NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Jordan Spieth could really use one more round at the BMW Championship.
The 2015 FedExCup winner is currently projected 31st in the playoff standings through 54 holes at Aronimink, with only the top 30 advancing to the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Spieth is trying keep a streak alive – he’s qualified for the season finale every year he’s been on Tour – but he’s also trying to satisfy a PGA Tour scheduling requirement.
As the Associated Press pointed out earlier this week, a tour policy requires pros to play at least 25 events in a season or to add a new event that they haven’t played in the last four. Spieth made only 22 starts last season and did not add a new event to his schedule this season.
His appearance at the Ryder Cup will get him to 24 starts, but he’ll need to qualify for the Tour Championship to avoid running afoul of the policy.
Per an ESPN.com report, “If he fails to qualify and comes up short, it is unclear what would happen. No player has violated the policy, but the tour’s regulations stipulate that he could receive a major fine (believed to be $20,000) or a suspension.”
At issue for Spieth will be whether a final round is even played. Heavy rains are expected for Sunday and Monday outside Philadelphia, leaving a chance that the event gets shortened to 54 holes.