Aussie hopefuls last chance in Orlando

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 Children's Miracle Network Classic | Preview | 08 Nov 2012

The 2012 PGA Tour draws to a close this weekend when the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is played over the Palm and Magnolia Golf Club layouts at Lake Buena Vista near Orlando.

The tournament takes on even greater significance as it provides many players chasing various money list milestones their last opportunity to do so.

Those finishing inside the top 125 on the money list at week’s end secure their status for 2013 but for others it will be important to finish inside the top 150 and avoid the need to play Stage Two qualifying and be guaranteed of some level of status next year.

Other money list milestones are also important in terms of players getting starts in some of the restricted field events in 2013 so this event carries a lot of permutations in regards to a layer’s ongoing future on the PGA Tour.

Robert Garrigus is likely to start as the favourite given that he is a former winner of the event and that he is playing as well as he is at present. Garrigus has been three times inside the top ten in his last five starts including a runner-up finish in Malaysia recently.

Brendon de Jonge has yet to win on the PGA Tour but this week provides perhaps as good a chance as any. The Zimbabwe golfer has been inside the top five in each of his last three starts and although he has not played this event in his only three starts he is playing well enough to overcome this.

Ryan Palmer is a former winner of the event and in eight starts he never missed the cut. The Texan played well through the middle of the year and although his most recent events have yielded little he has not played badly.

Tommy Gainey finished runner-up in this event three years ago and as a winner of his last start in Malaysia he deserves respect.

The Australian contingent is made up of nine players eight of whom are chasing a position inside the top 125 on the money list by the end of the week.

Robert Allenby is assured of such a place given that he is currently 108th but Rod Pampling (124th), Nick O’Hern (147th), Stuart Appleby (162nd) Nathan Green (165th), Matt Goggin (176th), Matt Jones (177th), Gavin Coles (179th) and Steve Bowditch (184th) all have work to do.

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