The race to the FedExCup Playoffs takes center stage at the 3M Open

BLAINE, Minn. – Greyson Sigg hopes to compete within the FedExCup Playoffs. He traces again to the extent of self-confidence that led to an excellent 2020-21 season on the Korn Ferry Tour, recording two wins from 19 top-25 finishes en path to Rookie of the 12 months honors.

He additionally is aware of that playoff spots usually are not given, they’re earned, and that his perspective might have restricted his potential throughout his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. He entered this week’s 3M Open ranked 126th within the FedExCup standings, one of many proverbial bubble boys within the final three common season occasions.

Sigg’s play this week reveals a need to play his means out of the bubble. He posted a third-round 7-under 64 at TPC Twin Cities, by a 6-hour, 38-minute mid-round climate delay, to maneuver right into a tie for sixth by Sunday at Minnesota. That end would undertaking him to No. 105 within the FedExCup standings, basically securing a playoff spot.

“I simply strive to not get discouraged,” Sigg mentioned of the challenges of his rookie season on TOUR, which included a string of 5 consecutive blown cuts in Could and June. “It is a irritating recreation. It is a powerful recreation… engaged on my perspective a bit of bit, and I really feel like that has gotten loads higher this week as nicely.”

The 3M Open marks the third-to-last occasion of the PGA TOUR common season, with the highest 125 gamers from the FedExCup following the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship to earn playoff berths and be totally exempt from the TOUR in 2022-23.

A number of gamers within the combine by Sunday at TPC Twin Cities are aiming to play their technique to the Playoffs, together with 54-hole chief Scott Piercy. The four-time TOUR winner entered the week at No. 138 within the FedExCup standings, having posted 5 top-25 finishes up to now within the season however nonetheless searching for his first top-10 end.

Issues appear to be coming collectively on the proper time for Piercy, who entered Saturday with a three-shot lead and hit a 5-under-par 66 to increase that margin to 4.

“It means loads,” Piercy mentioned of being on this place. “I’ve had my struggles, and attempting and proving that I can nonetheless do it’s a big confidence enhance.”

Some chasers want to make the playoffs for the primary time, like England’s Callum Tarren. After incomes his first TOUR card by the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, lower than a month after the start of his first youngster, Tarren did not make his first reduce till The Honda Basic in February.

The 31-year-old has constructed his confidence by outcomes. He made 10 cuts in his final 15 begins, together with a pair of top-six finishes, and performed in Saturday’s remaining trio at TPC Twin Cities. He sits T13 within the remaining spherical, having entered the week No. 144 within the FedExCup and initiatives to maneuver as much as No. 134.

“It might be superb,” Tarren mentioned of the opportunity of making the playoffs. “That was one in every of my objectives from the start of the season, and after eight occasions, lacking eight cuts in a row did not look very promising. I all the time knew my recreation was adequate.

“I do not take a look at (the numbers) on the golf course, as a result of on a gap you’ll be able to go from being contained in the quantity to being exterior the quantity. I feel a superb strong week this week will care for issues.”

Others, like Doug Ghim, are striving to repeat their look within the Playoffs. The College of Texas alum earned his first TOUR card in spectacular style by way of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, draining a vital par 8-footer on the 72nd gap adopted by a Tiger-style fist pump.

Ghim, 26, missed the Playoffs in his rookie TOUR season rating 184th within the FedExCup, however eligibility was prolonged for one more season on account of COVID-19. He cashed in with a No. 83 end in final yr’s FedExCup, and began this week No. 117 within the standings.

Ghim hit a 65 within the third spherical at TPC Twin Cities to maneuver right into a tie for third place, projecting him to No. 84 within the FedExCup.

“It has been very irritating, as a result of I really feel like a number of the enhancements I’ve made as a participant have not been mirrored clearly within the FedExCup and statistically and all of that,” Ghim mentioned of his season thus far. “However I do know what the pattern of my recreation is and I have been knocking on the door and possibly I am simply lacking a nasty spherical or a few dangerous holes and I have been attempting to be actually affected person.

“It is a actually good time of yr to begin discovering the rhythm and begin placing my identify within the hat down the stretch. I do know that is what I used to be able to all yr, however it’s enjoyable to lastly be calm this time of yr.”

Each shot counts within the race to the FedExCup. This time of yr, the shortage of alternative magnifies that data.

“It might imply loads,” Sigg mentioned of creating the playoffs. “I actually do not count on anything. I count on loads from myself, and I hope to take action within the coming weeks.”

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