Jaeger tops class, Drewitt earns PGA Tour return
It’s the culmination of a lifetime of hard work both off and on the course. Most players never make it this far and many of those that do, will only ever dream of playing the PGA Tour.
That’s why the race to the Top 25 can be so emotional for many players. It means a chance to play the game they love against the world’s best fields with millions of dollars up for grabs each week.
Brett Drewitt celebrates his return to the PGA Tour (Credit: PGA Tour)
Only 50 PGA Tour Cards make they way into the hands of Korn Ferry Tour players each year. The top 25 at the end of the regular season automatically earn a spot with another 25 cards going to the top-25 at the end of the three-tournament playoff series.
Those that were either side of the bubble had a tough week at the Pinnacle Bank Championship. One wrong move or someone shooting the lights out could mean a player being pushed back a spot or missing by a handful of points. It’s a tough road to the top.
Stephan Jaeger, however, had no such worries. The 32-year-old German won two titles this season along with three runner-up finishes to guarantee himself a return to the PGA Tour. He last played there in 2018/19 season only to finish 152nd in the FedExCup and lose his card.
Australia’s Brett Drewitt was one of those players who came into the week perilously close to the top-25 cut line. At No.22, the New South Welshman managed to stagger over the line finishing in a share of 63rd on Sunday to drop just two places in the standings to No.24 and clinch his PGA Tour card. A maiden victory at the Lincoln Land Championship early in the season and a super-consistent year including seven top-10 finishes paid off in the end.
Drewitt, like Jaeger, has been there before. He played his way onto the PGA Tour for the 2016/17 season but only made nine cuts and lost his card after finishing 196th in the FedExCup.
The Taree-born Drewitt was the lone Aussie to secure a card although Curtis Luck will get another chance, closing the regular season at 67th and inside the top-75, who get to play the last three playoff events.
Harrison Endycott (81), Brett Coletta (87), Ryan Ruffels (97), Jamie Arnold (104) will need to regroup and try again next season.
The three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour playoff series begins this week at the Albertsons Boise Open (Aug 19-22) before moving on to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (Aug 26-29) and the Korn Ferry Tour Championship (Sep 2-5).