Victorian Brett Coletta has taken another important step towards promotion to the PGA TOUR in 2020 with a second consecutive top-five finish, tied for fourth at the Pinnacle Bank Championship in Nebraska.
Runner-up a week ago to move into 25th on the Korn Ferry Tour moneylist, Coletta’s tie for fifth advanced him a further three places to 22nd with just three tournaments in the regular season remaining.
The top-25 on the order of merit following the WinCo Foods Portland Open will receive PGA TOUR cards for next year with Coletta’s latest push helped no end by two eagles on the front-9 of his final round on Sunday.
Tied for ninth through 54 holes, Coletta birdied the par-4 2nd and after a slight stumble at the third hit back with eagles at the par-5 4th and 7th holes as he made the turn at 3-under on his round.
He took another step back with a bogey at the 11th but roared home with three birdies in his final five holes for a 5-under 66, one shy of the 65 he shot in the second round to get in contention.
New South Welshman Jamie Arnold is also within reach of a PGA TOUR card after he too finished the week tied for fifth, yet it could have been so much better.
Starting the week 42nd on the moneylist, Arnold caught fire on the front-9 with an eagle and three birdies to turn in 5-under 31 and pressing for a maiden Korn Ferry Tour title.
A bogey at the par-4 11th was countered by back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 but three dropped shots in the space of just two holes prevented Arnold from climbing even higher than the 31st position he is projected to climb to.
Brett Drewitt’s 3-under 68 moved him up 14 places into a tie for 18th while Kiwi rookie sensation Denzel Ieremia made a strong first impression in his maiden professional appearance in the US to be tied for 22nd.
On the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, Ruben Sondjaja was Australia’s sole representative at the HFX Pro-Am in Halifax, shooting 71 in the final round to finish tied for 66th.
|Korn Ferry Tour|
|Pinnacle Bank Championship|
|The Club at Indian Creek, Omaha, Nebraska|
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