Reigning Australian Open champion Cameron Davis, Curtis Luck, Brett Drewitt and Ray Beaufils will tee it up at the Cattail and Devils Claw layouts at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, each aiming to become one of 45 players to graduate to the secondary US circuit.
The euphoria of Davis' dramatic final round brilliance to win his own national open at The Australian Golf Club, where he defeated - amongst others - Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, will quickly fade (although never die) if he is unable to advance to the Web.com Tour.
Davis turned down the opportunity to play the Australian PGA Championship last week, which could have potentially earned him a European Tour card, so he will be keen to take full advantage of the form he brings to this event.
He will likely earn as many invites as he is entitled to on the PGA Tour courtesy of a dramatic increase in profile as the Australian Open champion in his rookie season but the security of status on the Web.com Tour will be a great incentive this week.
Sydneysider Davis, who is now based in Seattle, is the current Eisenhower Trophy individual winner when forming a key role in the Australian team which took the title in Mexico 15 months ago. However, he now faces a more important test as he chases the right to play the feeder tour to the PGA Tour.
Curtis Luck on his way to a T11 finish at last week's Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
Luck is already a winner of the WA Open and made the cut in more than half of the 11 starts he secured on the PGA Tour in 2017, including at the Masters, and is generally considered by most to be one of Australia’s most exciting young emerging stars.
Drewitt played the PGA Tour in 2017 after graduating from PGA Tour China in 2015 and the Web.com Tour in 2016 but was unable to retain his status. Drewitt already has some status on the Web.com Tour for 2018 but it is very limited and so the man from Inverell in Northern NSW is back to improve his position.
Beaufils, an Arizona-based Gold Coaster, has played his way through the various stages of Web.com Tour qualifying having played in China in recent years. The 31-year old has been plagued by injury to a large extent throughout much of his career but this now represents a great opportunity to finally advance his golfing fortunes.
Beaufils did win the California State Open earlier in his career.
The Medallist this week will earn exemption from any of the re-ranks while players finishing below that level and inside the top 45 will be subject to various re-ranks throughout the season dependent on their respective results.
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