Gibson sole Aussie to earn PGA Tour card for 2020
American Bo Hoag won the final regular-season event on the Korn Ferry Tour, finalising his PGA Tour card for 2020 in the process.
Yet as always the case at the Portland Open, the drama extended well beyond the tournament’s final leaderboard with players chasing the desired top-25 season positions and direct access to the main tour and those 26th-75th securing spots in the upcoming Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
Rhein Gibson with the 2019 BMW Charity Pro-Am trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)
Whilst many of the top-25 spots were already secured, there was considerable drama and focus on the 25th spot with Aussie Brett Coletta entering the event in the 25th in the standings but he fell to 27th with a missed cut in Portland.
Despite not securing his PGA Tour card at this stage, Colletta will have another chance in the finals as will Jamie Arnold who finished the season in 38th position.
China’s Xinjun Zhang, who finished T43 this week, retained the top spot in the standings followed by Robby Shelton and Scottie Scheffler.
At this stage Rhein Gibson is the sole Aussie to graduate to the main tour having finished in a tie for 11th at Portland at number 10 in the season standings.
Gibson secured his PGA Tour card for the 2019-20 season following eight top-25 finishes, including a victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Brett Drewitt finished in a share of 18th in Portland yet is was not enough. He closed the season in 88th place in the standings.
The three tournament Korn Ferry Finals, which will offer another 25 PGA Tour cards for next season and will also include the 126th-200th from the PGA Tour’s FedExCup list, will start next week in Columbus, Ohio.
Cameron Davis will also tee it up in the finals in a hope to retain his PGA Tour status as will Curtis Luck having both finished within 126th-200th on the PGA Tour standings.
Cameron Percy is another Aussie in the finals aiming for progress to the main tour having finished 58th in the Korn Ferry Tour standings.