PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit Winner Jed Morgan’s preparations for next month’s US Open will include playing in the first event of Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed rebel golf league.
Regardless of the outcome of this week’s final tour event, the Northern Territory PGA, Morgan cannot be overtaken at the top of the Order of Merit rankings, thanks almost entirely to the $ 180,000 he earned for winning the Australian PGA at Royal Queensland in December.
Topping the Order of Merit has opened up the golfing world to the 22-year-old Queenslander.
Next month’s US Open at the Brookline Country Club will be Morgan’s country major and he has also earnt a start in the July 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.
To prepare for the US Open, Morgan heads to America later this month ahead of playing in the Jack Nicklaus-Hosted Memorial Tournament – via a sponsor’s invitation – in Ohio.
They will then travel to England to contest the $ 35m LIV Golf Invitational at Centurion Club near London – the opening event of the Saudi-backed series – before returning to America for the following week’s US Open.
As he’s not yet a member of either the DP World Tour or the US PGA Tour, Morgan is confident they won’t need permission to play in the lucrative rebel event.
“As of this point, I don’t need any permission,” Morgan said.
“I’m not worried. I shouldn’t have any issues at all – I’ve got no affiliation with Europe (DP World Tour) or the US.
“The opportunity with LIV is just insane:
“Insane” to the point where the golfer finishing last in the LIV event would still pocket more than $ A165,000.
“Having a couple of tournaments to lead up to the US Open will be nice. You always play your best golf after you’ve had a few tournaments to work out where you head at, ”Morgan said.
Following the July’s Open at St Andrews, Morgan will play in three DP World Tour events in the United Kingdom ahead of becoming a full-time member of that same tour for the 2022-23 season.
He has also earned entry into the final stage of the Qualifying School for the Korn Ferry Tour, the second-tier tour in the United States.
“It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” Morgan said in reflecting on the trappings that have come with his Australian PGA Tour win.
“I just got very lucky that it was the only million-dollar event, otherwise it could have been all different.
“I’m heading away to follow my dreams and I’m focused on what is ahead of me, but to win an Order Of Merit is something special, and the opportunities that it provides for me are priceless.”