Date: October 06, 2015
Author: Robert Grant

Gibson earns maiden US PGA tour card

Bendigo's Rhein Gibson will line up on the US PGA Tour for the first time next season after snaring his card with a sizzling performance in the Tour Championship at TPC Sawgrass’s Dyes Valley Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The 29-year-old, who moved to Lismore before basing himself in Oklahoma, looked to have blown his chances of finishing in the top 25 to earn promotion at the event when he stumbled to a second round 76.

But after making the cut, he stormed through the weekend with back-to-back rounds of 65 to finish in a share of fourth spot.

His bold charge earned him enough money to finish the season in 10th place and guarantee himself a shot at the big time.

He had finished the season in 33rd place but made certain of his Tour card with his brave play through the four tournament Web finals series.

Gibson won the 2008 Oklahoma state amateur title and has had three professional wins in minor events in the US, including the 2010 Oklahoma Open.

Last year he made rhe cut in the British Open and played in the group with Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods, ultimately finishing in 72nd spot.

One oddity on his CV is a Guinness World Record. 

In 2012 Gibson shot an astonishing 16 under par round of 55 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmonton, Oklahoma.

While it was good news for Gibson, Victorian Steve Allan is resigned to playing the Tour again. He missed out on a top 25 place when he slid from 23rd to 30th on the standings.

Rod Pampling had already qualified for a 2016 PGA Tour card on the basis of money earned during the secondary tour season.