Aussie form drought threatens WGC numbers

Australian accents are likely to be thin on the ground at the first of the World Golf Championship events in Arizona based on current rankings.

The equation is simple: perform this week or make other plans.

Aaron Baddeley Aaron Baddeley (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The top 64 players on the Official World Golf Ranking on Monday February 11 will be guaranteed a place for the season’s first World Golf Championships event – the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club from February 20 – 24.

Only Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden and Marcus Fraser are assured of a place in the field at this point.

Should that status quo remain, a contingent of four players would be one of the smallest Australian representations in a WGC field since the events were introduced in 1999.

With places in the Matchplay and The Masters hinging on good early season results, two-time WGC Matchplay champ Geoff Ogilvy has followed a decent start at the Humana Challenge with two badly missed cuts to see his ranking slide from No.51 to No.69 ahead of the Pebble Beach Pro-am.

Fellow Aussie Greg Chalmers is ranked No.70, Brendan Jones No. 78 and Aaron Baddeley No. 83, despite a recent top 10 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, won by Tiger Woods.

Marc Leishman is the only other Australian in the Top 100 (No.90) with any chance of forcing his way into the Top 64 after this week.

The next World Ranking milestones are Monday 25th February and Monday March 4th, when those inside the top 50 will secure places in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in March.

Monday April 1st is the key date for players to secure final invitations to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Players inside the Top 50 on that date will secure invitations if not already qualified.