GREENSBORO, N.C. – With many players falling short of their goals Sunday at the Wyndham Championship, Sang-Moon Bae’s tale was one that had a positive ending.
Bae entered the week at No. 126 in the FedEx Cup standings, but after going 66-66 over the weekend at Sedgefield he netted a T-14 finish and jumped to No. 120 in points, punching his ticket to The Barclays. He was the only player to move inside the top 125 this week.
“I didn’t play well this year. I don’t know why,” Bae said. “My goal was just playing in New York…so I want to play four more events this year.”
While many players in the field this week were playing without a safety net, Bae was already exempt for next season by virtue of his win at the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship. Still, the South Korean admitted that being on the outside looking in for the postseason resulted in a few jitters.
“I had a little pressure,” he said. “I played very aggressive. I hit driver on every hole, and then I had wedge shots and made a lot of birdies.”
Bae’s finish knocked Nicholas Thompson to No. 126 and out of the playoffs. Thompson, though, finished No. 123 on the season-long money list, thereby assuring his card for next season. The other three players who earned cards for next season by virtue of a spot in the top 125 on the money list despite missing the playoffs were Mike Weir (No. 104), Jim Renner (No. 118) and Charlie Beljan (No. 124).