For the second year in a row, a golfer outside the FedEx Cup playoff picture won the Wyndham Championship, moving into the field and qualifying for the FedEx St. Jude Championship next week in Memphis. Check the Wyndham Championship 2023 Recap!
After Tom Kim did it a year ago, it was Lucas Glover winning the final regular-season event of the PGA Tour’s 2022-23 schedule, shooting a 20-under 260 to win by two strokes over Russell Henley.
“I’m too old to be on the road this much,” Glover, 43, said. “I’ve been busting my hump to be with [my kids], be with my wife. I’m so happy.”
The win takes some pressure off Glover, as he has another two-year exemption on the PGA Tour after his previous one was running out due to his win at the 2021 John Deere Classic. If Glover, 49th in FedEx Cup points, can remain in the top 50 after next weekend’s tournament, he will automatically qualify for all the big-money events on the PGA Tour in 2024.
It was Glover’s fifth PGA Tour win, which have been scattered across 18 years.
Henley was winning when rain caused a delay after the 15th hole. When play resumed, Henley finished with three straight bogeys for a runner-up finish.
“Just never got comfortable, felt a little jittery out there, just never got into a good sync with my swing,” Henley said. “Just didn’t do a good job of handling the restart.”
Byeong Hun An was tied with Henley at -18 for runner-up honors. In fourth was Billy Horschel. In the midst of a terrible season by his standards, Horschel needed to win to get into the playoffs, and he was tied for the lead going into the final round. A 1-over 72, however, ended his playoff hopes, but he did wind up with his best finish of the season.
Webb Simpson and Michael Kim tied for fifth.
There was plenty of drama on Sunday as two FedEx Cup playoff regulars were on the outside of the playoff picture but doing everything they could to make it in.
Justin Thomas, the 2017 FedEx Cup champ, had never missed a playoffs but a rough summer left him outside the top 70 going into this weekend. A 67 on Sunday was one shot shy of getting into the field, and he wound up 71st in the standings after tying for 14th. If Thomas chipped in on the 18th hole, he would’ve finished tied for 12th and made it, but his shot hit the flagstick and settled a few inches away from the cup.
Adam Scott had never missed a playoffs since its inception in 2007. He fired a 63 on Sunday to wind up tied for seventh, but like Thomas, he missed out on the playoffs by one stroke as well.
Also tied for seventh were Cam Davis, Brendon Todd, Advam Svensson, and J.T. Poston, all of whom made the playoffs.
The top 70 in the standings head to Memphis next week for the FedEx St. Jude Championship. The top 50 following that event will advance to the BMW Championship. The defending champ of the FedEx St. Jude is Will Zalatoris, but he isn’t in the event this year due to injury. Zalatoris defeated Sepp Straka in a playoff.
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