FedExCup Spotlight: Brendon de Jonge
July 09, 2014
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
- Brendon de Jonge has a pair of top-10 finishes at TPC Deere Run and played in Sunday's final pair in 2011. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Imags)
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013-14 FedExCup chase.
A standout performance in The Presidents Cup 2013 made Brendon de Jonge a trendy pick to break through with his first victory in the 2013-14 campaign.
Instead, de Jonge missed the cut in his first start, shared 53rd in his next and didn't earn his first top-10 finish until his 16th start of the campaign. It was the longest drought without a top 10 to start a season in de Jonge's now seven-year TOUR career, and it took an incredible comeback for it to happen.
The Zimbabwean opened with his second-worst ever number on the PGA TOUR -- an 8-over 80 at the Wells Fargo Championship -- and seemed destined for a second consecutive missed cut. But things changed on Friday when de Jonge blitzed Quail Hollow eight birdies and an eagle for a 10-under 62 that allowed him to make the cut and go on to finish tied for sixth.
Since that start, de Jonge has five top-30s in his next eight starts with a T8 at the Quicken Loans National representing his second top 10 of this season. In that span, he's climbed from 107th to 66th in the FedExCup ranks, inching ever closer to the covered top 30 -- the cutoff for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, an event for which de Jonge qualified last year.
While he has just one trip to East Lake on his resume, de Jonge has four consecutive trips to the FedExCup Playoffs under his belt. He qualified for at least three events in each of his trips (the top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship, the third event of the Playoffs) each season.
While this season started sluggishly, de Jonge has shown signs of form recently and this event could be his springboard to greater things in 2013-14. He played in the final pairing with Steve Stricker at the 2011 event but faded with a 74 to finish T7. It was his second consecutive T7 at this event and de Jonge added a share of 19th in 2012. For his career, de Jonge is a combined 50 under in 22 rounds at TPC Deere Run -- a course where birdies can come in bunches.
Brendon de Jonge interview after Round 2 of Wells Fargo
DE JONGE'S FEDEXCUP FINISHES 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 175th N/A 137th 51st 60th 57th 26th DE JONGE'S FEDEXCUP HIGHLIGHTS • De Jonge has made the FedExCup Playoffs in each of the last four years, racking up four top-25 finishes in as many starts in 2013.
• Last season, de Jonge made his first trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, finishing a career-best 26th in the FedExCup standings.
• De Jonge has notched 24 top 10 and 56 top 25s in his 202-start TOUR career dating back to 2007 -- the first year of the FedExCup competition.
• De Jonge has improved his FedExCup position in three of his last four trips to TPC Deere Run
DE JONGE'S JOHN DEERE CLASSIC RESULTS, FEDEXCUP STANDINGS Year FedExCup before John Deere result
Points earned FedExCup after 2007 188th T62 53 188th 2009 132nd MC 0 135th 2010 40th T7 85 34th 2011 64th T7 87.5 55th 2012 42nd T19 49.5 37th 2013 41st T54 14 44th