On to the next one

Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel and Rory Sabbatini survived the second cut in the FedExCup playoffs and form part of the 70-strong field headed for the BMW Championship on 15 September.

The third leg, held at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, offers a total of 17,690 FedExCup points, and the South African trio must finish in the top 30 of the standings to qualify for the TOUR Championship.

Ernie Els squeezed into the Deutsche Bank Championship when his 32nd-place finish at The Barclays earned him 170 points.

But the ‘Big Easy’ still needed a 17th-place finish or better from the second leg in order to crack an entry to the BMW Championship.

Els’ declared his intention to contend with a second round 65, and played out the tournament at eight-under-par, finishing tied 16th and scraping in at 68th in the FedExCup standings.

Rory Sabbatini, currently 26th in the standings, is still reaping the rewards of a win at The Honda Classic in June, a result which earned him 500 FedExCup points.

Sabbatini added 190 points with a third-place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship in August, and thus comfortably progressed through the first two events despite finishing tied 68th in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Charl Schwartzel currently holds the 27th spot, one place back from Sabbatini, due largely to the 600 points he netted for winning The Masters.

The 27-year-old picked up an additional 243 points in the second playoff leg at the Deutsche Bank when he took a share of 21st after producing cards of 66 for the first and second rounds but slipping in the final two.

Trevor Immelman was forced to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship due to personal reasons, and has unfortunately lost his chance to contend for the FedEx Cup.

Qualifying for the BMW Championship does not mean Els, Sabbatini or Schwartzel can relax just yet, as only the top 30 get through to the season-ending Tour Championship the following week, and only those players will have a shot at a share of the $10-million bonus – as well as a chance of winning the FedExCup outright.

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