Hello! Checking in after a busy month and a half of traveling and competing to close out this year’s FedEx Cup season. It has been a mix of some good and some poor results, but nets out to me entering the FedEx Cup playoffs in 58th place with a real chance of making the Tour Championship!
The playoffs begin at TPC Boston, where the top 125 players compete for 3x the points of a regular event. After this, the top 70 players continue on to the BMW championship at Olympia Fields (again for 3x points) to qualify for one of the 30 spots in the Tour Championship at East Lake. The Tour projects that it will take 504 points to qualify for the BMW, and 955 to qualify for the Tour Championship; I currently sit at 523, so I will need a strong finish in the first two playoff events to qualify for East Lake. Here’s how I got here:
The first week following Colonial was in Hilton Head, SC at Harbour Town Golf Links. It was a different tournament than in years past, being played several months later in the year. This meant that the course was entirely Bermuda grass (as opposed to over seeded rye), a playing surface that I am still coming down the learning curve on. It is a very unique layout for the Tour, where I only hit about 3 drivers per round and sometimes missing in the rough on one side of the hole plays easier than hitting the fairway on the other side! I didn’t have my best week, but got four rounds of golf on a cool golf course and definitely saw some improvements in my play.
After a week off, I traveled to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where I was greeted by bentgrass fairways and poa annua greens… my favorite playing surfaces. The course played very much into my strengths: driving, wedging, and putting. I gained nearly seven strokes on the greens, and finished in a tie for 8th place. My Sunday 66 vaulted me up the leader board and back inside the top 60 on the FedEx Cup race.
From Detroit I went to Columbus, Ohio for back to back weeks at Muirfield Village. The first event, Workday, was made to play much easier than the following week’s event, the Memorial. However, any trip around Muirfield Village is nowhere near easy. I struggled off the tee, and the brutal rough made hitting greens very challenging… and the green complexes at Muirfield Village are some of the most severely penalizing on Tour. I had two forgettable weeks on the golf course competing there, but will definitely not be forgetting the milkshakes- players and caddies had been building up my expectations for the famous Memorial milkshakes all year, and without a doubt they exceeded even those.
After another week off of heading home to work with Butch, I made the short trip up to Lake Tahoe for the Barracuda Championship at Old Greenwood. The 6000’ of altitude and stableford scoring made for an interesting combination; distance control was a unique challenge, and the points system for scoring rewarded more aggressive play all week. I played very nicely and had my best tournament as a professional from tee to green, finishing 3rd in greens in regulation. My putter carried me to the top of the leaderboard for the first three days, and I was in the second-to-last group on Sunday. I played very nicely again, but unfortunately not enough putts dropped, and I finished in 7th place alone. All things considered though, it was my most solid event for 72 holes on Tour. I also couldn’t leave without playing the Incline Village Championship course, my favorite up in Tahoe, with my Dad, Uncle, and caddie Travis!
After one more week off (where I was two players away from getting into the PGA Championship), I flew across the country to Greensboro, NC to play the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield CC. Once again, returning to a golf course with some of the most pure Bermuda grass possible, I struggled to make putts and judge the turf to the level I needed. Nevertheless, my confidence is still high in my execution and especially my iron play, which will be key in making a playoff push. I got two more days of practice at Sedgefield, dialing in my iron play and spending a little extra time putting, and feel ready to go for the Northern Trust. The FedEx Cup points projections are especially interesting to watch this time of year, as one shot for any other player can influence your standings so greatly.
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Thanks again for following, and be sure to tune in for an exciting race to the FedEx Cup these next few weeks!