By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Sergio Garcia’s possibilities of successful the BMW Championship took a significant dip when he wanted three pictures to get out of a bunker on the fifth gap.
Down the stretch, the primary query was whether or not he’d end within the high 30 of the FedEx Cup standings — and qualify for the Tour Championship.
Garcia did handle that, and so did Erik van Rooyen in a pressure-filled ultimate spherical at Caves Valley on Sunday. Patrick Reed additionally certified regardless of lacking each playoff tournaments.
Okay.H. Lee, Charley Hoffman and Alex Noren weren’t so lucky, ending within the first three slots exterior the highest 30. Lee and Noren each bogeyed the ultimate gap.
Patrick Cantlay received the event in a pulsating six-hole playoff with Bryson DeChambeau. Garcia completed seven strokes again, however he’ll make his first journey to the Tour Championship since 2017. He was forty fourth in FedEx Cup factors coming into this occasion, however he tied for sixth after capturing a 3-under 69 on Sunday.
“Obviously, after final week I put myself in a troublesome spot, however confirmed loads of guts this week,” Garcia stated. “(*30*) some nice golf. To come again after what occurred on 5 and never surrender and maintain at it and play as laborious as I did these final three holes — the 2 up-and-downs I made on 16 and 18, they had been very good.”
Garcia made an eagle and two birdies within the first 4 holes of the ultimate spherical. Then got here his issues within the bunker on No. 5.
“I simply wished to maintain going. I had such begin. I didn’t wish to hit it 10 to 12 toes by,” he stated. “I wished to offer myself one other birdie and type of maintain at it, and it got here out just a bit bit too gentle. Just hit the lip and got here again. Then the subsequent one I hit it and there was a pebble, and the ball simply didn’t come out.”
Garcia’s double bogey on No. 5 was the one one anybody made all week on that quick par 4. The remainder of his spherical was a curler coaster — three birdies and two bogeys on the again 9 — however he did sufficient.
Van Rooyen closed with a 65 to complete fifth — his third top-10 displaying in his final 4 occasions. He was 139th within the FedEx Cup standings coming into the Barracuda earlier this month. He received that event, made the playoffs after which completed seventh within the Northern Trust.
Van Rooyen stated he wanted a confidence enhance going into the Barracuda.
“Now it’s nearly utterly flipped,” he stated. “I’m completely cruising and I’m enjoying a few of the greatest golf I’ve ever performed persistently.”
He was nonetheless forty fifth within the standings coming into this week, however now he is headed to the Tour Championship at East Lake.
“Obviously it’s my first full 12 months on the PGA Tour, and it was a aim of mine to get there,” stated van Rooyen, a 31-year-old from South Africa. “Like we simply stated, six weeks in the past or so I wasn’t even sniffing it. Just actually pleased with myself.”
Lee, van Rooyen’s enjoying associate, would have made the highest 30 with a par on the par-4 18th, however he despatched his strategy properly to the suitable and needed to play his third shot from close to the grandstand.
“I’m unhappy for him as a result of he battled very well that again 9,” van Rooyen stated. “That’ll sting, and I do know what that looks like. But he’s an exceptional participant. He’ll be okay.”
Reed has been recovering from bilateral pneumonia. He additionally withdrew from the Northern Trust with an ankle damage.
Max Homa got here into this event in thirtieth place however completed close to the underside of the sphere to fall out of the Tour Championship. Hoffman was twenty ninth within the standings coming in, however he completed tied for thirty eighth on this occasion, which wasn’t adequate.
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