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PGA Championship set to go - Matt Jones has a great week in US

May 14, 2019

This week the golfing world turns its attention to the 101st USPGA Championship. Historically the final major of the year is played in August, however the event has found a new home to become golf’s second major, now held in May.
The Bethpage Black Course in Long Island, New York plays host to the event for the first time, however it was home for the 2002 and 2009 US Opens and it is the venue for the 2024 Ryder Cup. Former PGA Champion Jason Day (2015) will headline Australia’s assault.
Meanwhile, last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson Classic was a good one for Aussie Matt Jones who finished T5. It has been 87 starts since Jones last finished inside the Top 10, so it really was a welcome return to form. Cameron Davis (T35) and Curtis Luck (T43) both made the Cut, while Todd Balkin, Stuart Deane and Rod Pampling missed.
Our top PGA hopes Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith had the week off but return for this week’s PGA, joined by Stuart Deane, Lucas Herbert, Craig Hocknull and Brendan Jones.
On the Champions Tour, David McKenzie finished T39 after a final round 70 on the Monday of the weather delayed event.
Jamie Arnold continued his solid form on the web.com Tour, finishing T14 and moved to 36th on the OOM. Brett Coletta (T30) made his fifth cut of the season while Brett Drewitt and Rhein Gibson both missed weekend action.
The PGA Mackenzie (Canada) and Latinoamerica Tours both had weekend off but in Beijing, Australia was well represented on the PGA China Tour at the Beijing Championship. Leading the Aussie charge was Kevin Yuan who led the tournament at the half way point. He eventually finished 5th, ahead of compatriots Max McCardle (T19), Tim Stewart (T31) and Christopher Wood (T45).
The LPGA enjoys a few weeks off and returns May 23 at the Pure Silk Championship, Williamsburg, VA. World #2 Minjee Lee won here in 2015 so fingers crossed she continues her climb to the World #1 ranking with a win at a familiar course.So get ready for some late nights and early mornings the weekend as Tigermania returns to Bethpage Black. Let’s hope he plays well but is just tipped out of first place by an Aussie!


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of May 6, 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     
AT&T Byron Nelson

Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas
Purse: $7,900,000 ($1,422,000 to each winner)

Next Tournament: PGA Championship
Bethpage State Park-Black Course, Farmingdale, New York, May 16-19

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Aaron Baddeley

DNP

--

74

 

Todd Balkin

CUT (+7)

--

--

 

Greg Chalmers

DNP

--

--

 

Cameron Davis

T35 (-10)

$36,488

153

Snapped a streak of five consecutive missed cuts with a T35 finish at Trinity Forest GC.

Jason Day

DNP

--

34

 

Stuart Deane

CUT (+5)

--

--

 

Matt Jones

T5 (-17)

$267,810

89

Marked the 87th start since Jones had his last top-10 finish on TOUR (2015 Dell Technologies Championship).

Marc Leishman

DNP

--

13

 

Curtis Luck

T43 (-9)

$23,083

143

Made the cut for the ninth time in his 16th start of the 2018-19 season. Made his tournament debut at AT&T Byron Nelson.

Geoff Ogilvy

DNP

--

--

 

Rod Pampling

CUT (E)

--

223

Missed his 12th consecutive cut this season in 14 starts. In 18 AT&T Byron Nelson appearances, he owns three top-10s—T8s in 2006 and 2011 and a T10 in 2007.

Adam Scott

DNP

--

39

 

John Senden

CUT (-1)

--

219

Missed the cut for the seventh time in his 16th AT&T Byron Nelson start.

Cameron Smith

DNP

--

69

 

PGA Champions
Regions Tradition

Greystone Golf and Country Club, Birmingham, Alabama
Purse: $2,4000,000 ($360,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York, May 23-26

             Player

Result

Earnings

Charles Schwab Cup Standing

Notes

David McKenzie

T39

$12,000

52

Shot a final-round 70 in Birmingham to move up 12 spots on Monday at the weather-delayed tournament.

PGA web.com Tour
KC Golf Classic       
 
Nashville Golf & Athletic Club, Nashville, Tennessee
Purse: $550,000 ($99,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Knoxville Open
Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tennessee, May 16-19

             Player

Result

Earnings

Regular Season

Standing

Notes

Jamie Arnold

T14 (-6)

$10,462

36

Recorded his second consecutive top-15 finish, following a T10 at the Nashville Golf Open. Recorded his best finish at the KC Golf Classic in four starts.

Brett Coletta

T30 (-3)

$4,037

33

Picked up his fifth made cut in nine starts this season. Made his tournament debut at the KC Golf Classic.

Brett Drewitt

CUT (+3)

--

86

Missed the cut for the second consecutive time this season. Struggled with a 3-over 75 in the first round, prior to finishing the week with an even-par 72.

Rhein Gibson

CUT (+3)

--

41

Missed the cut for the fifth time this season in 11 starts. In four starts at this event, advanced to the weekend only once, finishing T23 in 2016.  

PGA Latinoamerica Tour
No Tournament this Week

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

No Tournament this Week

PGA Mackenzie Tour (Canada)
Next Tournament: Canada Life Open

Point Grey Golf and Country Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May 23-26

PGA China Tour       
Beijing Championship

Topwin Golf and Country Club, Beijing, China
Purse: ¥1,600,000 (¥288,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Qinhuangdao Championship
Qinhuangdao Poly Golf Club, Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China, May 13-19

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Corey Hale

CUT (-1)

--

56

 

Max McCardle

T19 (-8)

¥18,720

37

Has finished T19 in three of his four starts this season—Chongqing Championship, Haikou Championship, Beijing Championship. Missed the cut in his other start (Sanya Championship).

Aaron Pike

CUT (-1)

--

--

 

Tim Stewart

T31 (-6)

¥9,760

96

Made the cut for the first time this season, after failing to advance to the weekend at the Chongqing Championship and Haikou Championship.

Hayden Webb

CUT (+2)

--

--

 

Aaron Wilkin

WD

--

113

 

Christopher Wood

T45 (-3)

¥5,880

41

Made the cut for the second time this season in four starts. After opening the weekend with consecutive rounds of 71s, struggled in the third round with a 2-over 74 before closing with a 3-under 69.

Kevin Yuan

5 (-15)

¥64,000

20

Recorded all four rounds under par for the first time this season. Carded his first top-10 finish of the year and jumped 39 spots, to No. 20, in the Order of Merit.