Brett Drewitt has put his honeymoon on hold after winning a Monday qualifying event for the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open in California.
The newlywed, who plays on the secondary Web.com Tour, was already in California soaking up its famous Napa Valley wine country with wife Brianna Salazar when he decided to enter the 18-hole shootout for four spots in the 144-player field.
Drewitt, who missed out on a PGA Tour promotion from the recent Web.com finals, fired a seven-under-par 65 to share top qualifying spot with fellow Australian Aaron Baddeley.
The Taree, NSW native said his new wife could take credit for his opportunity on golf's most lucrative tour this week.
"Brianna was the one who suggested I do it; the (qualifying) course is only 40 minutes from where her parents live, so I have her to thank for that," Drewitt told AAP.
"Things are going great in my life and I couldn't be happier; Brianna and I also found out we're going to be having a baby." – Brett Drewitt
The 27-year-old Drewitt will tee up alongside five other Australians at the US$6.5-million Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa, the first event of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
Drewitt said he has never been more relaxed in his career.
"Things are going great in my life and I couldn't be happier; Brianna and I also found out we're going to be having a baby," said Drewitt, who played a full season on the PGA Tour in 2017.
Australian young guns Curtis Luck and Cameron Davis will begin their PGA Tour seasons this week, having graduated from the Web.com finals.
Luck and Davis are in the Web.com graduate reshuffle – a pool of 56 players who are re-ranked five times during the season based on their performance and given PGA Tour starts accordingly.
RIGHT: Curtis Luck will begin his PGA Tour season at the Safeway Open this week. PHOTO: Michael Cohen/Getty Images.
Luck is confident of continuing his good form which saw him briefly lead the Web.com Tour Championship finale, where he finished tied for eighth.
"I'm really excited; I played some really good golf in the Web playoffs," said Luck, who played 10 events on the PGA Tour last year.
"Getting off to a good start has a big impact on how many starts I get this year, but I've had a taste of what the PGA Tour is like and I feel comfortable out here."
Rounding out the Australian contingent at the Safeway Open are Matt Jones and John Senden.
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson headlines the field, fresh from his poor Ryder Cup campaign where, playing as a captain's pick on the US team, he contributed zero points from two matches.
- Evin Priest, Australian Associated Press