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Scott finishes T5 first week of FedEx Playoffs

Aug 13, 2019

The first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs was played in New Jersey at the Liberty National Golf Club. With an obscene USD$15 million up for grabs, the world’s best players gathered for their piece of the pie. Six Aussies took part and three didn’t make the weekend action.
Aaron Baddeley unfortunately withdrew because of a back injury during the first round and as such misses the remainder of the playoffs due to his low ranking at the beginning of the Playoffs.
Jason Day had an ordinary week too, missing the Cut, dropping to 50th in the standings and along the way parting company with new bagman Steve Williams after just 10 tournaments. It will be interesting to see who hitches Day’s bag in the next few weeks.
Marc Leishman missed the cut too – however his high ranking still sees him in 16th position and well poised for an assault on the FedEx title.
Arguably the season’s best performed Aussie male on the PGA Tour has been Adam Scott. He shot four sub 70 rounds on his way to outright 5th place and this included the low round of day four – a fine 65. Patrick Reed won the event three shots ahead of Scott on -16.
Matt Jones finished T30 however that wasn’t enough to advance - finishing 108th overall. Cameron Smith placed T59 and he advances to the second week of the playoffs in 84th spot and he’s in need of a good week to advance again.
On the Korn Ferry Tour, Rhein Gibson capped off a great year finishing T11th at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon. He earned his full PGA TOUR Card for 2019/20 and now sits 10th in the overall standings. Brett Drewitt finished the season on a high in T18th.
The Korn Ferry Playoffs now begin, with Jamie Arnold (38) and Brett Coletta (27) hoping for strong performances. The Top 25 get that magical PGA card.
Ruben Sondjaja was T23 in Canada on the Mackenzie Tour, while amateur Josh Hetherington and Ryan Ruffels missed the Cut.
Speaking of Ryan Ruffels, it was his younger sibling Gabi that stole the headlines this past week. She took up golf just 4 years ago and remarkably the Victorian became the first Aussie to win the US Women’s Amateur. You can read Golf Australia’s Mark Hayes full report here
And finally the LPGA competed in Aberdeen for the Scottish Open and South Korean Mi Jung Hur topped the leaderboard on -20. In fact three South Koreans held three of the top five placings as that country continues to deliver world quality players by the bucket full. Australia’s Minjee Lee had another great week finishing T6. Su Oh placed T13, Katherine Kirk T35 and Hannah Green T55 all made the weekend action.


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results, Week of August 5, 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
THE NORTHERN TRUST

Liberty National Golf Club, Jersey City, New Jersey, August 8-11
Purse: $9,250,000 ($1,665,000 to the winner)

Next tournament: BMW Championship
Medinah Country Club (No. 3), Medinah, Illinois, August 15-18

             Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Aaron Baddeley

WD

--

116

Failed to qualify for the BMW Championship after withdrawing during the first round with a back injury.

Jason Day

CUT (E)

--

50

In his 12th consecutive start at THE NORTHERN TRUST, missed the cut for the first time. Dropped 10 spots to No. 50 in the FedExCup standings entering the BMW Championship.

Matt Jones

T30 (-6)

$53,765

108

Ended his season at THE NORTHERN TRUST, despite earning his best finish at this event in his sixth appearance.

Marc Leishman

CUT (+2)

--

16

Missed the cut for the seventh time in his 11th start at THE NORTHERN TRUST. Best finish at this event is a T32 in 2011 at Plainfield Country Club. Easily advanced to the BMW Championship.

Adam Scott

5th (-13)

$370,000

14

THE 2013 NORTHERN TRUST winner notched his third top-five finish in his last three starts at this event, while sharing the low round of the day with Kevin Tway. Advanced to the BMW Championship.

Cameron Smith

T59 (-2)

$20,165

84

Failed to advance to the BMW Championship for the first time since 2016, where he finished No. 157.

PGA Champions Tour
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: DICK’S Sporting Goods Open
En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, New York, August 16-18
Purse: $2,050,000 ($307,500 to the winner)

PGA Korn Ferry Tour
WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Witch Hollow), North Plains, Oregon
Purse: $800,000 ($144,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship
The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet), August 15-18   

             Player

Result

Earnings

Regular Season

Standing

Notes

Robert Allenby

DNP

--

--

 

Jamie Arnold

CUT (-3)

--

38

Despite not securing his PGA TOUR card by finishing inside The 25, will have a chance to compete in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals to lock up his card.

Brett Coletta

CUT (+2)

--

27

Entered the tournament No. 25 in the standings but fell to No. 27 with a missed cut in Portland. Despite not securing his PGA TOUR card by finishing inside The 25, will have a chance to compete in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals to lock up his card.

Brett Drewitt

T18 (-12)

$10,080

88

Season ended in Portland.

Harrison Endycott

DNP

--

229

 

Rhein Gibson

T11 (-14)

$17,600

10

Earned his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season after ending the season with eight top-25 finishes, including a victory at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Cameron Percy

DNP

--

58

Remained exempt for the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour season.

Travis Smyth

DNP

--

239

 

PGA Mackenzie Tour (Canada)
ATB Financial Classic
Country Hills Golf Club Talons Course, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Purse: CAN $200,000 ($36,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Players Cup
Southwood Golf and Country Club, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 15-18

             Player

Result

Earnings

Order of Merit

Standing

Notes

Josh Hetherington (a)

CUT (+1)

--

--

 

Ryan Ruffels

CUT (-1)

--

18

 

Ruben Sondjaja

T23 (-9)

$1,714

104

 

PGA China Tour       
No Tournament this Week
Next Tournament: Haikou Classic
Mission Hills Haikou, Haikou, Hainan, China, September 12-15