Kiwi Tim Wilkinson will join Rhein Gibson on the PGA TOUR next year following a dramatic finale to the Korn Ferry Tour regular season in Portland.

Rhein GibsonGibson was guaranteed a return to the PGA TOUR prior to the WinCo Foods Portland Open but further improved his positioning with a tie for 11th that elevated him two positions to end the regular season in 10th place.

Wilkinson’s fate, however, wasn’t sealed until late on Sunday.

Starting the week in 21st position on the Order of Merit, Wilkinson missed the cut with rounds of 73-67 and then had to endure an anxious wait before his final position was determined.

Tracking to end the week 23rd for most of the weekend, Wilkinson ultimately finished 24th to secure one of 25 PGA TOUR cards on offer.

Unlike Wilkinson, a missed cut saw Victorian Brett Coletta fall out of the 25 at the final hurdle.

Sitting in 25th position prior to the first round, five bogeys in the space of seven holes on the back nine of his second round saw Coletta miss the cut and fall two spots, his path to the PGA TOUR now resting with the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals where 25 additional cards will be handed out.

That’s the same scenario facing Jamie Arnold who also missed the cut in Portland and New Zealand’s Steven Alker but Brett Drewitt came up just short.

The New South Welshman birdied the 72nd hole to end the week tied for 18th but it wasn’t enough to move into the top 75, moving up 10 places in the final event to end the season 88th.

In other tournaments around the world Sydney’s Ruben Sondjaja recorded his best finish of the Mackenzie Tour in Canada with a tie for 23rd at the ATB Financial Classic with Jordan Zunic the only Aussie to play all four rounds at the Made in Denmark Challenge on the European Challenge Tour, finishing tied for 47th.

Korn Ferry Tour
WinCo Foods Portland Open
T11Rhein Gibson70-67-66-67—270$US17,600
T18Brett Drewitt70-66-69-67—272$10,080
T60Steven Alker68-69-75-70—282$2,056
MCJamie Arnold69-70—139 
MCTim Wilkinson73-67—140 
MCNick Voke75-68—143 
MCBrett Coletta72-72—144 
Mackenzie Tour
ATB Financial Classic
Country Hills GC (Talons Course), Calgary
T23Ruben Sondjaja68-67-70-70—275$1,714
MCRyan Ruffels69-72—141 
European Challenge Tour
Made in Denmark Challenge
Silkeborg Ry Golfklub (Ry Course), Skanderborg
T47Jordan Zunic71-66-67-75—279€1,000
T64Ben Eccles72-65-73—210€620
MCJosh Geary71-72—143