However, there are only 30 places for the PGA Tour season finale, the Tour Championship in Atlanta and at this point, anything is still possible. This year’s season has been a hit and a miss, with quite a few notable names ending earlier than they may have hoped.
Phil Mickelson missed out by just 32 points and grabbed at the opportunity to make his PGA Tour Champions debut instead. Three Englishmen, Ian Poulter (88th), Justin Rose (91st) and Tommy Fleetwood (92nd) now has some spare time on their hands to tune up their game for the US Open at Winged Foot next month.
Rickie Fowler (94th) failed to advance to the BMW Championship for the first time. Major winners Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Zach Johnson all failed to crack the top 100. Koepka had to withdraw to rest his troublesome knee before trying for a hat-trick at the US Open.
South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen birdied the final hole on Sunday to snatch the 70th and final place away from Doc Redman. Although his golf wasn’t entirely up to scratch for a few rounds,Tiger Woods ended on a good note at TPC Boston as he closed with a 66.
Unfortunately, that was only good enough for a T58 finish that leaves him ranked 57th in the FedExCup standings and needing a strong week in Chicago to make the Tour Championship. Even though Rory McIlroy, defending FedExCup champion, is currently ranked at 12th based on his pre-coronavirus game but his results since golf resumed in June have been alarmingly poor, with him admitting he is sometimes only going through the motions.
McIlroy has finished in the top 30 only once in his last seven rounds, slipped from first to fourth in the world rankings, and he and Woods have both admitted to struggling for focus with no spectators to feed off.
Who is struggling to qualify for the Tour Championship?
Paul Casey (64th), Matt Fitzpatrick (60th), and Woods (57th) all need to pull some fancy moves out of their golf bags while contending for a place in the final 30 at East Lake.
Gary Woodland (39th), US Open reigning champion and Adam Scott (38th) seem to have a more realistic chance on advancing. Former FedExCup winner Billy Horschel is starting in 30th place in the standings, with Tony Finau one place above him after he missed the cut in Boston.
Dustin Johnson's remarkable 11-shot win at the Northern Trust boosted him to top spot in both the world rankings and the FedExCup standings. Although he as five career victories in the Play-Offs, he is yet to win the overall tournament.
Justin Thomas is snapping at Johnson’s heels after claiming a three-shot win over Patrick Cantlay at the BMW Championship last year. Webb Simpson rounds off the consistent provisional podium positions ahead of the penultimate event of the season.
However, he pulled out of the BMW Championship to recuperate for the Tour Championship after playing the last four weeks on Tour. However, Simpson made a late decision to pull out of the BMW. Bryson DeChambeau is currently seventh and Jon Rahm moved up one place in the standings to ninth after he finished tied for sixth at TPC Boston.
his best result since his impressive three-shot victory at The Memorial last month which dethroned Rory McIlroy at the top of the world rankings. At this point, anything can still happen an a FedExCup that seems to be favoring the underdog this year.