Sunday 22 April 2018

Irish quartet must deliver in FedEx decider

Graeme McDowell. Photo: Getty Images
Graeme McDowell. Photo: Getty Images

William S Callahan

Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Seamus Power are among the players needing a good performance in the Wyndham Championship to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs.

The top 125 players at the end of the week will advance to the Northern Trust Open, with the top 100 then qualifying for the Dell Technologies Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and the top 30 for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

McDowell has to finish in the top 35 at Sedgefield Country Club to move up from his current position of 131st, while Lowry is ranked 145th and needs a first top 10 of the season on the PGA Tour.

Power is 123rd in the standings and knows that making the cut this week will give him a great chance of making the play-offs and retaining his Tour card.

Pádraig Harrington will lose his card unless he can produce the second place or victory required to reach the top 125 from his position of 199th.

McDowell has missed the cut in five of his last six events, including last week's US PGA Championship, and failed to qualify for the Open for the first time since 2003.

But the former world number four, who is currently ranked 110th, is taking a relaxed approach to the week after making the 90-mile journey from Charlotte to Greensboro.

"I feel like I am focused beyond the play-offs and I am into next season already," McDowell said.

"I am not trying to put too much pressure on myself because it is too late in the season to be putting pressure on myself.

"I feel like I have done a lot of good things this season to have nothing to show for it, so it has been frustrating from that point of view.

"I really like the way I am moving and I have got a great end-of-year schedule."

Elsewhere, New Zealand's Ryan Fox is looking to cap a brilliant rookie season with a first European Tour title at the Fiji International, which got under way last night.

Fox, the son of All Black fly-half Grant Fox, is 21st on the Race to Dubai after a superb run of form.

There are no Irish golfers in the field.

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