The first three events of the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour is in the books. With The Memorial, W.A.C.O., and JBO behind us we can now review the current Pro Tour Standings and discuss what to look for moving into the next three events on tour. As a quick refresher, the top fifty players in both the MPO and FPO divisions receive points a scale where the first place winner receives 100 points and 50th place receives 2 points. Every player after 50th place receives one point. The best seven of nine events are counted. The complete structure may be viewed here. The MPO division will feature the men who finish in the top 32 in tour points standings. They will play four rounds of golf, with only the top advancing in each round.
In the MPO division we have seen three standings lead changes across the first three events. While this is not all that surprising given how points are distributed, in previous years the dominance of players such as Ricky Wysocki and Paul McBeth would have seen one of the two of them on top consistently across the first three events. This year, Simon’s win at The Memorial gave him an early lead. However, after having to withdraw from W.A.C.O. due to being stuck in traffic and not attending Jonesboro due to a back issue, Simon has now dropped to 15th in Pro Tour Standings. While Jeremy Koling was able to take home a win at W.A.C.O. it was a different Innova sponsored pro that would move atop the Pro Tour Standings after our Texas stop.
Nate Sexton took the lead after W.A.C.O. with his 3rd place finish at Memorial and 4th place finish in Texas. He sat .33 above both Paul McBeth and Jeremy Koling thanks to his tie for 4th. Nate had the advantage going into Jonesboro, but with Ricky, Paul, and 36 other 1000 rated or better Pros in attendance he had his work cut out for him. Nate started the tournament on the featured live card with Ricky Wysocki, Kevin Jones, and Seppo Paju. Nate ended up 5 back of the lead after day one and spent the rest of the tournament playing from behind. Ricky would finish two off the lead – behind Garrett Gurthie. Ricky would then tie Colten Montgomery for the hot round on day two and then card one off the hot round on the final day to be able to secure first place in Jonesboro.
With the 100 points Ricky received for first place at Jonesboro he now is the points leader through three events. Paul McBeth finished tied for 13th at Jonesboro which moved him into sole ownership of second place standings and Nate Sexton now rounds out the top three with a 17th place finish.
Other notable MPO standings include Garrett Gurthie who moved into fourth with his second place finish at Jonesboro and his fourth place finish at W.A.C.O., moving past his 35th place finish at Memorial. Eric Oakley is also now in the top eight having not finished outside the top 20 at his first three events. Newer names on tour, Emerson Keith and Colton Montgomery are currently looking at a bye to the quarterfinals with their 14th and 13th place standings respectively.
What is potentially more notable though are the Pros who are currently on the outside looking in. Paul Ulibarri, Austin Turner, A. J. Risley, Zackeriath Johnson, Chris Clemons, Dutch Napier, Mike Conlee, and Lance Brown have all played two or more Pro Tour events and are sitting just outside the top 32. They will be looking to improve their finishes throughout the rest of the season in hopes of being able to qualify for the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship presented by Prodigy.
It is very early in the season. With six more events to go before the championship anything can happen. There are some Pros who have opted to just play the second half of the tour. We could more than likely see a few of them break into the top 32. With players like Cale Leiviska, Michael Johansen, Nate Doss, Al Hermosillo, Charlie Goodpasture, and James Proctor all looking to join us down the road – it is shaping up to be a race to the finish.
Make sure you are ready to watch the next Disc Golf Pro Tour stop, the San Francisco Open May 25-27th. Live Coverage will start at 5pm ET every day.