So much for the volatility of the season-ending points crunch on the PGA Tour.
Of all the players vying to move into the top 125 on the regular season FedEx Cup points list and qualify for the post-season opener next week in New Jersey, no one pulled off the metaphorical half-court buzzer beater. Sunday marked the first time since the playoffs began in 2007 that no one played their way into the top 125 at the regular-season finale.
In fact, Andres Gonzales was the only player who began the week outside the top 125 to finish inside the top 10 at the Wyndham Championship, and his tie for eighth was only good enough to vault him from 238th to 198th, although his move into the top 200 will qualify him for the Web.com Tour final series and a chance to regain his PGA Tour card.
Patrick Reed’s victory over Jordan Spieth moved him into the top 30 (No. 22) and likely secured him starts in at least the first three playoff events, and Spieth – already a winner this year at the John Deere Classic – firmly established his name among the potential Presidents Cup players in a few weeks and into the top 10 on the points list (No. 8).
Brian Harman, who started the day 115th on the points list, closed with a 66 to tie for third place and likely secure himself a second playoff start at the Deutsch Bank Championship (the top 100 points advance to TPC Boston).
Bubble boy Steven Bowditch tied for 29th to move from 125th to 120th, while Ben Crane missed the cut at Sedgefield but dropped just one spot to 125th. Rookie Scott Langley also missed the cut and dropped from 121st to 124th.
For the first time in the FedEx Cup era eight players failed to advance to the playoffs, including 2008 champion Vijay Singh, David Toms, Padraig Harrington Chad Campbell, Jonathan Byrd, Troy Matteson, Sean O’Hair and Robert Allenby.
No. 1 Tiger Woods will begin next week’s Barclays with a 767-point advantage over No. 2 Matt Kuchar. Last year, Woods began the playoffs with a 159-point lead but the FedEx Cup, and the $10 million bonus, went to Brandt Snedeker, who began the post-season 19th on the points list.