These notable players missed the cut

For the “Bubble Boys,” those trying to secure a spot in the 125-man field for the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events next week, making the cut is job No. 1.

Consider it mission accomplished for Max McGreevey, No. 126 in the points standings heading into the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. McGreevey shot 67 in the second round of the regular season finale and improved to a projected 122nd.

After finishing second at the Puerto Rico Open in March, McGreevy had only made the cut in four of his 19 starts before this week and had missed the cut in six of his last seven events.

“I had a lot of fun this week,” he said. “It’s been easier than it has been for the past two weeks, but I felt good, I felt relaxed and it feels good to finally have four laps for a week.”

Chesson Hadley, who started the week at No. 121, birdied three in a row en route to shooting 67, and last year Bubble Boy put himself in a position where he might not have you don’t need an ace or a 62 in the final round to sneak into the FedEx Cup playoffs. It is projected at n°113.

Nick Taylor (71, -2) survived the cut but fell from No. 120 at the start of the week to a projected 125e.

Congratulations to Brian Stuard, who ended a streak of 11 consecutive missed cuts. It couldn’t have come at a better time. He entered the week at No. 137 in the FedEx Cup points standings. It is projected at n°124.

Austin Smotherman, who started the week at No. 125, was not so lucky. He shot 76 in the second round to miss the cut and is expected to drop to No. 129.

Martin Trainer shot a second straight 67 and is currently projected 126th, otherwise known as the first guy out. But he still has two races to improve his position and a positive attitude before the weekend.

“I know what’s at stake, it’s no different than other weeks. I mean, I think at the end of the day, I know I just have to do well,” he said. “Whenever I play a Tour event, I try my best anyway, so I’ll consider it a curiosity, but ultimately it’s out of my control, so to speak. I just try my best.

US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson also still has some work to do this weekend – projected at No. 136 – but has a chance after shooting 5-under 135.

“I have a lot of work to do. Put me in a position so I can at least run a weekend race,” Johnson said. “My goal is to win a golf tournament and the rest will take care of itself, but I’m in a position where I can do that.”

Play was suspended on Friday due to darkness and seven golfers have yet to complete the second round. Thanks to Chris Gotterup, who bogeyed at 18, 21 more players will earn paydays this week. In all, 87 golfers on the course of 156 made the cut. It marks the most players to make the cut on the Tour since the cut rule was changed to 65 and tied to start the 2019-20 season. It took 1 under 139 to play on the weekend, but Smotherman, who was 1 under and faced a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 8 when play resumed Saturday morning, n is not one of them. He missed the putt and made a double bogey at nine, bursting his playoff bubble in the process.

Here’s a look at some of the notable players who were on the wrong side of the cut line.

Rickie Fowler reacts after missing a putt on the 18th in the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond – USA TODAY Sports

Fowler is at risk of missing the FedEx Cup Qualifiers for the second year in a row. He entered the week at No. 123 but missed his second straight cut and is projected to No. 127. A first round 71 did no favors and 69 on Friday left him at a par 140 total.

Fowler made three consecutive bogeys from No. 11, his second hole of the day, before birdying four in a gallant effort to make the weekend. That included a birdie chip at No. 7, his 16e hole of the day.

He’ll have to sweat over the weekend to see what the other Bubble Boys are up to and if that means his FedEx Cup playoff bubble bursts.

Fowler has no one to blame but himself. As reported earlier this week in our article on preparing for the FedEx Cup regular season finale, Fowler earned 162.5 FedEx Cup points thanks to a T-3 in the CJ Cup at Summit Club in Las. Vegas on his second start of the season. Since then, he’s only had 161.5 points in 18 starts.

Harold Varner III of the United States tees off the 13th tee during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 05, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The North Carolina native and East Carolina alum should have made it home in time for dinner on Friday.

