04 Aug 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Scott's FedEx Cup record in jeopardy

by PGA of Australia

Adam Scott risks missing the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time.

By Tony Webeck

Adam Scott is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in FedEx Cup history as he headlines nine Australians teeing it up at this week’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis.

With just two weeks left in the PGA TOUR regular season that has spawned two years due to COVID-19, Scott is sitting 123rd on the money list and has just this week and next week’s Wyndham Championship to shore up his spot in the playoffs.

The top 125 at season’s end qualify for week one of the playoffs followed by a cut to the top 70 and then the top 30 for the Tour Championship, Scott qualifying for the season finale eight times since 2007 but only once since 2016.

The 41-year-old Queenslander is one of just nine players to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs every year since its inception in 2007 but after the world shut down shortly after Scott’s victory at the Genesis Invitational last February he has struggled to put all aspects of his game together.

Since his return from an extended break back in Australia at the 2020 US PGA Championship Scott has registered just the one top-10 finish (T10 at Farmers Insurance Open) in 20 tournament starts but has two top-20 finishes in his most recent regular season PGA Tour events (T16 at Memorial, T13 at Travelers).

Hitting less than 55 per cent of fairways, Scott’s work with the driver has been less than stellar, making a change ahead of The Open Championship where he finished tied for 46th.

Scott is this week joined by close friend Wade Ormsby who is playing his fourth WGC event along with a trio of young guns who continue to climb in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Now ranked inside the top 50, Lucas Herbert (No.49) is closing in on a permanent move to the PGA TOUR, Cam Davis (No.64) has his immediate future secure following his victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic last month and Min Woo Lee (No.61) is set to feature in golf’s biggest tournaments on the back of his Scottish Open victory.

The 23-year-old shot 66 in the third round of the Workday Championship to finish tied for 28th in his WGC debut in February, Davis making his maiden WGC start this week among the world’s best players.

There are FedEx Cup implications also for the Aussies in action at the PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship, a tournament that uses a modified Stableford scoring format and which Australians have tasted success in recent years.

Currently 129th on the money list, Cameron Percy can secure his status for next season with a strong showing at the Tahoe Mountain Club with Rhein Gibson (191st), Aaron Baddeley (208th) and Greg Chalmers (211th) in need of something special to maintain their cards for 2022.

As his fellow countryman work to stay on the PGA TOUR New South Welshman Brett Drewitt is closing in on a return to the top tier via the Korn Ferry Tour.

This week’s Utah Championship is the penultimate event of the combined 2020-2021 season and Drewitt comes in 23rd on the Order of Merit, the top 25 after next week’s Pinnacle Bank Championship to earn promotion to the PGA TOUR.

Like Drewitt, Curtis Luck is a tournament winner this season but will likely need a second victory in the next two weeks to advance from his current position of 61st on the money list.

Round 1 tee times AEST

World Golf Championships

FedEx St Jude Invitational

TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee

12.15am           Wade Ormsby, Si Woo Kim, Jim Herman

12.26am           Lucas Herbert, Cameron Champ, Martin Laird

12.26am*         Adam Scott, Matt Fitzpatrick, Phil Mickelson

12.48am*         Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau

1.10am Matt Jones, Jason Kokrak, Sungjae Im

1.10am*           Marc Leishman, Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood

1.21am Brad Kennedy, Brian Harman, Aaron Rai

1.21am*           Min Woo Lee, Will Zalatoris, Victor Perez

1.54am*           Cam Davis, Max Homa, Ian Poulter

Defending champion: Justin Thomas

Past Aussie winners: Craig Parry (2002), Adam Scott (2011)

Top Aussie prediction: Lucas Herbert

TV schedule: Live through Golf TV app

PGA Tour

Barracuda Championship

Tahoe Mountain Club (Old Greenwood Cse), Truckee, California

1.18am Rhein Gibson, Joseph Bramlett, Sebastian Cappelen

5.24am*           Greg Chalmers, Brian Gay, Aaron Wise

5.35am*           Aaron Baddeley, John Huh, JJ Spaun

5.46am John Senden, David Lingmerth, Will Gordon

5.57am*           Cameron Percy, DA Points, Vincent Whaley                                                      

Defending champion: Richy Werenski

Past Aussie winners: Geoff Ogilvy (2014), Greg Chalmers (2016)

Top Aussie prediction: Aaron Baddeley

TV schedule: Live 12am-3am Friday, Saturday; Live 8am-11am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503

European Tour

Hero Open

Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

5.20pm Dimitrios Papadatos, Matthew Baldwin, Liam Johnston

6.50pm*           Jake McLeod, Pedro Figueiredo, James Morrison

10.10pm           Scott Hend, Francesco Laporta, Julian Suri

10.40pm*         Austin Bautista, Bradley Dredge, Lars Van Meijel

11.30pm           Josh Geary, Romain Wattel, Clément Sordet

11.40pm           Deyen Lawson, Paul Peterson, Rhys Enoch

Defending champion: Sam Horsfield

Past Aussie winners: Nil

Top Aussie prediction: Scott Hend

TV schedule: Live 9.30pm-2.30am Thursday, Friday; Live 10pm-2.30am Saturday on Fox Sports 505; Live 10pm-2.30am Sunday on Fox Sports 503.

Ladies European Tour

Aramco Team Series – Sotogrande

La Reserva Club De Sotogrande, Spain

Aussies in the field: Victoria Fricot, Stephanie Kyriacou

Defending champion: Inaugural event

Past Aussie winners: Nil

Top Aussie prediction: Stephanie Kyriacou

TV schedule: Live 8pm-12am Thursday, Friday; Live 12.30am-4.30am Saturday on Fox Sports 503

Korn Ferry Tour

Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank

Oakridge Country Club, Farmington, Utah

11pm*  Harrison Endycott, Grant Hirschman, Patrick Fishburn

11.40pm*         Brett Coletta, Nicholas Lindheim, Brandon Harkins

11.50pm           Brett Drewitt, Hayden Buckley, Ben Silverman

12.20am           Ryan Ruffels, David Skinns, Tom Whitney

4.45am*           Jamie Arnold, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Greg Yates

5.15am*           Curtis Luck, Jamie Lovemark, Brian Campbell

Defending champion: Kyle Jones

Past Aussie winners: Jeff Woodland (1992)

Top Aussie prediction: Brett Drewitt

TV schedule: Live 7am-10am Friday, Saturday on Fox Sports 503; Live 7am-10am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 505

Challenge Tour

Vierumäki Finnish Challenge

Vierumäki Resort, Vierumäki, Finland

10.30pm*        Bryden Macpherson, Alejandro Tosti, Tim Widing

Defending champion: Jose Filipe-Lima (2019)

Past Aussie winners: Marcus Fraser (2003)

Top Aussie prediction: Bryden Macpherson

Symetra Tour

Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship

Battle Creek Country Club, Battle Creek, Michigan

Aussies in the field: Stephanie Na, Robyn Choi, Julienne Soo, Hira Naveed, Soo Jin Lee

Defending champion: Ruixin Liu

Past Aussie winners: Nil

Top Aussie prediction: Robyn Choi

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