Riley on outside looking in

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – No, he didn’t want to talk. Nothing personal, but the ending to his final round crushed Chris Riley’s spirits at The Barclays.

A bogey on the 72nd hole of a tournament in which he’s going to finish around 40th was that painful? Yes, though it didn’t have a thing to do with the tournament and everything with the overall picture of the FedEx Cup.

He probably wasn’t aware of the exact scenario entering that par-4 18th, but Riley probably knew he had moved up in the standings. And he had, projected to be at No. 98. But when Riley missed the green, then a 6-foot attempt to save par, his bogey dropped him down to 103rd.

That’s an improvement upon No. 119, which is where he began the week, but if at the end of The Barclays Riley still sits outside the top 100, he will not advance to next week’s second playoff tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship.

For the record, Riley shot 1-under 70 and had one last hope – Cameron Beckman’s possible hiccup at the 18th. Had Beckman made bogey, Riley could have jumped into the top 100. Instead, Beckman made par, shot 73, and with half the field done was at 98.

Good for Beckman, not so good for Riley.

Ah, the playoffs. There’s nothing like it – even if you can’t understand how they work.

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