16 Aug 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Drewitt secures return to PGA Tour

by PGA of Australia

Brett Drewitt tees off at the Korn Ferry Tour's Pinnacle Bank Championship.
Brett Drewitt tees off at the Korn Ferry Tour's Pinnacle Bank Championship.

By Tony Webeck

It took until the final round of his 42nd start but New South Welshman Brett Drewitt has secured his return to the PGA TOUR.

The final day of the Korn Ferry Tour regular season is one of the most emotionally-charged in all of golf. Lives are changed and dreams are dashed yet for 25 players their drive to reach golf’s grandest stage is realised.

It is a stage that Drewitt has reached once before in 2017 but the Inverell native has now earned a second crack and he did so in dramatic fashion.

Beginning the week of the Pinnacle Bank Championship 22nd on the moneylist, Drewitt strung together a run of four consecutive birdies in a second round of 4-under 67 to make the cut.

By doing so he all but guaranteed his place in the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season but the 30-year-old endured a nervous wait to see whether he could hold his position.

Weekend rounds of 74-74 saw Drewitt finish tied for 63rd but dropped only two spots to end the regular season that began in January 2020 in 24th place and safely inside the 25.

The highlight of Drewitt’s season was a maiden Korn Ferry Tour title at the Lincoln Land Championship last September and he finished inside the top-25 on 12 occasions and was top-10 seven times, winning $US319,164 in the process.

Curtis Luck is the only other Australian to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour finals having finished the regular season in 67th position and will be vying for one of 25 further PGA TOUR cards to be handed out at the completion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

The PGA TOUR regular season also concluded over the weekend with Adam Scott’s playoff near-miss at the Wyndham Championship propelling him into the FedEx Cup Playoffs along with five fellow Aussies (Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Cam Davis, Matt Jones and Jason Day).

Victorian Bryden Macpherson recorded his best finish on the European Tour with a tie for 21st at the Cazoo Classic at London Golf Club and David McKenzie shot 67 in the final round to finish tied for sixth at the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic.

As the men’s seasons are reaching their conclusion the women are gearing up fo their final major of the year, this week’s AIG Women’s Open.

Kiwi Lydia Ko continued her strong Olympic form to finish runner-up at the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open with Ladies European Tour regular Whitney Hillier the best of the Aussies in a tie for 15th, a continuation of her good recent results in the Rose Ladies Series.

In the US Robyn Choi enhanced her chances of graduating to the LPGA Tour in 2022 with a third-place finish at the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour.

Runner-up in the same event last year, Choi’s finish elevated her to 26th on the moneylist and within reach of the top 10 who are awarded LPGA Tour cards at season’s end.

Results

PGA TOUR

Wyndham Championship

Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, North Carolina

Winner Kevin Kisner      65-68-66-66—265         $US1.152m

T2        Adam Scott       66-70-64-65—265         $389,440

T37      Cameron Percy 67-67-68-70—272         $26,560

T70      Matt Jones        69-68-69-74—280         $12,992

MC       John Senden     67-71—138

MC       Rhein Gibson    66-72—138

MC       Aaron Baddeley 73-72—145                 

Korn Ferry Tour

Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna

The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Nebraska

Winner David Skinns     67-67-69-67—270        

T21      Jamie Arnold     67-73-66-72—278        

T49      Curtis Luck        70-68-75-70—283        

T63      Brett Drewitt    73-67-74-74—288        

MC       Harrison Endycott         75-67—142

MC       Steven Alker     74-71—145

MC       Brett Coletta     74-72—146

MC       Ryan Ruffels      75-71—146

MC       Nick Voke         69-77—146

European Tour

Cazoo Classic

London GC, Ash, Kent, England

Winner Calum Hill         68-67-70-67—272         €189,360

T21      Bryden Macpherson      74-67-69-69—279         €12,689

T35      Maverick Antcliff           68-68-74-71—281         €8,667

MC       Josh Geary        72-72—144

MC       Deyen Lawson  72-72—144

MC       Scott Hend        76-69—145

MC       Wade Ormsby   75-71—146

MC       Jake McLeod     75-73—148

LPGA Tour

Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open

Dumbarnie Links, Scotland

Winner Ryann O’Toole  68-71-68-64—271         €191,684

T15      Whitney Hillier  72-69-75-65—281         €19,602

T34      Katherine Kirk   72-72-70-71—285        

T34      Su Oh   73-72-68-72—285         €8,330

65        Stephanie Kyriacou       73-72-71-78—294         €3,451

MC       Hannah Green  73-74—147

MC       Minjee Lee       74-76—150

MC       Sarah Kemp      78-74—152

Challenge Tour

Made in Esbjerg Challenge

Esbjerg Golfklub, Esbjerg, Denmark

Winner Ricardo Gouveia            69-71-69-67—276         €32,000

T64      Blake Windred  74-69-74-76—293         €530

Symetra Tour

Four Winds Invitational

South Bend Country Club, South Bend, Indiana

Winner Lilia Vu 68-69-67—204  $US30,000

3          Robyn Choi       69-70-68—207  $14,102

T14      Soo Jin Lee        72-69-71—212  $3,172

T55      Julienne Soo     69-74-79—222  $822

MC       Julianne Alvarez            71-79—150

MC       Hira Naveed      78-73—151

MC       Stephanie Na    76-75—151

Japan LPGA

NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament

Karuizawa 72 Golf (North Cse), Nagano

Tournament reduced to 27 holes

Winner Sakura Koiwai   64-34—98        ¥10.8m

MC       Karis Davidson  75

LET Access Series

Anna Nordqvist Vasteras Open

Vasteras Golf Club, Sweden

Winner Nayeon Eum     66-70-72—208  €5,600

T32      Kristalle Blum   81-74-72—227 €490

T51      Victoria Fricot   71-81-79—231  €296

MC       Amy Walsh       75-81—156

Champions Tour

Shaw Charity Classic

Canyon Meadows G&CC, Alberta, Canada

Winner Doug Barron     64-64-64—192 

T6        David McKenzie 68-64-67—199 

T13      Rod Pampling   70-67-65—202 

T44      Robert Allenby  71-71-67—209 

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