Playoff bubbles burst for several big names in Boston


NORTON, Mass. – The final cut of the 2013 PGA Tour season was made Saturday, and with it the campaigns of several notable players came to an abrupt conclusion.

Though 100 of the world’s best began the week at TPC Boston, only the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship will move on to Conway Farms for the BMW Championship in two weeks’ time. The 36-hole cut trimmed this week’s field to the top 70 and ties, and the last group of PGA Tour trunk-slammers included many players whose playoff aspirations are now over.

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Among those who ended their 2013 season with a missed cut in Boston were Tim Clark, who began the week 70th in the standings and is considered a likely captains’ pick for Nick Price’s Presidents Cup squad, and Derek Ernst, a winner earlier this year at the Quail Hollow Championship. They are not alone in that distinction, however: Brian Harman, Luke Guthrie, William McGirt, John Rollins, Robert Garrigus, Martin Flores, Greg Chalmers, Erik Compton and Scott Brown all missed the cut after beginning the week outside the top 70. Furthermore, early exits for David Lingmerth (64th) and Kyle Stanley (66th) have them both currently on the wrong side of the projected FedEx Cup points bubble.

Two players will likely be watching the leaderboards in Boston this weekend, though, despite missing the cut Saturday. Ryan Palmer and Fredrik Jacobson entered the week ranked 60th and 61st, respectively, and after disappointing exits are now projected to finish 71st and 72nd, respectively, in the latest standings. That can certainly change over the course of the next two days, though, with shifts in projected points potentially allowing Palmer or Jacobson to regain a spot in the field for the season’s third playoff event.