|Harold Varner vaults PGA playoff rankings after New York showing|
|Gastonia native 29th in FedEx Cup points|
|Published Friday, August 16, 2019 9:28 am|
|Harold Varner III finished third at last week’s Northern Trust tournament in New York, which moved him to 29th in the FedEx Cup standings.|
Harold Varner III took a big step toward the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
Varner, a Gastonia native in his fourth season on the PGA Tour, finished tied for a career-best third at last week’s Northern Trust tournament in New York, which Patrick Reed won. Varner, who finished two shots off the lead at 14-under par, at one point tied for the fourth-round lead, but missed putts on 16 and 17 that cost him a chance at winning.
“You can beat yourself up or you can learn from it,” Varner told the New York Post. “I’ve always been good at that. That’s life. I’m a big believer of speaking into existence. If I talk about it enough, it’ll happen.”
More important, Varner’s finish vaulted him from 102nd in Fed Ex points to 29th going into Thursday’s BMW Championship in Chicago, the second leg of the PGA playoffs. The top 70 players advance to the BMW and the top 30 after that tournament move on to the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Northern Trust is the latest 2019 highlight moment for Varner, who turns 29 this week. He played in the final pairing in May’s PGA Championship in May after shooting rounds of 71, 67 and 67. He faltered on the final day with a round of 81 that dropped him to a tie for 36th.
“I learned that I’m capable,” Varner told the New York Post. “It’s so easy to get caught in ‘This didn’t go my way,’ but that’s not how I operate, you just need a chance and I had a chance. If you’re 100 percent on taking advantage of every chance, I’d be Tiger Woods, I guess.”
• Terrain Gill won the A Flight at Smoke’s August Invitational at Deer Brook Golf Club in Shelby.
Gill’s round of 64 was eight shots better than the trio of Kevon Bests, Richard Degree and Alvin Thompson. Colonel “Bam” Hopper was fifth with a round of 74. Victor Brown led B Flight with a round of 74, a stroke ahead of James “Smoke” Brown while Coley Jeter finished at 76.
• The 50th Par Busters Golf Open is Aug. 17-18 at Tradition Golf Club in Charlotte.
The 36-hold medal play tournament will take the first 150 players to sign up and pays $7,000. Entry fee is $150 per player, which includes green fees and carts. Late entry fee is $160 at the Par Busters Club House, 2317 West Blvd.
A percentage of proceeds will go to the Sickle Cell Regional Network and the Junior Golf Program.
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