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Fowler qualifies for playoff finale, Haas left out
Question of the Day
None of the six Tour Championship winners has made it to Atlanta to defend their title.
Kyle Stanley, who came into the tournament 30th and was on the bubble all weekend, also bogeyed No. 18 for a final round 75. He finished in the dreaded No. 31 slot.
And even Vijay Singh, the second-round leader and third-round co-leader at Crooked Stick, struggled under the pressure. He bogeyed Nos. 14, 16 and 17 for a 73. He finished five shots behind winner Rory McIlroy.
Nobody was more upset about that possibility than Piercy, who incurred a two-stroke penalty Saturday for moving a white out-of-bounds stake after hitting his tee shot far to the left on No. 14.
“It sucks because I’ve been playing good all year, and if I do get there, I’ll be ecstatic,” he said after finishing his round. “It’s enough to push me over the edge right now. I’m tired of qualifying for majors, or trying to qualify.”
Taking the 30th and final spot means Piercy won’t have to qualify for those tourneys next year.
If any of the top five players _ McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson or Brandt Snedeker _ win at East Lake, they’ll also take home the $10 million bonus.
Who else made it in?
Moore, who did a double fist pump after a birdie at No. 18 put him in the No. 28 spot; Senden, who flew home rather than waiting around to learn he got the No. 29 slot; Hunter Mahan, who shot 13-over 157 over the final two days; McIlroy and Lee Westwood, who will make their first appearances in the playoff finale in two weeks; and Fowler, who finally erased the stinging memories of missing out each of the past two years.
The result gave Fowler a boost of confidence _ and a much needed sense of relief.
“I just kind of had to stay in the moment, made sure I stayed focused and kept going through my routine,” Fowler said when asked if he felt the pressure midway through the round. “I didn’t miss very many shots today, and the score doesn’t reflect the way I was swinging and hitting the ball. … It’s going to be nice to have a week off, figure out the scoring a bit and get ready for East Lake.”
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