‘Locals’ Wyndham Clark, Mark Hubbard and Martin Laird set for PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs
By Gary Baines – 8/7/2022
Three golfers with strong Colorado connections — Wyndham Clark, Mark Hubbard and Martin Laird — qualified for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs as the regular season concluded on Sunday.
With the top 125 finishers in the FedExCup season-long standings advancing to the playoffs — and guaranteeing their exempt status for next season if not previously already secure — Clark, Hubbard and Laird will tee it up at the playoff opener, the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, beginning on Thursday.
After the Memphis stop, the top 70 in the standings will advance to the BMW Championship Aug. 18-21 in Wilmington, Del. The top 30 after that event will move on to the Tour Championship, set for Aug. 25-28 in Atlanta.
Going into the Memphis stop, Clark is No. 79 in the standings, fellow Colorado native Hubbard is No. 84, and current Colorado resident and former CSU golfer checks in at No. 100.
Meanwhile, locals who have lost their PGA Tour status — at least for the time being — include Jim Knous (No. 177), Tyler McCumber (179) and Cheyenne native and former CU golfer Josh Creel (202). But Knous and McCumber will get a chance to regain that status through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals — a three-event stretch starting Aug. 18 and ending Sept. 4. The top 25 performers in that three-tournament run will earn PGA Tour cards for 2022-23. As for Creel, he’s exempt on the KFT next year by virtue of his victory in the 2021 Utah Championship on that tour.
But there’s one more event in the KFT regular season — Thursday through Sunday in Omaha — and the top 25 regular-season-long Korn Ferry performers also will lands PGA Tour cards. Former CU golfer Jeremy Paul sits in 34th place in the standings after tying for 14th on Sunday at the Utah Championship.
Notable: Coloradan Shane Bertsch posted his second top-10 finish of the PGA Tour Champions 2022 season by tying for eighth on Sunday in the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary. Bertsch went 68-69-66 and ended up two strokes behind champion Jerry Kelly. … Meanwhile, another Coloradan who has won a Colorado Open, Scott Petersen, made his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Shaw Charity Classic and ended up in 72nd place (74-75-73).