After four months spent sitting on the sidelines the Australian Korn Ferry Tour contingent return en masse this week at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Florida.
As Adam Scott prepares to defend his title at the PGA TOUR’s Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, a mix of young guns and veterans recommence a Korn Ferry Tour season that began last January and won’t be completed until September 5.
It gives every player longer to play their way onto the PGA TOUR in 2022 with Brett Drewitt currently the best-positioned Aussie to earn promotion courtesy of his victory at the Lincoln Land Championship last September.
Making his first start since the Orange County National Championship in October, Drewitt missed the cut in this corresponding event last year and is one of six Aussies along with two Kiwis in the field this week.
Like Drewitt, Curtis Luck has already tasted victory in this extended Korn Ferry Tour season but despite his win at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship sits just outside the top 25 who will earn automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR, currently 29th on the moneylist.
Scott’s quest for a third win at Riviera begins in esteemed company in the early hours of Friday morning, paired with current world No.1 Dustin Johnson and three-time tournament champion Bubba Watson.
Also flying the Aussie flag in the limited-field event are Masters runner-up Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman, Cameron Davis and Matt Jones.
Korn Ferry Tour
LECOM Suncoast Classic
Lakewood National GC (Commander Cse), Lakewood Ranch, Florida
10.55pm Brett Coletta, Anders Albertson, Billy Kennerly
11.06pm* Brett Drewitt, Steven Alker, Fabián Gómez
11.17pm Mark Hensby, John Chin, Brandon Hagy
11.50pm Jamie Arnold, David Lipsky, George Cunningham
4.33am Curtis Luck, José de Jesús Rodríguez, Derek Lamely
5.39am* Nick Voke, Cameron Young, Harry Hall
5.50am* Ryan Ruffels, Theo Humphrey, Chip McDaniel
Defending champion: Andrew Novak
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Ryan Ruffels
TV schedule: 10.30am-12.30pm Monday on Fox Sports 503.
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California
1.51am* Danny Lee, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Streelman
2.24am* Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson
3.19am* Matt Jones, Emiliano Grillo, Talor Gooch
6.21am* Cameron Davis, Brian Harman, Peter Malnati
6.43am* Cameron Smith, Max Homa, Jimmy Walker
7.38am Marc Leishman, Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland
Defending champion: Adam Scott
Past Aussie winners: Robert Allenby (2001), Adam Scott (2005, 2020), Aaron Baddeley (2011)
Top Aussie prediction: Adam Scott
TV schedule: Live 6am-10am Friday, Saturday; Live 5am-10am Sunday; Live 5am-10.30am Monday on Fox Sports 503.