HV3 pulled a pair of 70s, but the even pair 140 didn’t cut it this week; it cut you off. Varner had made the cut in 11 of his last 12 events. But he only hit five fairways on Thursday and ranked 139e nearby (39 feet 9 inches). His putter was freezing on Friday: he ranked 149e in SG: to put. But Varner entered the week at No. 58 in the FedEx Cup, so he’s safely in the playoffs.

JJ Spaun plays his shot from the second tee during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 05, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

Spaun, who started the week ranked 25th in the FedEx Cup standings, isn’t sweating the top 125. The 31-year-old winner of the Valero Texas Open in April was trying to improve his chances of finishing in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup and earn automatic byes in all four majors. It didn’t work out for him as he fired a pair of 71s to miss the cut and should drop to No. 26.

Spaun placed sixth in SG: Off the Tee but struggled with his ball striking, usually a strength of his game. He placed 146e in SG: Approaching the green and was only six of 12 in scrambling when he missed the green in regulation. But he’s in Memphis and is well positioned to go far in the playoffs.

Harris English of the United States plays a shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 04, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

English has struggled since returning to Memorial after hip surgery earlier this year that forced him to miss nearly five months.

The Englishman started with 69 but shot 74 on Friday to miss the cut for the fourth time in seven starts since his return. English’s stats paint a lousy picture, but one area where it needs to improve is its scrambling. He got up and down just three out of 12 times this week.

Danny Willett of England lines up a putt on the first green during the first round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 04, 2022, in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Willett, who entered the week at 131st in the FedEx Cup standings, was expected to make the rookie weekend, but shot 75 Thursday and missed three of the first six holes Friday to sit at 8. He birdied three to shoot 70, but a total 36 hole 5 out of 145 didn’t do the job.

Willett made a late season push to crack the top 125. He made three straight cuts, including his only top 10 of the season, a T-7 at the 3M Open.

Matt Wallace of England putts on the 12th green during the Wyndham Championship second round at Sedgefield Country Club on August 05, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Wallace started the week at No. 123 but shot 71-69 rounds at 140 and will need help qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs. It is projected at n°129.

He lost more than 3.5 shots on Tee-to-Green field Thursday. Four bogeys in a row on Friday brought him in. For the English, it was the 12e missed the cut in 21 events this season.

Webb Simpson plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 05, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Wyndham Championship was Simpson’s personal pension. The 2011 champion had recorded a top 10 at Sedgefield in seven of the last eight years. But not this year. He shot 1 of 71 on Thursday and made a sloppy double at par-3 12e. It was 1-over for 17 holes and 2-over for the tournament when play was suspended and Simpson, who had no chance of making the cut, opted out. Simpson, who entered the week at No. 117 in the FedEx Cup, was clinging to the playoffs. It is projected at n°123.

Kevin Kisner plays his shot from the 13th tee during the second round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 05, 2022 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Defending Championship champion Wyndham was heading for a missed cut when he pulled out during Friday’s weather suspension. Kisner had one hole to play and was 6-over for the tournament.

Hitting five of 14 fairways in the first round made it difficult for Kisner to hit more than 11 greens and he was just three of seven in scramble. His putter didn’t help either: he ranked 126e in Strokes Gained: Putting and losing more than one stroke on the course on the greens.

That’s six missed cuts in Kisner’s last eight starts, and he finished the regular season having missed the cut in half of his 22 starts.

Austin Smotherman watches his tee shot off the 18th tee during the first round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond – USA TODAY Sports

Smotherman started the week in the hot seat at No. 125 in the FedEx Cup standings. He got off to a blistering start, a bogey-free 5-under 65, while leading the field in close quarters and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.

But Friday was another story. The 28-year-old Tour rookie had six bogeys and two birdies in 16 holes before play was suspended. When play was suspended due to darkness, he faced a 12-foot birdie putt on his 17th hole. He had to sleep on the fact that he was going to need a birdie or help to make the cut. Smotherman missed the putt, but only needed a par on his last hole as Chris Gotterup bogeyed to 1 under. However, he double-bogeyed to shoot 76 and missed the cut at 1-over. He is expected to slip to No. 129 and miss the playoffs.

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