Maverick Antcliffe – file photo courtesy of China Tour 

27-year-old Queenslander, Maverick Antcliffe, might not be a name well recognised in Australian professional ranks but it is fair to assume it won’t be long before it is.

Antcliffe, today, earned his biggest cheque in professional golf when he finished in a share of third place at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Ballymena in Northern Ireland.

Antcliffe, in his rookie season on the European Tour, finished three shots behind the American John Catlin who won his second event in recent weeks having won the Andalucia Masters two starts ago.

Antcliffe arrived on the European Tour this season courtesy of his standing on the China Tour in 2019 where he won three times and recorded numerous other top tens to take the top honours in what is a feeder tour to the European Tour.

Antcliffe actually had a share of the lead halfway through today’s final round but consecutive bogeys early in his back nine cost him a winning chance. To his credit he was able to birdie the last to finish in a share of third with Asian superstar, Jazz Wattenanond.

The share of third place earnt Antcliffe a cheque for €66,000 ($A108,000) and moves him 63 places to 83rd on the Race to Dubai standings.

Antcliffe is from just south of Brisbane and like his fellow Queenslander, Jason Day, attended the Hills International Academy in Jimboomba, then playing golf at Georgia State in the USA before turning professional in 2017.

He played the China, Australasian and Asian Tours before focusing on the China Tour in 2019 where he dominated proceedings with an outstanding season.

Making eight of his 15 cuts to date on the European Tour he is beginning to find his feet and now has earnings of €130,000 and appears to have well and truly established himself in Europe.

Lucas Herbert fresh from his performance as the leading Australian at last week’s US Open also had a good finish when he tied for 7th and improved to 7th in the Race to Dubai rankings.

 

Lucas Herbert – in action today. Photo courtesy of Darren Carroll USGA.

Lucas Herbert, playing in his second US Open Championship, has emerged the best of the battle scarred Australians at Winged Foot, a solid final round of 72 on the brutal layout leaving him in 31st position at the completion of 72 holes.

Herbert made the turn in an impressive 1 under today and remained on that score until missed fairways at the 15th, 16th and 17th led to bogeys. He would, though, produce a nice par save after missing the green at the last to finish two ahead of fellow Australians, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Cameron Smith.

Herbert’s rise in world rankings in the last nine months from outside the top 200 to somewhere close to the top 75 highlights an exceptional talent who will be even better for the experience he had gained from surviving one of the toughest tests in the game.

Day and Smith also recorded final rounds of 72 while Scott recorded a roller coaster round of 75 which included four birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys.

Scott’s stat of 14 birdies for the week was one of the best in the field, bettered only by Justin Thomas who had 15, although the winner, Bryson DeChambeau had 13 along with two eagles.

The only other down under player in the weekend field, New Zealander Danny Lee, had also made the cut but after six-putting the 18th on Saturday he withdrew from the event.

This year’s champion, DeChambeau, began the final day two behind leader, Matthew Wolff but by the 4th the pair was tied and on reaching the turn DeChambeau had moved one ahead after both players had remarkably eagled the 9th.

When DeChambeau birdied the 11th the gap was becoming significant and would become even more so when Wolff double bogeyed the 16th to fall six behind.

DeChambeau would win his first major title by six over Wolff with Louis Oosthuizen two further back and alone in 3rd position.

“I think I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game,” said DeChambeau. “Now, whether you can do it, that’s a whole different situation. There’s a lot of people that are going to be hitting it far. Matthew [Wolff] was hitting it plenty far today.

“A couple of putts just didn’t go in for him today and kept the momentum on my side. So he’s definitely got the firepower and the strength to do it. You’ve got to be looking out for him in the future. There’s a lot of young guns that are unbelievable players, and I think the next generation that’s coming up into golf hopefully will see this and go, hey, I can do that too.”

 

Bryson DeChambeau – relieved and ecstatic after the  final putt drops. Photo courtesy of Chris Keane USGA

 

Cameron Smith anxiously watches his tee shot at the 15th today – photo USGA Simon Bruty

Queensland’s Cameron Smith, playing in his 5th US Open Championship heads the Australasians into the weekend at Winged foot in New York, the 27 year old adding a second round of 73 to his opening 71 to be in a share of 28th place and eight shots from the 36 hole leader, Patrick Reed.

