2021 Wyndham Championship: Rickie Fowler amongst stars going through top stakes forward of FedEx Cup Playoffs
At commonplace golfing tournaments, lots of the consideration is going to what occurs on the most sensible, however the Wyndaham Championship isn’t a typical golfing event. There can be eyes on what takes position up and down the board.
Plenty of big-time golfers are both simply within or simply out of doors the highest 125 within the present FedEx Cup standings. This is essential for plenty of causes. Theoretically, in case you end out of doors the highest 125 in a given season, you lose your PGA Tour card for the next season. However, there are different ways to stay a card, and lots of the stars have already carried out so.
For instance, Rickie Fowler is these days ranked No. 130 within the FedEx Cup standings. He wishes to complete twenty first or higher this week to get into the highest 125 and make the playoffs, which get started subsequent week with The Northern Trust. However, although Fowler misses his first FedEx Cup Playoffs ever (he is performed in each one since 2010), he isn’t at risk of shedding his PGA Tour card. His 2015 Players Championship win exempts him throughout the finish of the 2022-23 PGA Tour season.
This is right of Justin Rose (WGC win exemption via 2023-24) and Adam Scott (Genesis win exemption via 2023-24), as neatly. So whilst there’s actual playoff cash and OWGR issues at stake, there isn’t a query of the place those golfers can be enjoying when the brand new season begins in September.
That’s now not the case for everybody, despite the fact that. If Patrick Rodgers (these days No. 123 within the FedEx Cup), Bo Hoag (125), Scott Piercy (126) or Camilo Villegas (129) fails to both keep within or play their means within the most sensible 125, then your next step for them is the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, which begins subsequent week with the Albertsons Boise Open. If they end within the most sensible 25 over the process that three-event stretch, they regain their PGA Tour playing cards. If now not, it is off to the Korn Ferry Tour for almost all of the 2021-22 season.
There are different fascinating instances and eventualities. When I see Nate Lashley (127) and Michael Thompson (128) out of doors the highest 125, I believe now not in their PGA Tour playing cards, which might be protected after contemporary wins, however fairly the profits attainable they fail to spot via lacking out at the playoffs. Combined, they’ve made about the similar as first prize within the Tour Championship ($15 million), which culminates with the Tour Championship at East Lake. There is some other $45 million in bonus budget to be allotted out of doors of that $15 million, and in the event that they pass over the playoffs, they fail to spot maximum of it (Nos. 126-150 do get $70,000 as a parting reward).
The final — and possibly maximum intriguing — scenario is Tommy Fleetwood. He will lose his card if he does not end eleventh or higher this week, however his Official World Golf Ranking is so top that he’s going to nonetheless get into primary championships and WGC occasion whilst nonetheless preserving standing at the European Tour. His drawback can be extra of a logistical one than anything. He will not have complete regulate over his agenda.
The different layer this is that there used to be no mechanism final 12 months for relegation to the Korn Ferry Tour or promotion to the PGA Tour. The fallout from that is that you’ve got avid gamers at the Korn Ferry Tour which have been enjoying at a PGA Tour degree for 2 years and can in the end get their alternative to turn out it within the fall. The different fascinating word this is that avid gamers from No. 126-200 in both the 2019-20 or 2020-21 PGA Tour season are eligible for this 12 months’s Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
So regardless of whether or not you might be taking note of the very most sensible of the leaderboard or to those little video games throughout the sport beneath the skin, there can be masses to observe at this week’s Wyndham Championship as the ones concerned hard work to make it to only one extra week of golfing as essentially the most large season in PGA Tour historical past starts to come back to an in depth. It provides a number of thrilling subplots to the final week of the common season and implies that, as is nearly at all times the case, there’ll some drama in Greensboro.