CARMEL, Ind. – On a day ripe for scoring – light winds, preferred lies in the fairways – J.B. Holmes matched the worst score of any player in the top 45.
It still was enough to send him to East Lake.
Plummeting down the FedEx Cup standings because of a closing 74 Sunday at the BMW Championship, Holmes’ free fall ended when he finished the day 28th in points.
Holmes, who started the week at No. 42, was one of four players who moved inside the top-30 bubble and punched a ticket to East Lake, joining Roberto Castro (53rd to 21st), Daniel Berger (31st to 26th) and Charl Schwartzel (43rd to 30th).
“Not the day I planned,” said Holmes, who tied for fourth, “and obviously would like to have played better, but in the end, it got me where I wanted.”
Bumped out – by a single point – was Rickie Fowler, who was No. 31. Also pushed outside the top 30 was Sergio Garcia, who broke his putter during a third-round 76. He also shot 73 in the final round.
Among the other notable names who won't be at East Lake for the Tour Championship: Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Graeme McDowell, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose and Zach Johnson.
Henrik Stenson, who skipped the BMW to rest his ailing knee, dropped from 24th to 36th in the standings.
For Holmes, at least, the focus now shifts to the Ryder Cup, as he’s in contention for one of the four captain’s picks, along with Fowler.
“It’s totally up to him,” Holmes said of Davis Love III, “but I feel like I played well enough to get that shot.”