PGA star Jed Morgan secures Order of Merit spoils
It was only a matter of when and not if Jed Morgan won this year’s ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.
The 22-year-old smashed records on his way to winning by 11 shots at the Australian PGA Championship in January to take home $180,000 prize money and give himself an almost unassailable lead for the rest of the season.
Jed Morgan (Credit: PGA Australia)
And today that came to fruition with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia officially announcing the Queenslander as the 2021/22 Order of Merit champion and Norman Von Nida Medal winner.
“This is something that I’m going to treasure forever,” said Morgan.
“Obviously as a young player I’m heading away to follow my dreams and I’m focused on what is ahead of me, but to win an Order Of Merit is something special, I know, and the opportunities that it provides for me are priceless.”
“I’m thankful to the PGA for this and I hope that I can justify it by playing well. I’ll certainly by trying hard and I can’t wait to get to America and then to Scotland to play in those majors.”
As part of his win, Morgan earns a start at this year’s US Open at Brookline Country Club in mid-June followed by the Open Championship at St Andrews, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in July.
Morgan also wins a DP World Tour card for the 2023 season giving him a superb opportunity to kickstart his career overseas. Just ask Min Woo Lee, who has won in Europe and moved inside the World Top-50 following his victory at the co-sanctioned Vic Open back in 2020.
“We bat above in terms of population to high quality golfers, and it’s critical for us to form these alliances with the DP World Tour so that we can keep producing some of the best players in world golf,” added PGA of Australia Chair Rodger Davis.
The race for second and third place along with a string of other exemptions continues this week at the final tournament of the season – NT PGA Championship.
Second-placed Blake Windred, who along with Anthony Quayle (5th), is not teeing it up in the Northern Territory this week, enjoys a slim $14,055 buffer over Andrew Dodt (3rd), with the likes of Dimi Papadatos (4th), Louis Dobbelaar (6th) and Aaron Pike (7th) all still with a chance of grabbing a spot inside the top three to earn a DP World Tour card.
The Tailor-Made Building Services NT PGA Championship wraps up on Sunday at the Palmerston Golf Course south of Darwin.