Geoff Ogilvy narrowly slipped into the field at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but he took advantage of the opportunity with a T2 finish alongside Russell Henley and Bill Horschel, the latter of which also kept his playoff hopes alive by moving inside the cutoff for the BMW Championship.
The T2 pushed Ogilvy from 100th to 24th in the FedExCup standings, and Horschel from 82nd to 20th, well inside the 70-player cutoff for the third playoff event.
Ogilvy started the tournament with rounds of 70-71, and then his putter propelled him to two 65s on the weekend. “It was nice. Thursday and Friday I didn’t make anything, and the last 27 holes were a lot of fun,” said the 8-time TOUR winner.
Moving on to the third playoff event was the last thing on Billy Horschel’s mind as he played the 18th hole. He was one stroke behind Chris Kirk, and had a 6-iron in his hands with 198 yards to the front edge.
The 27-year-old said, “So I knew [Kirk] had a 1-shot lead on me going into 18. I saw where he hit a drive, so he had to lay up. I saw him hit a really good wedge shot and I saw him miss his putt. It didn’t change my mind at all. I knew I was going for it. It was a perfect club.”
Billy had a chance to win with an eagle, and tie with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole, but things took a turn for the worse when he chunked his 6-iron into the hazard short of the green. “I just hit a bad shot at the wrong time,” said Horschel.
The lack of a W will linger a little longer for Horschel, but both players live to fight another day.
Only six players ranked from 71-100 in the FedExCup standings going into the DBC played their way into the BMW Championship: Billy Horschel, Geoff Ogilvy, Morgan Hoffman, Ben Crane, Chesson Hadley, and Carl Pettersson.
The six players ranked inside the top-70 in the FedExCup standings going into the DBC that failed to move on are: Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Hicks, Ben Martin, Scott Langley, Shawn Stefani, and Scott Brown.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)