Gibson, Allan on verge of PGA TOUR cards
NSW’s Rhein Gibson has vaulted into contention for a PGA TOUR card for next season, following a strong showing at the recently completed Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in the penultimate event of the Web.Com Finals Series.
The 30-year old finished tied for 9th behind winner, American Andrew Loupe, and leapt into 18th position in the Final Series standings.
With the season-ending Tour Championship to be played starting tonight in the US, Gibson needs to finish inside the Top 25 to join Queensland’s Rod Pampling who has already earned promotion back to the Tour following the Web.Com regular season.
Should Gibson be successful at TPC Sawgrass, it will be the first time he has qualified for the main tour.
Also clinging to a spot inside the Top 25 is Victorian Steve Allan, who is in 23rd place but precariously placed just a few hundred dollars from position No.26.
Unlike Gibson, Allan is no stranger to the PGA TOUR having played over 200 events since playing his debut season back in 2001 – the year he won the Australian Open title at Victoria Golf Club.
Allan last played a reasonably full schedule on Tour back in 2009 where he endured a wretched year– missing 16 of 17 cuts.
Of the remaining Australians aiming for promotion or to retain their cards for next year, Oliver Goss (40th) is the best positioned but will most likely need at least a top-ten finish this week to put himself right in the mix.
Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Percy (T67), Greg Chalmers (T74) and Mathew Goggin (T78) will need to finish on the front page of the leaderboard to bridge the gap on Jhonattan Vegas, who holds down 25th position at the moment.