Smith was out in the morning field on day two but the conditions were no easier than those faced by those out later in the day, strong breezes buffeting the Winged Foot layout for much of the day.

After a wayward tee shot at the first had led to a bogey, Smith hit a stunning approach at the second to set up a birdie and despite a bogey at the 7th he was still only 1 over par for the day and 2 over for the tournament through 14 holes.

Bogeys at the 15th and 17th holes took some of the gloss off what might otherwise have been a very strong round but he is still well placed and heads those of his fellow Australians who made the cut into the final 36 holes.

Adam Scott plays his tee shot at the 3rd today – photo – Kohijiro Kino USGA

One shot behind Smith is Adam Scott, who overcame a horror start in which he bogeyed his first three holes to finish with a round of 74 to go with his opening 71 and at 5 over he is safely inside the cut line which fell at 6 over.

“It’s just very, very hard to get in a rhythm out there because if you’re just off the fairway, you’re just slashing and scrambling,” said Scott, describing the day.

“I did an okay job of it. I mean, I just got off to a slow start. It’s a hard start and a hard finish, and I got off to a bad start. I finished well, hung in there. I still like my chances for the weekend. I’ve got to play a great round tomorrow. If I shoot under par tomorrow, I’ll be right in the mix for Sunday.”

Jason Day bogeyed three of his first 5 holes and at that stage was in serious jeopardy of missing the weekend. He fought hard throughout his closing nine and when he birdied the 17th, he appeared safe. A wild drive at the last however would lead to a bogey and he has finished on the cutline at 6 over and ten from the lead.

Also at 6 over is US Open debutant Lucas Herbert who had the luxury of playing the opening 36 holes with fellow Australians, Matt Jones and Lukas Michel.

Herbert made a shaky start in his quest to be around for the weekend when he double bogeyed the par 3 10th (his first hole of the day) and when he would also double bogey the 10th hole of his round his chances appeared slim of making the cut.

He immediately birdied the next two holes however, the second of those from off the green at the 3rd hole of the golf course.

To have made his first US Open cut on such a demanding golf course in just his second appearance in the event is a reflection on how far the Victorian has progressed in 2020 including of course his win in Dubai in February.

New Zealander Danny Lee is tied with Scott at 5 over and in a share of 33rd place.

Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Curtis Luck, Lukas Michel, Scott Hend and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox were others from down under although they will have the weekend off to ponder their performances.

 

Jason Day in action at Winged Foot on Wednesday – photo Chris Keane USGA

Jason Day will start tonight’s US Open as the Australian player most likely to perform well, his record in this particular event by some way the best of the nine Australians teeing it up at Winged Foot in New York.

Day has played this event on nine occasions and since and including his remarkable debut at Congressional in 2011, when he finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy, Day has finished inside the top ten on four other occasions including when also in the runner-up position at Merion in 2013.

The debut finish in Washington behind McIlroy typified Day’s game, producing some remarkable up and downs and although he trailed the winner by eight shots it highlighted the now 32 year old’s great capacity to grind it out when the going gets tough.

Another outstanding performance by Day came at Chambers Bay in 2015 when, despite collapsing with a bout of vertigo during the second round, he was able to finish 9th behind the eventual winner that year, Jordan Spieth.

Day with his runner-up medal in 2011, can he again contend in 2020.

Day has done enough in recent starts to suggest he might again perform well. Although he struggled in his two appearances in the FedEx Cup Playoffs there was a lot to like about the way he played in earlier events when producing four consecutive finishes inside the top ten including an impressive share of 4th at the PGA Championship.

Day has always shown a capacity play the big events well and if he was to continue that trend this week then it would be no surprise.

Adam Scott will play the US Open for the 19th occasion, only Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia in this week’s field having played the event on more occasions.

Clearly that leaves Scott with plenty of experience of the USGA style set-ups but with only three top tens in those eighteen previous appearances, it is perhaps his least productive major championship.

Scott has done well enough since his lengthy break in Australia to wait out the US PGA Tour’s Covid inspired break and could play well although it is perhaps a bit much to expect him to contend.

