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Wilkinson closes in on 2014 PGA Tour card

Published: 2:13PM Monday May 27, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

It is still early days but Manawatu professional Tim Wilkinson is making great strides towards returning to the PGA Tour in 2014.

The left-hander from the Manawatu Golf Club fired an even par 72 in the final round of Mexico Championship on the Tour to finish in fifth place and continue his run of consistent form in 2013.

The 34-year-old had rounds of 70, 70, 66 and 72 for a 10-under-par total at the El Bosque Golf Club in Leon to finish only three shots backs from the champion American Michael Putnam.

It could have been even better for Wilkinson who was looking for his first win on the Tour. He made two birdies on the outward nine but will rue a bogey and triple bogey that saw him make the turn in two over par.

Wilkinson rallied well to make two birdies coming home to secure another top-five finish and is projected to climb to fourth on the Tour money-list.

The top 25 players on the Order of Merit automatically qualify for a full card on the PGA Tour in 2014.

In 2013 he has finished runner up at the Stadion Classic at UGA, tied sixth at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, tied 10th at the Brasil Classic, tied 11th at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, tied 15th at the WNB Golf Classic and now fifth at the Mexico Championship.

The only time he hasn't finished in the top 15 this season is when he was disqualified at the South Georgia Classic after opening with a five over par 77.

Rotorua professional Danny Lee is also inside the top 25 players, projected to be in 21st place, despite missing the cut by one shot in Mexico when he carded rounds of 70 and 75.

Steven Alker is at the other end of the stats bracket. The Hamilton pro finished in 63rd place after rounds of 73, 71, 79 and 75 for a 10 over par total. He is 128th on the Tour money list.

Meanwhile Greg Turner has enjoyed a successful debut at the Senior PGA Championship at the Bellerive Golf Club in St Louis Missouri.

The 50-year-old Otago professional had rounds of 74, 70, 73 and 72 at his first senior major championship, and first senior golf event, to finish on a five over par total in a share of 56th place.

His final round one over par 72, which included four bogeys and three birdies, saw him climb seven places as capped off a fine way to begin his senior career.

The two-time NZ Open Champion was 16 shots back from Japanese professional Kohki Idoki who won the title by two shots from Americans Kenny Perry and Jay Haas.

Cambo misses the cut at Wentworth

Elsewhere, Michael Campbell had a forgettable return to the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey.

The eight-time European Tour winner, who claimed the World Matchplay title at Wentworth in 2005, carded rounds of 77 and 78 at the BMW PGA Championship to finish in a share of 138th place.

Cambo, who earned a 10 year exemption when he won the US Open in 2005, is getting ready to play the US Open at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania on June 13 - 16.