Steady Zach Johnson (and two-time major winner) was one of the surprising names who didn’t finish in the top-125 this year to gain entry into the FedEX Playoffs beginning this week. In fact, the list includes players with a combined five major victories.
GolfWeek’s Adam Woodard has the story.
- Martin Trainer, who won the Puerto Rico Open in February
- Jim Herman, who won the Barbasol Championship in July
- Zack Sucher, whose second-place finish in the Travelers provided a long-awaited financial windfall
- Adam Svensson, the only golfer on Tour to post a 61 twicethis season
- Zach Johnson (2 majors)
- Martin Kaymer (1 major, 1 players)
- Jason Dufner (1 major)
- Luke Donald (former #1 ranked player)
- Alex Noren
- Jimmy Walker (1 major)
- Beau Hossler
- Daniel Berger (2 Tour wins)
Zach Johnson heading for an MDF at Wyndham and will miss the playoffs for the first time in his career. Asked him about the notion that the switch to PXG has had a negative impact on his game: “That’s false. For me, it’s the best stuff. It’s not even a question.”
— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 3, 2019
Zach Johnson signed with PXG in Jan. of 2016 when he was ranked #13 in the world, he’s now ranked #126. A few others:
Ryan Moore: April ’15 #29, now #84
James Hahn: Jan. ’16 #106, now #361
Charl Schwartzel: July ’16 #22, now #163
Lydia Ko: Jan. ’17 #1, now #21
— deepfriedegg (@deep_fried_egg) August 4, 2019
The stats are troubling to say the least even though amateurs continue to buy up the sticks–no matter how alarming the pros’ dwindling performances since making the switch.
Finally, via GolfChannel’s Nick Menta, now that Z-Lo missed his first playoff series since 2007, here are the remaining players to qualify for golf’s FedEx post-season.
Only nine players have made the playoffs every year since 2007:
Charles Howell III