Peter Uihlein, Sam Saunders earn PGA Tour cards at Tour Finals

The new PGA Tour season starts this week at the Safeway Open, and we're going to see some new characters in attendance. After the top 25 from the regular season put away their cards at the end of August, the top 25 from the Tour Finals did the same Monday at the Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club.

In all, 50 players move on to the PGA Tour -- some of those golfers played the PGA Tour last year, but all of them were facing a season on the Tour if not for some great play at the Finals. As Ryan Lavner pointed out, five players moved from outside the top 25 to inside of it during the final round on Monday alone.

Jonathan Byrd won the last of the four-tournament playoffs with a score of 24 under, but he wasn't the most notable name to snag a card via the playoffs. Peter Uihlein finished first on the playoff money list, and he'll play the PGA Tour for the first time in 2017-18. Sam Saunders, who shot 59 at the final event, will also return to the PGA Tour where he played in 2016-17.

Bronson Burgoon, Matt Jones, Cameron Tringale, Steve Wheatcroft and Troy Merritt were among the other guys who claimed cards. Throw in Talor Gooch, Chesson Hadley, Aaron Wise and Beau Hossler from the regular season, and you have some young, talented players ready to tee it up for the new season.

Uihlein is particularly interesting to me. He has been playing the European Tour for the last few years, but he's No. 74 in the world and No. 15 this season in the Race to Dubai. He came back to the United States after he and Brooks Koepka set out to take on the Challenge Tour and European Tour a few years ago. Koepka came back to the PGA Tour and has found success. I think Uihlein will do the same.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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