September 18 2011
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LEMONT, Ill. -- Charl Schwartzel is finished with his final round at the BMW Championship. His FedExCup fate now rests in the hands of others.
Schwartzel shot a 1-under 70 on Sunday at Cog Hill. As he signed his scorecard, he was projected to finish 29th in points, which would put him in next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
But several players projected below him, like Martin Laird, Jim Furyk and Kyle Stanley, still were on the course. If they make any moves, Schwartzel could be knocked out.
Of course, if any of the players ahead of him, such as Jason Dufner or Y.E. Yang, fell back, that might enhance the Masters champ's position in the points race.
"What can you do?" Schwartzel said after his round. "Just sit and wait. I gave it my best shot. That's all you can do. It's going to be difficult."
Schwartzel was in much better shape through his first 14 holes, as he was a bogey-free 3 under. But then he bogeyed the 15th and 16th holes before bouncing back with a birdie at the 17th.
Then at the 18th, his approach shot landed in the hazard on the downslope between the green and the water. Schwartzel thought briefly of taking a drop and trying to chip in to save his par, but instead opted to play the ball. His chip blew well past the pin, and his 37-foot putt to save par came up short.
Schwartzel hopes that bogey on the final hole doesn't come back to haunt him.
"I had a bad finish," he said. "Actually, I played really good today. The whole week's been going sort of like my finish today."