Labritz, Branshaw Earn PGA Tour Champions Status

December 13, 2021

JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – Two professionals with New York State ties finished in the top-5 during the PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament Final Stage to earn fully-exempt status for the 2022 tour season. The Final Stage tournament was held at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida from December 7-10. 

Rob Labritz, 50, of GlenArbor fired a bogey-free 7-under 64 during the final round to secure a three-stroke victory. He finished the tournament at 17-under.

David Branshaw, 52, a native of Oswego, finished T2 14-under 270 to share runner-up honors with Thongchai Jaidee. Branshaw then lost to Jaidee in a playoff to decide second and third position.

Related: Final Results / PGA Tour Story

Roger Roland and Tom Gillis filled out the top-five that earned status for the 2022 season.

Branshaw was the leader after the first stage of Q-School at Buckhorn Springs in November, where Labritz finished second.

Labritz, who’s the director of golf at GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, has appeared in eight PGA Championships, and was low club professional twice (2010 and 2019). He's also won the New York State Open three times.

“I’ve been envisioning this happening. And it did, which is crazy,” Labritz said to PGA Tour media after the tournament. “It shows the power of the mind. I’m beyond the moon. I’m almost speechless. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this, to know that my golf game held up.”

Branshaw’s resume includes stints on both the Nationwide Tour (Korn Ferry) and PGA Tour in the early-to-mid 2000’s. In 2005 he won the Nationwide Tour Championship, along with another victory on that tour. He resides in Tampa, Florida.

Only the top five finishers get Champions Tour cards for the following year. Those who finish in places 6-30 are exempt from Thursday pre-qualifiers and can enter directly into the Monday qualifiers.