Race to FedExCup Qualifiers Takes Center Stage at 3M Open

BLAINE, Minnesota – Greyson Sigg anticipates competing in the FedExCup Playoffs. That’s due to the level of self-confidence that drove him into the scintillating 2020-21 season of the Korn Ferry Tour, where he netted two wins out of 19 finishes in the top 25 finishers en route to the Rookie of the Year award.

He also knows that playoff points were not awarded, but rather earned, and that his attitude may have limited his potential during his PGA TOUR season. He reached the 3M Open this week in 126th place on the FedExCup standings, and is one of the bubble boys in the last three events of the regular season.

Sigg’s play this week shows his desire to break out of the bubble. He took a card in the third round, 7-under-64 in the TPC Twin Cities — via a 6-hour, 38-minute mid-round delay — to go into a sixth tie through Sunday in Minnesota. That finish would see him rank 105th in the FedExCup standings, essentially securing a qualifying berth.

“Just try not to get upset with yourself,” Sigg said of his new season’s TOUR challenges, which included a streak of five consecutive missed cuts in May and June. “It’s a frustrating game. It’s a difficult game…I’m working on my stances a little bit, and I feel like that has improved a lot this week as well.”

The 3M Open marks the third-to-last event of the PGA TOUR regular season, with the top 125 FedEx Cup players at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championships earning playoff berths and TOUR exempt status in 2022-23.

Several players in the mix through Sunday in the TPC Twin Cities are aiming to play in the playoffs, including 54-hole leader Scott Percy. The four-time winner entered the week at 138th in the FedExCup standings, having scored five of the top 25 so far in the season but is still looking for his top 10.

It looks like things will meet in time for Percy, who came in on Saturday with a three-shot lead and 5-under 66 cards to extend that margin to four.

“It means a lot,” Percy said of being in this position. “I’ve experienced my own suffering, and proving and showing that I can still do this is a huge confidence booster.”

Some runners are looking to make the qualifying for the first time, such as England’s Calum Tarin. After receiving his first Tour ticket during the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, less than a month after giving birth to his first child, Tarren didn’t make his first act until The Honda Classic in February.

The 31-year-old has built his confidence through the results. He’s made 10 cuts in his last 15 games, including a pair of top six, and played in Saturday’s triple-final at the TPC Twin Cities. T13 stands in the final round, having entered the week at 144th in the FedExCup and predicted to move up to 134th.

“It would be unbelievable,” Taryn said of the prospect of qualifying. “This has been one of my goals since the start of the season, and after eight events, missing eight cuts in a row didn’t sound very promising. I always knew my game was good enough.

“I don’t look at (the numbers) on the golf course, because in one hole you can go from inside the number to being outside the number. I think a good, strong week this week will take care of things.”

Others like Doug Game are striving to repeat playoff appearances. The University of Texas alum earned his first Tour Card in dramatic fashion with the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, draining 8 feet into the 72nd hole followed by a Tiger-esque fist pump.

Ghim, 26, missed the playoffs in his new season TOUR at #184 at FedExCup, but eligibility has been extended for another season due to COVID-19. He benefited from 83rd place in the FedExCup Cup last year, and this week started in 117th place in the standings.

Ghim cards third round 65 in the TPC Twin Cities to go into a tie for third, which puts him 84th in the FedExCup.

“It’s been a lot of frustration, because I feel like a lot of the improvements I’ve made as a player haven’t really been reflected in FedExCup, statistically and otherwise,” Ghim said of his season so far. “But I know where my game is headed and I’ve been knocking on the door and maybe just one bad run or a few bad holes and I was just trying to be really patient.

“It’s a very good time of the year to start finding the groove and start putting my name in the hat that goes down the stretch. I know that’s what I’ve been able to do all year, but it’s fun to be on one last step at this time of year.”

Every shot counts in the race for the FedExCup Cup. At this time of year, the dearth of opportunities amplifies that knowledge.

“It means a lot,” Sigg said of the qualifying procedure. “I don’t really expect anything else. I expect a lot from myself, and I look forward to doing that in the next couple of weeks.”

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