Shane Lowry thought his tournament was done.
That’s why he hopped on a plane and went home to Florida following the completion of his second round at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, at Sedgefield Country Club. Lowry carded a 2-under 68 in the morning, but it put him at 1 under for the tournament, which at the time was outside of the cut line.
So Lowry got on a plane and flew home. So did other golfers. Yet the cut wasn’t determined Friday night because the second round was suspended due to darkness.
Saturday morning, Chris Gotterup made a bogey putt after play resumed, bringing 21 players, including Lowry, inside the cut line. That meant Lowry had to scurry to get back to Greensboro from Florida.
His flight took off on the 680-mile journey at 7:31 a.m. and landed at 9:06 a.m., leaving plenty of time to get to the course before his 11:20 a.m. third round tee time.
It’s the most players to make the cut on the PGA Tour since the cut rule changed to low 65 and ties to start the 2019-20 season, breaking the previous high mark of 84 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.
Other golfers have had to fly back when making the cut before, too, like Bryson DeChambeau last year, when he traveled more than 1,000 miles from Dallas to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The made cut should help Lowry solidify his position in the FedEx Cup standings should he make a run this weekend. Lowry sits in 27th position heading into the playoffs, well into the field, but a strong finish could essentially guarantee him a spot in the playoff finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.