Scott in practice this week – photo Darren Carroll USGA

Cameron Smith, like Day, produced a remarkable performance on debut at the US Open when 4th at Chambers Bay in 2015, a three wood to three feet at the 72nd hole setting up an eagle and a finish that would play a big part in gaining access to the PGA Tour.

In three starts in the event since, Smith has finished no better then 59th but while his recent form has not been outstanding it has not been poor, playing his way to the Tour Championship courtesy of a couple of solid finishes during the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Of the other Australians, Marc Leishman appears to be struggling with his game at present, while Matt Jones, Lucas Herbert, Scott Hend, Curtis Luck and Lukas Michel all get their chance to play a major, for Luck his second and for Michel his first.

Recent Korn Ferry Tour winner  Curtis Luck plays his first US Open – photo USGA

Winged Foot has been the home of six previous US Opens, the first being when Bobby Jones won in 1929 and last in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy became the second Australian to win the title, remaining the last man standing when Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie squandered late opportunities to win.

The winning score in 2006 was a massive 5 over par and indications suggest that the layout will again prove more than a handful.

Winged Foot looking a picture this week – photo Darren Carroll / USGA

 

 

 

Cameron Percy- a form turnaround provides a share of the lead – file photo Henry Peters

Victorian Cameron Percy shares the 54 hole lead at the Safeway Open in Napa in California, the now 46 year old chasing his first win on the PGA Tour after first becoming a member in 2010.

Percy is tied at the top of the leader-board with Americans James Hahn and Brian Stuard, but after a season on the PGA Tour where he has been unable to finish better than 25th in any event since this very same tournament last year, his showing is a major turnaround and if he is able to go and win tomorrow then it will provide a career changing moment.

“It would mean the world to me,” said Percy when asked what a win tomorrow would mean.

“It would be fantastic. It would mean I get to go to Augusta, which is a goal. I’ve never been to Augusta, which is the biggest goal you have when you come over here. I just thought I’d get there, I haven’t got there yet, so it’s a big deal.”

Percy finished 7th in this event last year, soon after regaining his playing privileges via the then Web.Com Tour Finals but in 15 PGA Tour events since he has missed eight cuts and been forced to withdraw from events on two occasions.

He has been able to retain his playing privileges for the new season because of the carry over aspect of status due to the Covid 19 crisis however and is making the most of it thus far.

Percy’s best finish to date on the PGA Tour came in that rookie year of 2010 when finishing second after a playoff against Jonathan Byrd in the Justin Timberlake event in Las Vegas. Byrd actually holed his tee shot at the 4th extra hole during the playoff to end the battle as darkness fell.

Injury free after a series of issues with a broken wrist and his ribs, Percy has clearly found form and tomorrow offers a chance to re-establish himself on the PGA Tour and improve his standing so early in the new season.

He puts his improvement down to being injury free and a new putting device and putter he has adopted of late.

“I saw Justin Rose practicing at Wyndham and he had this laser that he would line his putter up and his caddie would take his ball away and see where he’s lined up. I used his laser and then I bought one in the time I had off. I got it and my putter was nowhere near where I thought I was lined up.”

A new putter has also played its role. “I had a few putters at home and I noticed a few guys use those SIK putters and I asked them for one and they gave me one and it was the one I line up the best every time. So that’s half the battle, lining up where you’re looking. I hit a lot of putts online this week. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m at the top of the putting, for sure.”

Percy gets to play in the penultimate group tomorrow with 4th placed Kristoffer Ventura ahead of the final pairing of Stuard and Hahn.

The playoff to end Percy’s hopes of a first PGA Tour win in 2010.

 

 

 

Jason Day has enjoyed a good record at the US Open since his debut in 2011 (pictured)

The US Open is now just a week away and with nine Australians and two New Zealanders having played their way into the field there is much interest in the event from this part of the world.

In order of world ranking, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert, Matt Jones, Danny Lee, Ryan Fox, Scott Hend, Curtis Luck and Lukas Michel, will tackle the demanding Winged Foot beginning on September 17th, that group attempting to become the first Australasian since Geoff Ogilvy’s win at the same venue in 2006 to take the title.

