Jamie Arnold has raced to the finish line at the Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open in Kansas, a final round 65 vaulting him 24 places up the leaderboard and getting his 2017 back on track.
Rain washed out the first day’s play at the Nicklaus GC at Lionsgate meaning players were forced to play 36 holes Sunday, Arnold’s best of the week 65 even more impressive in the circumstances.
Arnold, who struggled at the start of the season with five missed cuts in his first six starts, put together a great fightback over the next two months to climb into the top 40 on the money list but had slumped again recently missing back to back cuts heading into this week.
The Sydneysider had slipped to 47th on the money list where a top 25 finish at the end of the year will earn him a PGA TOUR card but stopped the bleeding with this week’s finish to remain at 47th.
Arnold shared top Australian honours with Michael Sim, who earned a sponsor’s invitation to the tournament, the pair finishing T19 after the West Australian slipped six places down the standings with a final round 70.
Sim torched the Nicklaus course in 9-under 62 earlier in the day in the third round but couldn’t maintain the momentum in the afternoon though will take plenty of positives from his first made cut in three starts this year.
Stuart Appleby was the last of the Australians to make the cut though like Sim struggled during his second journey round the course Sunday.
A 65 in the morning has him T34 ahead of the final round but he could do no better than 73 to finish T66.
Rhein Gibson, Steve Allan, Robert Allenby, Mark Hensby and Monday qualifier Aron Price all missed the 36 hole cut.
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