Australia’s Rhein Gibson is going back to the US PGA Tour.
New South Welshman Gibson, 33, won the Web.com Tour’s BMW Pro-Am event in Greenville, South Carolina today to ensure that he will finish in the top 25 players on the tour in 2019, securing his playing rights for the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.
He closed out the rain-shortened event with a 63 today at Thorn Blade Golf Club to win by three shots at 21-under par. He is seventh on the points list and guaranteed of remaining in the top 25 regardless of what happens for the rest of the season.
“I wasn’t sure we’d get 54 holes in, but I wanted to go out there with the clean mindset that we’d get 54 in,” Gibson said. “I tried to keep the pedal down and try and make as many birdies as I can. Fortunately, I was able to win by three strokes. It sets me up for another stint on the PGA Tour so I’m excited.”
Gibson, originally from Lismore but domiciled in America for some years after he played college golf in Oklahoma, played on the main tour in 2016 before dropping back to the Web.com.
Meanwhile in Hamilton, Canada, Rory McIlroy stunned his competitors with a closing 61 to win the Canadian Open by seven shots, giving himself an ideal warm-up to this week’s US Open.
And in New Jersey, former world No. 1 Lexi Thompson rallied to win the LPGA Tour’s Shoprite Classic.