Lowry and Harrington lose cards but Power must suffer long wait

Lowry and Harrington lose cards but Power must suffer long wait

Pádraig Harrington and Shane Lowry lost their PGA Tour cards, but Seamus Power faces a nailbiting weekend to discover his fate after he also missed the cut in the Wyndham Championship.

The West Waterford star (31) is 123rd in the FedEx Cup standings with only the top 125 on Sunday night assured of their PGA Tour cards for next season and a place in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

But after adding a 69 to his opening 74 to miss the cut on three-over par, Power is in danger of being knocked out of the top 125 at the death for the second year running.

If the event ended now, he'd finish 126th.

Lowry, who needed a top-eight finish to keep his card, missed a seven-footer for birdie at his final hole, carding a second successive 69 in his fifth straight start to miss the three-under-par cut by one stroke.

The Offaly man will concentrate on Europe for the rest of this year and try to get back into the world’s top 50 by year’s end, giving him access to all the big world events in 2019.

Harrington, who needed to win to make the top 125, took 33 putts for the second day running in a three over 73 to finishing well down the field on two-over.

He will still have options next year, including a possible Top-50 Career Money exemption.

Graeme McDowell, who must finish in the top-five to hold on to his playing rights, bogeyed his final hole for a 67.

He will have conditional status next year whatever happens, but while he's still alive, he’s 11 shots behind leader Brandt Snedeker, who followed his historic 59 with a 67 to lead by two shots from DA Points, who shot a second successive 64 to keep his hopes of a dream win alive.

Points (41) is one of a handful of players threatening to push Power out of the top 125, but at 214th in the FedEx Cup standings, the veteran must win to keep his card.    

Power has 377 FedEx Cup points on the board, and while that might be just enough to finish 125th, there’s a host of players threatening to ruin his weekend.

They include former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who is ranked 131st in the FedEx Cup standings and needs a top-20 finish to make the Playoffs.

The Spaniard shot a 65 yesterday to lie just five shots behind Snedeker in a tie for fourth with the likes of 133rd-ranked David Hearn, who can make the top 125 with a top-three, and 132nd-ranked Harris English, who only needs to finish 18th.

On the European Tour, Scotland's Scott Jamieson shot 63 and England's Paul Waring a 65 to lead the Nordea Masters by two shots on 11-under par from South Africa's Thomas Aiken at Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg. 

On the Staysure Tour, Brendan McGovern shot a three under 69 to share second with Miguel Angel Martin, just a shot behind leader Phillip Price in the VTB Russian Open at Moscow Country Club.

Ronan Rafferty is tied fourth after a 70.