SAVANNAH, Georgia – Jason Scrivener misses his son.
Scrivener and his wife, Simone, celebrated the birth of their first child, Felix Jay, on August 24. The 32-year-old Aussie, who owns seven top-10s on the European Tour in the past two seasons and the top 100 in the world rankings earlier this summer, took 11 weeks off after missing the cut at the Open Championship in mid-July to go home. return to Perth, Australia, and prepare for fatherhood.
Becoming a new dad was everything to Scrivener, but four weeks after Felix was born, Dad had to go back to work.
“It was really hard to leave,” said Scrivener. “A lot of FaceTime, so that made it a little easier. I’m looking forward to going home and spending some more time with him.”
Soon the house could be in Orlando, Florida. Due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, it has become increasingly difficult to have Australia as a base. Scrivener is close to Orlando natives and fellow Australians Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels, so Isleworth or Lake Nona could probably be landing spots. Additionally, Scrivener, who turned pro in 2011 and has spent seven seasons on the European Tour, wants to move to the US to play his golf, so he’s trying his hand at Korn Ferry Tour Q-School this fall.
“I have full status in Europe, but I want to be here in the United States,” said Scrivener. “I want to move here and settle here. This was the first step, I think, to get some status and go from there. … This is a good path for me.”
After playing three European Tour events in October, Scrivener finished in the second leg in Plantation, Florida two weeks ago, finishing eighth solo to earn his KFT card and conditional status. Through 36 holes at The Landings Club this week he is tied for 102nd, but only six shots back from the top 40 and a tie, which comes with guaranteed starts.
Full-field scores from the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament
After completing the final leg, Scrivener will immediately head to Dubai for the final two events of the European Tour season, which begin next week. He then heads back to his beach house in Perth to spend more time with baby Felix – and possibly pack for a big move.
Whether he rides the KFT full-time or continues to frequent the European circuit, Florida seems like a perfect place to drop anchor.
“I’d definitely like to see a little more of America,” Scrivener said. “It would be interesting, something different.”