Web.Com Tour Final how the Aussies stand
BY Bruce Young | Web.com Tour | 2013 Web.com Tour Championship | 28 Sep 2013
The Web.Com Tour Championship, the final event of the four event Final Series, has reached the halfway stage and with just 36 holes for many of those involved to determine their chances of making it to the PGA Tour in 2014, the heat is well and truly on.
Chesson Hadley, already assured of his PGA Tour status after finishing 3rd on the regular season money list in his rookie season, leads by two over four time PGA Tour winner Joe Durant with Australian Aron Price and Andrew Svoboda in a share of 3rd position three shots from the lead.
Price needed something special this week if he was to have an chance of returning to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2011. Starting the week he appeared as if he would need a top ten this week if he was to have any chance of making the top twenty five in accumulated monies from the final series amongst those not already exempt via the regular season.
From 79th in the accumulated money rankings, however, Price has moved into a share of 14th and provided he can remain inside the top ten this week then he appears all but assured of heading back to the big time for the 2014 season.
Scott Gardiner is in a share of 5th this week and on his way back to the PGA Tour as he is comfortably inside the amount he needs to earn one of the 25 additional cards handed out this week. His 3rd place finish in the very first event of the finals gave him a lock on that card very early in the piece.
Adam Crawford and Rod Pampling share 9th position this week, Crawford seemingly on the verge of a PGA Tour card for the very first time in season 2014. He appears likely to need a top 15 finish in this event and while there is still work to do he has made a solid start.
Pampling on the other hand needs a top 12 at week’s end to force his way back to the PGA Tour.
Nick Flanagan started this week’s event needing perhaps a top 5 to regain his PGA Tour status. The Novocastrian is in 15th position through 36 holes and only two shots out of that 5th place so his chances are not yet forlorn.
Nick O’Hern is in 23rd position at the halfway stage of this week’s event and needs a top ten it would seem.
Ashley Hall and Nathan Green are tied for 35th this week but started the week needing a top 5 so while their chances are not yet gone they have a lot of work to do if Hall is to gain PGA Tour status for the first time and Green is to regain the status he enjoyed on the PGA Tour for seven years between 2006 and 2012.
Hall went agonisingly close to securing his PGA Tour card in regular season play but after three missed cuts in the finals opened with a round of 63 yesterday which included a penalty of one shot when his ball moved at address. Today however he struggled to a round of 76 and now needs something very special over the weekend if he is to claim what he went so close to earning.
Danny Lee was the only other Australasian to make the cut. He played well enough during the regular season to earn his 2014 PGA Tour card but he has struggled during the finals and will have a lowly ranking for the early season events.
Cameron Percy, Matthew Goggin, Alistair Presnell and Steve Alker have all kissed their PGA Tour hopes goodbye by missing the cut this week while Tim Wilkinson and Bronson La Cassie also missed the cut but did enough during the regular Web.Com Tour season to be on their way to the PGA Tour.