The theory is sound; now Sydney’s Jamie Arnold gets to put it to the test with everything on the line.
Arnold is one of seven Australasian players who feature in the final event of the Korn Ferry Tour regular season where 25 PGA TOUR cards will be issued at the completion of the WinCo Foods Portland Open.
Rhein Gibson is already guaranteed promotion to the top tier in 2020 while New Zealand’s Tim Wilkinson (21st) and Victorian Brett Coletta (25th) at least need to play all four rounds to be a chance to progress.
The equation for Arnold is somewhat more challenging.
Currently 35th on the moneylist, Arnold is facing the prospect of likely needing a top-three finish to secure a maiden PGA TOUR card and he prepared by taking the week off.
Prior to skipping last week’s Ellie Mae Classic, the 36-year-old had played eight events in the space of nine weeks and said skipping the penultimate event of the regular season is all part of the schedule juggling act.
“You want to play as many events as you can to give yourself a chance,” Arnold said at the Price Cutter Charity Championship, where he missed the cut.
“But the crossroad is that if you were to play them all and not get your card then you’ve got the three finals events.
“If I don’t take a week off from now until the playoffs I’ll end up playing nine events in a row.
“That’s the juggling act. Do you play all three events or back yourself that you’re playing well enough to have a week off and have a break?
“It’s obviously a tricky spot to be in, especially when you are so close to something that you have wanted your whole life.”
In his previous two seasons on the Korn Ferry Tour, Arnold has never been in the mix to earn a PGA TOUR card at the end of the regular season.
In his first year he finished 67th on the moneylist but missed the finals last year when he was 92nd on the order of merit.
He climbed to a season-high of 33rd on the back of his best result of the year at the Pinnacle Bank Championship where was tied for fourth and has the security of a further 25 PGA TOUR cards at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals should he fall short this week.
In addition to the race to finish in the top 25, there is more pressure further down the list.
The top 75 on the order of merit at the end of the Portland Open not only secure full status on the Korn Ferry Tour next year but also earn a place in the three-event finals series.
Brett Drewitt will need to finish well inside the top-10 to move from his current position of 98th into the top 75 while Kiwi Steven Alker is safely through to the finals in 48th spot.
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