Big names bow out of FedExCup Playoffs
Where there are winners, someone always has to lose.
And there were several big names that lost their chance to progress to the playoffs as the sun set on the PGA Tour’s regular season following the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.
Justin Rose (Credit: USGA)
Freshly-crowned Payne Stewart Award winner, Justin Rose, missed by a single spot ,and a single FedExCup point, of keeping his 14-year finals streak alive closing out the 2020/21 year in 126th place behind Chesson Hadley.
While Rose inexplicably three-putted his final hole to drop 11 places in the standings, Hadley reeled off a final round 8-under 62 to leapfrog Rose and book a last-minute spot in the finals.
While Rose did all he could with a solid 10th placing, Rickie Fowler’s woes continued. He missed the cut by six shots and will be sitting out the Playoffs for the first time ever in his Tour career.
“It’s a bummer and I don’t want to be in this position. I’m used to being in contention, ready to go to East Lake and go have some fun through the Playoffs. That’s not the case this year. I’ll go home and get ready to go. Put the work in and get after it,” said Fowler, who fell from 130 into 134th place.
Former European Tour No.1 Tommy Fleetwood (137th) and Francesco Molinari (142th ) also bow out of the FedExCup Playoffs with Molinari missing the cut and Fleetwood ending his chances with a poor weekend after impressive earlier rounds of 66 and 68.
Rose, Fowler, Fleetwood and Molinari are all safe for now due to previous wins giving them multi-year exemptions.
Cameron Percy takes the unfortunate crown leading the way for the Australians sitting out the next three weeks. Percy needed something special on the weekend but couldn’t arrest his fall down the leaderboard, slipping from 133rd to 135th to fall short by just 40 FedExCup points.
Rhein Gibson (193), Aaron Baddeley (202), Greg Chalmers (209), John Senden (220) rounded out the Australians inside the top-250 on the FedExCup leaderboard.
Players who finished between 126-200 and don’t have any other way to get onto the PGA Tour will now get the chance to play in the Korn Ferry Finals where the 75 PGA Tour players will join the top-75 from the Korn Ferry to battle it out for just 25 PGA Tour cards at the end of the three-tournament playoff series.