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Aussies on Tour: Endycott philosophical about PGA TOUR reality

Harrison Endycott knows that even a new putter might not be enough to produce the form reversal he needs to keep his PGA TOUR card at The RSM Championship this week in Georgia.

He also has enough perspective to know that whatever the outcome this week, there will be exciting opportunities awaiting him on the other side.

The PGA TOUR rookie from Sydney enters the final event of the FedEx Cup Fall Series 140th on the FedEx Cup standings and with a wide array of possibilities ahead of him:

  • A maiden PGA TOUR win takes care of any status concerns for the foreseeable future.
  • A solo fourth or better would earn Endycott the points he needs to squeeze into the top 125 to keep his card for the 2024 season.
  • If he was to finish the year between 125-150 on the Fed Ex Cup standings, Endycott would maintain conditional status on the PGA TOUR next year.
  • If he finishes outside the top 125, he is also exempt into the Final Stage of PGA TOUR Q-School presented by Korn Ferry from December 14-17 where he can claim one of the cards on offer for the top five finishers or improve his status.

It’s a lot to take in for a player with just one top-30 finish in his past 11 starts yet Endycott is thinking long term.

He and his team want to build a career on the PGA TOUR and, for a young man who has known tragedy of his own, Endycott got a recent reminder of the importance of perspective.

Two weeks ago at the World Wide Technology Championship, Endycott stayed with Colombian Camilo Villegas.

Villegas, who lost his daughter to brain cancer three years ago, finished in a tie for second that week to climb from 223rd to 147th in the FedEx Cup rankings which meant he could skip Second Stage and be exempt into Final Stage of Q School.

This past Sunday, Villegas won the Butterfield Bermuda Championship, his fifth on Tour and first in nine years.

In all that the pair discussed that week in Los Cabos, it was what Villegas showed Endycott that will stick with the Aussie for the remainder of his career.

“The first thing that Camilo did coming off that golf course on the Sunday, he was in the gym,” Endycott reveals.

“He was working, and there was one other person in there with him and it was Matt Kuchar (who also finished tied for second).

“Those are the one per centers that those top guys do so well.

“Rookie year, you’ve got to relearn all that.

“What he had to go through was absolutely awful. No one should ever  have to deal with that.

“To see how he handles life and talk about how golf is and how life is, he deserves that win last week a million per cent.

“I’m trying to draw off that energy into this week.”

Ever honest, Endycott doesn’t shy away from how his 2023 season has panned out.

With two top-15 finishes in his first four starts it began with such promise but he would record just one more – at the RBC Canadian Open – prior to this week.

Yet the 27-year-old knows that this is just the beginning.

“It’s not the position I wanted to be in, obviously,” Endycott added.

“We all want to win out here but I think the outsider can forget just how hard this is. I’ve been away for close to 60 weeks these past two years so that’s a lot of different weeks of ups, downs, whatever you want to call it.

“It’s been a great learning curve. As much as I want to go and play well this week and do my job, we still have a job next year.

“We’re going to have a lot of opportunity next year and I’ve got another opportunity this week.”

This week also marks the final event of the season on both the DP World Tour and LPGA Tour.

Min Woo Lee has already done enough to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2024 and enters the DP World Tour Championship ninth in the Race to Dubai Ranking.

His sister, Minjee Lee, is one of five Aussies who can win the $US2 million winner’s cheque at the CME Globe Tour Championship in Florida while Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Jasper Stubbs is one of 15 Aussies teeing it up at the BNI Indonesian Masters.

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Round 1 tee times AEDT

DP World Tour
DP World Tour Championship
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course, Dubai, UAE
4:20pm            Sepp Straka, Lucas Herbert
5:15pm            Pablo Larrazabal, Daniel Hillier (NZ)
7:05pm            Nicolai Hojgaard, Min Woo Lee

7:35pm            Ryan Fox (NZ), Adrian Meronk

Defending champion: Jon Rahm
Past Aussie winners: Nil
TV times: Live 6pm-12am Thursday, Friday; Live 7pm-12am Saturday; Live 7pm-11:30pm Sunday on Fox Sports 503 and Kayo.

