Memphis, Tenn. ( Associated Press) — Ricky Fowler and Jason Day faced enough stress to ensure they made it to the PGA Tour post-season. Now that they’re here, they’re not ready to leave anytime soon.
Fowler changed the caddies and putters. And finally, he started seeing some of the putts going into the hole, though he’s still not completely satisfied.
The day was over with such a high fever that it felt as if his eyes were burning. And he didn’t bogey a single Thursday at the TPC Southwind Course.
Both closed with cards for 65 hits, five under par.
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Si Woo Kim hit a 167-yard shot from the fairway to the 18th hole, for an eagle that allowed him to close his six-under-par day in the final six. After scoring 62, he shared the top with JJ Spaun.
Sahit Thegala, who may have the case for Tour Rookie of the Year, hit a 30-foot putt on his final hole for 63. One shot behind among others was Tony Finau, who comes from two consecutive wins.
It was Finau’s tenth consecutive round with 68 or less. He went back on 66 on the final day of the British Open.
But as the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, the emphasis is also on who advances. Of the 125 qualified golfers, only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship next week.
Then the top 30 will be near East Lake.
Fowler came in with number 125 and needs his best golf of the past two years to reach the next round.
“I have nothing to lose,” Fowler said. “Being 125th, logically I have to play well to get to next week, but that will be an added incentive to do so. You’ll have to leave it there and see what happens, but I’m definitely going to start.” am happy with