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Tiger wins final event of PGA Tour Season

Sep 25, 2018

Tiger Woods produced four days of exhilarating and near perfect golf to win the final event of the 2017/18 PGA season, the FedEx Cup TOUR Championship. It was the Tiger of old (unlike the Richmond Tigers) – splitting fairways, precision iron play and his trademark, steely putting.
By the time the 13th hole of the final round was played Tiger was five shots clear, and although he stumbled slightly with back-to-back bogeys (nearly finding water at the island green 15th) it was clear after a par on seventeen he was going to win his 80th career title. Tiger was back!
Up ahead, Justin Rose established that if he made birdie on the final hole he would have done enough to secure the FedEx Cup and he duly saluted although no one cared. This was all about Tiger Woods – his first PGA Tour win in five years, a remarkable and unlikely comeback from a broken marriage, a broken life and a broken body.
I was glued to the TV all morning when I knew Tiger led by four shots overnight from Dustin Johnson. A birdie on the first set the mood and then Tiger proceed to play solid par golf, interrupted on the tenth with a bogey, then he rebooted on 13 with a birdie and he regained his five shot lead.
Victory was sweet, Tiger looked emotional, the crowds swelled and the PGA Tour couldn’t have been happier – golf looks set to ride on Tiger’s coattails a little longer after all.
Tigermania aside, three Australians made it through to the weekend rounds of the final event. Cameron Smith was the best performed Aussie in the FedEx Cup race, finishing 12th after a T20 in the final event. Two top three finishes in the first two events set him up for a near Top 10 finish and we can really look forward to a big season from him in 2018/19.
Jason Day finished in 18th and 16th in the overall standings, while Marc Leishman tied for 21st and finished 29th overall.
At the Champions Tour, Peter Lonard and David McKenzie tied in a disappointing T39th spot – Lonard’s worst result on that Tour for the year.
On the web.com Tour, Curtis Luck finished in 8th spot which lifted him to 18th in the final standings and this secured him a PGA Tour Card for 2018/19. He joins Matt Jones and Cameron Davis on the main Tour next season – Davis recording an impressive 3rd placing in the final event despite having already secured his card. Unfortunately Aaron Baddeley started the final event in 22nd spot needing to finish in the Top 25 for a golden ticket. He stumbled and failed to make the cut, dropping him to 33rd position in the OOM and he missed a prized Tour Card.
For Australians however, the highlight of the weekend belonged to Harrison Endycott, who is polishing his craft on the Latinoamerica Tour. At the Brazil Open he tied for second place, capped with a beautiful eagle on the 72nd hole. He’s another young Aussie to watch in the future.
This week features the Ryder Cup before the 2018/19 season kicks off in the first week of October. No rest for the wicked!


PGA TOUR-Affiliated Tours, Australian Player Results
Week of September 17, 2018
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
TOUR Championship
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
Purse: $9,000,000 ($1,620,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: Safeway Open (2018-19 Season)
(Napa, California, October 1-7)

Note: The TOUR Championship is the last of four events of the FedExCup Playoffs and the finale to the PGA TOUR season. The top-30 players on the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship qualified and a “points reset” took place, giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the FedExCup title.

Player

Result

Earnings

FedExCup

Standing

Notes

Jason Day

18th (-2)

$180,000

16

Finished with a final-round, 2-under 68 in his eighth trip to the TOUR Championship, Concluded the season with five top-10 finishes, highlighted by two victories. Best FedExCup ranking came in 2015, where he finished No. 3.

Marc Leishman

T21 (+1)

$163,800

29

Earned best finish in three starts at East Lake and closed at No. 29 in the FedExCup standings.

Cameron Smith

20th (E)

$172,800

12

One of six players who made their first trip to the TOUR Championship. Earned third-place finishes in two FedExCup Playoffs events (THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship).

PGA Champions Tour
Sanford International
Minnehaha Country Club, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Purse: $1,800,000 ($300,000 to the winner)

Next Tournament: PURE Insurance Championship
(Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, California, September 28-30)

Players

Result

Earnings

Notes

Steve Elkington

DNP

--

 

Peter Lonard

T39 (E)

$8,640

Despite shooting only one round over par, recorded his first result outside the top-30 and carded his worst finish of the season.

