By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Robert Streb stopped worrying weeks ago about the top 125 on the FedExCup points list. It’s easy to fret, but also a futile exercise. He has one more day to keep thoughts about the points standings at bay.
“It just makes your hair fall out,” Streb, a PGA TOUR rookie, said. “In Reno, I was like, the heck with it. My wife (Maggie) was probably tired of it. I’m trying to do the best I can to just go play, have fun and wherever it goes, it goes. It’s not like you’re making a terrible living anyway.”
Streb arrived at his final hole Saturday, Sedgefield’s par-4 ninth, projected at No. 125 on the FedExCup standings. He left himself short-sided left of the green, though, and the resulting bogey dropped him to 126th in the projected standings. It’s a very fine line for Streb, who only must slightly improve his standing to have a chance at the top 125.
He’s tied for 31st at 2-under 208 (68-70-70). He trails Ben Crane, who’s currently projected to finish 125th in the FedExCup, by 40 points. Crane, who has 369 FedExCup points, missed the cut. A solo 30th finish is worth 41 FedExCup points.
Streb, 26, has been outside the top 125 since a missed cut at the Sanderson Farms Championship, which ended July 21. He arrived at the Wyndham Championship ranked 133rd in the FedExCup; the top 125 at week’s end qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs and retain their full playing privileges for the 2013-14 season.
If he finishes outside the top 125, Streb must attend the Web.com Tour Finals to attempt to regain his PGA TOUR card. “If I have to go to Indiana, I go to Indiana,” Streb said, referring to the first event of the Web.com Tour Finals, the Hotel Fitness Championship Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Streb has the most realistic chance of jumping into the top 125 this week. Nos. 126-132 on the FedExCup points list – with the exception of No. 127 Nicolas Colsaerts, who isn’t in the field – all missed the cut. No one is currently projected to move inside the top 125 this week.
There are a few players who still could crack the top 125 with a good Sunday, and always the possibility of someone throwing a Hail Mary in the final round of the regular season.
-- Jim Herman, who made double-bogey on his final hole Saturday, needs to finish no worse than solo fifth to have a chance at passing Crane. Herman is T-10 at 5-under 205, four shots out of a three-way tie for third.
-- Shawn Stefani needs 59 FedExCup points to catch Crane. A solo 13th-place finish is worth 60 points; Stefani is T-23 at 3-under 207, two shots outside a five-way tie for 10th.
-- Ricky Barnes, who also is T-23 at 3 under par, needs to finish no worse than solo 10th to catch Crane.
It was a rainy Saturday at Sedgefield Country Club, and more of the same weather is expected in the final round. “The worse the weather, probably the better it is for me,” Streb said, “because you don’t have to shoot as low to catch up.”
He had three top-25s in his first seven events this year, including a season-best T-11 at the Puerto Rico Open. Then "all hell broke loose for six weeks," he said, as he missed six consecutive cuts in April and May. "I couldn’t figure out what I was doing. I was hitting it bad, putting it bad. I’m slowly getting it going the right way now," Streb said. He needs one more day in the right direction to keep his card and qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.
ON THE BUBBLE
|FedExCup rank||Name||Projected rank||Score||Place|
|120||George McNeill||121||2-over 212||T-67|
|122||Greg Chalmers||119||1-under 209||T-41|
|123||Stuart Appleby||124||2-over 212||T-67|
|125||Steven Bowditch||122||1-under 209||T-41|
Note: Ben Crane (99th on money list), Steven Bowditch (114th), Peter Hanson (121st), Nicolas Colsaerts (107th) and Padraig Harrington (110th) all likely to keep PGA TOUR card based on being in top 125 of money list.