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Minjee Lee wins and she's (nearly) on top of the World

Apr 30, 2019

It was a huge weekend for Australian golf, with Minjee Lee capturing her fifth LPGA title in a dominant display. In its second year on the Ladies Tour schedule, the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles played host to the HUGEL-AIR Premia LA Open and at the turn of the last round, Lee had opened up a five shot lead on her rivals. However, there was no great scripted finish in store for Hollywood this time around – Minjee made sure of that!
On her way to a four shot rout of the field, Lee soaked in the atmosphere as she strolled to the green on the par 3 eighteenth knowing victory was hers.
The win should see Lee jump to number 2 in the world rankings and with career prize money now topping $5 million, the 22 year old now sits third in career earnings for an Australian female only behind Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington. Well done Minjee from everyone at ausgolf!
On the men’s PGA Tour, Presidents Cup International Team captain Ernie Els called upon Jason Day and Adam Scott to team up in the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, possibly as a dress rehearsal of a dream pairing at the upcoming Presidents Cup. Unfortunately they failed to make the cut after copping the more difficult side of the draw, forced to finish their second round early on Saturday morning after bad weather stopped play the day prior.
However it wasn’t all bad news for the Aussies. Curtis Luck paired with Hank Lebioda and they worked beautifully together, earning a Top 5 finish – Luck’s second Top 5 result on the main Tour in his career. Compatriot Matt Jones finished T22 partnering J.J. Spaun, while Cam Davis and Cam Smith missed the cut with their respective partners. The team of Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer took out the title on -26, three shots clear of Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood.
No Australians teed up on the Champions Tour at the elaborately named Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge at the Top of the Rock GC in Ridgedale, Missouri (say that quickly with a mouthful of porridge!).
On the web.com Tour, Brett Drewitt was the only Australian to make the cut, finishing in T19 – his best result so far this season on that Tour.
The only other countryman to compete on the remaining PGA Tours was Harrison Endycott on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour. Unfortunately he missed the cut and dropped six spots on the Tour’s OOM to 23rd Spot.


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of April 22, 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
Zurich Classic of New Orleans

TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
Purse: $7,300,000 ($1,051,200 to each winner)

Next Tournament: Wells Fargo Championship
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 2-5

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Aaron Baddeley

DNP

--

68

 

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

CUT (-6)

--

151

Partnered with Kyle Jones in his Zurich Classic of New Orleans debut. Missed the cut for the fourth consecutive time this season, dating to the Valspar Championship.

Jason Day

CUT (-7)

--

33

Partnered with Adam Scott. The duo won the 2013 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf. Made his seventh start at the Zurich Classic and owns two top-fives in the event. Finished T4 in 2014 and T5 in 2016.

Matt Jones

T22 (-16)

$19,609

110

Partnered with J.J. Spaun. Finished inside the top 25 for the fourth time this season. Made his ninth start at the Zurich Classic, where he has made the cut each time and has finished no worse than 70th place.

Marc Leishman

DNP

--

 

 

Curtis Luck

T5 (-20)

$163,337

136

Partnered with Hank Lebioda. Earned his second career top-five finish on TOUR—a T5 at the 2017 Quicken Loans National. Earned his biggest paycheck of the season and jumped 24 spots in the FedExCup standings.

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

CUT

--

219

Partnered with John Senden. Missed the cut for the 10th consecutive time this season.

Adam Scott

CUT

--

35

Partnered with Jason Day. The Australian duo was the only team in the field with two players ranked inside the top 32 in the FedExCup. Missed the cut in his first appearance at the Zurich Classic.

John Senden

CUT

--

216

Partnered with Rod Pampling. Made his 14th start at the Zurich Classic, where he missed the cut for the fourth time. Best finish at this event is a T12 in 2008.

Cameron Smith

CUT

--

62

Partnered with Jonas Blixt. The 2017 Zurich Classic champ missed the cut for the second consecutive time since winning the event.

PGA Champions Tour
Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge

Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Missouri
Purse: $1,8000,000 ($171,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Insperity Invitational
The Woodlands Country Club, The Woodlands, Texas, May 3-5

*No Australians played in this event  

PGA web.com Tour
Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch

Briggs Ranch Golf Club, San Antonio, Texas
Purse: $550,000 ($99,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation         
Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2-5

             Player

Result

Earnings

Regular Season

Standing

Notes

Jamie Arnold

CUT (-4)

--

51

Missed the cut for the fourth time in his eighth start of the season.

Brett Coletta

WD

--

26

 

Brett Drewitt

T19 (-13)

$5,650

74

Earned his best finish of the season, finishing inside the top 20 for the first time in nine starts. Jumped 17 spots in the Regular Season points list.

Rhein Gibson

CUT (E)

--

30

Struggled with a first-round 73, before carding a 71 to miss the cut by five strokes.

PGA Latinoamerica Tour
88 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp

Cordoba Golf Club, Cordoba, Argentina     
Purse $175,000 ($31,500 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Puerto Plata Open
Playa Dorada Golf Course, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, May 2-5

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Harrison Endycott

CUT (+4)

--

23

Missed the cut for the first time in his fourth start of the season. Dropped six spots in the Order of Merit.

Ryan Ruffels

DNP

--

5

 

PGA Mackenzie Tour (CANADA)
Qualifying Tournament-U.S. East 2

TPC Sawgrass- Dye’s Valley, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Next Tournament: Qualifying Tournament-Canada
Crown Isle Resort Golf Club, Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada,
April 30-May 3

*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