Golf is a merciless recreation, very merciless, particularly if you find yourself preventing in your PGA Tour card and your livelihood. Throughout a weather-affected match on the Wyndham Championship, we actually noticed two sides to the game, with 20-year-old Joohyung Kim claiming his first PGA Tour title, whereas American Justin Decrease misplaced his PGA Tour card by a taking pictures problem.
Beginning the day at six underneath par, the 33-year-old was seeking to safe a spot within the high 125, thus incomes full exempt standing for the 2022-23 PGA Tour season. In actuality, he would wish a spherical of two underneath par or higher to earn a spot within the FedEx St. Jude Championship subsequent week.
Heading to the 18th gap, Decrease was two underneath par, with a birdie virtually sure to ensure a playoff spot. If he made a par, then it might imply a tense wait, as he would put it across the 125th-place mark. Discovering the inexperienced in two pictures, a 60-foot putt wanted to drop for a birdie.
When he made contact with the putt, it definitely wasn’t going to be brief, as he rolled six ft. Standing on the putt, we knew he needed to go down, as did Decrease. Sadly, he brushed the best edge, leaving the 33-year-old out of the highest 125.
Brutal, completely brutal… It is definitely one thing you do not need to see, particularly if you discover out that Decrease solely received his card final 12 months. Talking after the spherical, for which he must be given quite a lot of credit score and respect, Decrease was visibly shaken.
When requested how he felt, Decrease responded, “I might let you know if I may say it,” earlier than including, “I actually do not know what I am considering. It actually sucks coming in so brief.” I imply, getting the final card final fall and solely having three begins within the fall, being on this place I assume it is, I do not know, it is cool, however clearly I had some assist with the LIV guys and all that. I do not even know if I am allowed to say that. However I have no idea. There are positives, however proper now it simply sucks.
“I used to be attempting not to have a look at them (on the leaderboard), however I caught a glimpse and it is actually laborious not to have a look at them generally. I stored telling myself not to have a look at them and I assumed I used to be doing fairly good and I simply wasn’t, I wasn’t hitting. , I wasn’t driving that effectively. I have never actually pushed it that effectively all 12 months. It began to get higher in the previous couple of weeks, perhaps the final two months, however I hit what I assumed was a reasonably good tee ball within the 18 and I assumed it might go right down to the underside of the hill, nevertheless it sucks that it fell brief, or shorter than I assumed it might.
“I imply, a two-putt there, the extra I have a look at it, I in all probability would not have even finished it the best way that Kim is taking part in proper now. He is in all probability among the best gamers on the earth proper now in the best way that’s taking part in. Sure, I might have wanted extra assist, however in that state of affairs you do not need to should depend on different individuals I feel. You simply need to do it your self and get it over with and transfer on.
“It is simply powerful. I did not know the 18, however I had a sense. Simply, that first putt I had was prefer it wasn’t the putt you needed in any respect, like I did not even understand how lengthy.” I used to be. She was attempting to hit him 50 ft uphill and attempting to make use of the hill to kill him and he died over the sting. Simply hit him a little bit too laborious, as a result of the very last thing I need to do is minimize him brief and make him come again much more.”
Decrease may have an opportunity to get his card again, numbered 126-200 on the FedEx record heading into the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs in two weeks. At that occasion, he will likely be mixed with the highest 75 gamers from the Korn Ferry Tour in a three-week occasion with 25 Tour playing cards out there.