Aussies jockey for Web.Com positions
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2013 News Sentinel Open Presented by Pilot | Wrap | 19 Aug 2013
Peter Malnati has played just seven events on the Web.Com Tour in season 2013, making the cut in six including victory at this week’s News Sentinel Open.
Malnati’s victory today moves him from 80th to 16th on the Web.Com Tour money list and despite there still being one more regular season event remaining he is on his way to the PGA Tour in 2014.
Malnati birdied five of his last seven holes to edge past a four way tie for second.
New Zealander Tim Wilkinson flirted with his first victory on either the Web.Com or PGA Tour before finishing in a share of 6th and further consolidating his return to the PGA Tour in 2014. Wilkinson is in 9th position on this year’s money list and although required to play the Web.Com Tour finals to confirm his ranking his future, after several seasons battling back from injury, looks bright.
Ashley Hall and Aron Price shared 10th position, Hall now in 23rd position on the money list with just one event two go as he chases a place inside the top 25.
Price led this event into the final round, a win would have confirmed a return to the PGA Tour but he struggled over the closing few holes and he is now in 67th position on the money list. He will earn a start in the Web.Com Tour finals but he will need something special next week if he is to force his way into the top 25.
Nick Flanagan finished 17th this week and is in 70th position on the money list, Peter Lonard, beginning to play better, finished 30th and is well outside the top 75 who get to play the Web.Com Tour finals. Lonard will likely need a top three finish next week just to reach that mark.
James Nitties and Steve Alker finished in a tie for 50th, Alker’s hopes of a PGA Tour card still alive as he sits in 22nd position on the money list and Nitties now just inside the top 75.
Matthew Goggin, who has for so long looked comfortable in regards a return to the PGA Tour, missed the cut this week and has now slipped to 24th on the money list and needs to at least make the cut, it would seem, next week in Nebraska to be assured of achieving that goal.
The leading 75 at the end of next week’s Cox Classic, along with those players finishing between 126th and 200th on the FedEx Cup points table get to play the Web.Com Tour finals.