PGA Tour rookie Austin Smotherman doubles last to miss Wyndham cut, likely in playoffs

When play was suspended Friday night at the Wyndham Championship, Austin Sumotherman had a 12-foot flying throw in the 4th minute, his penultimate hole in the second round, for a chance to move one shot away from the cut-line.

By the time Smotherman completed his tour on Saturday morning, his season would likely be over, too.

The 28-year-old PGA Tour rookie, who entered this week’s regular season final at Sedgefield Country Club, barely managed to hold a playoff field at 125 in FedExCup points, before capping 6-over 76 with a double bogey to end the game at One point, two cut-off shots, which were made on Saturday with 87 players qualifying for the weekend.

Smotherman, who played golf in college with SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau, hit the fairway in the ninth grade of fourth grade, but then missed it right, rolling his ball down the slope to the second cut, before hitting a weak bump—and running the chip 33 feet after the pit. He took three bullets from there.

Had Smotherman played his last two slots in 1 under, this would have thrown 22 players at 1 under T-66 and off the cut line. That group included Cory Connors, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, and Chris Guterop, who drilled 4 feet for the bogey on the last hole to spend the weekend. Gotterup, who already competed in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals with his non-member points, earned the payback after missing a similar throw at the NCAA Tournament last May that would have landed him in a playoff for the singles title.

Going into round three on Saturday, Smotherman was expected to drop from #125 to #129 and be knocked out of the playoffs starting next week in Memphis. While there is little chance of Smotherman returning to the playoffs, he needs a lot of help, so he’s sure to return to the KFT Finals, where he can keep his card. If he doesn’t play well there, he’ll still have limited status outside the 126-150 class.

Full field scores of starring Wyndham

Here’s a look at the expected inward and outward movement midway:

  • Ricky Fowler (MC): 123 -> 127
  • Matt Wallace (MC): 124 -> 128
  • Damper Man (MC): 125 -> 129
  • Max McGreevy (T-15): 126 -> 122
  • Brian Steward (T-7): 137 -> 124
  • Ryan Moore (T-1): 183 -> 68

Webb Simpson, who pulled out during the weather suspension Friday night, is expected to drop from No. 117 to No. 123 for now. Nick Taylor, currently a T-50, is No. 125 in the back starting the week at No. 120.

Martin Trainer started the championship in 135th and is now expected to move up to 126th because he is a T-10 after 36 holes.

Zach Johnson, Harry Higgs and Rory Sabbatini are among those outside the top 125 who cut Wyndham and are still alive to move on to the cut-off picture.

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