GREENSBORO, North Carolina. John Hugh wasn’t expecting the worst round of his PGA Tour career Thursday at the Wyndham Championship and had no complaints about the score or time.

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Hu made seven of his eight bird’s-eye attempts from 10 feet or closer and hit a 40-foot eagle shot on the 15th par-5 hole at Sedgefield for 9-61, giving him a two-stroke lead over Sungjae-im in the final. regular season tournament.

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“It’s a bit strange because, as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t feel very good in my game and [to] throw your career down, it’s a bit weird,” Ha said. – Some mixed feelings, but I will agree to this any day.

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Well, a round was needed. He’s ranked 120th in the FedEx Cup – with some wiggle room due to defectors to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf – and only the top 125 advance to next week’s lucrative postseason and receive the full PGA Tour card for next season. .

“I know what is at stake, I know how important this tournament will be,” said Ha. “At the same time, you just have to go and play, and I think I did that really well today.”

I had two eagles in the 1/8 finals. A true No. 15 in the FedEx Cup, he’s already set for the playoffs, and a good week could secure him a place in the East Lake Finals.

Peter Malnati and Brandon Wu were 64 years old.

Much more relevant was the 65-year-old group, which included Austin Smotherman. He is ranked 135th on the FedEx Cup list, but he will count as 125th – a cutoff – because 10 players ahead of him were disqualified for signing with LIV Golf.

Suspended players will queue up to receive FedEx Cup bonus money without playing. The PGA Tour said last week that FedEx Cup player rankings would not be affected by players moving to LIV Golf.

Smotherman only missed two greens and kept ghosts out of his map. Three others aged 65 – Ben Coles (181), Cameron Percy (170) and Brian Steward (148) – did not make the top 125.

Also at age 65 was Aaron Wise, who is 34th in the standings and looking to improve his ranking ahead of the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs. Wise had a five-hole stretch on the back nine that he played 5 under par, including a 30-foot eagle shot on the 15th, until he missed the fairway and was unable to keep par due to the green on the 18th.

World No. 14 and the highest-ranked player in the field, Will Zalatoris was hoping to finish in the top 10 in the FedEx Cup and earn regular season bonus money. After finishing second in the majors twice this year, he opened with 71 and then had to worry about being cut.

Ricky Fowler also had 71 games in the afternoon. Fowler is 123rd in the FedEx Cup (including suspended players ahead of him) and will likely have to cut his roster to stay in the playoffs for a second season in a row.

Ha now has three rounds of 62 or lower on the PGA Tour – he had 62 at Sedgefield in 2013 and 62 at Las Vegas in 2016 – and this round looks easy.

Starting on the fourth hole, he ran five birdies in a row, the longest of which was 10 feet high. After his long eagle shot on the 17th, he scored a 4-foot birdie shot.

“I got close enough, gave myself a chance,” Ha said. “The longest kick I did was for the eagle, but other than that, I put it almost 10 feet and did it all.”