Brendon de Jonge heads to Congressional Country Club hoping to end a terrible run of form on the PGA Tour and get back to the heights he achieved in previous years on tour.
The Zimbabwean picked up his tour card from qualifying school at the end of 2009 and has earned over $11-million in prize money since then, but remains winless on the biggest tour in golf.
The 1999 Zimbabwe Amateur champion has a wicked short game and made the 30-man field at the Tour Championship in 2013. His career-best results were runner-up finishes at the 2012 Shriners Hospital for Children Open and 2014 McGladrey Classic, the latter of which he lost in a playoff.
The 35-year-old has battled to produce the same form this year and is poised to drop out of the world’s top-300 if things don’t change. He has earned a paltry $305,213 in the 2015/16 wraparound, despite making over $1-million for each of the last six seasons.
He made five consectuvie cuts at the end of last year, with a best performance of tied-13th at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open. That was as good as it got for the Charlotte resident, who has since missed 14 cuts in his last 17 PGA Tour events with a best finish of tied-55th in that run.
He’ll be looking to turn the season around at Congressional Country Club, where he tied for eighth in 2014 and 11th in 2012.
De Jonge ranks inside the top-65 on tour for sand saves and greens in regulation, suggesting weakness in his driving and putting. He’ll be in with a shout if he can correct those two elements of his game.