Eight Australians will be in Atlantic City fighting for not only the title and the US$180,000 first prize but the right to play the PGA Tour in 2019.
Only one of those eight, Cameron Davis, is assured of a ticket to the big-time next season while fellow young gun Curtis Luck is all but guaranteed a 2019 PGA Tour card.
While the incentive for the six other Aussies in the field at Atlantic Beach Country Club is obvious, Luck and even Davis will be motivated by the opportunity to improve their current standing and thus earn entry into more PGA Tour events.
The leading 25 players from the four-event Web.com Tour Finals (minus those already qualified via the regular season) at the completion of this week’s event near Jacksonville earn the right to play on golf’s most lucrative tour.
Despite missing the cut last week, Sydneysider Davis is currently in 7th position in the race for one of the 25 cards while Luck dropped four places last week and is currently in 16th place.
Luck's Tour Finals earnings of US$41,587 has historically been enough to get the job done and although mathematically possible to be gazumped this week, he appears safe.
Victorian Aaron Baddeley sits precariously in 20th position. The final total required is very much a moving feast as a player not only has to rely on his own efforts but those of others although a top 30 would appear to be enough for Baddeley to regain full PGA Tour status.
Baddeley does enjoy the luxury of partial status on the PGA tour courtesy of a 132nd placing on this year’s FedEx Cup standings.
Baddeley's fellow Victorian, Cameron Percy, is currently sitting in 44th place on the Finals money list and needs roughly another US$26,000 to be guaranteed a card for 2019. On that basis, a top-11 finish might be enough for the Victorian to earn a PGA Tour return.
Rhein Gibson is currently 64th in the standings and a finish inside the top 7 this week appears necessary for him to be on his way back to the PGA Tour where he played two years ago.
NSW golfer Brett Drewitt began well at last week’s Boise Open but struggled over the weekend to finish 43rd. He now appears to need a finish inside the top 6 or better to return to the PGA Tour where he played in 2017.
Queenslander John Senden is playing his way back into competitive golf after a break away from the game to attend to his son’s illness.
He played several PGA Tour events in 2018 without any great success and therefore needs a big finish this week if he is to return to the main tour.
Senden is languishing in 77th position on the Finals money list and therefore needs a top 5 finish or better this week to regain PGA Tour status.
Victorian Stuart Appleby has also struggled in the Finals missing two of three cuts and he also now finds himself needing a top 5 finish.
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