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Bubble busts: Notables likely out of playoffs after missing Wyndham Championship cut

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The Wyndham Championship could be a gift or a death sentence for those hovering around the FedExCup playoff bubble.

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A good week might extend a player’s season, while a bad one might force him to play the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to try and keep the tour status for next season – if they don’t already have one. The lack of a cut could ruin a player’s playoff hopes even sooner.

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Read on to find out who was batting on Friday at the Wyndham Championship after realizing they probably won’t be playing next week in Memphis.

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Full Wyndham Championship Results

Ricky Fowler
Projection: 123 by 127

Fowler missed the playoffs for the first time in his career last season, but what could have been a fluke has in all likelihood turned into two years in a row where he failed to make the playoffs.

The comeback campaign looked promising when the 33-year-old Fowler introduced the T-3 at the CJ Cup last fall. Since then, his best finish this season has been T-21 in the Wells Fargo Championship. He still entered Wyndham at number 123, but a miss dropped his projection to 127, two places above the playoffs. Luckily for Fowler, he is fully released the following season.

Danny Willett
Projection: 127 by 130

The Englishman won last fall on the DP World Tour but has only had one top 10 this season on the PGA Tour (T-7 at the 3M Open) despite making the most starts in Tour history (21) . His five-year exemption from winning the Masters expires this year, but next season he could drop out of the #126-150 category or head to the KFT Finals.

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Matt Wallace
Projection: 124 by 128

Coming out of his second top 10 of the season last week in Detroit, the 32-year-old looked to build on that momentum for his second consecutive playoff appearance, but the Englishman finished one shot off the cut-off line at Wyndham.

Austin Smotherman

Projection: 125 by 129

Rookie Smotherman earned his Tour card on the bubble by finishing 25th in the KFT standings last season, and now he’s likely making his way back to the KFT Finals after scaring 18th twice at Wyndham and narrowly missed out on separation. If he doesn’t play well there, he will still have restricted status outside of the nos. 126-150 category.

Cameron Champ

Projection: 130 by 133

The 125th racket of the world has won in each of the last three seasons, but this year the streak was interrupted. A wrist injury plagued him almost the entire fall roster, and when he returned in January, he never found success, with two top-10 finishes in 17 starts and five straight misses midway through the season. His streak of three consecutive playoff appearances is likely coming to an end, but thanks to his past victories, he has a map for next season.

Garrick Higgo

Projection: 143 by 147

Higgo burst onto the scene last year when he won the Palmetto Championship in just his second Tour start. This season, the best result of the 23-year-old athlete in the individual competition was the T-18 at the Memorial. With the exception of T-4 at the Zurich Classic, the South African has never been in the top 10 since winning the Congaree. The Palmetto victory will give him another season, as he is exempt from participation next year.

Hank Lebioda

Projection: 139 by 144

Last season, the world No. 289 finished in the top 10 three times in a row to secure its first playoff spot after three years on the Tour. He has never finished in the top 10 this season.

Nick Hardy

Projection: 129 by 132

In his rookie campaign, Hardy missed approximately a month with a wrist injury. However, he returned and qualified for the US Open before placing in his first top 10 on the Tour at the Traveler’s Championship. However, it would be too little too late if Wyndham needed 31st or higher to break into the top 125 in points.

Harris English

Projection: 182 x 186

A year after he ended a seven-year winless drought and earned his first Ryder Cup nod, English has been sidelined for most of 2022 after hip surgery. The world No. 38 has finished once in the top 20 in seven starts since his return and ended the season with three consecutive misses. The 33-year-old is exempt from participation in the 2023/24 season thanks to two victories in the 2020/21 season.


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