5 Australian Players Who Are In the Race for the FedEx Cup this Season
We are midway through to the 2016/17 FedEx Cup campaign and there are five Australians who are nicely placed in the hunt to qualify for the end-of-season Tour Championship which concludes in Atlanta at East Lake Golf Course. Here is a look at those five players and how they have managed to accumulate their points so far on the PGA Tour.
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33-year-old Mark Leishman is the highest ranked Australian on the FexEx Cup standings and that is largely down to his success in the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March where he won the second PGA Tour tournament of his career. The Victoria-born golfer finished one stroke ahead of the field in Florida with a winning score of -11. This has arguably been the most consistent season of Leishman’s career so far as he has already recorded three top-10 finishes which has helped him keep picking up points.
Cameron Smith has had a breakthrough season on the PGA Tour with the opening victory of his career coming in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where, with Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, they were able to beat the American pair of Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner in a playoff. The former Australian amateur will be hoping he can put in a strong performance in one of the three remaining Major Championships just like he did in the 2015 US Open where he finished fourth at Chambers Bay.
Australian Rod Pampling has been on the PGA Tour since 2002 but more recently he has not been a regular on the circuit and has had to settle for the Web.com Tour. He was able to qualify into the Shiners Hospitals for Children Open back in November where he picked up his first PGA Tour win in 10 years and, at the age of 47, became one of the oldest winners. His success in Nevada allowed Pampling to play at Augusta in the US Masters for the first time since 2007. Sadly the Queensland-born golfer missed the cut, however, the points he has accumulated so far leaves him nicely placed in the FedEx Cup standings.
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World number three Jason Day has made a disappointing start to his 2016/17 campaign by his high standards, although he did finish runner-up in the AT&T Byron Nelson where he lost in a playoff to Billy Horschel. Day is capable of a strong end to the season and it would only take one victory in a Major Championship to see him leap from his current position of 42nd to the top 10. The former number one ranked player in the world is 14/1 to prevail in the Open Championship but if you are having a bet on the tournament, take a look at the 2017 free bets list to ensure you take advantage of the best sign-up offers ahead of the event.
Former Masters champion Adam Scott has struggled with his long game so far this season but there have been signs recently, most notably at the FedEx St Jude Classic, that the Australian’s game is coming together again. He is currently ranked 66th in the FedEx Cup table, however, it would be a huge surprise if he was not part of the big end-of-season tournaments.