Shane Lowry may be the defending Champion Golfer of the Year, but he’s currently outside of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Can he do enough to make the postseason?
This week’s PGA Tour stop, the Wyndham Championship, is the last chance for players to earn points to qualify for the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs. There are a number of big names on the outside looking in at the playoffs, including the reigning Champion Golfer of the Year, Shane Lowry.
Lowry, who won the Open Championship last summer at Royal Portrush, finds himself in 131st place in the current FedEx Cup standings. He will need to get to 125th or higher to make it into the postseason.
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He has played in 11 events on the PGA Tour this season, making eight cuts. Lowry has three top 25 finishes, including one top 10. That came just two weeks ago when he tied for sixth place at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.
At last week’s PGA Championship, Lowry started well with a 2-under par 68.
He shot 72 on Friday to make the cut. His 69 on Saturday left him back in the field and his 74 on Sunday dropped him into a tie for 66th place overall.
Lowry’s finish in the WGC event was the outlier in what he has done since the tour resumed in June. He missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and the RBC Heritage. He made the cut at the Travelers Championship, but finished in a tie for 60th.
At the Workday Charity Open, he shot a final round 69 to finish in a tie for 39th, but he missed the cut the following week at the Memorial Tournament.
Lowry has two wins on the PGA Tour in his career. In addition to the Open win in 2019, he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2015. He also has three international wins to his credit.
If Lowry is to qualify for this FedEx Cup playoffs, he will need to do something pretty special this week. The way he has been playing, that doesn’t seem likely. However, it didn’t seem likely that he would win the Open Championship at all, let alone by six shots, last year. Look for Lowry to come up just short of making the playoffs, based on recent performance.