No one will ever accuse players from Team New England of being quitters and Jim Renner, Plainville, MA is no exception.
Jim turned professional in 2007 and immediately began a career as a professional golfer competing in professional events.
Trying the Web.Com and PGA Tours in ’07 and ’08, Renner missed the cut in the events he attempted but would not relent. He gained his PGA Tour privileges via Q School earning his Card for the 2011 season.
Renner made 11 cuts in 22 starts in 2011 earning $392,945 finishing 149th on the money list. The finish sent Jim packing and headed back to the Web.Com Tour as only the top 125 retain their tour cards for the next season.
Continuing to struggle, Renner stayed the course but again come up short in 2012 on the Web.Com money list finishing the season 59th. While well out of the top 25 money earners who automatically qualify for their PGA Tour Cards, things were about to change.
In 2013, Renner made 12 cuts in 23 starts with a 2nd, 4 top 10’s and 6 top 25 finishes. With earnings of $159,675 Jim finished 17th on the Web.Com money list and was headed back to the ‘big dance’ for the new 2013-2014 PGA Tour season.
Golf like life can seem like a roller coaster. For Renner the all new ’13/’14 PGA Tour season seems to be the case. With the ‘new’ Tour season starting in October of 2013, Jim missed the cut in his first 4 starts then finished T-2nd in the AT&T National Pro-Am in February. Since then, a WD, (withdraw), from the Northern Trust Open, he has missed 10 cuts in 17 starts through the Greenbrier last week. Renner’s best was a T-24th at the Houston Open in early April. Renner also qualified for the U.S.Open Championship last month with fellow TNE players Rob Oppenheim and Fran Quinn.
Making the cut at the Greenbrier Jim started the final round 7 under par and tied in 11th position. A final round even par 70, while not as expected, yielded a T-16th and hopefully provides a confidence boost that Renner sorely needs. His weekly scoring average was 68.3, 4 shots better than his SA of 72+ coming into last week.
Just six events* of the regular season remain for Renner to crack the 125 money earners if he hopes to retain his playing privileges for 2015. His play last week lifted Renner from 138th to 130th on the money list. Renner has the time and the talent. The only question remaining is, does he have the patience and confidence? We will know soon enough.
* Excludes the Open Championship