Photo: New Zealand’s Nick Voke- gets a chance to advance his career – PGA Tour Series China
The holy grail of professional golf in terms of a place to play is undoubtedly the PGA Tour but in more recent years it has become increasingly difficult to access the riches of that tour.
This week, in Winter Garden in Florida, several Australasians get the chance to at least take the next step in the road to the PGA Tour when they tee it up at the Final Stage of Korn Ferry Tour qualifying.
150 golfers will play over 72 holes, the leading qualifier guaranteed full exemption for the PGA Tour’s secondary tour in 2020 while those finishing between 2nd and 10th are exempt for the first 12 events before the re-rank and those finishing between 11th and 40th exempt for the first 8 events at least.
New South Welshmen Brett Drewitt and Harrison Endycott will be joined by Victorian Ryan Ruffels, Queenslander Daniel Nisbet and New Zealander Nick Voke.
Drewitt has played the PGA Tour previously having gained access in 2017 but has been back on the Korn Ferry Tour (then known as the Web.Com Tour) and the Latino America Tour since. In 2019 he was unable to do enough to retain status for the Korn Ferry Tour and gets another opportunity after graduating from Stage Two.
Endycott and Ruffels have spent their year on the Latino America Tour where they did well enough to earn the right to at least attempt Korn Ferry Tour qualifying. Endycott advanced from the second stage to tee it up this week while Ruffels as a result of his efforts this season was exempt through to the Final Stage.
Daniel Nisbet has played in Asia and Australasia all year and played his way into the Final Stage via his performances in events this year.
It has already been a long road for many just to get to this stage and the chance for twelve months on the Korn Ferry Tour is just reward for what they have achieved to date.
There is still some way to go but they have at least created that opportunity.