The leading 25 players in the three-event Korn Ferry Tour finals gain a PGA Tour card for 2020 and for the 2017 Australian Open champion, Davis, who was able to successfully negotiate that task last year he will tee it up in the first of those events in Columbus on August 15th.
Davis produced one of his better finishes of the 2019 PGA Tour when a final round of 65 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro improved him to 22nd to lead the Australians this week but it was a case of too little too late.
He will finish in 160th place in the regular season Fedex Cup standings, not making the top 125 who play the first of the FedEx Cup Playoffs or the top 150 who might have enjoyed at least partial status for next season.
Davis was the only Australian to make the cut this week, Cameron Smith, Matt Jones, Rod Pampling, Curtis Luck and Monday qualifier, John Lyras, all having the weekend off which, for Luck, means he too will be forced back to the Korn Ferry Tour finals to see if he can fight his way back to the PGA Tour.
Smith and Jones are already assured of a start in next week’s Northern Trust Open and retaining their PGA Tour cards for 2020 but for Rod Pampling his PGA Tour journey is over for the immediate future as by finishing outside the top 200 on this season’s FedEx Cup he is not eligible to play the Korn Ferry Tour finals.
The winner this week was J.T. Poston whose final round of 62 was enough to hold off a strong late challenge from one of this event’s most prolific performers, Webb Simpson.
Simpson has now been a winner, twice runner-up and once 3rd in this event.
The 26-year-old Poston recorded his first PGA Tour victory in his third season, a previous best of 4th coming at the Shriners Hospitals for Children coming in his rookie season of 2017.
Poston improved from his overnight 5th place to move past third-round leader Byeong Hun An who finished 3rd.
Marc Leishman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Cameron Smith, Matt Jones, and Aaron Baddeley are the Australians to play the opening event of the 2020 FedEx Cup Playoffs in New Jersey beginning this Thursday August 8th.
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