The Masters champion rose to such an occasion one year ago. Back in 2013 he needed some huge results to retain his card for the coming season, but the 34-year-old achieved the feat with a victory at the Web.com Tour’s Hotel Fitness Championship.
This year Immelman is aiming higher and wants to make the top 125 in FedExCup points, which will secure him a spot at The Barclays in a week’s time. To reach that goal and climb from his current position of 141st will take at least a top-10 result at Sedgefield Country Club.
The five-time Sunshine Tour winner has had a quiet season in America this year. He’s made the top 25 three times and gone as high as 10th at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it has not been quite as wild as previous years.
It’s a huge week for plenty of players, including Tyrone van Aswegen, who is one spot ahead of Immelman in the FedExCup standings. Paul Casey currently ranks 125th and Sang Moon Bae 126th, so there is no shortage of real competition for the final places at The Barclays.
For Immelman it’s time to pull out a big result, which is exactly what he achieved one year ago. A top-10 this week will change his season from mediocre to great.