Though it may seem like a low-key event after the drama of the PGA Championship, the Wyndham Championship represents a crucial week for many golfers.
It’s the last regular event of the PGA Tour season before the FedEx Cup playoff, and thus, the last chance for players to make it into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup rankings, all of whom retain their Tour card for next season.
After some decent performances capped off with a great showing at Bellerive last week, Shane Lowry entered this week ranked 139th in the standings. Another high-placed finish was required in order to break into the top 125.
Lowry started with a one under round of 69, but Brandt Snedeker’s ungodly round of 59 left the Irishman ten shots back of the lead after just one round.
Another 69 would follow on Friday, putting Lowry on -2 for the tournament and 141st in the FedEx Cup. He would need a stellar weekend to make it, but at least he was still in play for most of Friday.
However, the generous scoring conditions at Sedgefield meant that the field were gaining ground, and the cut line moved to -3 just before the conclusion of the second round. Lowry has therefore lost his PGA Tour card for the 2018/19 season.
Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington also officially lost his, though at 220 in the standings, that outcome was a formality.
Having started the week at 123rd, Seamus Power faces the most anxiety-ridden weekend that a golfer could face, having missed the cut at +3.
The Waterford native is currently projected to finish at 126 – just one place outside those who will contest the playoffs. That standing will fluctuate throughout the final two rounds, with the likes of Sam Saunders and Sergio Garcia also in the mix and playing this weekend.
Seamus Power started the week 123rd on the FedExCup points list. If things finished as they stand now, he would be the first man out at 126th. However, we currently project he will finish inside the 125 (77% chance). It's likely that one of Taylor, Garcia, and English will falter
— data golf (@DataGolf) August 18, 2018