Bronson La'Cassie earns PGA Tour status
BY Bruce Young | 26 Aug 2013
Queenslander Bronson La Cassie not only won his first event on the Web.Com Tour at this week’s Cox Classic in Omaha in Nebraska but in doing so has secured the right to play the PGA Tour for the first time in 2014.
The former University of Minnesota player today birdied his final two holes of round four to tie his playing partner, Matt Bettencourt, and the win the title with a par at the third extra hole.
La Cassie entered the week in 33rd position on the Web.Com Tour money list, knowing he needed a big week if he was to move inside the all important top 25 and earn his playing rights for the big stage next year.
La’Cassie, now in his third season on the Web.Com Tour, has made only half of his cuts in 2013 but importantly he had produced two 3rd place finishes earlier in the season getting him to 26th on the money list. He then slipped to 33rd after missing the cut in his last two starts but that is all history now as he joins the long list of Australians to play the PGA Tour.
His final ranking amongst those who gain their cards will be determined by where he finishes in the Web.Com Tour playoffs but he can enjoy those four events, playing with the freedom of knowing he has achieved one of the most significant goals in his golfing career.
While the news was great for La’Cassie it was the reverse for Matthew Goggin and Ashley Hall who both missed the cut and slipped to 27th and 28th respectively and now face the prospect of trying to gain access to the PGA Tour via the Web.Com Tour finals where they will face the leading 75 players from the Web.Com Tour and the players ranked 126th – 200th on the FedEx Cup points table.
Peter Lonard, along with Nick O’Hern, was the next best of the Australians this week after La’Cassie, finishing in a share of 9th. Lonard needed something special this week if he was to reach the Web.Com Tour finals and at one stage today had moved to a share of 3rd but eventually finished 9th, his best finish of the season but it was a case of too little too late.
O’Hern will get to play the FedEx Cup finals after finishing 176th on the FedEx Cup points table.
So the Australians eligible to play the Web.Com Tour finals are Bronson La’Cassie, Ashley Hall, Mathew Goggin, Aron Price, Adam Crawford, Nick Flanagan, Cameron Percy, Nick O’Hern, Alistair Presnell, Robert Allenby, Rod Pampling and Nathan Green.
Flanagan made the Finals on the number while James Nitties missed out by just one position on playing in next week’s first Web.Com Tour final, the Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne in Indiana.
New Zealanders Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee have secured PGA Tour cards but will still play the Web.Com Tour finals while Steve Alker missed out on the top 25 by just one position after missing the cut this week.