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Joe Affrunti |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/1/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 155
College: University of Illinois

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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. Nov 27 - 12:44 PM

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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.
May 15 - 11:56 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."
Jan 13 - 4:43 PM

At 4-over-par 74-70=144, Joe Affrunti missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship by five shots.

He created 27 opportunities to break par with his putter and managed only four birdies while squaring six bogeys and a double. This leaves him with eight starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He'll finish well outside the top 200 in FedExCup points, but will give it a go at next week's Cox Classic on the Web.com Tour where he's currently 82nd in earnings.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:08:00 PM

Joe Affrunti chased his opening 68 at the RBC Canadian Open with a 4-over-par 41-35=76 and will miss the cut.

Remember that he carded the lowest round of everyone in Thursday's late draw, so this is quite the upset even though he's still cutting his teeth on the PGA TOUR. He started today's lap around Glen Abbey on the 10th hole and promptly bogeyed each of his first five holes. Affrunti would played the remainder in 1-under but it won't be enough to snare a payday. This leaves him with nine starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 04:42:00 PM

Joe Affrunti submitted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 for his opening round of the RBC Canadian Open.

The holdover rookie hit only 10 greens in regulation at Glen Abbey today, but he buried five birdies, including a gem from 20'4" at the eighth hole. He got up and down all but one time, failing to find the green at the par-4 third hole until his fourth strokes. Affrunti is three strokes off the overnight lead, but he was the only golfer from today's afternoon wave to go this low.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 07:25:00 PM

At 11-under-par 69-67-69-68=273, Joe Affrunti tied for 33rd place at the John Deere Classic.

He erased seven bogeys with 18 birdies at TPC Deere Run en route to his third cut made in as many starts on the PGA TOUR this year. Today's was worth $22,874.55. It leaves him with 10 starts on his medical extension in the graduate reshuffle to earn $599,714 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Joe Affrunti was among the nine golfers that failed to survive the 54-hole cut at the Travelers Championship.

Affrunti opened even-par 71-69=140 to clinch a payday on the number, but he carded a third-round 72 to fall two strokes too high to play on Sunday. He hit 32 (of 54) greens in regulation but holed just seven birdies against six bogeys and a triple en route to a 2-over 212. By pocketing $11,407.00, he has 11 starts remaining on his medical extension in the graduate reshuffle to earn $622,589 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sun, Jun 23, 2013 08:29:00 PM

Joe Affrunti shared 47th place at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, earning $15,333.00.

Affrunti completed 72 holes at TPC Southwind in even-par 68-71-70-71=280. He hadn't competed in a PGA TOUR event since the Valero Texas Open in April of 2011. Today's paycheck leaves him with 12 starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $633,996 and a promotion to the Major Medical category. He'll stay warm during U.S. Open week by teeing it up at the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour where he's 4-for-8 on the season and ranks 133rd on the money list.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 06:52:00 PM

Joe Affrunti is listed in the published field of next week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Affrunti has not competed in a PGA TOUR event since the Valero Texas Open in April of 2011. He had surgery on his left shoulder that summer. Still considered a rookie on the PGA TOUR, he's limited his sanctioned competition to the Web.com Tour where he's 4-for-8 this season, including today's cut made at the Mid-Atlantic Championship. When he returns to the big leagues, he'll have 13 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $649,329 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, May 31, 2013 06:57:00 PM

Joe Affrunti turned in a 3-over-par 37-36=73 for his opening round of the Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Affrunti enjoyed a successful winter on the NGA Tour, so that qualifies his first round in PGA TOUR-sanctioned action since April 2011 as a mild disappointment. He erased three birdies with four bogeys and a double. He has status on the PGA TOUR deep in the reshuffle category thanks to a medical extension. Should he earn $649,329 in 13 starts, he'll be promoted to the Major Medical category for the remainder of the year. However, he can burn up to five rehab starts on the Web.com Tour, and cracking all of the fields but the Puerto Rico Open on the Florida Swing will be challenging.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 06:39:00 PM

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

It would have been more newsworthy if he didn't commit given he mentioned this stop specifically after winning the season finale of the NGA Tour's Winter Series. Affrunti can make as many as five rehab starts on the Web.com Tour before returning to the PGA TOUR on which hs still has 13 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle to earn $649,329 and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 06:41:00 PM

Joe Affrunti emerged in a playoff to win the season finale of the NGA Tour's Winter Series at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla.

Affrunti opened with a pair of 64s to establish a seven-stroke lead entering the final round of the scheduled 54-hole tournament. He'd close with a 76 to find himself in a playoff with Sam Beach (65) at 12-under 204. Affrunti won with a bogey on the second playoff hole to set the table for his return to PGA TOUR-sanctioned golf. In a video interview afterwards, Affrunti said this of his win: "To have [the NGA Tour] to see where your game's at and work on things, it definitely prepares me for the start of my season, which will be in a couple of weeks." Affrunti has 13 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR, but it's difficult to determine precisely when he'd crack a field on merit. He's not scheduled to play on the Monterey Peninsula this coming week, so look for him to emerge at the Web.com Tour's Panama Claro Championship on Feb. 21-24.
Source: NGATour.com
Sun, Feb 3, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Joe Affrunti shared second place at the NGA Tour's event at Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course today.

Affrunti carded three rounds of 5-under-par 71, losing to Andy Pope by one stroke. This is Affrunti's second start on the mini-tour since recovering from surgery on his left shoulder in June 2011. After missing the cut last week, he banked $4,040.00 today. When he returns to the PGA TOUR, he'll have 13 starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $649,329 and a promotion into the Major Medical category.
Source: NGATour.com
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 08:56:00 PM

Joe Affrunti has yet to commit to a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament this year.

Back in April, we relayed that he was eyeing a return to action in August or September, but he is not listed in the published field of next week's Albertson's Boise Open on the Web.com Tour. He's been sidelined since having surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder in June of last year. Whenever he returns to the PGA TOUR, he'll have 13 starts on a medical extension in the reshuffle category to earn $649,329 and a promotion into the Major Medical category.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Fri, Sep 7, 2012 07:17:00 PM