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Jason Day solid again, Minjee Lee finishes 8th

May 8, 2019

Jason Day was back to defend his Wells Fargo Championship win from 2018 and he made a good fist of the title defense finishing T24, his fourth consecutive Top-25 finish at the event. Again he led the Australian charge, although our three other best ranked players; Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cam Smith all missed the event. Matt Jones (T38) and John Senden (T54) both took home cheques, while Cameron Davis, Matthew Goggin, Curtis Luck and Rod Pampling all missed the Cut.
On the main LPGA Tour, the ladies played the Mediheal Championship at Daly City, California and once again Minjee Lee was the best placed Australian. After a slow start in the first round (76), Lee consolidated with fine rounds of 69 and 67 to put herself in the race. However she was only able to par the course on her final round to finish just 3 shots behind winner Sei Young Kim, who won a playoff against Bronte Law and Jeogeun Lee.
Lee consolidated her place on the Rolex World rankings at #2 position, bridging the gap between herself and World #1 Jin-Young Ko. It’s now only 3 weeks away from the women’s US Open.
Back on the men’s Tours, no Australian players participated at the Champions Tour Event, while the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and the PGA Tour of China both had a week off.
On the web.com Tour, Jamie Arnold continued his solid form with a Top 10 finish and he’s now placed #39 in the regular season standings. Rhein Gibson finished T50, Brett Drewitt missed the Cut.
The best result by an Aussie this past week was on the Latinoamerica Tour, at the Puerto Plata Open in the Dominican Republic. Harrison Endycott finished T5, his best result of the season. He sits 16th in the OOM, meanwhile Ryan Ruffels finished T33 and he now sits #5 in the OOM.
The main PGA Tour heads to Trinity Forest GC in Dallas for the AT & T Byron Nelson event – the final tune up before the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park May 16-19. Can Tiger deliver again?


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of April 29, 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
Wells Fargo Championship

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina
Purse: $7,900,000 ($1,422,000 to each winner)

Next Tournament: AT&T Byron Nelson
Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas, May 9-12

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Aaron Baddeley

DNP

--

70

 

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

CUT (+4)

--

154

Missed the cut for the fifth consecutive time in his 16th start this season.  

Jason Day

T24 (-4)

$67,347

32

The defending champion earned his fourth consecutive top-25 finish at the event. Dating to Wells Fargo Championship’s 2003 inception, no player has successfully defended his title.

Mathew Goggin

CUT (+11)

--

--

Missed the cut in his first start of the 2018-19 season. Made his ninth start at the Wells Fargo Championship and his first since 2012.

Matt Jones

T38 (-1)

$32,390

111

Made the cut for the sixth time in his ninth start at the event. His sole top-10 finish at Quail Hollow was in 2010, where he finished T7. 

Marc Leishman

DNP

--

13

 

Curtis Luck

CUT (+10)

--

143

Following a season-best performance T5 at the Zurich Classic team event, missed the cut for the seventh time this season in his 15th start.

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

CUT (+3)

--

219

Missed the cut for the fourth time in his 10th start at the Wells Fargo Championship. Owns two top-25 finishes in Charlotte, recording a T16 in 2007 and T8 in 2008. 

Adam Scott

DNP

--

38

 

John Senden

T54 (+2)

$17,933

216

Advanced to the weekend for the fifth consecutive time in his 13th start at the Wells Fargo Championship. Earned his best finish of the season, finishing T54 in 12 overall starts.

Cameron Smith

DNP

--

65

 

PGA Champions Tour
Insperity Invitational

The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas
Purse: $2,2000,000 ($330,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Regions Tradition
Greystone Golf and Country Club, Birmingham, Alabama, May 9-12

*No Australians played in this event

Web.com Tour
Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation

Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Nashville, Tennessee
Purse: $550,000 ($99,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: KC Golf Classic
Blue Hills Country Club, Kansas City, Missouri, May 9-12

             Player

Result

Earnings

Regular Season

Standing

Notes

Jamie Arnold

T10 (-10)

$13,200

39

Recorded his second top-10 at this event in his third start. Finished T5 in 2017 and missed the cut in 2018.

Brett Coletta

DNP

--

30

 

Brett Drewitt

CUT (+3)

--

80

Missed the cut for the fourth time this season in 10 starts.

Rhein Gibson

T50 (-1)

$1,537

34

Snapped a streak of two consecutive missed cuts. Made his third straight start at the event, where he finished T5 in 2017 and T42 in 2018.

PGA Latinoamerica Tour
Puerto Plata Open

Playa Dorada Golf Course, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic       
Purse: $175,000 ($31,500 to the winner)

Next Tournament: BMW Jamaica Classic
Cinnamon Hill Golf Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica, May 16-19

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Harrison Endycott

T5 (-9)

$5,932

16

Earned his best finish of the season, recording his first top-10 in five starts. Took home his biggest paycheck of 2019 and climbed seven spots, to No. 16, in the Order of Merit.

Ryan Ruffels

T33 (-3)

$980

5

Made his third start at the Puerto Plata Open, where he advanced to the weekend for the second time. Finished runner up in 2017, followed by a missed cut in 2018.

PGA Mackenzie Tour CANADA
Qualifying Tournament-Canada
Crown Isle Resort Golf Club, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada

Next Tournament: Canada Life Open
Point Grey Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 23-26

*No Australians played in this event 

PGA China Tour
No Tournament this Week

Next Tournament: Beijing Championship
Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing, China, May 6-12