CARMEL, Ind. – Gary Woodland understands the final-round stress of this event.
Two years ago, he entered the BMW Championship at No. 30 in the FedEx Cup standings. He tied for 23rd, hung on to the 29th position and advanced to the Tour Championship.
“I wasn’t playing great,” he said, “so it added to a stressful Sunday. I’m excited about the way I’m playing now, so I should be all right the next couple of days.”
Even with a poor performance through three rounds at Crooked Stick (he’s tied for 48th, 16 shots back), Woodland is still projected to finish 26th in points, which would send him back to East Lake.
“I think I’m pretty locked into my position,” he said, “so I’m going to go out and freewheel it.”
Other players won’t have that luxury.
Currently on the bubble is Rickie Fowler, whose Ryder Cup hopes may depend on him advancing to the Tour Championship. He is one FedEx Cup point behind Daniel Berger, who is projected to move from 31st to 29th.
The odd man out currently is Jason Kokrak, with Roberto Castro (the 36-hole co-leader) at No. 32.
Henrik Stenson, who skipped the BMW because of a knee injury, is expected to drop out of the top 30, sliding from 24th to 34th.