Three Aussies secure 2013 PGA Tour cards
If you had to pick three Australian golfers with the grit, determination and persistence to make it on the US PGA Tour then you couldn’t go wrong with these three.
Victorian Cameron Percy has won back the Tour card that he lost a year ago while Scott Gardiner and Alistair Presnell have at last been rewarded for their consistency by also earning their cards on the richest golf stage in the world, via the Web.com Tour.
Cameron Percy (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Not that Percy would complain. He earned a cool $256,238 on the Web.com Tour this year and finished in 13th spot, assuring him of a return to the big time.
Only just behind him, after his most stellar season on the Web.com tour to date was Gardiner, who earned $234,145 in finishing 15th.
Presnell had to do it a little tougher than that. The Victorian earned $190,567 and finished 23rd, but it was enough to progress to the main tour with the top 25.
Gardiner, now 36, has found a new level of maturity in his game after finishing so close to securing a card.
The New South Welshman finished 30th in 2007 and 2009 before missing his PGA Tour card by just one spot in 2010 when a double-bogey late in his final round cost him dearly, ending up in 26th spot.
“I’ve been pretty comfortable for a while, which has allowed me to enjoy the last few events this year and now I can’t wait for January,” Gardiner said.
“I just want to get out there on the big stage and play with some of the guys I’ve known and seen make the transition over the years.”
“There is definitely a sense of relief.”
“I’ve had some close calls in the past but I always felt I played as well as I could and really couldn’t have done much different to change the result.”
“Now I am there and it’s a big thrill for me and my parents who always supported my dreams.”
Among the Aussies who will attempt to follow their footsteps next year and show the same durability after missing out in 2012 include 2003 US Amateur champion, Nick Flanagan, who finished 45th on the money list following a lack-lustre top 50 showing at the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in Texas.
Other Australians to miss the mark this season were Aron Price (63rd), Bronson La’Cassie (76th), Peter Lonard (82nd), Steve Allan (95th), James Nitties (107th), Steven Bowditch (126th), Andrew Buckle (135th) and Michael Sim (149th).