The drama wasn’t just at the top of the leaderboard during the final round of The Barclays. There were plenty of golfers who weren’t in contention but who were still fighting for their playoff lives. Some will move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship while others will be able to enjoy an early vacation. In fact, 20 of the 25 players ranked between 100 and 125 heading into The Barclays were eliminated.
The five that survived were Martin Kaymer, Camilo Villegas, Erik Compton, Greg Chalmers and Stuart Appleby. Kaymer finished tied for 50th at Liberty National Golf Club and moved from 103rd to 90th in the rankings. Villegas continued his fight back to relevance with a tie for 54th, moving from 110 to 100. He’s the last man in this week. Compton jumped all the way from 117 to 94 with a tie for 43rd. Greg Chalmers fared best of everyone on this list by finishing in a tie for 37th and moving from 122nd to 93rd. Appleby wasn’t far behind him, in a tie for 41st that moved him from 123rd to 96th.
While they’ve made it through to another week, these players are by no means in the clear. Because they are all still relatively low in the rankings, they are going to have to build on their performances and get better each and every round if they hope to make it to next week’s BMW Championship – only the top 70 will make it to the third round.
Clearly, they’re going to need to do something fairly spectacular in order to crack that number – or pray for an epic failure from several players currently ranked head of them.