WICHITA, Kan. – Ollie Schniederjans rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to defeat former Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit winner J.J. Spaun and PAC-12 Freshman of the Year Collin Morikawa in a playoff at the Air Capital Classic presented by AETNA. The 23-year-old Schniederjans’ first Web.com Tour win moves him up to No. 3 on the money list.
“I felt like it was probably a 20 percent chance of making it,” said Schniederjans, about the 18-foot left-to-right putt. “I just wanted to pure the heck out of it and see what happens. It went in beautifully; it was incredible.”
Earlier this season Schniederjans lost in overtime to Brad Fritsch at the Servientrega Championship presented by Efecty in Cartagena, Colombia. After coming up short, the Tour rookie notched two more top-10s before hitting a roadblock. The last few weeks, Schniederjans has struggled but was able to find his form in Wichita and lock up one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards awarded at the conclusion of the Regular Season.
“It’s just a lifetime dream come true,” said the three-time All-American at Georgia Tech, who earned a first-place prize of $112,500. “To be able to go out there and be a member of the PGA TOUR, it’s an unbelievable feeling. I put so much work in to get there. I’m thrilled to join a bunch of my friends out there.”
Some of those comrades Schniederjans was referring to include 2016 CIMB Classic champion Justin Thomas, 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic winner Daniel Berger, and 2014-15 FedExCup Champion Jordan Spieth. Watching these three and others have success on TOUR has fueled Schniederjans. Instead of getting impatient and being in a rush to join his friends, the Alpharetta, Georgia resident has embraced the Web.com Tour and how it prepares you for the next step.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve learned this year,” said Schniederjans, about life on Tour. “I never would’ve thought I had this much to get better at and this much to learn. I needed this year on the Web.com Tour, honestly. I don’t think I was ready for the PGA TOUR. Maybe I could’ve been ready, but I wasn’t at my best. This year I’ve gotten so many things in order.”
“I feel like I’m going out there the best version of myself,” Schniederjans continued. “Rather than if I was out there this year, I would’ve had to do all this learning out there. Doing it out here, putting things in perspective, it’s been an amazing experience on the Web.com Tour for me so far.”
And Schniederjans is not done yet. He set out to accomplish a few things this season and his victory at Crestview Country Club is just the beginning.
“My goal this year was to win twice,” Schniederjans said. “I thought that was a realistic goal, to try and win and then back it up with another one.”