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Viktor Hovland broke the course record at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday by firing a 9-under round of 61 to finish at 17-under and win the BMW Championship.
The 25-year-old Norwegian scorched the back nine in 28 strokes (7-under) to come from behind to defeat Scottie Scheffler and Matt Fitzpatrick by two shots.
The 30-player field is now officially set for next week’s Tour Championship. Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth was narrowly able to sneak into the field after finishing in 29th place along with Tyrrell Hatton (28th) and Sepp Straka (30th).
We’ll break down the best players who failed to reach the Tour Championship and showcase all 30 qualifiers as well.
Who didn’t make the Tour Championship?
These notable players won’t participate at East Lake Golf Club next week after finishing outside of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup Standings.
Sahith Theegala (31st)
After making the Tour Championship in his rookie season, Theegala narrowly missed out this time around by one spot behind Straka at No. 31. Prior to teeing off on Thursday, the 25-year-old ironically sat in 31st and failed to move up the standings when it was all said and done.
The Pepperdine product has yet to win on the PGA Tour but has come close. This week he finished in a tie for 15th at 6-under par with rounds of 66, 72, 69 and 67.
Theegala played well for three-quarters of the season, earning seven top-10 finishes in his first 15 events. Throughout that span, he made 14-of-15 cuts, with his best finish coming at the RSM Classic, where he ended in a tie for second.
From May to July, Theegala began to struggle and recorded just one top-30 finish. Three consecutive missed cuts at the Scottish Open, Open Championship and 3M Open definitely hurt his chances this week of finishing inside the top 30.
Justin Rose (34th)
The 2013 U.S. Open champion began the BMW Championship in 32nd place and managed to find himself in the top 30 after the first two rounds. A 3-over par 73 on Sunday ultimately doomed his odds resulting in him sitting at 34th in the rankings.
Rose finished the event in a tie for 22nd at 4-under. The 43-year-old PGA Tour veteran began 2023 with a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and also recorded top 10s at the Players Championship and PGA Championship.
A lighter schedule in June and July that included three missed cuts in a row at the U.S. Open, Scottish Open and Open Championship definitely hampered his chances of securing a spot in the top 30.
Cameron Young (42nd)
It was certainly a season to forget for the 17th-ranked player in the world. Young was expected to have a breakout year after such a strong finish to the 2022 campaign, which featured a second-place finish at the Open Championship along with two other T2s.
The Wake Forest product ended 2022 with a 19th-place finish at the Tour Championship but failed to reach East Lake a year later.
Young entered the week at 46th in the standings and needed a huge week in order to vault into the top 30. He finished T15 at 6-under, which moved him up just four spots. The 26-year-old ended up recording just five top 10s in 22 starts for the 2022-2023 season.
Hideki Matsuyama (50th)
Matsuyama held the longest active streak (nine) for appearances in the Tour Championship. He came into the week in 47th and would’ve needed a strong performance to reach East Lake.
An unfortunate back injury caused him to withdraw ahead of the second round, putting an end to his season.
Who made the Tour Championship?
The table below consists of the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup Standings with their starting scores for next week’s Tour Championship.
|Starting score at the TC
|Si Woo Kim
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