Top 10 new faces of 2004

Originally Published: January 13, 2004
ESPN.com

The rookies get their first crack at the PGA Tour this week at the Sony Open, so introductions are necessary. We've picked out a few of the newbies to keep an eye on from the Class of 2004.

Meet the rookies ...
Player Experience The skinny
Zach Johnson, age 27
Qualifed: No. 1 on Nationwide Tour money list
Played on Nationwide and Hooters Tours since 2000 before outstanding 2003. Two wins and four second-place finishes in '03, smashed single-season Nationwide money record.
Mathias Gronberg, age 33
Qualifed: Won Q-school finals
Sweden native is a four-time winner on the European tour. Ranked 74th in the world, Gronberg finally broke through at Q-school on his eighth try.
Tom Carter, age 35
Qualifed: Battlefield Promotion
(3 Nationwide Tour wins in '03)
Played Nationwide Tour in 2001-03, won three times before Sept. in '03. Played eight events after his promotion last year, missing six cuts. His best finish was a T12.
Arjun Atwal, age 30
Qualifed: T7 at Q-school
Turned pro in '95, has 6 career wins on Asian Tour and 2 on Euro tour. Ranked 224th in the world, he's the first player from India to earn his PGA Tour card.
Hunter Mahan, age 21
Qualifed: T16 at Q-school
NCAA golfer of the year (shared) and U.S. Amateur runner-up. Skipped his senior season at OSU to turn pro, played in nine events last year (finished T28 at Masters).
Joe Ogilvie, age 29
Qualifed: No. 2 on Nationwide Tour money list
PGA Tour member from 1999-2002, Nationwide Tour member in 2003. Lost his card in 2002, but got it back with an impressive two-win season on the Nationwide Tour.
Jay Delsing, age 43
Qualifed: T28 at Q-school
PGA Tour member from 1985-2000 before he lost his card. With ex-UCLA mate Corey Pavin as his Q-school caddie, Delsing got his card back for first time since '00.
Chris Couch, age 30
Qualifed: No. 4 on Nationwide Tour money list
Played on PGA Tour in '99, and Nationwide every other year since '97. Won the Nationwide Tour Championship by three strokes to cap his 2003 season.
Kevin Na, age 20
Qualifed: T21 at Q-school
Spent first two years after high school on Asian and Euro tours. Youngest member of the PGA Tour, he was the Asian tour's rookie of the year in 2002.
Roland Thatcher, age 26
Qualifed: T28 at Q-school
Spent last 2 years on Nationwide Tour, earning a win as a rookie. Fell achingly short at '01 Q-school; he was the last player to earn his card in '03 with a final-hole birdie.



The rest of the Class of 2004

Nationwide Tour graduates (top 20 on money list): Bo Van Pelt, Ryan Palmer, Mark Hensby, Tripp Isenhour, Jason Bohn, Jason Dufner, Vaughn Taylor, Blaine McCallister, Andre Stolz, Guy Boros, Ted Purdy, D.J. Brigman, Lucas Glover, David Morland IV, Craig Bowden, Tommy Tolles.

Q-school grads (top 34): Danny Ellis, Michael Allen, John Riegger, David Branshaw, Daniel Chopra, Omar Uresti, Kris Cox, John Maginnes, Wes Short, Tjaart Van der Walt, Brian Bateman, Ken Duke, Dan Olsen, Kevin Muncrief, Russ Cochran, Todd Hamilton, Brian Kortan, Steve Pate, Rich Barcelo, Scott Hend, Roger Tambellini, Trevor Dodds, Boyd Summerhays, Brian Gay, Deane Pappas, Grant Waite, Hirofumi Miyase, Danny Briggs.