Five Australasians will be looking to end 2017 with a bang when they tee up in the final full field PGA TOUR event of the calendar year at the RSM Classic in Georgia.
Aaron Baddeley, Greg Chalmers, Stuart Appleby, Cameron Percy and New Zealand’s Danny Lee take their place at the Sea Island Resort in the tournament hosted by two time Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III.
Appleby and Percy both have limited access to the TOUR for the 2018 season, Percy likely to play close to a full schedule while Appleby’s play will be severely restricted.
Both are making their second starts for the season after playing the Sanderson Farms Championship last month, Appleby finishing T54 and Percy T34.
A top-10 for either would ensure a start at the next full field event, the Sony Open in Hawaii, in the new year and for Appleby in particular that will be the goal.
Both Baddeley and Chalmers have played all four events open to them to kick off the new wraparound season, Chalmers in particular looking for some good play to end the year.
With two cuts made and two missed so far, and T68 results in both events where he has played all four days, he is yet to find his best stuff and a good week in Georgia would be welcome.
Baddeley has made the weekend in three of the four events he has played with the highlight coming in Las Vegas with a T10 finish.
Neither Chalmers nor Baddeley has a particularly impressive record at this event though that counts for little at this level of the game.
Danny Lee heads to Georgia for his fourth start of the year with some confidence after a hot finish to last week’s tournament in Mexico.
Five birdies over his last nine holes saw him bolt up the leaderboard and he will be keen to ride that momentum to a good result to end the year.
In three tries he has missed the cut once and posted a best of T27 back in 2012, a record he would no doubt like to improve upon.
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