Adam Scott will play his 19th US Open having recorded a best of 4th when a last round of 64 at Chambers Bay in Washington State saw him tied for that pace with fellow Australian Cameron Smith.

Scott has made the cut in each of his starts since returning to tournament golf at the PGA Championship in August with a best of 22nd at the PGA Championship at Harding Park. He was 25th in his last appearance at the BMW Championship in Chicago two weeks ago.

Marc Leishman will play his 9th US Open with a best finish of 18th at Oakmont in 2016. Leishman has struggled with his form in recent weeks and will need a significant form reversal if he is to better his Oakmont effort.

Jason Day enjoys an impressive record at the US Open with five top tens in his nine appearances to date, two of those when runner-up including when on debut in the event in 2011.

Day has displayed some encouraging form of late with four top tens in seven starts since the PGA Tour’s return to competition in July. His game is perfect for the demands of major championship golf over demanding layouts and, if injury free, then he stands a chance of contending.

Cameron Smith debuted at the US Open in 2015 when he produced a remarkable 4th place finish at Chambers Bay. He has not fared as well since, his best in three starts since that amazing first appearance being 59th.

Smith’s most recent form, however, has been solid enough, making it all the way to the Tour Championship where he finished 22nd in the 30-man field. He recorded two top twenties in the two other FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Lucas Herbert will play his second US Open after a disastrous debut at Shinnecock Hills in 2018. He is a far more credentialed player now, however, and gets his place in this field courtesy of his impressive improvement in world ranking due mainly to his win at the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

The current Australian Open Champion, Matt Jones, has yet to make the weekend in his four appearances to date at the US Open, having missed the cut in three and being forced to withdraw when on debut at Bethpage Black in 2009.

Jones, who is also in the field courtesy of his world ranking, has hardly set the world on fire of late and faces a big task if he is to better his record in the event.

The first of the two New Zealanders in the field is Danny Lee, who plays the US Open for the third time although he was also eligible to play in 2009 as the 2008 US Amateur champion but turned professional and relinquished his exemption.

Lee gets his place in the field as a result of his standing amongst those on the FedEx Cup points table and not already exempt for the event.

Lee missed the cut at Chambers Bay and finished 57th at Oakmont in 2016 so this will be his first appearance since then. His most recent form has been encouraging but it is hard to imagine him contending for a potential second New Zealand victory in the event following that of Michael Campbell’s win in 2005.

Michael Campbell’s win in 2005

Ryan Fox will compete in his third US Open having performed well when 41st at Chambers Bay on debut and then he missed the cut at Pebble Beach last year.

Fox, who is in the field as a result of his efforts on the Australasian Tour in 2019, has played well in European Tour events in the last couple of months but this is clearly another level.

Scott Hend played his first US Open in 2004 and his last in 2011 but the only time he made the cut in his three starts in the event was when 32nd at the 2006 edition at this year’s venue, Winged Foot.

The Queenslander, who gains his start in 2020 as a result of his fine efforts on the Asian Tour in 2019, has not played well since his return to tournament golf in events in Europe so his chances of a good week appear slim.

Curtis Luck gained his start in this year’s event courtesy of his performances in recent Korn Ferry Tour events, more especially his win Ohio three weeks ago.

This will be his US Open debut although he was eligible to play in 2017 after winning the US Amateur the year before but turned professional beforehand.

Victorian amateur, Lukas Michel, is in the final Australasian in the field his inclusion as a result of his impressive win at the 2019 US Mid-Amateur Championship in Colorado.

This will be an amazing experience for the now Victorian based but Perth raised 26 year old.

One of only two Australians to win the event, Geoff Ogilvy at Winged Foot in 2006.

 

Minjee Lee – another chance at a major? – photo LET.

The second major championship in women’s golf for 2002 is played this week in Rancho Mirage in California where temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit for much of the week.

Five Australians and one New Zealander will take to the fairways of the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club but with the event being played six months later than its traditional date the hot late summer weather in the Californian desert is expected to play a key role in the outcome of the event.

The heat, coupled with smoke filled air caused by the Californian wildfires, suggest the 72 holes will be as much a test of endurance as they will golfing skills.

