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FedEx Cup bubble: English, Taylor ease in

 
 
Harris English and Nick Taylor were the only two men able to break-through on Sunday into the 125-man bubble that will ensure they retain their tour cards and go through to the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs. 
 
And they did it with strong finishes in the US PG Tour’s final regular tournament of the year, the Wyndham Championship, at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club.
 
English, an American, did it by shooting a two-under 68 on Sunday and closing with a 14-under total that earned him an 11th place tie and hoisted him from 132nd on the FedEx Cup standings to 124th. Phew!
 
Taylor did it in a more spectacular fashion, shooting his lowest round of the season, a scorching 7-under 63, that put him into a tie for 8th and moved him from 129th to 119th.
 
“I don’t want to be on the bubble again,” said English, who needed to wrap-up his place in next week’s Playoff opener, The Northern Trust, with a two-putt par from all of 60 feet on the final hole.
 
“Nobody wants to be put on the bench and not play the Playoffs and not have a chance to win the FedEx Cup.”
Taylor, a Canadian, said “It’s been a long year. I really felt like I was playing well the last couple of months but nothing really was going my way, so it’s really satisfying to finish it off like this.”
With these two players moving up into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings some unfortunates had to go.
They were American Martin Piller who slipped back from 124 to 126 and South African Tyrone Van Aswegen who slid from 125 to 127 after both players missed the Wyndham cut.
Jim Furyk, the current US Ryder Cup captain and the 2010 FedEx Cup champion, needed a win or a 2nd place alone to climb inside the top 125. 
He so nearly got there, but in the end, it was a bridge too far.  He tied for fourth after a heroic final-round 63.
 “It’s a little disappointing not playing next week but I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy.”
Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters champion, and Bill Haas, the 2011 FedEx Cup champion, were also not able to make the top 125 bubble – and it ended their impressive streaks of having qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs every year since its inception in 2007. 

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Neville Leck

Written by neville@golfweather.com.