Ian Poulter's tie for ninth at this past Labor Day weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship helped him surge all the way from 77th place in the FedEx Cup points race to 52nd and qualified him to keep playing on at the BMW Championship next week in Chicago. Only those ranked 70th or higher will still be playing when they tee it up at Conway Farms Golf Club.
Ernie Els earned the distinction of being that 70th ranked competitor. His tie for 22nd at TPC Boston pushed him all the way from 91st into the last qualifying spot
Others moving into the top 70 from the outside were Kevin Stadler, Marc Leishman, Brian Davis, Brendan Steele, and Nicholas Thompson.
Tim Clark and Ryan Palmer led a disappointed group that were inside the top 70 when play began last Friday, but failed to maintain those spots. All but one, Cameron Tringale, failed to qualify because they didn't make the cut. Tringale's tie for 67th simply wasn't enough to keep him just inside the top 70 at 69th as he dropped to 79th. The others who were bounced were Martin Laird, David Lingmerth, Freddie Jacobson, and Kyle Stanley. Palmer was the highest ranked at 60th to get bounced as he finished just outside at 71st.
And then there were those who came close to moving up and because of missed putt here and there, their seasons have come to a close. K.J. Choi (74th) was a prime example, missing a par putt at 18 on Monday that would've continued his season.
The FedEx Cup race gets serious now as it moves to Chicago. At stake will be playing well enough to finish in the top 30 in FedEx Cup points at the conclusion of play a week from this Sunday. For all of those who moved up to continue playing this past weekend, it will take even a better effort to qualify to play for the big money in Atlanta at the Tour Championship. $10 Million awaits the overall winner.
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