Australian golfer Brett Drewitt has the chance to boost his career after performing well in the final PGA Tour event, according to analysts.
During the second round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC, Drewitt shot three under 67. He managed to get 15 of 18 greens in regulation leading to the weekend.
In this round, Drewitt also made a 16-foot putt for a birdie. He also tied for seventh at six under. He shared this spot with Brian Stuard, Satoshi Kodaira, Blake McShea, and Andrew Putnam.
In his last six PGA tournaments, Drewitt did not make the cut to continue playing in the weekend rounds.
During the Rocket Mortgage Classic held last July, Drewitt hit 80 and 77 in the first two rounds, respectively. He finished last among other players completing the event and could not collect any points to boost his ranking.
Drewitt missed 15 cuts out of 22 starts in this PGA Tour regular season so far. In the FedEx Cup rankings, he finishes at 221 and is eligible for $105,466 in prize money.
To qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, a golfer needs to be within the top 125. Hence, this tournament can influence Drewitt’s standing in the system.
This season is Drewitt’s second full season of joining the major golf tour. The 1990-born golfer’s best result was tied for 39th in this season. Meanwhile, his career-best performance happened in the 2016-17 season when he was tied for 27th.
Other golfers at Wyndham Championship
Currently, three golfers share the lead in the Wyndham Championship at nine under. They are Brandon Wu, Ryan Moore, and Joohyung Kim. These top players are immediately followed by Russell Henley, John Huh, and Sungjae Im.
Analysts said that South Korean golfer Kim would be leading the championship by four shots if not for his start. He made a quadruple-bogey eight in the first round on Thursday.
“All I did was laugh,” Kim told reporters after the first round. “I didn’t really take it — it’s just one bad hole.
“Told myself, you know what, I’ve got plenty of holes to bring it back if I just play well on my next 35 holes, and that’s exactly what I did.”
The 20-year-old Kim is the world’s number 34 and he received a special non-permanent membership by the PGA Tour to participate in this season. There is a high possibility that he will earn the full membership and join the next year’s season.
Moore, who finished 185 in the FedEx Cup standings after the last tournament, is projected to get to the 68 after Wyndham Championship. His new standing will enable him to join other top-rank golfers in the playoff next week.
Australian former number one golfer Jason Day had withdrawn from the championship before the start of the second round, citing illness. However, his position in the FedEx Cup playoff remains secured due to the points he has accumulated throughout the season.
Other golfers at the Wyndham Championships are trying to maintain their position in the playoff, as they need more scores to make the cut. Those who do not make the cut but are within the top 200 have the chance to participate in the Korn Keery Tour Finals, which consist of three events.