Both players entered the week outside the top 125 in FedEx Cup points, but after strong results at the final event of the regular season, both will be a part of the field next week at The Barclays. They’ll also retain their cards for the 2016-17 season.
Stanley started the week at No. 127 in points, and after a T-14 finish he’ll begin the playoffs at No. 116.
“I’m kind of relieved. Sort of a stressful week,” Stanley said. “I knew I had to put two good weeks together, and so to be able to do it I’m pretty happy with that.”
Stefani’s margin was much slimmer, as a 72nd-hole birdie gave him a share of 14th place that moved him to No. 123 in the final regular-season standings.
“You’re nervous all day,” Stefani said. “It’s not an easy game. It’s not easy what we do and, oh man, it’s just nice to finish off on a good note.”
With Stanley and Stefani moving in, Matt Jones (No. 126) and Whee Kim (No. 127) were knocked out of playoff contention and will have to head to Web.com Tour Finals to retain their cards.
While Bud Cauley’s T-12 finish wasn’t enough to earn a trip next week to Bethpage, Cauley will still have his card next season because he moved to No. 120 on the season-long money list.
The money list used to be the main determinant for cards and status, but the focus over the last 10 years has shifted increasingly to the FedEx Cup standings. This is the final season that players can retain cards based on their position on the money list.
The result means that Cauley will have a bit of a forced break next month – he can’t play in either the FedEx Cup Playoffs or Web.com Tour Finals – but he’ll have full status when the Tour’s new season resumes in October.
“I feel like I’m playing well, and I don’t want to go home and watch on TV. I did plenty of that when I was hurt. I’m over that,” Cauley said. “If that’s the case, definitely a positive I can get my full status back and work on my game and be ready for next year.”
Other players who will miss the playoffs but will retain their cards via money-list position are Ken Duke (No. 117 in money), Steve Marino (No. 118), Retief Goosen (No. 120), Chad Collins (No. 124) and Morgan Hoffmann (No. 125).