By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Sergio Garcia’s possibilities of profitable the BMW Championship took a serious dip when he wanted three pictures to get out of a bunker on the fifth gap.
Down the stretch, the principle query was whether or not he’d end within the prime 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 last spherical at Caves Valley on Sunday. Patrick Reed additionally certified regardless of lacking each playoff tournaments.
Ok.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 gained the match 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 taking pictures a 3-under 69 on Sunday.
“Obviously, after last week I put myself in a difficult spot, but showed a lot of guts this week,” Garcia mentioned. “Played some great golf. To come back after what happened on 5 and not give up and keep at it and play as hard as I did those last three holes — the two up-and-downs I made on 16 and 18, they were very nice.”
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 just wanted to keep going. I had such a good start. I didn’t want to hit it 10 to 12 feet by,” he said. “I wanted to give myself another birdie and kind of keep at it, and it came out just a little bit too soft. Just hit the lip and came back. Then the next one I hit it and there was a pebble, and the ball just didn’t come out.”
Garcia’s double bogey on No. 5 was the only one anyone made all week on that short par 4. The rest of his round was a roller coaster — three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine — but he did enough.
Van Rooyen closed with a 65 to finish fifth — his third top-10 showing in his last four events. He was 139th in the FedEx Cup standings entering the Barracuda earlier this month. He won that tournament, made the playoffs and then finished seventh in the Northern Trust.
Van Rooyen said he needed a confidence boost going into the Barracuda.
“Now it’s almost completely flipped,” he said. “I’m absolutely cruising and I’m playing some of the best golf I’ve ever played consistently.”
He was still 45th in the standings entering this week, but now he’s headed to the Tour Championship at East Lake.
“Obviously it’s my first full year on the PGA Tour, and it was a goal of mine to get there,” said van Rooyen, a 31-year-old from South Africa. “Like we just said, six weeks ago or so I wasn’t even sniffing it. Just really proud of myself.”
Lee, van Rooyen’s playing partner, would have made the top 30 with a par on the par-4 18th, but he sent his approach well to the right and had to play his third shot from near the grandstand.
“I’m sad for him because he battled really well that back nine,” van Rooyen said. “That’ll sting, and I know what that feels like. But he’s a phenomenal player. 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 match 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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