The Australian contingent has a power of work ahead in this week’s Web.Com Tour Championship to win cards for the 2018 US PGA Tour.
With Scott Hend absent with a back injury, only seven Aussies teed up at the DAP Championship in Ohio and only two made the cut.
In short, this means Jamie Arnold (T90), Stuart Appleby (T90) and Rhein Gibson (T90) all need a top-five finish this week in Atlantic Beach, Florida, to earn promotion from the secondary tour.
Hend at 40th courtesy of two mid-field finishes in the previous two events, will be in the same bracket as Matt Jones (T47), Brett Drewitt (41) and Curtis Luck (38), all of whom will need at least top-10 finishes to have any chance.
The best hope remains Cameron Percy, whose rounds of 74-71 this week weren’t enough to make the cut, but results kept him ranked 25th, right on the cut-off mark of those who will advance. Percy, of Melbourne, is in the lap of the golfing gods given that he can advance or fail depending on several scenarios, but a top-20 finish should do the trick.
American Nicholas Lindheim punched his ticket today, winning in Ohio in a three-man playoff against Chesson Hadley and Rob Oppenheim.
Jones capped a consistent, if not spectacular week with a closing one-under 69 to finish at one under overall and in a share of 20th.
Drewitt, who’d been in on the verge of the top five after two and a half rounds, continued to slide with a 77-73 finish to fall to five over and a share of 54th.