ZIMBABWE golfer Brendon de Jonge capped off another successful season on the US PGA Tour after qualifying for the season-ending Tour Championship by Coca Cola for the first time in his professional golf career.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The Tour Championship by Coca Cola, which tees off at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, tomorrow is the fourth and final event of the FedEx Cup Playoff after The Barclays, the Deutsche Bank Championship and The BMW Championship.
Its field consists exclusively of the top 30 players on the PGA Tour money list.
De Jonge, who has made $1 636,844 in 29 events on the PGA Tour this season made the cut after finishing in a tie for 18th place the BMW Championship which ended at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest in Chicago on Monday.
In doing so, the 33-year-old former St John’s College student managed to finish on position 27 on the FedEx Cup list.
De Jonge said he was delighted to qualify for the Tour Championship for the first time in his career and his next target would be the Masters at Augusta National in April.
“Yeah, it’s been very exciting. Obviously I’ve played nicely in the Playoffs. I’ve played consistently in these Playoffs, and the highlight was getting named to the Presidents Cup team for sure. But yeah, if things stay as they are, playing in April (at the Masters) will be good fun too,” said the burly Harare-born golfer.
The limited field of the top 30 players in Atlanta will compete for a total purse of $8 million, with the winner’s share standing at $1,44 million.
De Jonge, who walked away with $104 320 on Monday, could be in for another big payday this week in Atalanta as there will be no 36-hole cut, which means all players who start the event are credited with making the cut and receive some prize money.
De Jonge, who will play for the International team at next month’s Presidents Cup, has enjoyed a good run of form in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The playoff started with a field of 125 players at the Barclays on August 22 before field dropped to the top 100 Deutsche Bank Championship a week later.
Only 70 players took part in the BMW Championship which ended on Monday before the top 30 sailed through to the Tour Championship in Atlanta.