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Big day ahead for Australians in Boise

Aaron Baddeley - hoping to get the job done tomorrow. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Every day in tournament golf has relevance but tomorrow's final round of the Web.Com’s Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco is shaping as a very important day for Australian golfers Brett Drewitt, Aaron Baddeley and Curtis Luck.

At the completion of day three of the event in Boise in Idaho, all three are inside the projected Web.Com Tour’s Final standings which will determine the race for PGA Tour honours next season.

Although there is still one more event to play in the four event Final series, a good day for any or all three tomorrow should mean a return to the PGA Tour for Baddeley and Drewitt and a card to play at the game’s highest level for the first time for Luck and get the job completed without having to take their chances next week.

Drewitt was unable to maintain the pace of his second round 63 but, in a share of 6th place and three from the lead, a strong finish tomorrow, perhaps a round of 3 or 4 under should be enough for him to secure a top 5 finish and the money he needs to finish inside the top 25 by the end of next week’s Tour Championship.

Drewitt, from country New South Wales but now based in Scottsdale in Arizona, has improved to a projected 23rd in the Final rankings and having played the PGA Tour previously in 2017 he has opened the door for a return.

Aaron Baddeley recorded a solid 3 under 68 to move to a share of 11th this week and has improved to 18th in the projected rankings and a good solid round tomorrow should be good enough for him to regain full status on the PGA Tour.

Baddeley has limited status for 2019 but securing full status has benefits in many respects especially in terms of securing early season starts and being able to plan his schedule.

Curtis Luck bounced back from a disappointing second round of 71 with a round of 66 today to be in 23rd position this week. Birdies at his final two holes may be crucial in his immediate future as Luck now stands in 16th place in the projected standings and it appears as if any under par round tomorrow might be enough to secure his graduation to the big time.

Of the other Australians to make the weekend this week, Cameron Percy is 47th, John Senden and Rhein Gibson 57th and Stuart Appleby 63rd.

Cameron Davis, who has already earned the right to play the PGA Tour, just missed the cut this week while Matt Jones, who is also on his way back to the bigtime, did not play.

The leaders in this week’s event are Scott Pickney, Sang Moon Bae and Roberto Diaz.




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