marked his first sanctioned competition since August of 2013. He still has a medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR. It affords eight starts to collect $599,714 for a promotion to the Major Medical category. Today at Panama Golf Club, he traded five birdies with five bogeys and will beat the field average for the day. All things considered, it's a success, but he's not yet worthy of a spot on even the longest-range fantasy targets.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Joe Affrunti is listed in the published field of next week's Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour.

This is the earliest the developmental circuit has begun a season since 2010 when it piggybacked a pair of tournaments in New Zealand and Australia. Affrunti has been sidelined since August of 2013. He had surgery on his hip four months later, and then aggravated it last spring. He still has eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category on the PGA TOUR to collect $599,714 and get promoted to the Major Medical category. Interestingly, even though he first earned his PGA TOUR card in 2011, because he hasn't exceeded seven starts in any season since, he's still considered a rookie on the circuit. He played six times in 2011 and made five starts in 2013. He didn't play the TOUR in 2012 and 2014.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Joe Affrunti hasn't competed in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event since August of 2013.

It's been a long, strange trip for the still-rookie on the PGA TOUR despite the fact that he broke through for status in 2011. A series of injuries and surgeries have prevented consistent playing time, but he's emerged as a contender in those limited opportunities. That includes a win on the SwingThought.com (née NGA) Tour in February of 2013 and a playoff loss in a Web.com Tour event the following June. If you follow him on Twitter, you already know that he's been practicing, most recently at TPC Scottsdale since it reopened following the redesign. Whenever Affrunti returns to the PGA TOUR, he'll have eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and retain status.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 12:44:00 PM

In a brief update via the Northwest Herald, it was reported that Joe Affrunti "tweaked" the hip on which he had surgery in December.

The setback is going to prolong the 32-year-old's comeback. He was supposed to return this summer, but that's on hold. Shoulder surgery in the summer of 2011 derailed his career until late in 2012 when he teed it up on the NGA Tour. Whenever he returns to the PGA TOUR, he'll have eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category. Affrunti still has rookie eligibility despite the fact that it dates back to 2011.
Thu, May 15, 2014 11:56:00 AM

Joe Affrunti had surgery on his left hip on Dec. 9 and does not plan to return to competition until this summer at the earliest.

The holdover PGA TOUR rookie hasn't teed it up in sanctioned competition since the Cox Classic on the Web.com Tour in late August. He made 12 starts on the circuit to complement five with the big boys. Still equipped with eight starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category, Affrunti will return on his terms. "It’s definitely frustrating," he said. "I had a lot of momentum over the summer and my game was coming around. So it’s frustrating that I couldn’t keep up that momentum. But I’ll get it back and, hopefully, I’ll be even better. ... One thing I’ve heard the hard way with rehab is that when you feel good, you want to push it even more. But that’s when you can retweak things if the the muscles aren’t developed enough to handle it. I want to get this hip back as soon as possible, but I know I’ve got to be patient."
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 04:43:00 PM