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Cards on the line in Greensboro for Davis & Luck

Curtis Luck needs a big week to lock up a PGA Tour card for 2020. (Photo: Henry Peters)
The immediate playing futures of Cameron Davis and Curtis Luck go on the line this week in North Carolina for the final stop of the regular PGA Tour season.

The leading 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings at the completion of this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro will be assured of both a place in next week's FedEx Cup Playoffs opener, the Northern Trust Open in New Jersey, and a PGA Tour card for next season.

For Davis (164th), Luck (174th) and Rod Pampling (221st), in particular, a high finish this week is needed for them to avoid playing the four-week Korn Ferry Tour Finals beginning in mid-August.

The leading 25 players through the four Korn Ferry Tour Finals will gain PGA Tour status for 2020.

It is likely that Davis will need a top-3 finish at Sedgefield Country Club, Luck a runner-up or better and Pampling a victory if they are to reclaim their status.

Davis is playing the event for the first occasion, making his task even more demanding and Pampling is a long way from where he needs to be having missed 15 of 18 cuts in 2019.

At another level is the incredible story of 22-year old Australian amateur, John Lyras, who will make his PGA Tour debut after advancing through Monday qualifying and, as a result, has turned professional.

Three of the Australians in this week’s field, Cameron Smith (75th) Aaron Baddeley (107th) and Matt Jones (109th) have guaranteed their PGA Tour cards for 2020.

For Smith, Baddeley and Jones they will need strong performances next week in New Jersey if they are to advance to the second of the now three FedEx Cup playoffs in 2019; only the leading 70 after the Northern Trust Open get into the BMW Championship and the leading 30 make the Tour Championship.

Smith finished 7th the last time he played the Wyndham Championship two years ago and his most recent form suggests he could well do even better this week while Sydneysider Jones is coming off a last start 4th at the Barbasol Championship.

Expectations this week will be lower for Lyras who survived a three-way playoff to grab one of the four spots available via Monday qualifying.

Lyras has been playing amateur events in the US in recent weeks without any success, in fact he is currently ranked outside the top 800 in the World Amateur Golf rankings, so the magnitude of his effort to play his way into this field cannot be underestimated.

It may be a weak field on paper with golf's biggest stars resting for the FedEx Cup Playoffs but, for many, this week in Greensboro could be career-altering.

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