Ten Aussies qualify for PGA Tour cards
It is that time of the season where the top-125 on the FedExCup standings qualify for the Playoffs and retain their full status on the PGA Tour for the following season.
This was the first time since the FedExCup began in 2007 that no one moved into the top-125 in the final week before the Playoffs. The lack of activity from those just outside the top-125 ensured that everyone who started the week inside that number is headed to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Stuart Appleby finished inside the top-50 at the Wyndham Championship to retain his PGA Tour card for 2014 (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Of the Aussies, Adam Scott (11th), Jason Day (14th), Matt Jones (37th), Marc Leishman (69th) were already safely within the magic number.
The ever-consistent Matt Jones was the leading Australian at the season-ending Wyndham Championship on Sunday, when he recorded a final round of 8-under 62 to move into a share of 5th, continuing his best ever season on the PGA Tour to take his earnings past the US$1.4 million mark.
Geoff Ogilvy (99th), John Senden (99th) and Aaron Baddeley (119th) made the Playoffs number also.
Stuart Appleby, a nine-time TOUR winner, stayed at No. 123 on the FedExCup leader board to keep his PGA Tour playing privileges, while Steven Bowditch, who started the week at No. 125, finished 29th at the Wyndham to move up to 120th in the standings.
Bowditch was two shots outside the cut line after a 1-over 71 in the first round, but a bogey-free 66 in the second round allowed him to make the cut and keep his Playoffs position safe. This was a stellar effort by the Queenslander as he seeks to retain his playing rights on the main tour.
Greg Chalmers (122nd) also did enough to stay inside the all important top-125 on the FedEx Cup points table and will also remain on the PGA Tour next season.
Cameron Percy (158th), Nick O’Hern (176th), Scott Gardiner (177th), Alistair Prensell (180th), Robert Allenby (185th), Rod Pampling (194th) and Nathan Green (199th) are inside the top-200 and assured of a start in the Web.com Tour finals, where a finish inside the top-50 will regain PGA Tour playing rights for 2014.
With one regular season event remaining on the Web.com Tour, the Cox Classic, to determine who secures the first set of 25 PGA Tour cards for 2013-14 and who the top-75 money winners will be for the four-event Finals.
Ashley Hall is in 23rd place on the money list with just one event to go as he chases a place inside the top-25. Mathew Goggin is precariously positioned at number 24 and will need a solid result this week after missing the cut at last week’s News Sentinel Open.
Bronson LaCassie is in 33rd position, with Aron Price 67th on the money list.
Last Sunday Price led into the final round of the News Sentinel Open, where a win would have confirmed a return to the PGA Tour but he faded over the closing stages of the round to finish in a tie for 10th.
Nick Flanagan and Adam Crawford are at 70th and 71st respectively with James Nitties at 73rd position, just inside the top-75 leading into the final regular event of the season.
A total of 50 PGA Tour cards for the next season will be awarded at the end of the Web.com Tour Finals. The 25 leading money winners during the Web.com Tour regular season will receive cards, and total money earned during the Finals will determine the remaining 25 card earners.