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More at stake than just the PGA Championship title today

McLeod looks safe but not quite yet (Photo: Bruce Young)
It would appear Jake McLeod is but one round away from a host of benefits he will receive for winning the 2018 PGA Tour of Australasia’s Order of Merit.

McLeod leads the Order of Merit by 16,000 over Daniel Nisbet who gained most of his earnings from his win at the New Zealand Open in March.

With Nisbet missing the cut this week at this week’s Australian PGA Championship he could do no more and so it would be up to the likes of Anthony Quayle, Dimi Papadatos and Matthew Millar to see whether they might be able to produce something special this weekend to catch McLeod.

At stake are starts in two World Golf Championship events where guaranteed last place is US$45,000 in each plus, importantly, the leading player on the Order of Merit and not otherwise exempt earns the right to play the European Tour for 12 months which, in itself, is a huge carrot for a young player such as McLeod.

As things developed early in round four of the PGA Championship, the event which would finalise the 2018 PGA Tour of Australasia season, Millar appeared the only threat to McLeod if indeed there was one.

Millar was tied for 3rd heading into today’s final round and would likely need to finish runner-up or better this week to take the top spot and the opportunity to play in Europe in 2019.   

Matthew Millar gets his round underway today.

McLeod, who led this week’s event at one stage during round two, appears to be running out of steam as the season comes to an end, his brilliant breakthrough win at the NSW Open and his 3rd place finish at the Australian Open seemingly taking its toll as this week has progressed.

He has fallen well back in the field as the final round progresses but in order for Millar to pass him today the Canberra golfer would need to finish 2nd and with players the calibre of Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman ahead of him he faces a tough although not impossible task.

If Millar were to produce something special and claim that top placing on the Order of Merit it would top off yet another fine season for the 42 year old having been named as the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Player of the Year on Tuesday.

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