Robert Allenby has had a bad year on the PGA Tour but he’ll get another go at it next year after catching a break and keeping his card.
Robert Allenby has finally got a got a break and scraped held on to his PGA Tour card by just one shot.
The four-time PGA Tour champ was sitting precariously on the edge of the top-125 players going into the final tournament of the PGA Tour season. Allenby looked to have blown any chance of not only making the FedEx Cup playoffs but keeping his card when he missed his 16th cut for the year at the Wyndham Championship.
But he caught a lucky break as American Heath Slocum, who was also in the race for a top-125 berth finished bogey-bogey to drop to fourth place and handing the final spot to Allenby.
“Obviously it’s exciting. I was pretty lucky in the end,” said Allenby.
“But maybe some good will come out of it and I will play good this week in the playoffs.
“I hope this is the good break I needed because I haven’t felt many good breaks in the last two years.”
Columbian Camilo Villegas posted a final round 7-under 63 that proved good enough to claim the trophy at the Wyndham Championship and his first PGA Tour victory in four years.
While Allenby is relieved to have retained his card, he faces an uphill battle to make an impact in the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs that begin at The Barclays this week.
Allenby is joined in the 125-man field by nine other Australians who finished in the top-125 for the year: Adam Scott (15th), John Senden (26), Marc Leishman (27), Jason Day (34), Matt Jones (40), Steve Bowditch (52), Geoff Ogilvy (90), Stuart Appleby (98) Aaron Baddeley (102).
Adam Scott won The Barclays in 2013 and will arrive with confidence as the defending champion. But no doubt the bookies favourite will be Rory McIlroy who topped the FedEx Cup rankings ahead of Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson.