Ben Kohles won't get a lot of airtime for what he accomplished on Sunday at the Cox Classic — but he should. With eyeballs glued to the WGC-Bridgestone Classic coverage, the 22-year-old went out and did the unthinkable, winning his second straight Web.com event to move within a win of locking up a spot on the PGA Tour -- also called "battlefield promotion" -- for the rest of the season.
Not bad, right? Only Casey Wittenberg has an many wins (two) as Kohles. But there's a big difference between the two guys. Huge, actually. Kohles picked up his second Web.com win in just his second start. Ever.
After winning the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational just last week in his first-ever start, Kohles fired 9-under 62 during the final round of the Cox Classic to win by three shots. In the past couple of weeks, Kohles has picked up a couple of firsts, becoming the first golfer to ever win in his first start on the Web.com Tour, and the first to ever win his first two starts.
The craziest thing of all is that in just two starts, he's already earned enough money to rank second on the tour's money list, bypassing guys with at least 14-15 tournaments under their belt.
There's no question Kohles is a special talent; the big question now is how he'll do at the next level. Already well inside the top 25 (the cutoff for earning your PGA Tour card for next season), he'll certainly be on golf's biggest stage next year. At this point any money he makes the rest of the season is just icing on the cake.
Give the kid some serious credit for what he accomplished this week. Most guys need a couple of months to get acclimated to playing golf on the professional level, but from the looks of it, Kohles was ready to go. Two wins in two starts is all the proof you need.