That’s the number of golfers surviving the 36-hole playoffs at the Wyndham Championship in this week’s regular-season finale. It’s the most cut by a player on the PGA Tour since the 2019-20 season began when the cut rule was changed to a low 65 and tied, breaking the previous high of 84 set by AT&T Byron Nelson in May .
There were 21 golfers, including Shane Lowry, who flew home and needed to rent a private jet to return to the third round at 11:20am tee time (pictured below), Justin Rose and Mark Hubbard, who owed Chris Gotterup Lots of time – if not a good bottle of wine, at least a thank you note.
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Seven golfers remained on the course at 8:20 p.m. Friday when play was suspended due to darkness, with 65 golfers hitting 2 under or over and 88 hitting 1 under rod or above. The four remaining players will decide to advance when games resume on Saturday morning: B o Hoag (-3 to 16 holes) Chris Gotterup (-2 to 17 holes) Austin Smotherman (-1 to 16 holes) and Joshua Creel (E to 17 holes).
Hogg made a par 69 and Creel also pared, but was on the wrong side of the tangent at 140.
Gottrup was the hero of the 21 players who had plans for the weekend and got paid for his bogey on the final hole. He fell asleep and needed a 4-foot bogey to make the cut. He made it, and the last bogey meant he signed a 69 and shot 1-under 139 on 36 holes.
This brings us to the tragic fate of rookie Austin Smallserman. He is 125th in the FedExCup standings. Despite a bogey-free 65 in the first round, the hot seat was too hot. On Friday, he leaked oil, shot 4-over 16, and faced a 12-foot birdie putt that would push him to 2 under and put him under par when play was suspended. A score of 1 shot bounces all players.
With his 2022-23 Tour card and FedEx Cup playoff hopes up in the air, Smallserman missed the birdie putt when play resumed at 6:47 a.m. Saturday. But thanks to Gottrup’s bogey, all he needed was a par on the final hole to make the cut. not like this.
Although his tee shot found the fairway on the 9th hole, he putt on a par-4 158 yards and missed the green. On the short side, his course ran 33 feet across the hole. He didn’t have a short game because he had to make a par putt, but his life-and-death putt rolled 7 feet out of the hole. He missed a pointless comeback and made a double bogey for a 76.
As Max Homa tweeted about Smotherman, “I have feelings for him. It must be brutal to sleep on with your season on #golf.”
The last time 87 or more players advanced to 36 holes on a tour was at the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship (87). The 1-under 139 was the highest at 36 holes at the Wyndham Championship since 2013.