3 and newly crowned major champion Jason Day will lead Australia’s smallest contingent in the US PGA tour FedEx Cup playoffs since its inception in 2007.
While Day starts the four-event progressive elimination playoff series in second place, the highest an Australian has ever began the playoffs, just five others earned their way into the top 125 players in 2014-15.
With his three wins this season, including his first major at the PGA Championship, Day is a huge chance to become the first Australian to win the FedEx Cup, and the obscene $US10 million bonus.
He is a lock through to the final week where the top 30 compete at the Tour Championship for the big money and if he stays in the top five by the time he gets to East Lake in Atlanta he will have his destiny in his own hands.
“It’s important my focus shifts immediately onto the playoffs where I really want to try to beat Jordan (Spieth) and beat the guys behind me and win the FedEx Cup,” Day said.
“It is a chance to really finish the year on an absolute high and get closer to my goal of being world No.1.”
Steven Bowditch, the only other Australian winner this season, will enter the Barclays next week in 22nd spot while Marc Leishman is 50th and Matt Jones at 55th should all find a way through the opening three events, with the BMW Championship taking the leading 70 players.
John Senden (88) and Adam Scott (94) need to play well at Barclays to ensure they get to week two at the Deutsche Bank Championship where just 100 compete.
With just six players it is the worst result for Australian golf since nine players qualified in 2009.
On average in the previous eight seasons there have been 12 Australians in the mix.
A playoff berth also locks up a tour card for the 2015-16 season.
While they won’t be in the playoffs, Geoff Ogilvy, Cameron Smith and Robert Allenby will be on the main tour next year as Ogilvy still has a year remaining on a win exemption and Allenby can lean on a career money-earnings exemption.
Smith, at just 22, earned enough money as a non-member to earn a place next season.
Rod Pampling has done enough to earn his way back to the top tour in the secondary web韩国半永久纹眉会所, tour this year.
But for Aaron Baddeley, Cameron Percy, Greg Chalmers, Rhein Gibson, Mathew Goggin, Steve Allan and potentially Oliver Goss, hope of a place in the big time will come via the web韩国半永久纹眉会所, tour month-long finals, where the last 25 cards are handed out.
Percy, who finished 150th on the points list, scraped in to conditional status next year, good for a handful of starts on the top tour.
Stuart Appleby and Jarrod Lyle will get starts next season on the back of medical exemptions but must play well to retain privileges.