It rarely translates to a win on Sunday but Brett Drewitt has enjoyed a confidence boost ahead of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in California.

Brett DrewittThe penultimate tournament of the regular season, players are furiously jockeying for a place inside the coveted top-25 as well as the top-75 who advance to the Korn Ferry Tour finals that sees a further 25 PGA TOUR cards distributed.

Drewitt is currently in 92nd position on the Order of Merit and in need of two strong results to qualify for the finals, his hopes this week buoyed by a win in the tournament pro-am.

“Not a bad start to the week,” Drewitt said in a post on Instagram.

“Had a great day playing in the Ellie Mae Classic pro-am taking home first prize!

“TPC Stonebrae course is in great condition and excited to see how the week goes.”

Drewitt has played the Ellie Mae Classic three times in the past, missing the cut last year with rounds of 74-67 while in 2016 he shot four sub-70 rounds in finishing tied for 49th.

With back-to-back top-five finishes that have put him within reach of a PGA TOUR card Victorian Brett Coletta is tipped to be one of the players to beat.

Should Coletta make it three top-five finishes in succession he will head to the final tournament of the regular season safe in the knowledge he will graduate to the main tour in 2020.

Three spots ahead of Coletta on the moneylist, Tim Wilkinson can also secure his return to the PGA TOUR on a full-time basis for the first time since 2017.

Aussie veteran Robert Allenby is also in the field this week along with Kiwi rookie Nick Voke and Rhein Gibson who will be eager to enhance his priority order for even better status on the PGA TOUR next year.