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Adam Scott turns back the clock to finish 2nd

Jan 30, 2019

It was a good week for Australians on the main PGA Tour, with eight starters and all but one making the weekend action. In his first start at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines (an event once dominated by Tiger Woods), Adam Scott showed he’s not a spent force and maybe another major victory isn’t unrealistic for him in the next few years.
Finishing his final round in a blaze of glory, Scott fired four birdies in the final four holes to grab second spot – but he still found himself three shots adrift of runaway winner Justin Rose. The runners-up cheque of over three quarter of a million green backs meant Scott became the first Aussie to surpass more than US$50 million in career prize money on the US Tour!
Jason Day continues to play solid golf even though his putting isn’t up to its usual high standard. He finished tied for 5th and 2019 again looms as a year where he may add a second major to his current record.
And watch this space – up and comer Cameron Smith continues to impress on the world stage. His Top 10 finish at the event means the Australian has notched up four Top 25 finishes in his five starts of the 2018-19 season. Good things loom for the young gun who currently sits 43rd in the FedEx Cup standings.
Matt Jones was just outside the Top 10 in T13, Marc Leishman finished T43, and John Senden and Cameron Davis finished T57. Rod Pampling was the only Aussie to miss the cut.
With the Champions Tour not recommencing until Feb 8th and the other tours completing qualifying events or beginning in late Feb, the only other weekend action was at the secondary web.com Tour. Six Aussies teed up and again only one missed the cut, veteran Stuart Appleby. In his second Tour start, Brett Coletta finished T11 with another compatriot Cameron Percy. Rhein Gibson finished T17 with Jamie Arnold and Brett Drewitt finishing back in T52.
All in all the 2018/19 season has started very well for our Australian representatives and 2019 looms as a year where another Aussie can capture one of the four majors on offer. Fingers crossed!


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of January 21, 2019
The PGA TOUR and its affiliated Tours boasts a large roster of Australians as members. Here is the recap from this past week’s action and the Australians’ performances.

Farmers Insurance Open
Torrey Pines GC (North and South), San Diego, California
Purse: $7,100,000 ($1,242,000 to winner)

Next Tournament: Waste Management Phoenix Open
(Scottsdale, Arizona, January 31-February 3)

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Aaron Baddeley

DNP

--

73

 

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

T57 (-3)

$15,762

93

 

Jason Day

T5 (-14)

$259,150

23

The two-time champion owns five top-10s in 10 overall starts. His T5 finish is the best result from a player defending a title this season.

Matt Jones

T13 (-11)

$121,714

115

Earned his first top-25 finish in his eighth start of the 2018-19 TOUR season. In nine overall appearances at the Farmers Insurance Open, his best result came in 2009 (solo fifth).

Marc Leishman

T43 (-5)

$21,158

4

After finishing inside the top five in three of his first four 2018-19 starts, finished T43 in La Jolla. In his 11th consecutive start at Torrey Pines, owns four top-10 finishes, including two runner-up finishes, in 2010 and 2014.

Curtis Luck

DNP

--

204

 

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

MC (+7)

--

191

Missed the cut for the fifth consecutive time at this event in 14 overall starts.

Adam Scott

2 (-19)

$766,800

15

In his tournament debut, birdied the final four holes to finish at 19-under 269, three strokes back of champion, Justin Rose. With $766,800 check, became the first Australian to surpass U.S. $50 million in career TOUR earnings. 

John Senden

T57 (-3)

$15,762

201

Made the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open for the fifth consecutive time in 12 overall starts. Best result came in 2008 (T8).

Cameron Smith

T9 (-12)

$184,600

43

Earned his best finish at Farmers Insurance Open in his fifth consecutive start at Torrey Pines. Owns four top-25 finishes in his fifth start of the 2018-19 season (T22, CIMB Classic; T7, THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES; T22, Sony Open in Hawaii).

PGA Champions Tour
No tournament this week

Next Tournament: Oasis Championship
(Boca Raton, Florida, February 8-10)

PGA web.com Tour
The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Great Abaco, Bahamas
Purse: $600,000 ($108,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Country Club de Bogota Championship
(Bogota, Colombia, January 31-February 3)

Player

Result

Earnings

Notes

Stuart Appleby

MC (+5)

--

 

Jamie Arnold

T17 (+2)

$7,590

After missing the cut in his season debut at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay, earned his 14th career top-20 Web.com Tour finish.

Brett Coletta

T11 (E)

$13,200

Made the cut for the first time in his second career Web.com Tour start. Was one of 18 players to card a final-round score of even-par or better. 

Brett Drewitt

T52 (+9)

$1,662

 

Rhein Gibson

T17 (+2)

$7,590

 

Cameron Percy

T11 (E)

$13,200

Was three shots off the lead entering the final round before struggling with a 5-over 77. Earned his second consecutive top-20 finish of the season, preceded by a T16 finish in Great Exuma.

PGA Mackenzie Tour CANADA     
No tournament this week

Next Tournament: Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament-Central
(San Antonio, Texas, February 26-March 1)

PTLA Qualifying Tournament-Mexico
Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach, Mazatlán, Mexico

Next tournament: Qualifying Tournament-Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 29-February 1

Player

Result

Earnings

Notes

Ryan Gaske

78 (+7)

--

Failed to earn any status for the 2019 season.