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Cameron Smith fires at WGC-Mexico Championship

Feb 26, 2019

Sixteen first timers teed up at the WGC-Mexico Championship event and Australian Cameron Smith finished the best of the lot with a Top 10 (T6) result. This again proves he’s one of the players to watch on the PGA Tour this season and beyond.
Dustin Johnson was a runaway winner, five shots clear of second placed Rory McIlroy who in turn was five shots clear of three players tied in third.
Two young Aussies qualified for the event courtesy of a top 2 finish in the Australian OOM for 2018. Jake McLeod finished T45 and picked up a very handy USD$65,000, while Matthew Millar also made the cut and finished 70th, pocketing a handy USD$48,500 for his week’s work. The only other Australian at the event was Marc Leishman – he had a quiet tournament after a recent great run form and he was well back in the field at T62.
In Puerto Rico the PGA Tour conducted a second event for those that didn’t make the field for the WGC. Aaron Baddeley led the event after 54 holes, but an average par final round he slipped back to a tie for second behind first time PGA Tour title winner Martin Trainer.
Cameron Davis completed his second Top-25 (T16) finish for the 2018/19 season, while other Australians to make the cut included Curtin Luck (T25), Robert Allenby and Stuart Allenby (T49), Matt Jones (T55) and John Senden (T62). Rod Pampling’s bad run continued, he was the only Aussie to miss the Cut – his fifth missed cut in a row.
In China, the First Global Qualifying Tournament took place and Tim Stewart had a week to remember. He finished T15 and earned conditional status for the first six tournaments of the season. Aaron Pike (T22), Hayden Webb (T26), Adam Blyth (T32) and Ryan Ruffles also earned starts for the first six tournaments after good weekends.
The web.com Tour returns next week, while the Champions Tour returns March 1st.


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of February 18, 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.

PGA Tour
WGC-Mexico Championship

Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
Purse: $10,250,000 ($1,745,000 to winner)

Next Tournament: The Honda Classic
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, February 28-March 3)

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

N/A

 

Jason Day

DNP

--

28

 

Marc Leishman

T62 (+9)

$50,500

5

After recording his fourth top-10 finish at the Genesis Open entering the week, finished T62 in Mexico City for his worst record of the 2018-19 season. Struggled with a first-round, 6-over 77, his highest score in 28 total rounds this season, before finishing with rounds of 75-69-72.

Jake McLeod

T45 (+1)

$65,000

N/A

Qualified for a spot in the field by winning the 2018 Australasian PGA TOUR’s Order of Merit. Made his PGA TOUR and World Golf Championships debut and sat as high as T16 after 36 holes, with opening rounds of 70-69.

Matthew Millar

70 (+17)

$48,500

N/A

Qualified for a spot in the field by finishing runner-up in the 2018 Australasian PGA TOUR’s Order of Merit. Played in his third PGA TOUR event and his second WGC event (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions/T68; 2011 Open Championship/T63).

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

N/A

 

Rod Pampling

DNP

--

208

 

Adam Scott

DNP

--

22

 

Cameron Smith

T6 (-10)

$261,666

34

Finished best among the 16 players making their first WGC-Mexico Championship appearance.

PGA Tour
Puerto Rico Open

Coco Beach Golf & CC, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Purse: $3,000,000 ($540,000 to winner)

Next Tournament: The Honda Classic
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, February 28-March 3)

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Robert Allenby

T49 (-2)

$7,540

224

Made his 2018-19 TOUR season debut with a missed cut in Puerto Rico. Made his first TOUR start since a missed cut at the 2018 Barracuda Championship last August.

Stuart Appleby

T49 (-2)

$7,540

209

In his second start at the Puerto Rico Open, made the cut for the first time since failing to advance to the weekend in 2017. Has made the cut in all three of his starts this season (Sanderson Farms Championship/T68; The RSM Classic/T46; Puerto Rico Open/T49).

Aaron Baddeley

T2 (-12)

$198,000

54

Th 54-hole leader finished T2 after a final-round, even-par 72. Recorded his fifth runner-up finish in his 414th career TOUR start. In his second Puerto Rico Open appearance, recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish, following a T8 in 2016.

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

T16 (-8)

$45,000

100

In his 10th start of the 2018-19 season, earned his best result and his second top-25 finish, following a T17 at the season-opening Safeway Open.

Jason Day

DNP

--

28

 

Matt Jones

T55 (-1)

$6,870

138

Made the cut for the sixth time in his 10th start of the season. Played in his sixth Puerto Rico Open, with a T5 finish in 2012 as his best result in the event.

Curtis Luck

T25 (-6)

$21,015

175

Earned his third-career top-25 finish and his first of the 2018-19 TOUR season. His other set of top-25 finishes came in back-to-back starts at the 2017 Quicken Loans National/T5 and 2017 Greenbrier Classic/T20.

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

MC (+2)

--

208

Missed the cut for the fifth consecutive time this season, dating back to the Desert Classic. Missed the cut for the first time at the Puerto Rico Open in his seventh start at this event.

Adam Scott

DNP

--

22

 

John Senden

T62 (+1)

$6,450

206

Made the cut in both of his two career starts at the Puerto Rico Open (2017/T37).

PGA Tour China                                                                                                                                                                                                                First Global Qualifying Tournament
Foison Golf Club, Guangzhou, China
Next Tournament: Second Global Qualifying Tournament
(Guangzhou, China, February 26-March 1)

Note: The medalist earned fully-exempt status for every tournament on the 2019 schedule, while the next 12 players earned full membership for the first six tournaments. Players finishing 13th-35th (and ties) earned conditionally-exempt status for those same six tournaments.

Player

Result

Notes

Rohan Blizard

T75 (+17)

Failed to earn any status for the 2019 season.

Adam Blyth

T32 (+6)

Earned conditionally-exempt status for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

Michael Choi

T68 (+14)

Failed to earn any status for the 2019 season.

Jack Murdoch

T55 (+11)

Failed to earn any status for the 2019 season.

Aaron Pike

T22 (+3)

Earned conditionally-exempt status for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

Ryan Ruffels

T32 (+6)

Earned conditionally-exempt status for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

Tim Stewart

T15 (E)

Earned conditionally-exempt status for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

Hayden Webb

T26 (+4)

Earned conditionally-exempt status for the first six tournaments of the PGA TOUR Series-China season.

PGA Champions Tour     
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: Cologuard Classic
(Tucson, Arizona, March 1-3)

PGA web.com Tour
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAS
(Broussard, Louisiana, February 21-24)

PGA Mackenzie Tour (Canada)         
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada Q-School-Central
(San Antonio, Texas, February 26-March 1)

PGA Latinoamerica Tour   
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: Buenaventura Classic
Rio Hato, Panama, March 27-30