The RSM Classic
Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Cse), St Simons Island, Georgia
12am*             Ryan Moore, Aaron Baddeley, MJ Daffue
12:11am          Sean O’Hair, Justin Lower, Harrison Endycott
12:22am          Kevin Chappell, Greg Chalmers, Eric Cole
2:12am*           Cameron Percy, Doc Redman, Ben Taylor

Defending champion: Adam Svensson
Past Aussie winners: Nil
TV times: Live 1am-7am Friday, Saturday; Live 5am-8am Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 503 and Kayo.

CME Group Tour Championship
Tiburón Golf Club (Gold Cse), Naples, Florida
11:55pm          Sarah Kemp, Patty Tavatanakit
12:05am          Stephanie Kyriacou, Bianca Pagdanganan
2:15am            Grace Kim, Maja Stark
2:25am            Carlota Ciganda, Hannah Green
4:15am            Jin Young Ko, Minjee Lee

Defending champion: Lydia Ko
Past Aussie winners: Nil
TV times: Live 6am-9am Friday, Saturday, Sunday; Live 5:15am-8am Monday on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo.

Japan Golf Tour
Dunlop Phoenix Tournament
Phoenix Country Club, Miyazaki
10:40am          Brad Kennedy, Ryo Katsumata, Yuta Uetake
11am               Anthony Quayle, Daijiro Izumida, Taichi Nabetani
12:40pm          Mitsumasa Tamura, Brendan Jones, Atomu Shigenaga

Defending champion: Kazuki Higa
Past Aussie winners: Graham Marsh (1976)

Asian Tour
BNI Indonesian Masters
Royale Jakarta Golf Club, Indonesia
10am*         Wade Ormsby, Hung Chien-yao, Kosuke Hamamoto
10:30am          Rashid Khan, Todd Sinnott, Ian Snyman
10:40am*         Lee Chieh-po, Travis Smyth, Jaco Ahlers
11am               Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Kevin Yuan, Bjorn Hellgren
11:10am          Micah Lauren Shin, Terry Pilkadaris, Honey Baisoya
11:10am*         Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jbe Kruger, Jasper Stubbs (a)
11:20am*         Tom Power Horan, Bio Kim, Miguel Carballo
11:30am          Chapchai Nirat, John Lyras, Shahriffuddin Ariffin
11:40am          Rory Hie, Douglas Klein, Hanmil Jung
3pm                 Danthai Boonma, Taehee Lee, Zach Murray
3:20pm            Richard T Lee, Scott Hend, Ben Campbell (NZ)
4:10pm            Yongjun Bae, Jack Thompson, George Gandranata
3:20pm*          Marcus Fraser, Pawin Ingkhapradit, Shiv Kapur
3:40pm*          Andrew Dodt, Seungtaek Lee, Atiruj Winaicharoenchai
4pm*               Ben Jones, Jeremy Gandon, Sam Brazel
4:10pm*          Othman Almulla, Randy Abernata M Bintang (a), Nick Voke (NZ)

Defending champion: Sarit Suwannarut
Past Aussie winners: Nil
TV times: Live 5pm-6pm Thursday on Fox Sports 503; Live 6pm-9pm Thursday on Fox Sports 506; Live 5pm-6pm Friday on Fox Sports 503; Live 6pm-9pm Friday on Fox Sports 506; Live 3pm-7pm Saturday, Sunday on Fox Sports 507 and Kayo.

Ladies European Tour
Mallorca Ladies Open
Golf Son Muntaner, Spain
9:02pm            Pauline Roussin, Kirsten Rudgeley, Meghan MacLaren

Defending champion: Inaugural event
Past Aussie winners: Nil

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