A nervewracking week at the PGA Tour’s regular season-ending Wyndham Championship produced some happy and some frustrating results for golfers with Louisiana ties.
The Wyndham represented the last chance before the four-event FedEx Cup playoffs begin next week for golfers to earn one of the 125 spots in that series of tournaments.
Former LSU golfer and Shreveport native David Toms punched his ticket with a strong showing. The 2001 PGA champion tied for 18th at the Wyndham to move up from a vulnerable 120th in FedEx points to 112th in the final standings.
The 47-year-old Toms also keeps his PGA Tour card for the 2014-15 season because of his FedEx finish. He could have also kept his card by finishing in the top 125 in money earnings (Toms is 115th with $786,235) or by using a career earnings exemption (Toms ranks eighth all-time with nearly $40.3 million in earnings).
Former Tulane golfer Michael Thompson tied for 64th at the Wyndham, but his modest finish didn’t hurt him much. He dropped just four spots from 102nd to 106th in FedEx points to cement his spot in the playoffs. Thompson is also 99th in earnings with $932,300.
Defending Wyndham champion Patrick Reed, who played golf at University High, also tied for 24th in the Greensboro, North Carolina, tournament to hold at No. 9 in FedEx Cup points.
Reed, who won twice during the 2013-14 season at the Humana Challenge and WGC-Cadillac Championship, is 11th in earnings with $3,624,449. He has also secured a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
The results weren’t good enough for three other golfers with local ties to make the playoffs or earn their PGA Tour cards.
Former LSU player Andrew Loupe also tied for 24th, but that only moved him up from 145th to 137th on the FedEx Cup points list. Loupe also fell short of keeping his PGA Tour card as he ranks 142nd in earnings with $563,121.
Fellow former Tiger and Baton Rouge resident John Peterson missed the cut at the Wyndham to sink his FedEx Cup hopes.
Peterson, the 2011 NCAA champion, only made the cut in eight of 25 starts this season and finished 179th in FedEx Cup points and in earnings ($238,230).
Baton Rouge native Heath Slocum came close to punching his ticket with a victory in the Wyndham, but came up short of both making the FedEx playoffs and keeping his card.
Slocum was tied for the lead with two holes to play but bogeyed 17 and 18 to finish fourth. He still shot up 29 spots from 158th to 129th in points and finished 141st in earnings with $566,167.
While they missed the playoffs, Loupe, Peterson and Slocum will get a second chance to earn their 2014-15 PGA Tour playing privileges.
Players finishing from No. 126 to 200 in FedEx Cup points will join the top 75 money winners on the Web.Com Tour for that tour’s four-event finals.
The top 25 money winners in those four events will earn their 2014-15 PGA Tour cards, in addition to the top 25 money winners from the Web.com Tour overall.
Peterson and Loupe earned their PGA Tour cards with strong finishes in the Web.com Tour Finals last year. Peterson led the Finals in earnings while Loupe finished high enough on the combined priority list of Finals participants to earn PGA cards.
The FedEx playoffs begin with The Barclays on Thursday.