Drewitt and Matt Jones were the only two Australians to make the cut at the DAP Championship, Drewitt in excellent position heading to Saturday’s third round at 5-under and sharing sixth position.
But things got off to a shaky start for the 26-year-old at Canterbury Golf Club, two bogeys and a birdie seeing him to the turn 1-over and struggling.
The real damage was done on the inward journey, however, a double bogey at the par-3 12th followed by three consecutive dropped shots and another at the 17th.
It added up to a 6-over-41 and now at 2-over for the tournament Drewitt has dropped more than 40 places on the leaderboard to T51.
Of more concern, though, is his position on the four-tournament mini money list which will decide 25 cards for the 2018 PGA Tour.
Drewitt was projected to be inside that number after an excellent second round 68 but is now forecast to be 44th in the standings.
The Inverell native qualified for the 2017 PGA Tour through the Finals series last year but failed to keep his privileges after finishing outside the top 125 on the FedEx Cup.
Jones, too, struggled on day three with a 1-over 71 seeing him slip nine places down the leaderboard to T35.
Having missed the cut in each of the first two Finals events Jones started outside the top 70 on the mini money list and is projected to advance only seven places after today’s round.
Jones lost his full PGA Tour playing rights at the end of the 2016 season and with limited access to tournaments in 2017 was unable to earn it back by finishing in the top 125 on the FedEx Cup.
Americans Nicholas Lindheim and Matt Atkins lead the way at the tournament, the pair 9-under through 54 holes and two ahead of their nearest pursuers.
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