LEMONT, Ill. – All day Sunday at the BMW Championship, FedEx Cup point projections whirred across scoreboards with players over shots.
The changes in projected finishes were dizzying.
“Let me tell you, this points system, it changes so quickly,” said Camilo Villegas, one of four players who climbed into the top 30 of the FedEx Cup points standings this week to earn trips to the Tour Championship. “It’s messed up. It’s just weird. But, it’s the same for everybody.”
When the scoreboards stopped whirring, Bo Van Pelt ended up grabbing the 30th and final spot into the playoff finale. He started the week 23rd on the FedEx Cup points list but worried he might not make it after making bogeys on five of his first eight holes Sunday and shooting 77.
“I knew I was making it interesting,” Van Pelt said.
Charlie Wi may have had the most dizzying journey through the points projections. He looked like he was going to easily make it until he was over the most pressure-packed putt that did not decide the championship.
Wi was projected to finish 27th on the FedEx Cup points list when he stepped over a 12-foot putt for par at the 18th hole late Sunday afternoon.
Make the putt, Wi goes to the Tour Championship for the first time. Miss it, and he’s eliminated from the playoffs.
When Wi’s putt slid left, he tumbled to 33rd in FedEx Cup points.
Villegas started the week 33rd in points and closed with a bogey-free 1-under-par 70 to climb up to 25th.
Here are the other three who played themselves into the top 30. Their points standing beginning the week is listed in parenthesis: Kevin Na (41st), K.J. Choi (52nd) and Ryan Moore (58th).
If you’re wondering, Kevin Streelman made the largest leap through the entire playoffs. He ended the regular season 102nd in points but is going to Atlanta after climbing to 29th.