Australians fighting at Wyndham
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 Wyndham Championship | Round Two | 17 Aug 2013
Three of the PGA Tour’s brightest young stars are near the top of the leader-board at the PGA Tour’s final regular tour event of the season, rookie Patrick Reed, leading at 11 under and one ahead of John Huh with rookie Jordan Spieth one shot further back.
Reed has not played since consecutive top tens at the John Deere Classic and the Canadian Open but with nearly US$1 million in earning this season, the 23 year old is having a solid year.
Reed played 12 PGA Tour events without status last year and finished 22nd at the Tour School to allow him his playing rights this season.
Huh’s second round of 62 on the low scoring layout swept him to second outright and after missing his last four cuts in succession it has been a good bounce back.
Spieth of course has been one of the standouts on the PGA Tour in his rookie season. He only gained his full PGA Tour status with victory at the John Deere Classic but with five top tens and the victory he could well be named rookie of the year.
Stuart Appleby, Cameron Percy, John Senden and Matt Jones head the Australians in 22nd position, for Stuart Appleby it has been an important effort to date as it has moved him to 120th on the projected FedEx Cup points table knowing he needs to remain inside the top 125 if he is to make his way to the Barclays next week and retain his PGA Tour status for next season. He has probably now done enough.
Geoff Ogilvy and Steven Bowditch are tied for 35th and as was the case for Appleby, Bowditch’s effort has moved him from 125th to 123rd on the FedEx Cup table. He faces an important weekend but has made a solid start in an attempt to keep himself alive.
Greg Chalmers and Alistair Presnell are 47th and Scott Gardiner and Nick O’Hern just made the cut in 62nd position.
Chalmers is in 122nd position on the projected FedEx Cup points table and so like Appleby and Bowditch could well have done enough to save their status on the PGA Tour provided they do not have a disastrous weekend.