Matt Jones – file photo – Golf Australia
Two of Australia’s ‘on the fringe’ players, Matt Jones and Jason Scrivener, recorded their best seasons of 2020 at their respective events on the PGA and European Tours this morning.
Jones finished 4th at the PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship, while just a few hours earlier Scrivener produced a final round of 64 to share 6th place at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open on the European Tour.
Despite the impact of the Covid 19 crisis, both players have played relatively busy schedules in 2020, Jones playing his 21st event of the year this week while for Scrivener it was his 17th.
Scrivener recovered from a comparatively slow start to the week with a strong finishing burst, birdies at his final two holes further assisting his cause as he closed out the event just three from the playoff between eventual winner, England’s Callum Shinkwin, and Finland golfer, Kalle Samooja.
It was the third top ten of the season for Scrivener but with inconsistency being the keynote of much of the season including missed cuts in his previous three events, he is currently in 107th position in the Race to Dubai.
Scrivener is likely to play the final three events of the season in his birth country of South Africa but will need something special if he is to gain a place in the field of 60 to play the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Jason Scrivener – file photo
Jones, too, has recorded a roller coaster season to date after winning his second Australian Open late last year. This was just his second top ten on the PGA Tour after a 5th place at Pebble Beach much earlier in the year.
Jones will play this week’s Houston Open, an event he won in 2014, earning a start at the Masters the following week. He will need a similar effort if he is again to grace the fairways of Augusta National next week.
The finish however does move him inside the top 100 in the world, the former Sydneysider now 98th in the world ranking after starting the year in 99th place.
The other notable performance by an Australian this week was the 10th place finish of Scrivener’s fellow West Australian, Stephen Leaney, at the TimberTech Championship on the PGA Tour Champions in Florida.
For Leaney, it was his first top ten on the PGA Tour Champions since three consecutive top tens in February and moves him to 34th in the Charles Schwab money list.
Leaney will need a solid week in the closing two events of the season if he is to retain the full PGA Tour Champions playing privileges he regained late last year.