With four winners already this season, Australia’s US PGA Tour golfers are starting to set their sights on becoming the first to claim the season-long FedEx Cup title.
Since the inception of the season points system culminating with a four-event knockout style play-offs in 2007, no Australian has claimed the mammoth $US10 million prize for the champion.
But with 2014 tournament winners Jason Day, John Senden, Matt Jones and Steven Bowditch already locking in playoff berths with 16 events left and world No.2 Adam Scott another certainty barring injury, confidence is high.
Scott’s fourth place finish last season, where he won twice, is the best FedEx Cup race finish for an Australian.
As the tour heads into the business end of the year with the upcoming Players Championship, the remaining three major championships and the WGC Bridgestone Invitational part of the packed schedule, only three of the 13 full-time Aussies on the US tour are outside the top 125 cut-off.
Senden leads the way at 14th, followed by Jones (21st), Day (22nd) and Bowditch (30th).
Scott (51st), Stuart Appleby (62nd) and Marc Leishman (74th) would need to disappear off the planet to fall outside the playoffs zone but the fight is well and truly on for Robert Allenby (105th), Greg Chalmers (110th), Aaron Baddeley (112th), Geoff Ogilvy (144th), Bronson La’Cassie (169th) and Scott Gardiner (176th).
In the cases of Chalmers, Baddeley, La’Cassie and Gardiner it’s not just a playoff berth they’re chasing, but also a card for next season, afforded to all qualifiers.
“When you’re on or around the bubble you can start to look at the numbers a little bit but there is still a lot of golf left and I feel like I am playing some really good golf,” said Chalmers, one of seven Aussies in this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.
“I just haven’t done everything right on the same week. It just hasn’t been PGA Tour standard to be better than 30th but it hasn’t been terrible so I feel it’s close.”
Two-time Australian Open champion Chalmers says the great success from his countrymen this season has given him a real boost as he searches for a maiden win on the US tour.
“It gives you a lift when people you know achieve great things,” he said.
“It gets your blood flowing and it rekindles your fire to get out there and do it too.
“There is no reason why one of us Australians can’t win the FedEx Cup because once you get in it, the playoffs are really anybody’s game and a few of the guys have already put themselves in great position.”
Should players not find their way into the playoffs, they will be looking to stay inside the top 200 to join the secondary web广西桑拿, tour playoffs, the last way to try to earn a job back.
Allenby has the benefit of a lifetime earnings exemption up his sleeve should he need it while Ogilvy has another year left of exempt status thanks to his multiple tour wins.
The list of big names currently outside the top 125 is headlined by injured world No.1 Tiger Woods (204th) and includes former No.1 Martin Kaymer (129th), Steve Stricker (164th) and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington (198th).