The last midshipman in the graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy is called “The Anchor Man.”
The PGA Tour’s “Anchor Man” heading into this week’s FedEx Cup playoffs is Rickie Fowler.
Fowler missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship on Friday and went home sitting at No. 124. Fowler missed the playoffs last year but kept his card thanks to his 2015 win at The Players. He was not secure for 2023.
With Tom Kim winning on Sunday, he became a Tour member and pushed the list down one spot. That was bad news for Matt Wallace, who was 125th — he was pushed to 126, unfortunately for him.
Max McGreevy played his way in. He was No. 124 heading into the Wyndham. Thanks to a 65 on Sunday, McGreevy finished tied for fifth and jumped up to 105th, safely in for the FedEx St. Jude this week in Memphis.
“I wasn’t trying to get a certain amount of points or finish top 30 or something like that,” McGreevy said. “I haven’t played good golf in a long time, so I was just trying to play good golf and I thought it could take care of itself.”
McGreevy was the only player, aside from Kim, to play his way into the playoffs. While Wallace was bumped at No. 125, the guy who started the week in that position, Austin Smotherman, missed the cut and finished No. 126.
Justin Lower was No. 127. He bogeyed his final hole at the Wyndham, which appeared to cost him the final spot in the playoffs. However, a par would have nabbed him the 125th spot, which, as Wallace can attest, still wasn’t good enough.
Jerry Kelly Wins Shaw Classic:
Jerry Kelly made a nervous four-footer for par at the final hole of regulation play Sunday then went on to beat John Houston in a playoff at the Shaw Charity Classic.
Kelly made birdie on the first playoff hole and joined Steve Alker as a three-time winner this season on the Champions Tour.
“I love coming to Canada,” Kelly said. “To get a win up here is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Things were tight down the stretch of the final round as five players finished just a shot out of the playoff. Kirk Triplett, who held the overnight lead, missed a four-footer for par at the 18th. Triplett (69), Paddy Harrington (66), Joe Durant (62), Dean Wilson (66) and Alex Cejka (66) finished at eight-under par, a shot short of Kelly and Houston.
A Tearful Farewell To Sir Nick Faldo:
Sunday’s broadcast of the Wyndham Classic was the swan song for CBS lead golf analyst Sir Nick Faldo.
Faldo’s heading to his new ranch in Montana to begin his fly-fishing career.
Tears were flowing in the booth as Ian Baker Finch, whose name is on the Claret Jug with Faldo’s, gave a tribute to his fellow Open champion. Baker Finch began to get emotional, tears flowed and then more came from Sir Nick.
The broadcast included all sorts of tributes to Faldo and it is ironic that his broadcast career ended where he made his PGA Tour debut — back in 1979 at the Greater Greensboro Open.