O’Hair began the week at No. 108, but after a final-round 66 he finished runner-up at Bethpage Black and raced all the way up to No. 15 in the standings. It means that O’Hair is guaranteed through at least the 70-man BMW Championship and has a strong chance to make the season-ending Tour Championship which would bring with it exemptions into each of the first three majors of 2017.
“It’s funny, I always feel like I play my best when my back is up against the wall for some reason,” he said. “I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what I do differently. I just seem to play a little bit better.”
Other players to crack the top 100 included Sung Kang, who went from No. 122 to No. 88 after a final-round 64 that tied the tournament record, and Derek Fathauer who snuck in at No. 99 after starting the week at No. 118. The other two players to move into the field for TPC Boston were John Huh (No. 111 to No. 90) and Tyrone van Aswegen (No. 104 to No. 93).
Those changes in the standings mean that the season is now over for five players who started this week inside the top 100. That group included Peter Malnati, Robert Streb, Lucas Glover, Jonas Blixt and Shane Lowry. Lowry notably skipped this week’s event to play in the European Tour’s Made in Denmark in a last-ditch effort to make the Ryder Cup team, but as a result he slipped from No. 87 to No. 102.
The top-100 bubble came down to Chad Campbell and Blayne Barber. Barber was projected inside the top 100 all week, but after a final-round 75 he drifted to a tie for 41st and finished five FedEx Cup points behind Campbell, who earned the final spot in next week’s field.