For the past two years, we’ve tracked the professional careers of the most average fictional family of golfers of all time with a simple concept in mind: How would a golfer who shot even par every round fare on the PGA Tour?
In 2016, PGA.com contributor Brian Mull started the series with the first fictional golfer — Tom Par — and a scenario, that Tom had finished in the top 125 in the FedExCup in the previous year.
Unfortunately for Tom Par, he did not play well enough that season to keep his Tour Card.
In 2017, PGA.com’s T.J. Auclair continued the saga with Tom’s younger brother, Joe Par. Again, Joe Par played admirably, but not well enough to keep his card.
This year, we tracked another Par brother: Tim, who also shot even par in every single round he played this year.
Tim finished the previous season inside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings and played in all PGA Tour events that he qualified for. That meant he wasn’t eligible for any of the four majors (though he did attempt to qualify for both Opens) or the World Golf Championships.
Like both his brothers before him, Tim started the season in a rut, missing the cut in each of his first six starts. But he finally broke through in February at the Genesis Open. The cut in that tournament was set at 2-over, which Tiger Woods missed at 6-over. Tim, however, finished T41, tied with Bryson DeChambeau and seven others. For his efforts, he cashed his first tournament check of $24,516.
But that was nothing compared to the next weekend, when Tim played at the Honda Classic. There, after clearing the 5-over cutline, Tim ended up tying with Tiger for 12th place, just eight strokes back of winner Justin Thomas. That finish earned Tim $151,800 and 62.5 FedExCup points — both his largest of the season by far.
Tim went on to make 11 cuts, finishing in an average of 47th place in those tournaments. That earned him $350,273, putting him in 174th place on the official money list. But he only accrued 144.5 FedExCup points, placing him 179th in the rankings. By finishing between 151-200, he does earn a spot on the Web.com Tour next year, but he will have to rely on Monday qualifiers and sponsor exemptions to play in any PGA Tour events in 2018-19.
As this happens to be a Ryder Cup year, Tim did have hopes of making the U.S. team, but his 250.273 left him at 109th place — 4,184.472 points behind Webb Simpson, who clinched the final qualifying spot.
Take a look at Tim Par’s season results below. Here’s hoping that the Par family has another sibling with better luck next year.
|Tournament||Result||Money earned||FedExCup Points|
|Sentry Tournament of Champions||DNP||$0||0|
|Sony Open in Hawaii||MC||$0||0|
|Farmers Insurance Open||MC||$0||0|
|Waste Management Phoenix Open||MC||$0||0|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||MC||$0||0|
|The Honda Classic||T12||$151,800||62.5|
|World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship||DNP||$0||0|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard||T54||$20,381||5.86|
|World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play||DNP||$0||0|
|Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship||MC||$0||0|
|Valero Texas Open||T51||$14,508||6.48|
|Zurich Classic of New Orleans||MC||$0||0|
|Wells Fargo Championship||T34||$31,570||18|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||MC||$0||0|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||MC||$0||0|
|Fort Worth Invitational||T66||$14,484||3.32|
|the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide||T65||$18,423||3.6|
|FedEx St. Jude Classic||T45||$18,876||9.5|
|Quicken Loans National||T53||$16,208||5.81|
|A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier||MC||$0||0|
|John Deere Classic||MC||$0||0|
|The Open Championship||DNP||$0||0|
|RBC Canadian Open||MC||$0||0|
|World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational||DNP||$0||0|
|TOTAL||11/28 cuts made||$350,273||144.5|