Wyndham adds big names on FedEx bubble
How busy was Mark Brazil on Friday of the PGA Championship? The tournament director of the Wyndham Championship said he went through "three-and-a-half batteries" to keep his cell phone charged throughout the day.
With Wyndham being the last stop before points are finalized for the FedEx Cup playoffs, Brazil was especially popular with those who had missed the cut at Oak Hill and in need of a boost in their standing.
Ernie Els (86th in the standings) committed after missing the cut, as did Padraig Harrington (129th) and Geoff Ogilvy (97th). Martin Kaymer (112th) made the cut, but committed because he needs the points.
"It could have been an '0-for' day," Brazil said, "but we added to our already strong field."
That field is headlined by defending champ Sergio Garcia, as well as Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, and Bill Haas. Jordan Spieth, 16th in FedExCup points, also committed to the field after missing the cut at Oak Hill.
The Wyndham is especially crucial to those sitting 120th to 150th in FEC points, because only the top 125 advance to The Barclays, the first playoff event. No surprise, then, that all but one of those 120-150 names is signed on for Sedgefield Country Club, the exception being Nicolas Colsaerts.
He withdrew over the weekend to head home and be with his family.
Since he's 127th in the FEC standings, he'll miss the playoffs in his rookie season, but fans of the Belgium Bomber needn't worry. True, the top 125 in the FEC nail down cards for the 2013-14 season, but for next year only, PGA Tour officials will also reward the top 125 on the money list and Colsaerts is locked in, ranked 107th.
The money-list layer was retained for this year because it was shortened to adjust for the introduction of the first wrap-around season. Presently, Colsaerts wouldn't be the only one to benefit, because Peter Hanson (126th in FEC, 121st in money), Harrington (129th, 110th), and Fabian Gomez (131st, 124th) also rank outside the top 125 in FEC points but inside on money.
Harrington (129th), Chad Campbell (132nd), Vijay Singh (141st), and David Toms (145th) are in the Wyndham field, but in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time.
Just slipping into the playoffs is just one slice of the Wyndham story. Another is to try and improve one's standing, because while 125 get into Barclays, only 100 move on to Boston and 70 to the BMW. At that point, only the top 30 will make it into the Tour Championship in Atlanta.