Australians chasing the magic at Disney
Most of the Australians seeking to secure their PGA Tour futures for 2013 each did enough to inch forward on the moneylist, following the completion of the penultimate event of the 2012 PGA Tour season, the McGladrey Classic in Sea Pines, Georgia on Sunday.
Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey shot the lowest round on Tour this year, a 10 under par 60, and endured a nervous wait in the clubhouse as veteran Jim Furyk and tournament host Davis Love III eventually came up just short of victory.
Jason Day made the cut and is safe for 2013 (Credit: Anthony Powter)
The unfashionable Gainey earned his first PGA Tour win and a host of exemptions through season 2014.
Players will now have a few weeks off to steel themselves for a final tilt at a Tour Card at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the Disney World’s Palm and Magnolia courses in Buena Vista Gardens, Florida from 8 – 11 November.
The only Australians who made the cut and are safe for next year were Jason Day and Robert Allenby while Nick O’Hern missed the cut and remains at 147th and in need of a repeat of his form at Disney last year where he tied for 6th.
Of the Australians, Stuart Appleby and Mathew Goggin were best placed at T27 at seven under par. While both would be satisfied with solid tournaments, Appleby is projected to only move up to 162nd place, still well outside the Top 150 that guarantee a limited number of starts in 2013.
Goggin’s three over par back nine at Sea Pines hurt his chances of climbing higher on the money list and he is projected to rise only a few places to number 176 following this week.
Nathan Green, Gavin Coles and Matt Jones finished at T51 and will all remain well outside the top 150 and facing a return to Tour School unless they can perform miracles at Disney. Steven Bowditch has the same predicament ahead of him, placed at 184th.
Queenslander Rod Pampling however remains right ‘on the bubble’, just inside the magical Top 125 (124) that receive full exemption into next year.
While he earned a cheque at Sea Pines to remain in the mix, he will still be kicking himself for his final round 7 over par 77 in windy conditions at Sea Pines.
In 2011, Luke Donald defeated Justin Leonard by two strokes to win the final event of the year and with it, the PGA Tour ‘Player of the Year’ and the Money Titles on both sides of the Atlantic. While less prestigious accolades are at stake, there will be no less pressure on all the Australians to perform in Florida in a few weeks time.