Gary Woodland qualifies for Tour Championship

Gary Woodland tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

J-W Staff Report

Continuing his strong late-season play, former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland became one of the 30 players to advance to the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sept. 20-23.

Woodland earned a spot in the field by finishing in a tie for 12th at the BMW Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Penn. Woodland strung together four consecutive low rounds to move into 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.

He shot shot 66-66-66-67 for a 15-under total to tie with Kevin Na and Justin Thomas, five strokes behind winner Keegan Bradley.

PGAtour.com lists what scenarios would have to take place for each of the 30 competitors to win the $10 million check that goes to the winner of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

A three-time winner on tour, Woodland would need to win the Tour Championship and:

No. 1 (Bryson DeChambeau) finishes in two-way tie for 26th or worse.

No. 2 (Justin Rose) finishes tied for eighth or worse.

No. 3 (Tony Finau) finishes in three-way tie for third or worse.

No. 4 (Dustin Johnson) finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.

No. 5 (Justin Thomas) finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse.

No. 6 (Keegan Bradley) finishes tied for second or worse.

No. 7 (Brooks Koepka) finishes tied for second or worse.

Comments

Dyrk Dugan

Outstanding end to the season for Gary. The LJW sells him short by laying out the unlikely scenario of him actually winning the championship; if he finishes top 10 at East Lake, he’ll end up with a nice share of the purse and a sizable FedEx bonus; so plenty of prizes to get, without actually winning the whole thing. Go Jayhawks! Go Gary Woodland!

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Tom Keegan

Sells him short? What? Just explaining what it takes for him to win the $10 million. Sells him short? Wow.

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Steven Haag

During the regular season, only the top 64 after the Thursday and Friday advance to the weekend, with all 64 winning something. It’s now down to 30 with a larger purse. If he can stay in the top 15, he should make a nice check. I believe he is right at 2.7 million in earnings for the year. A decent showing could push over 3 million this year.

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Joe Black

Yes but the real question is: Where is Tiger in all of this?

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Dyrk Dugan

Tom, a little sensitive? Yes, the scenario is nice but that’s all you list. This is the top 30 golfers; Gary HAD to shoot that well just to qualify. Other champion golfers like Jordan Spieth, did not qualify. The purse is $9 million split among 30 golfers; plus the FedEx bonus; substantial money. I think you sell Gary short all the time, not just this article; your coverage never emphasizes how hard getting to this point is; but we’ll read whatever it is you decide to write; not much choice. :)

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