Rickie Fowler scrapes in FedEx Cup Playoffs despite missing Wyndham cut

Despite missing the cut at Sedgefield Country Club, Rickie Fowler managed to reach the FedEx Cup Playoffs as he finished the week in 125th place in the standings.

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Mon, 8 Aug 2022
Rickie Fowler scrapes in FedEx Cup Playoffs despite missing Wyndham cut

Rickie Fowler faced a nervous wait over the weekend in North Carolina to see if he would miss the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row.

The 33-year-old missed his ninth cut of the season at the Wyndham Championship. He entered the week 123rd in the FedEx Cup standings, so his fate was now out of his hands.

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A lot of things went Fowler's way during the week in Greensboro, one of them being Austin Smotherman's agonising double-bogey on his final hole in round two to miss the cut. Smotherman went on to finish 127th in the standings.

Englishman Matt Wallace, who has struggled to find his best golf on the PGA Tour in 2022, missed the cut by one shot and he heartbreakingly finished 126th in the rankings, with 125 progressing to the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Justin Lower made the cut and although he shot a 69 on Sunday to finish tied 36th, a bogey on the final hole could've been the difference between a FedEx Cup Playoff spot and 128th place where he eventually finished.

Fowler, previously linked with a move to LIV Golf, had been on course to miss out on the Playoffs for the second year in a row, but he has a lifeline. His only top-10 in the 2022 season came at the CJ Cup right at the start of the wrap-around.

Joohyung "Tom" Kim and Max McGreevy were the only two players who started the week outside of the bubble to finish inside, leapfrogging Wallace and Smotherman into the post-season finale.

It was an incredible week for Kim. The 20-year-old won his first PGA Tour title and became the youngest non-American born player to win on Tour since 1923.

During the ShotLink era, Kim also became the first player to make a double-bogey or worse on the first hole of a tournament and win. He made a quadruple-bogey on his opening hole on Thursday.