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Agony for Jamie Arnold in Opening Korn Ferry Tour Final

A good week but it was a case of what might have been for Arnold (Photo: Getty Images )
Sydney’s Jamie Arnold has finished an encouraging 11th at the opening event of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, the Nationwide Children’s Hospitals Championship in Columbus in Ohio but it was a case of what might have been for the 36-year old.

Tied for the lead through 12 holes of the final round of an event in which a top 5 or 6 finish would have secured his first PGA Tour card for next season, Arnold bogeyed the 13th hole but then, at the par 3 17th, he would triple bogey after four putting and would eventually finish 11th.

All is not lost for Arnold who had played so well throughout the week as there remains two further Korn Ferry Tour finals to play, but even a bogey at the 17th might well have given him enough to go close to locking up his card for 2020.

After finishing 38th in the regular season and missing out on the top 25 players who gained their cards through that process, Arnold was on target to secure one of the 25 cards for the leading twenty-five PGA Tour cards available through the three-event final series and while he has made a solid enough start he might well have had his card locked up by now.

Curtis Luck, who finished 5th in this event last year, which went a long way to securing the PGA Tour status in 2019, finished as the leading Australian when he finished with a round of 67 to end the week in a share of 7th place and is nicely placed to regain the status he had this season.

Luck finished well outside the leading 125 on the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and so was forced to return to the Korn Ferry Tour finals. He has made a very good start in his bid to be back on the big stage next season.

Sharing 11th place with Arnold was Victorian, Cameron Percy, who was tied for the lead after the opening round this week and put together solid finishing round of 68.

Rhein Gibson who already has his PGA Tour card locked up for next season courtesy of a good year in regular-season Korn Ferry Tour events, finished 37th this week while Cameron Davis struggled to a final round of 75 to be 56th.

    

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