Tournament officials have already made allowances for the heat. Practice rounds will be played in golf carts and, during the event itself, caddies are able to drive carts while players walk.

New Zealander Lydia Ko, a winner of this event in 2016 and a player who has shown a significant form improvement in recent starts, expressed her concern for the expected conditions. Like so many in the field, however, she is just happy to have the chance to play another major after so much uncertainty in 2020.

“I think I was just excited that we were going to have the opportunity to play,” said Ko on Tuesday. “I actually at that point when the schedule was kind of announced didn’t realize how hot it would be until I think a couple weeks ago I was talking with Pernilla (Lindberg) and she was saying that it would be pretty hot because I was initially thinking of coming early the week before instead of going back to the East Coast.

“I saw the temperature and I was like — I normally think like 70s is perfect, 80s is like nice, 90s it’s getting hot and 100 you’re like, whoa, and then I’m like, this is like three digits and it’s over 110. Like you don’t really know how to gauge it, especially in Fahrenheit, I’m not like super good with.

“But no, I mean, everybody is playing in the same weather, and like I said, we’re just lucky to be here, obviously a very different atmosphere to what it’s normally like. But at least the champion will be able to have a nice dive into the cool water of Poppies Pond on Sunday.”

Interestingly, despite her domination of the game for such a lengthy period of her still young career, the win in 2016 was the only top ten in seven starts in the event so she will need a continuation of her recent improvement under the watch of new coach Sean Foley if she is to contend again.

Of the Australians in the field, Minjee Lee is the standout not only because of her world ranking (5th) but because her recent form suggests she could be a genuine contender for her first major title. Like Ko she has only one standout performance in this event, that coming in 2017 when finishing 3rd.

In five other starts there has been no other top ten for Lee but with three top 5 finishes in LPGA Tour events in her last five starts there is reason to believe she could at least contend.

Hannah Green is just the third Australian female to win a golfing major, but she appears to be taking some time to settle back into tournament golf following the forced extended break during the Covid issues.

She returned with a solid 16th place at the Scottish Open but missed the cut two week’s ago in Arkansas

Katherine Kirk will play this event for the 13th occasion but with just one top ten in those attempts it would seem her chances of contending seem slim. In her defense, however, is that she is playing as well now as she has for some time, highlighted by a 7th place finish at her last start in Arkansas two weeks ago.

Su Oh, has fallen from the standing she had previously in the game and has missed the cut in her last three starts since the return of the LPGA  Tour. Having never finished better then 50th in four starts in this event, suggests things aren’t going to get a whole lot better this week.

Standout Victorian amateur, Gabriela Ruffels, gets her opportunity to play a second major when she tees it up for the first time in this event having recently finished runner-up in the US Women’s Amateur Championship when defending her title from the previous year.

Ruffels, who attends the University of Southern California and bases herself not too far from this week’s venue, played her first major championship at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon a few weeks ago where she missed the cut by just one shot.

Ruffels is foregoing college golfing commitments over the next few months to concentrate on events such as this and the US Women’s Open.

Lydia Ko takes the traditional leap into Poppies Pond following her win in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Brett Drewitt – file photo

29-year-old NSW golfer, Brett Drewitt, has today won his first Korn Ferry Tour event with a narrow but impressive victory at the rescheduled Lincoln Land Championship in Springfield, Illinois.

Born in Taree but raised in Inverell in the New England area of NSW, Drewitt turned professional in 2013 and gained access to the then Web.Com Tour after performing with distinction on the feeder tour, the PGA Tour China, in 2014.

By 2017 he had graduated to the PGA Tour via the Web.Com Tour finals and although he found that level of play a little beyond him at that stage he has continued to play the Web.Com and now Korn Ferry Tour since.

Having missed the cut in two of his last three events including at last week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship, Drewitt’s form reversal was a welcome surprise and his finish has jumped him to 18th in the Korn Ferry Tour rankings for 2020.

If he is able to finish inside the top 10 at the completion of the Orange County National Championship in four weeks’ time he will regain at least partial exemption to the PGA Tour.

