FedExCup: Sergio Garcia makes Tour Championship as Rory McIlroy bows out
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 18/09/17 6:14am
Sergio Garcia booked his place in the 30-man field for the season-ending Tour Championship with a strong finish in Chicago, but Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson will not be teeing up in Atlanta next week.
Garcia started the penultimate week of the FedExCup Play-Offs ranked 34th in the standings, but he moved up nine places to 25th with a final-round 69 which earned the Masters champion a share of 12th place on 11 under par.
But the Spaniard's final day at Conway Farms was not without its dramas as he managed to save par from the hazard by the final green after taking an age debating his options, eventually playing from the rocks before getting up and down from the rough at the back.
Garcia was not the only big mover on Sunday as American trio Tony Finau, Xander Schaufele and Patrick Cantlay also jumped into the top 30 at the expense of former FedExCup champion Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen, while Mickelson could only lift himself two places to 34th.
Finau powered into a tie for seventh with a classy seven-under 64, moving him from 39th to 24th in the rankings, while Cantlay finished the BMW Championship in a share of ninth - elevating him nine places to 29th despite a pair of nervy 70s over the weekend.
Jason Dufner claimed the 30th and final place for the season finale at East Lake, the American finishing just a point ahead of Oosthuizen with Stenson a further 15 points back having dropped six places in the standings.
The top three remained unchanged as Jordan Spieth extended his advantage over Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, while Marc Leishman's handsome five-shot win propelled the Australian into fourth place ahead of Jon Rahm.
Justin Rose's valiant final-round 65 saw him rise nine places to eighth, but Ryder Cup team-mate McIlroy will not have the chance to defend his Tour Championship, and FedExCup titles after another disappointing week.
McIlroy needed a top-five finish in Chicago to squeeze into the top 30, but he managed to break 70 only once and a closing 71 left him well down the field in a tie for 58th on two under par.