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What’s the Distance Between Numbers? Ask Danny

The distance between numbers is usually quite uniform, but on the PGA Tour the distance between the numbers 30 and 31 is a chasm.

The Top 30 players in the Fed Ex Cup not only get to advance to the final tournament where there are millions of dollars to spread around, but they also get exemptions into all the major tournaments of next season, including the US Open, The PGA, and the Masters.

The 31st ranked player goes home for the winter along with every higher number.

This year’s 31st player is Utah’s Daniel Summerhays. So close and yet so far.

At the BMW Championship, the third stage of the Fed Ex elimination process, Summerhays missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole by a whisker, and Harris English made an 18-foot birdie putt from just off the edge of the green to climb into 30th place and bump Summerhays into the crowd below. The crowd below included Tony Finau who finished 43rd in the rankings, and Zac Blair who finished 53rd.

It was truly a great season for the three former Utah State Am champions, and they are still young and have bright futures ahead.

At the BMW Summerhays shot rounds of 70-72-66-71-279 and finished in 31st. Finau shot 72-64-77-68-281 and finished 47th, and Blair shot 70-70-74-69-283 and finished 53rd. Finau’s 64 in the second round was tied for third best score of the day, and the 66 shot by Summerhays in the third round tied for the best round of the day.

All three Utahns are expected to participate in the first annual Tony Finau Foundation fund raising event at Thanksgiving Point on September 30th. Information regarding that event can be seen at