Tyrone van Aswegen got his fourth top-25 finish of the year on the PGA Tour when he finished in a share of 21st in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional at the weekend as he shifted into position to take part in the lucrative FedExCup playoffs at the end of the season.
He’s moved into 126th spot in the FedExCup table, one position out of the cut-off to make the 125-man field of the opening $8-million event, The Barclays in New Jersey on August 21.
In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Van Aswegen has made 13 cuts in the 20 events he has played, and racked up winnings of R430,433 – and 344 FedExCup points – in a low-key but effective beginning to a career on a tour which could provide him with a very nice living indeed.
Getting inside that top 125 – and then higher, if he possibly can – would make sure he’s back on the Tour for the 2014-2015 season with a fund of experience to draw on as he competes week-in and week-out with some of the best players in the world.
It’s a question of consistency for the man who won twice on the Sunshine Tour in 2008, as the statistics show from his most successful tournament, the HP Byron Nelson Championship where he finished in a share of 16th. He didn’t set the world alight in terms of his accuracy or distance, but he gave himself enough chances to stay in contention and took advantage of those.
He also kept bogeys on the par-fours to a minimum during that tournament, in an area of his game which has been hampering chances of better progress this season – in two Texas tournaments, he was 11-over and 10-over on par-fours in those two weeks for his two poorest finishes in those events where he made the cut.
So he has five more regular PGA Tour events in which to get inside the top 125 and higher – the first of which is this week’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.