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Good Final Day For Australasians at Web.Com Qualifying

Brett Coletta's fine last round earns him Web.Com Tour status (Photo: Henry Peters)
It has been a good day for several of the Australasians attempting to qualify for the 2019 Web.Com Tour in Chandler in Arizona with all but two of the seven securing some measure of playing status for next season.

New Zealander Tim Wilkinson did best by finishing in a share of 16th place and he regains the status he has enjoyed in recent seasons having finished 91st on the Web.Com Tour money list in 2018 to lose full status.

Wilkinson produced a final round of 62 to improve 50 positions from his overnight 66th and gain the all-important full status having looked a forlorn hope to do so with one round to go.

Wilkinson’s outward nine of 28 included seven consecutive birdies from the 3rd and when he added another at the 10th he had completed a remarkable stretch of under par golf.

Jamie Arnold and Brett Coletta finished in a share of 25th, Arnold recovering from a slow start to his final round with a run of birdies over his final few holes which he desperately needed to earn full Web.Com Tour status once again.

Coletta was another to make tremendous progress on day four, his round of 63 including playing the final four holes in 4 under saw him move from well outside the qualifying mark to earn the right to play in at least the first eight events of the new season.

The former Queensland Open Champion while still an amateur, Coletta made a remarkable recovery this week after a disappointing opening round of 72 on the low scoring layout.

New Zealander Steve Alker was another to produce brilliance today, his final round of 65 moving him to 32nd and importantly inside the leading 40 who earn status.

Alker's fellow Kiwi, Nick Voke, already has limited status on the Web.Com Tour courtesy of his great season in China this year when he won on three occasions but he had tackled this final stage in order to gain improved status.

It was not to be after he finished 50th but he will play several events and hopefully build on his brilliant rookie season in the professional ranks.

Australia’s leading amateur Min Woo Lee finished 67th and failed to earn status so a decision on whether he turns professional or not still awaits.

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