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Florida’s Ricky Castillo improves four spots in PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Ranking

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – After a runner-up finish at the Sea Best Invitational, Florida’s Ricky Castillo improved four spots to No. 16 in this week’s  Velocity Global Ranking. In all, three Gators are in the top 20 – Fred Biondi won the individual crown and strengthened his position at No. 3, while Yuxin Lin opened the spring with a T9 finish and is No. 20 in PGA TOUR University.

North Carolina is the only other school with three top-20 players – Austin Greaser is No. 2, Dylan Menante is No. 10 and Ryan Burnett is No. 18. The Tar Heels open their spring season this week at the Amer Ari, a tournament that also includes Texas Tech, Texas, Pepperdine, Auburn, Arizona State, Stanford and Georgia Tech.

Texas Tech’s Ludvig Aberg made the cut at the Hero Dubai Desert Classic last month and added that T70 finish to his record, and he remains No. 1 ahead of his spring debut at the Amer Ari. Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett finished T6 at last week’s Arizona Thunderbirds Intercollegiate and stayed at No. 4, while Illinois’ Adrien Dumont De Chassart rounds out the top five.

The Velocity Global Ranking ranks players based on the last two years of their collegiate careers. The No. 1 player in the final Velocity Global Ranking will earn PGA TOUR membership, while players Nos. 1-5 (fully exempt) and Nos. 6-10 (conditional) will earn Korn Ferry Tour membership. Additionally, players finishing 6th through 20th in the Velocity Global Ranking will earn fully exempt membership on PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Velocity Global Ranking – Week 05/2023

RankChangePlayerUniversityEventsPoints Average
1Ludvig AbergTexas Tech191206.0263
2Austin GreaserNorth Carolina171146.4182
3Fred BiondiFlorida161135.415
4Sam BennettTexas A&M181088.8905
5Adrien Dumont De ChassartIllinois171075.1788
6Travis VickTexas191040.8289
7William MouwPepperdine181034.5133
8Patrick WelchOklahoma16994.4843
9Reid DavenportVanderbilt13985.9523
10Dylan MenanteNorth Carolina19981.5615
11Ross SteelmanGeorgia Tech13980.4861
12Rasmus Neergaard-PetersenOklahoma State9978.7877
13+1Canon ClaycombAlabama13958.22
14-1Brian StarkTexas13942.6123
15Mateo Fernandez de OliveiraArkansas15901.3133
16+4Ricky CastilloFlorida17899.0294
17-1Sam ChoiPepperdine17889.3535
18Ryan BurnettNorth Carolina15887.1413
19Barclay BrownStanford15884.3526
20-3Yuxin LinFlorida17879.117

Source : thematch.pgatour