PGA golf tour professional Hudson Swafford, who grew up playing at Capital City Country Club and was a stand-out on the Maclay High School golf team, played his way into the next round of the prestigious Fedex Cup tournament.
The FedEx Cup is a season-long points competition offering $67 million in bonus and prize money over the four weeks of FedExCup Playoff competition which began this weekend.
During the PGA TOUR season, TOUR members earn points based on their results, with a strong emphasis placed on winning and high finishes.
Once the PGA TOUR season concludes, the top-125 players advance to the FedExCup Playoffs, a series of four $8-million tournaments offering quadruple points relative to PGA TOUR season events.
Swafford played well enough during the year, earning approximately $900,000, to make the top 125 and into the Barclays tournament this weekend in New Jersey.
However, the pressure was on to play well and make the top 100 and move on to next weeks tournament.
And it was not smooth sailing for the local product.
After opening with a pair of 68’s on Thursday and Friday, he shot a 71 on Saturday. He opened Sunday with a disappointing 39 on the front nine and was near the 100 player cut line a couple times before finishing with a strong 35 on the back nine.
Swafford ended up finishing tied for 50th which moved him up to 93rd in the Fedex Cup standings. This means he qualifies for the $8.25 million Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, MA next weekend.
The tournament was won by reigning PGA champion, Jason Day.