Local PGA pros’ playoff run done

Taylor, Hadwin just miss cut for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the next stage of the playoffs.

Nick Taylor of Abbotsford watches his approach shot on the first hole during the first round of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club on August 27

Abbotsford golf pros Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin had their PGA Tour post-season runs come to an end over the weekend.

Taylor entered The Barclays — the PGA’s opening tournmanet of the playoffs that features a progressive cut — as the 102nd seed. He finished tied for 53rd at two-over, enough to bump him up just one place in the FedExCup rankings, leaving him one spot shy of the field of 100 slated for the next stage, the Deutsche Bank Championship (Sept. 4-7).

Taylor made the tournament cut following a two-day score of 140 on the par-70 course at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey, Edison, shooting 67 on the opening day.

He then had the opportunity to qualify himself for the next stage on the the final hole of the day. The PGA Tour rookie faced down a seven-foot putt for birdie on Sunday, but missed, parring the 18th to finish the day at three-over. A birdie would have pushed Taylor into 50th place, which would have qualified him for the next stage.

“I didn’t play very well today,” Taylor told the Boston Globe. “I had it in my control and I just didn’t do it.”

Taylor picked up $19,008 for his finish in The Barclays.

He finished his rookie season with one PGA Tour win at Sanderson Farms, one top-10 finish and two top-25 finishes across 28 events. He made the cut 17 times and earned just over $1 million.

Hadwin entered The Barclays in slightly better shape than his Abbotsford counterpart, but failed to make the cut, finishing at five-over following two rounds.

Hadwin entered the playoffs as the 95th seed. He was one of eight players who lost their top-100 placement, falling just outside the cut for the Deutsche.

The 28-year-old golfer finished as the 107th seed in the FedExCup rankings. He tallied two double-bogeys, nine bogeys and a driving accuracy below 50 per cent in the opening rounds.

This season, Hadwin managed three top-10 finishes and seven top-25 finishes, for just over $900,000 in earnings. His best finish of the year came in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial where he tied for fifth.

Jason Day of Australia picked up the win at The Barclays, leading the field by a solid six-shot margin, shooting 68, 68, 63, 62 through four rounds. He took home $1.485 million as the winner’s share.

Three tournaments remain in the PGA post-season.

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