Four Aussies earn Tour cards following hurricane

The horrific weather conditions forecast by the threat of Hurricane Matthew gave the PGA Tour little choice but to cancel the final event of the Tour – the Tour Championship – in Florida.

An evacuation of Atlantic Beach area was issued late Wednesday morning after Florida Governor Rick Scott had declared a state-wide emergency just days earlier.

Cameron Percy Cameron Percy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The Tour Championship was slated as the fourth and final event in the Tour Finals, whereby the second set of 25 TOUR cards for the 2016-17 season was to be awarded at the conclusion of play.

With the event cancelled, earnings through the first three events of the Finals determined the Top 50 players earning status for the 2016/17 season which commences at the Safeway Open in Napa, California next week, where Tiger Woods will make his long awaited return from injury.

The Top 25 players from the full Tour season were already guaranteed cards, with the second 25 determined from the Final Series standings.

Australia’s Cameron Percy was sitting in 24th place based on his earnings from the first three events and now takes card No.49 after the cancellation of the final event.

Percy and countrymen Cameron Smith, Rod Pampling and Brett Drewitt all finished inside a Top 50 that features a number of familiar names including England’s Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Tour winners Rory Sabbatini, Scott Stallings and Kiwis Steve Alker and Tim Wilkinson.