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August 16 2013

2:41 PM

Playoffs berths hang in balance

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Ben Crane, No. 124 in the FedExCup, missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship.

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Some players left the scoring trailer at Sedgefield Country Club knowing their PGA TOUR season had come to an end. A missed cut guaranteed they’d miss the FedExCup Playoffs. Others, like Ben Crane, will have to wait and see if they can sneak into the postseason despite failing to qualify for the weekend at the Wyndham.

Crane started the week at No. 124 in the FedExCup standings, but shot 72-76 to miss the cut. The four-time TOUR winner’s playing privileges don’t hang in the balance, though. He started the week at No. 99 on the money list, good enough to secure playing privileges for the following season.

“I just didn’t play well,” Crane said. “I’m probably in a position where I’m going to end up missing the Playoffs, depending on how people play. I certainly wanted to play myself in. It’s been a challenging year. I need to keep grinding away and get healthier.”

If he does miss the Playoffs, Crane said he’ll treat the extended break as an offseason and use it to “evaluate, improve a little bit and get back after it.” He’s been struggling with a back injury all year. He almost had to withdraw Thursday because of the injury. “It’s disk stuff, but not bad enough to operate on, so I’ve just had to live with being in a little bit of pain and not being able to practice as much as I’d like,” he said.

Scott Langley started the week at No. 121 in the FedExCup standings and shot a first-round 67. He missed the cut after a second-round 76, and while it’s likely he’ll remain in the top 125 and keep his TOUR card, it will likely be a long weekend for the rookie as he awaits his fate.

“I just happened to have the worst day of golf I’ve had in two months today,” Langley said. “It’s out of my control now. I just hope I can hang on this weekend and stay in the playoffs. I’m just going to get lost in practice and try and improve, try not to let it own my weekend. I’ll just check it Sunday afternoon and hopefully I’ll be alright.”

TOUR rookie Brad Fristch (No. 128 in FedExCup) missed the cut after shooting shooting 75-71, ensuring that he would need to return to the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his full playing privileges. Four-time TOUR winner Chad Campbell, who started the week at No. 132 in the FedExCup, also missed the cut; he can use a career money-list exemption next year, though. Several notables, like No. 125 Steven Bowditch and 130th-ranked Bud Cauley, are in action this afternoon.

Ben Kohles, who turned pro last year and won his first two starts on the Web.com Tour, shot 75-75 at Sedgefield to ensure he’d be headed to the Web.com Tour Finals. He started the week at No. 142 in the FedExCup.

“I’m going to go to those four (Finals) events and get after it,” said Kohles, who won last year’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. That event will be the third event of the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.

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