NORTON, Mass. – BMW or bust.
For some on Saturday the answer was bust. Ben Crane, No. 52 in the FedEx Cup point standings to start the week, bogeyed the last hole to miss the cut by a shot and is currently projected at 70th. The top 70 players advance to Round 3 of the playoffs next week at the BMW Championship.
John Rollins, 58th in points, also missed the cut by one stroke after double bogeying the last hole and will also likely miss the third leg of the post-season.
Ditto for Spencer Levin, who withdrew after an opening 80 following the death of his stepbrother two weeks ago and is projected 82nd in points, and No. 68 Charles Howell III who missed the cut after rounds of 71-76; and Brian Davis, the bubble boy at the start of the week at 70th but likely headed to an early off-season after missing the Deutsche Bank Championship cut.
The math will not work itself out until after Monday’s final round but for a handful of players missing the cut offers just one option – wait and watch.
Jonathan Byrd was watching the leaderboard closely following matching rounds of 72. He made the cut on the number but at 69th in points he will have to have a solid finish to make it to the BMW.
“I’m just happy to be playing the weekend,” he said. “(But) just because I made the weekend doesn’t mean I’m in (the top 70).”
For J.J. Henry, who bogeyed the last but made the cut by two strokes, it’s not about Crooked Stick and next week’s stop. It’s about diminishing returns and the final leg of the playoffs later this month in Atlanta.
“The bigger picture is obviously you want to advance and you want to give yourself a chance but ultimately you want to get in the top 30,” said Henry, 73rd in points. “I have to play a little more aggressive because next week everybody gets points and it’s harder to make a bigger jump. This is really the week to jump guys who missed the cut.”
To Henry’s point he missed the cut in the playoff opener last week in New York and dropped 21 spots. But at least he still has two rounds to make his move.