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Minjee one of the favourites at this week's US Open

May 29, 2019

Minjee Lee enters this week’s LPGA US Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston in great form, having finished a creditable T13 in last week’s Pure Silk Championship. She sits second in the World Rankings and while a win this week might not see her overtake current #1 Jin Young Ko – she would be just a fingertip away from the ultimate Crown. We wish Australia’s #1 ranked female golfer all the best in the LPGA’s longest running tournament.
The Aussie men had a quiet week on the US Tours. At the main dance – the PGA Tour – the big names had a week off after the US Open, with just Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones and Rod Pampling teeing off in the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas. And only Badds.com was around for the weekend, finishing in T48. He currently sits 79th on the FedExCup Standings.
On the Champions Tour, Stephen Leaney finished T28 in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship – just his third start on the Champions Tour. Peter Fowler and David McKenzie both made the cut.
Brett Drewitt was the best placed Aussie on the web.com Tour, finishing T14th on -12. His tournament was highlighted by a final round 7-under 65.
In Mexico, the best result by an Aussie this week belonged to Harrison Endycott on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour. Endycott finished T9. In the same event Ryan Ruffles continues to impress, his T18 result sees him in 5th spot on the OOM.
In Canada on the Mackenzie Tour lone representative Ruben Sondjaja finished well back in T51 in his season debut.
Finally in China, no less than ten Australians teed up, and Christopher Wood headed our pack on -7 (T15) – his second top-15 finish in a row.


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of May 20, 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
Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas
Purse: $7,300,000 ($1,314,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, May 30- June 2

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Stuart Appleby

DNP

--

226

 

Aaron Baddeley

T48 (+3)

$18,571

79

Earned his sixth made cut in 11 trips around Colonial CC. His only top-10 finish at this event came in 2005, where he finished T6.

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

DNP

--

156

 

Jason Day

DNP

--

34

 

Matt Jones

CUT (+4)

--

95

Made his eighth start at the Charles Schwab Challenge, where he advanced to the weekend three previous times. Snapped his streak of 10 consecutive made cuts this season, dating to the Farmers Insurance Open in January.

Marc Leishman

DNP

--

14

 

Curtis Luck

DNP

--

147

 

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

CUT (+5)

--

225

Failed to make the cut for the fifth consecutive time at Colonial CC in his 15th appearance at this event. Has finish inside the top-10 three times at the Charles Schwab Challenge, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 2008.

Adam Scott

DNP

--

36

 

John Senden

DNP

--

220

 

Cameron Smith

DNP

--

72

 

PGA Champions Tour
KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
Purse: $3,250,000 ($585,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa, May 31-June 2

             Player

Result

Earnings

Charles Schwab Cup

Standing

Notes

Stephen Leaney

T28 (+10)

$22,685

68

Carded four over-par rounds (74-72-73-71) in his tournament debut at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Made his third career start on PGA TOUR Champions.

Peter Fowler

T41 (+12)

$11,100

109

Advanced to the weekend for the eighth time in his 10th consecutive start at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. Made his season debut with this event.

David McKenzie

T48 (+14)

$7,450

52

Improved from a T64 finish in 2018, his only other start at this event.

PGA Web.com Tour
Evans Scholars Invitational

The Glen Club, Glenview, Illinois
Purse: $550,000 ($99,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Rex Hospital Open
The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 30-June 2

             Player

Result

Earnings

Regular Season

Standing

Notes

Jamie Arnold

DNP

--

41

 

Brett Coletta

DNP

--

39

 

Brett Drewitt

T14 (-12)

$9,350

84

Snapped a three-consecutive-missed-cut streak, recording his third top-25 finish in 13 starts this season. Closed with an impressive, 7-under 65, climbing 13 spots to T14 Sunday.

Rhein Gibson

T53 (-5)

$1,485

41

Made the cut for the seventh time in 12 starts this season.

Travis Smyth

T53 (-5)

$1,485

202

Advanced to the weekend after rounds of 71-71 in his second career Web.com Tour start. Closed with rounds of 72-69 for a T53 finish. 

PGA Latinoamerica Tour     
60 Abierto Mexicano de Golf

Club Campestre de Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico
Purse: $175,000 ($31,500 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Bupa Match Play
Playa Paraiso Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, May 30-June 2

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Harrison Endycott

T9 (-12)

$4,050

18

Notched his second consecutive top-10 finish, following a T5 at the Puerto Plata Open. In six starts this season, owns four top-25 finishes. Qualified for this week’s Bupa Match Play.

Ryan Ruffels

T17 (-10)

$2,712

5

Earned his fourth top-25 finish of the season. Has never ranked lower than No. 5 in the Order of Merit in each of his six starts in 2019. Qualified for this week’s Bupa Match Play.

PGA Mackenzie Tour (Canada)
Canada Life Open

Point Grey Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Purse: $200,000 ($36,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist
Uplands Golf Club, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, May 30-June 2

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Ruben Sondjaja

T51 (-3)

CAD $660

51

Recorded all four rounds at even par or better en route to a T51 finish (71-71-72-71). Made his season debut in Vancouver.

PGA China Tour
Nantong Championship

Nanton Yangtze River Golf Club, Nantong, Jiangsu, China,                                 
Purse: ¥1,600,000 (¥288,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Suzhou Open
Nantong Yangtze River Golf Club, Nantong, Jiangsu, China, June 10-16

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Charlie Dann

T38 (+2)

¥8,000

38

Advanced to the weekend for the fourth time in five starts this season. His sole missed cut in 2019 was at the Qinhuangdao Championship.

James Grierson

DNP

--

125

 

Corey Hale

CUT (+3)

--

67

 

Peter Lamaris

DNP

--

--

 

Bryden Macpherson

WD

--

48

 

James Marchesani

T28 (-1)

¥11,584

32

Struggled with a final-round, 4-over 76 en route to a T28 finish. Notched his third top-30 in five starts this season.

Max McCardle

T28 (-1)

¥11,584

42

Extended his made-cut to streak to four with a T28 finish.

Aaron Pike

DNS

--

--

 

Tim Stewart

T51 (+6)

¥5,520

56

Made the cut for the third consecutive time this season, following a T31 in Beijing and T12 in Qinhuangdao.

Hayden Webb

CUT (+10)

--

--

 

Aaron Wilkin

CUT (+2)

--

111

 

Christopher Wood

T15 (-7)

¥28,000

24

Recorded his second consecutive top-15 finish, following a T10 at the Qinhuangdao Championship. Has recorded 10 of his last 12 rounds under par.

Kevin Yuan

T33 (E)

¥9,760

31

Struggled with a final-round, 4-over 76 after sitting T23 through 54 holes.