Gore one of record-tying five bubble busters
August 23, 2015
By Mike McAllster, PGATOUR.COM
- By qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs, Jason Gore has locked up TOUR status for the 2015-16 season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Gore wasn’t expecting to play next week. Now he will, having moved inside the top 125 who advance to the FedExCup Playoffs next week.
Instead of getting on a flight Sunday night to go home, he’ll now fly out Monday to play The Barclays.
That means he has time to do some laundry.
“I got no clothes to wear,” Gore said after his solo second at the Wyndham Championship left him 98th in the FedExCup standings. “I have no shirts or nothing.”
Gore entered the week 166th in the FedExCup standings. He took the 54-hole lead but couldn’t convert, falling one shot short of winner Davis Love III. Still, his solo second was enough to get him in in the 98th spot. It’s the first time he’s been in the FedExCup Playoffs since 2008.
“You know what? I came here looking for a job next year and maybe next week I’ll aim to win,” Gore said. “Set a goal to win instead of just keeping my job. It was a great week.”
Gore was one of five players who moved inside the top 125 after starting the week outside the bubble. The 51-year-old Love was another one, moving from 186th to 76th after his win. The others were Jonas Blixt (135 to 121), Camilo Villegas (129 to 123) and Ryo Ishikawa (130 to 124).
Blixt used a top-10 finish to secure his spot. He had gone through a stretch of eight missed cuts in 10 starts but has played much better of late, with top-30 finishes in his last four starts.
“It’s a big heavy burden taken off my shoulders right now,” he said. “… It feels really, really good to be able to play well again and hopefully I can make a little run at it in the Playoffs.”
With five moving into the top 125, the five who dropped out were: Will MacKenzie, Brian Stuard, Scott Stallings, Jamie Donaldson and Nicholas Thompson. Only Stuard and Thompson were in the field this week and both missed the cut.
The five players moving inside the 125 ties for the most of any bubble busters at Wyndham. The same number climbed into the Playoffs in 2008 and in 2009.
Davis Love III news conference after winning the Wyndham Championship
THIN MARGIN AT 125: Jeff Overton, who missed the cut this week, is the last man into the Playoffs. He has 458.000 points. No. 126, Will MacKenzie, has 457.563. That means Overton made the Playoffs over MacKenzie by less than a half-point (0.437 to be exact).
Reminder – every shot counts.
TIGER UPDATE: Tiger Woods started the week 187th in points. With his top-10 finish, he moved up to 178th. As it turned out, a solo second would not have been good enough to get Woods into the Playoffs. He needed to win on Sunday to keep his season alive.
BUBBLE BOY MOVES UP: Charl Schwartzel started the week at No. 125, but he goes into The Barclays ranked 96th in points after his tie for third. Schwartzel shot his third consecutive 66 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard and secure his spot.
“I think sometimes in this game when you don’t really have a choice anymore, you really stick in there and give it your all,” Schwartzel said. “It was like that for me this week.”
THE NEW BUBBLE BOY: Only the top 100 will advance from The Barclays to the Deutsche Bank Championship. That means No. 100 Hudson Swafford, who missed the cut at the Wyndham, is on the hot seat.
PLAYOFF STREAKERS: Prior to this season, 30 players had advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs each season. Following the Wyndham Championship, 22 of those players will extend that streak another year: Bill Haas, Jeff Overton, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, John Senden, Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman, Pat Perez, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Jerry Kelly, Luke Donald, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Phil Mickelson.
Snedeker, Furyk and Haas are past FedExCup champs.
The players who failed to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time: Freddie Jacobson, Brian Davis, Bo Van Pelt, Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker.
ROOKIES: Nine rookies are inside the top 125: Justin Thomas (36), Tony Finau (39), Daniel Berger (46), Scott Pinckney (78), Adam Hadwin (95), Nick Taylor (102), Jon Curran (105), Zac Blair (106) and Carlos Ortiz (112).