On waivers to retain full greens next year, John Huh achieved his career-best Thursday on the course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. The American returned a breathtaking 61 which allows him to settle alone at the head of the last tournament of the regular season. Very complicated start on the other hand for Paul Barjon (photo) that only a top 3 can save.
“It’s a bit strange because I didn’t feel very comfortable in my game and I signed my best career card,” said John Huh on leaving his 18th hole.
Passed in 29 on the way with in particular a series of 5 consecutive birdies, the New Yorker has almost returned all his putts of less than 3 meters and investigated a long putt for eagle at 15 which allows him to take 2 shots advance.
Only second behind Huh, the South Korean Sungjae Im does not have to worry about his place on the circuit next year.
He’s the only FedEx Cup top-10 player to line up this week in North Carolina and a good result here could guarantee him a spot in the Tour Championship at the end of the month in Atlanta.
His 63 of the day is his second best score of the season. The time he did better was when he won the Shriners Children’s Open in October last year.
Among the players navigating in troubled waters, note the good start of Brian Stuard, 137th overall before this tournament and projected 124th with his provisional 5th place.
Satisfying observation also for Austin Smotherman, 125th after the withdrawal from the list of 10 “rebels” left on the LIV Golf and author of a 65 which could allow him to end the season on the right side of the ax.
It did not start very well on the other hand for Rickie Fowler who would lose 4 places after his 71 of the day and would therefore qualify for the first Playoffs tournament in a week in Memphis (St Jude Championship).
An elimination also synonymous with partial playing rights in 2023 for the former world number 4!
Paul Barjon, situation
Weighed down by 10 very delicate first holes, the Frenchman Paul Barjon will have a hard time reversing the trend on Friday and reviving to seek a top 3, the only result synonymous with a return to the top 125 of the FedEx Cup and therefore with rights of full games next season.
1 double, 2 bogeys and a triple from the start of the return very seriously mortgaged the Habs’ chances of shining this week.
3 birdies on the last 5 of the hole of the day still offer him a breath of fresh air but his 141st place, 5 shots from the provisional cut and 15 shots from the leader, sounds like a stoppage.