It’s been a hectic weekend as many tour players fought to earn, or keep, their spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. For those of us that watched Thursdays round, we witness a historic event. Brandt Snedeker shot 59 on Thursday to open the tournament with a five-stroke lead and became only the tenth player to break 60 in a PGA Tour event. While this historic act helped seal a victory for Sneds for the first time since 2016, we also saw some not-so-positive history-making rounds.
Sergio Garcia, among other notables, failed to place himself in the top-125 in FedEx Cup points and will not have a chance to play in the playoffs. What sets him apart from others who missed the cut, is that this will be the first time since the inception of the FedEx Cup that the playoffs will be held without Garcia in the field. Up until the final round of the Wyndham Championship, Garcia was projected to crack the top-125, but an even-par score of 70 that included three bogey’s on the closing nine pushed him out of a tie for eighth and into a tie for twenty-fourth which failed to give him the points he needed to make the postseason.
Sergio’s absence in the postseason shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone though. He missed the cut in all four majors and five other PGA Tour events, so he’s just not been the same Sergio that we’re used to seeing. I’ve heard a lot of talk about how his new marriage and new-born child have distracted him from golf, which makes sense to me, but if you’re going to be a star on tour like years previous you have to find a way to mentally handle your personal life as well as your professional life. Players that are ranked 126-200 in FedEx Cup points will have the opportunity to earn their Tour card again at the Web.Com Tour Finals, but fortunately for Garcia his 2017 Masters win earned him five years of exemption, so he can take it easy and hang out with his family knowing that he doesn’t have to worry about fighting for a job.
After the dust had settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, the last five in the FedEx Cup Playoffs are Sean O’Hair, Bud Cauley, Jhonattan Vegas, Harris English, and Seamus Power. Now that these guys have earned the opportunity to participate in the playoffs, they’ll have to bring their A-game’s again this week at The Northern Trust to move forward since only the top-100 in FedEx Cup points move on to the next round.
The next couple of weeks should be exciting as we round out the 2017-2018 season, so make sure you take any measure necessary to watch as much golf as you can.