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It’s White Knuckle Time for Utahns in Fed Ex Point Chase

Jason Day has put together rounds of 61 and 63 at the BMW Championship and has a solid five shot lead at the halfway point. That’s the big news nationally. Locally the big news is that Tony Finau made a great second round comeback with a 64 after a disappointing start of 72. It moved him up to 29th place in the semifinal stage of the chase for the Fed Ex Cup. Zac Blair is in 46th place at two under par and Daniel Summerhays is in 52nd place at even par.

There is no cut in this week’s tournament and so all players will compete in all four rounds. However, only the top 30 in the Fed Ex point standings at the end of this tournament will play in the Fed Ex Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia next week.

The next two days at the BMW will be white knuckle time for most of the players, including all three Utahns who will need strong finishes to advance another week in this gut wrenching process of elimination.

Going into this week Summerhays led the Utahns in the Fed Ex rankings and was in 26th place. Finau began this tournament in 41st place and Blair was in 51st place.

At the halfway point of the BMW Championship if all players maintained their current point positions none of the Utahns would advance to next week. All three must improve their standings in the next two rounds.

Summerhays is in the strongest position and would be in 32nd position if the BMW ended as is. Finau would finish in 41st place, and Blair would be 60th. A marginal improvement up the leaderboard would assure Summerhays a spot. Finau must post another good round like he did today, and Blair is a long shot position.

To follow the projections you can go to:

http://www.pgatour.com/fedexcup/projected-standings.html