|Clockwise from top left: Jason Day, Adam Scott,
Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy.
These four Australian golfers are each assured of $US275,000 simply by turning up to the final FedEx Cup Playoff event, The TOUR Championship. Jason Day, Adam Scott, Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy are all wanting to win the tournament’s $US1.3m first prize but there is much more at stake.
Finishing the playoffs with the most FedEx Cup points will earn yourself an extra $US10million.
Each Aussie needs a lot of other things to go their way if they want to claim the $US10million but Jason Day starts in the best position, currently ranked sixth.
Adam Scott (FedEx Ranking 14, World Ranking 36) is Australia’s best chance this week with three Top-10’s in his last five events. But as we’ve said before, it all relies on his putter. If he sinks a few putts early, look out.
Jason Day (6th, WR 41) has landed firmly on the PGA Tour this year. His recent form has been brilliant despite lingering sinus problems but if he feels good, he has the game to win. A statement Day made a few weeks ago does leave me wondering if he wants to win enough; “I’ve reached all my goals this year and it’s a lot harder to get up in the morning and stay motivated.”
Geoff Ogilvy (12th, WR 28) is missing his beloved Saints in the AFL Grand Final for this event so he’d better make the most of it. Six missed cuts this year has ultimately proved frustrating for Ogilvy (and me) but a tie for second a few weeks ago was cause to consider him a chance this week. The whole of Australia would love him to win, and Collingwood to lose.
Robert Allenby (27th, WR 21) is the only Australian playing this week without a win this year. Allenby did everything but win as the year began and it was those results that see him playing this week. He required injury on his knee in August after slipping in his boat and has failed to show much spark since. The technical word for his game right now is, “ok”.