The leading ten players on the points table at the completion of events in October get the chance to play the secondary events on the PGA Tour in 2021 with the full Korn Ferry Tour points table now carried over until the 2021 season

“It’s surreal right now; it’s been a hard road over the last couple of years,” Drewitt told the PGA Tour. “This year has been a rollercoaster.

“When I got to the PGA TOUR, I led in ball-striking out here [in 2016]. I just trusted that I still had it, even if it might not show in my stats. And then the putts started dropping and that’s just the way it goes.”

Drewitt’s win follows three weeks after the breakthrough victory of West Australian Curtis Luck on the Korn Ferry Tour.

 

Marc Leishman – to play his 5th Tour Championship – file photo.

Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith have graduated to the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in Atlanta next week, the pair remaining inside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings following the completion of the BMW Championship near Chicago today.

Despite Leishman finishing last of the 69 players at the BMW Championship, his exploits earlier in the disrupted 2020 season all but ensured he would advance irrespective of his performance at Olympia Fields.

Smith began the week in Chicago in 26th place in the standings but after a slow start to the event he produced an impressive weekend with rounds of 68 and 69 to move into a share of 20th place for the week and comfortably inside the top 30 who get to compete for the riches of the Tour Championship.

Leishman began the week in 25th place in the standings and although he struggled throughout and finished in 69th place of the eventual 69 who completed 72 holes over the demanding layout, he is in 25th place in the FedEx Cup standings as the Tour Championship gets underway.

After his round he discussed this week’s performance.

“I’m just struggling with energy and that sort of thing on the course, not playing great, either,” he said. “Yeah, I don’t know what it is. Just haven’t been much fun on the golf course, either. It’s a tough game. We all know that.

“Take the good with the bad, and this is why you celebrate your wins so hard because you’re going to have times like this. You hope you don’t, but like I said, it’s a hard game, and you’ve got to take the good with the bad. I’m going through a rough patch at the minute but hoping to turn that around next week for sure.”

Adam Scott began this week’s event in 38th position in the standings and through 54 holes he had moved inside the projected top 30 and was just two from the tournament leaders this week, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson.

On a day where scoring improved considerably, however, Scott was unable to build any momentum through the early stages of his round and four dropped shots in his final four holes of round 4 saw him finish the week in 25th place and in 41st place in the FedEx Cup standings. He will therefore miss out on the Tour Championship, an event he won in 2006.

Leishman gets to play the Tour Championship for the 5th occasion having first played in his PGA Tour rookie season of 2009 and for each of the last three years.

Smith plays the Tour Championship for the second occasion having qualified in 2018 when he finished 20th.

Jason Day was the other Australian to have made it to the BMW Championship but he was unable to improve its standing, finishing 64th this week and 58th in the FedEx Cup standings and will not play in Atlanta.

The tournament was won in the most stunning fashion by Jon Rahm who was forced to recover from Dustin Johnson’s heroics when holing an impossible putt from 30 feet at the 72nd hole only to hole one of nearly twice the distance on the first extra hole himself to take the title and his first FedEx Cup playoff victory.

For Rahm it was his 5th win of 2019 to go along with four runner-up finishes.

Johnson remains in first position in the FedEx Cup standings while Rahm is now in second place, the same positions held in the world ranking.

 

Curtis Luck – an important breakthrough in Ohio.

West Australian Curtis Luck has today won his first event as a professional with a narrow but impressive win at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospitals event in Columbus in Ohio.

The former US and Asia Pacific Amateur Champion led through 54 holes at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course but fell behind before two late birdies saw him edge clear to win by one over American’s Theo Humphrey, Taylor Montgomery and Cameron Young.

Luck had been struggling in recent weeks missing his last three cuts on what is the USPGA Tour’s secondary tour but this victory has him on track to return to the PGA Tour where he played in 2019.

Luck will improve from 135th to 18th on the Korn Ferry Tour’s points table and with the leading ten players at this season’s end earning the right to play the PGA Tour next season, he has positioned himself for a potential run at a return to the big time.

The 2020 and 2021 seasons have been merged due to the impact of Covid 19 but an allowance has been made for the leading ten points scorer to play the PGA Tour in 2021.

Luck’s return to form suggests he may well be amongst that group, following the completion of the season in early October.