GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jason Gore wasn’t expecting to play next week. Now he will, having moved inside the top 125 who advance to the FedExCup Playoffs next week.
Instead of getting on a flight Sunday night to go home, he’ll now fly out Monday to play The Barclays.
That means he has time to do some laundry.
“I got no clothes to wear,” Gore said after his solo second at the Wyndham Championship left him 98th in the FedExCup standings. “I have no shirts or nothing.”
Gore entered the week 166th in the FedExCup standings. He took the 54-hole lead but couldn’t convert, falling one shot short of winner Davis Love III. Still, his solo second was enough to get him in in the 98th spot. It’s the first time he’s been in the FedExCup Playoffs since 2008.
“You know what? I came here looking for a job next year and maybe next week I’ll aim to win,” Gore said. “Set a goal to win instead of just keeping my job. It was a great week.”
Gore was one of five players who moved inside the top 125 after starting the week outside the bubble. The 51-year-old Love was another one, moving from 186th to 76th after his win. The others were Jonas Blixt (135 to 121), Camilo Villegas (129 to 123) and Ryo Ishikawa (130 to 124).
Blixt used a top-10 finish to secure his spot. He had gone through a stretch of eight missed cuts in 10 starts but has played much better of late, with top-30 finishes in his last four starts.
“It’s a big heavy burden taken off my shoulders right now,” he said. “… It feels really, really good to be able to play well again and hopefully I can make a little run at it in the Playoffs.”
With five moving into the top 125, the five who dropped out were: Will MacKenzie, Brian Stuard, Scott Stallings, Jamie Donaldson and Nicholas Thompson. Only Stuard and Thompson were in the field this week and both missed the cut.
The five players moving inside the 125 ties for the most of any bubble busters at Wyndham. The same number climbed into the Playoffs in 2008 and in 2009.