Pro would probably lose the PGA Tour card in a brutal fashion – but his reaction is worth watching

Austin Sumtherman hits the tee Friday on hole number 13 at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Max Homma tweeted about it twice. Shane Lowry shared a photo of a jet plane.

Then there’s the man’s own reaction, and if you don’t watch anything else on Saturday, watch Austin Smotherman. Although if his response to one of the most unfortunate sequences you’ll see tells you anything, he’ll probably shrug his shoulders at your condolences and good wishes, too.

To start, Smotherman and three others on Friday halted their second Wyndham Tournament tour due to darkness, and this week, the last regular season of the PGA Tour, this has been very noticeable. First, there was a cut streak to play on the weekend – the top 65 players and ties advance on the PGA Tour; At the time of the Friday night stop, there was exactly 65 players in two stadiums under Sedgefield Country Club; And the four players were floating around that number: Smotherman was one under with a birdie hit on an 8 (hole 17) up front; Chris Gotrop was 2 years old with a ghost situation in his 18th face; Bo Hoag was from three under to 16 hole; And Joshua Creel was on a par with a birdshot in front 18. If the number drops below one, 23 more players will survive.

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Whew. But there is more. Wyndham is also the last week of the Tour’s regular season, with the top 125 players going through to the start of the playoffs next week and, in some scenarios, securing their Tour cards for next year. This was in play for Hogg and Creel as well as for Smotherman — Hogg entered week 186 in the standings, Creel 201 and Smotherman, yes, 125. (Gotterup is this week’s sponsor exemption.)

“This is madness ,” Max Homa tweeted Friday night. “Gotterup also has 4 feet of ghost in order to make the cut. But if another Smotherman plays 2 on 1 under, the pieces go from -1 to -2 and there are currently 88 (!) players in -1. Mayhem”

In fact. All four of them came back on Saturday before she woke up. At 18, Guterop cluttered and Creel, and Hogg played his last holes on an equal footing. Which brings us back to Smotherman. We hope you are stuck. Again, it is worth it.

At 8, Smotherman knocked out 11 feet for Birdie.

At 9, Needing an Equal To Make The Weekend, Double Smotherman’s Ghost; His loaded shot found the right path, then missed the green right, a long crack and three-stroke. Some celebrated. The cut-off streak is now less than one, meaning 23 survived – including Shane Lowry, who tweet a picture From him on a jet plane to Greensboro.

Then there was Smotherman.

His season is probably over, his tour card likely lost, he shrugged in the direction of the pack, Austin Goggert, and said a few words while a social media person was filming a video tour nearby. by his wife Jesse. Then he signed his card. it was nothing. The response was everything.

“the curse,” Homa tweeted. “Cut stays at -1. Smotherman misses. I feel like he must have been tough to sleep in this season on the line. #Golf F.”

Damn right.

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Nick Piastovsky

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Nick Piastovsky is a senior editor at and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native will probably play the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash down his score. You can reach him about any of these topics – his stories, his game, or his beer – at

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