FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Heath Slocum has reason to be wary of media on the golf course unless it is for a trophy presentation.
Two years ago in the final event of the season, Slocum was so far out of contention at Disney that he teed off on the back nine. As he finished, he saw photographers and a few writers behind the ninth green, and he knew why they were there. Slocum was at No. 30 on the money list, needing to hold down that spot to get into the Masters Tournament.
“I didn’t know if they needed a quote because I made the Masters or because I missed it,” Slocum said.
He made a 7-footer for par and held onto the 30th spot by $1,439 over J.B. Holmes.
On Monday in Greensboro, Slocum was trying to move into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs when he started dropping shots.
A double bogey on the 14th, a bogey on the 16th, and then more photographers.
“I knew it was going to be close,” he said.
Slocum finished with a bogey, but he was one-shot clear of moving into the top 125, sending him to Bethpage Black for The Barclays.
He needs to get into the top 100 in the standings to advance next week to the Deutsche Bank Championship, though he has history on his side. Slocum also was No. 124 in 2009 when he won The Barclays. He ended up eighth in the FedEx Cup standings.
It was the biggest win of his career, not only because the field was among the strongest of the year, but because of the four players he beat – Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Steve Stricker, who at the time had combined for 97 PGA Tour wins and 20 majors.
RIGHT PLACE: Sergio Garcia and his caddie, Gary Matthews, split up at the PGA Championship. The Spaniard went to the Wyndham Championship in need of a caddie, and David Faircloth was in the right place at the right time. Faircloth, a caddie at a private club in North Carolina, was working the pro-am for club member Bobby Long, who wound up recommending him to Garcia.
So Faircloth was on the bag as Garcia won his first PGA Tour event in four years.
The payoff for Faircloth remains a mystery. Most regular tour caddies are on a weekly salary, along with a percentage of what the player earns, typically 10 percent if they win. Garcia earned $936,000. But the Spaniard wasn’t sure what he should give a club caddie who filled in for the week.
For The Barclays, Garcia plans on using Wayne Richardson, who works as a spotter for CBS Sports.