August 20 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It wasn't easy but Heath Slocum has played his way into the FedExCup Playoffs with a tie for 32nd at the Wyndham Championship.
Slocum moved from 128th to 124th, displacing Jhonattan Vegas. He is the only player who started the week outside the top 125 to punch his ticket for The Barclays, which begins its 72-hole run at Bethpage Black on Thursday.
Slocum was projected No. 120 when he came back to the 14th tee at Sedgefield on Monday morning to resume his final round. He came up short on the 475-yard par 4 in two, chipped up and three-putted from six feet for an inauspicious double bogey. He dropped to 123rd in the projections, as a result, and stayed there when he bogeyed the 16th hole.
Slocum came up short again at the 18th hole, chipped on and missed a 6-footer to save par. Even so, he only dropped one spot to No. 124 to solidify his spot in the Playoffs.
"I really thought I probably need a par at the last and then when I missed that, I was like, I mean -- obviously they're all important," Slocum said. "I'm trying to make them not only to improve my standings to maybe get in The Playoffs but every little point helps, every little dollar helps. As soon as I saw you guys start inching around, I knew it was getting close."
In 2009 Slocum missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship and had to wait anxiously on Sunday to see if he remained in the top 125. He did -- by two points -- and ended up winning The Barclays. He went on to finish eighth in the FedExCup that year.
"I think I've been playing a little better lately," Slocum said.
"I'm going to take that away as encouraging. Kind of just take the
finish and just put it aside. I have life next week. I've been
there before. It's a course I've played before.
"And, like I said, my game really does feel like it's kind of rounding out, getting a little more consistent. The putter is starting to feel better. I didn't make anything today. Kind of dreadful. Again, I'm just happy to move on at this point."