Date: September 15, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Drewitt joins race for tour card

Sydney’s Brett Drewitt has launched himself into position to earn a United States PGA Tour card.

Drewitt, 27, carded a brilliant 63 in the Tour’s Boise Open in Idaho today to grab the lead in the second-last of the tour’s finals through two rounds.

At 10 under par he shares the lead with Alex Prugh of the United States and Korea’s Sangmoon Bae.

If he can hang on over the weekend he will join Cameron Davis and Matt Jones among a group of Australians who will pick up a group of the 25 US PGA Tour cards available for the leading money-earners in the four-event finals.

As it stands he is projected to leap to No.3 on the rankings. He was six-under par for the first eight holes today including an eagle at the end of a season in which at one point, he missed seven consecutive cuts.

“I’ve got some goals set mentally for myself that I’ve kind of struggled with a bit this year,” Drewitt said. “I just want to play the best golf I can.

“It definitely gives you a lot of confidence.  To see some putts go in as well is great. It got really tough there at the end, so it did help because I had a bit of a buffer. To get low early is a big confidence builder.”

But he's not alone among his countrymen making the most of their chances late in the American summer.

Aaron Baddeley backed up his opening 68 with another 67 to sit T8 at seven under, while fellow Victorian Cam Percy dialed up a ripping 64 to shoot up to T18 at six under.

Baddeley's effort edged him up to 17th in the projected finals series standings, while Percy is projected at 37th.

Perth's Curtis Luck, who began the week at 12th in the standings, fell to 20th with an even-par 71, but is still very well placed to push his card claims at four under overall.

Rhein Gibson (-3), John Senden (-2) and Stuart Appleby (-2) also made the cut, while Davis (-1) will have a rare weekend off before next week's Tour Championship in Florida.