Greg Norman

DNP

--

 

David McKenzie

T39 (E)

$8,640

In his 19th start of the season, carded a first-round 7-under 63 that gave him a tie for the lead. Fell down the leaderboard after a 77 in the second round.

Web.com Tour Championship
Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Florida
Purse: $1,000,000 ($180,000 to the winner)

Note: The top-25 players in the Regular Season money list earned their PGA TOUR cards for the 2018-19 season after the conclusion of play at the Winco Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz. Players Nos. 26-100 on the money list qualified for the Web.com Tour Finals, a set of four tournaments that feature these Web.com Tour players and PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 on the FedExCup standings—those who didn’t qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. The top-25 money-winners in these four tournaments will earn their 2018-19 PGA TOUR cards.

Player

Result

Earnings

Finals

Money List Position

Notes

Stuart Appleby

WD

--

115

Withdrew after rounds of 74-63-77.

Aaron Baddeley

CUT (-4)

--

33

Entered the Web.com Tour Championship ranked No. 22 on the Finals Money List but missed the cut by one stroke and played his way out of securing his TOUR card.

Cameron Davis

T3 (-18)

$45,100

6

ALREADY SECURED 2018-19 PGA TOUR CARD

One of five players who secured their PGA TOUR cards solely through the Web.com Tour Finals that will be a rookie during the 2018-19 season. Recorded his third top-five finish of the season and jumped three spots to No. 6 after the conclusion of the Web.com Tour Championship.

Brett Drewitt

T35 (-12)

$5,225

71

 

Rhein Gibson

CUT (+5)

--

83

 

Matt Jones

DNP

--

10

ALREADY SECURED 2018-19 PGA TOUR CARD

Despite not playing in the last Finals event, finished No. 10 on the Finals money list and will return to the PGA TOUR for the 12th consecutive season. Only needed two Finals events to lock up his card by finishing T10 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and adding a runner-up at the DAP Championship.

Curtis Luck

T8 (-17)

$23,333

18

SECURED 2018-19 PGA TOUR CARD

Recorded his fourth top-10 finish and earned his card to the PGA TOUR.  Luck made 12 starts on the PGA TOUR during the 2016-17 season and will not be considered a rookie in the upcoming year.

Cameron Percy

CUT (-4)

--

63

 

John Senden

CUT (-4)

--

104

 

PGA Latinoamerica Tour
65 JHSF Brazil Open
Fazenda Boa Vista, Porto Feliz, Brazil
Purse: $175,000 ($31,500 to the winner)

Next Tournament: San Luis Championship
(San Luis Potosi, Mexico, October 4-7)

Player

Result

Earnings

Notes

Harrison Endycott

T2

$15,400

Fired weekend rounds of 66-65, including an eagle on the 72nd hole, to record his career-best PGA TOUR Latinoamerica finish. Moved up 18 positions on the Order of Merit, to No. 17.

Ryan Gaske

DNP

--

 

Troy Kennedy

DNP

--

 

Mitch Krywulycz

DNP

--

 

Danny List

DNP

--

 

Ryan McCarthy

DNP

    --

 

Ryan Ruffels

DNP

    --

 

Joel Troy

DNP

--

 

Brady Watt

DNP

    --

 

PGA China Tour
No tournament this week

Next Tournament: Macau Championship
(Macau, China, September 27-30)

Players

Result

Earnings

Notes

Sam Earl

 

 

 

James Gibellini

 

 

 

Corey Hale

 

 

 

Deyen Lawson

 

 

 

DJ Loypur

 

 

 

David Lutterus

 

 

 

Bryden Macpherson

 

 

 

James Marchesani

 

 

 

Peter Martin

 

 

 

Max McCardle

 

 

 

Michael Pearce

 

 

 

Martyn Roberts

 

 

 

Andrew Schonewille

 

 

 

Sean Underwood

 

 

 

Christopher Wood

 

 

 

Kevin Yuan