NORTON, Mass. – In a home game, with fellow New Englanders rooting for him, Keegan Bradley used all the love he was feeling as fuel to keep him alive in these FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Bradley moved up Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship to join the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings who advanced to the third leg of the playoffs, the BMW Championship.
The FedEx Cup field was pared down from the top 100 going to the Deutsche Bank.
“I was nervous today,” Bradley said. “It was kind of like the feeling you had at Q-School, just kind of like it's not much fun. It's always on your mind. It was nerve-racking. I really want to keep on going.”
Bradley started the week 71st in the FedEx Cup standings. His tie for 25th at TPC Boston helped him move up to 63rd. He was among four players outside the cut line at week’s start who moved inside to advance. Hunter Mahan, Jerry Kelly and William McGirt all moved inside the top 70 with their efforts at the Deutsche Bank.
McGirt made it dramatically. He was still outside the top 70 late Monday until holing out for eagle from the fairway at the 17th hole, steering in a 7-iron from 168 yards. He sweated out his position after signing his scorecard, watching his name bounce inside and outside the magic line until finally staying inside.
McGirt started the week 88th in FedEx Cup points but ultimately moved up to 68th.
“I didn’t feel under stress at all today,” McGirt said. “I had nothing to lose.”
George McNeill will go to the BMW Championship, which takes place in two weeks following a bye week, as the new bubble boy. He started the Deutsche Bank Championship 59th in the standings, but he missed the cut. His slide stopped at No. 70, making him the last man in at Conway Farms, outside Chicago, in the third leg of the playoffs.
The four players who were inside the top 70 at week’s start, but slid outside were: Boo Weekley, Kevin Streelman, Jim Herman and Marc Leishman.
Davis Love III, Luke Donald and Jason Dufner were among players who started the week outside the top 70 and weren’t able to play their way inside.