That I ain’t got no pride, I’m on the outside
I’m on the outside, I’m on the outside now
This is where it all begins, right here
On the outside lookin’ in, I’m on the outside
If Sexton or Johansen finish in the top three, Gibson (and Ulibarri) would need to win to get in The Eight. Also, a third place finish, which is worth ten less points than second, would put Gibson at 192.5 points, one point out of The Eight. A similar fate is probable for Ulibarri if he ends in third. It will be interesting to see if Gibson and Ulibarri play more aggressive to try to secure a top finish.
Of these four players on the outside looking in, Barsby has been the most consistent. Additionally, he has improved his position at each event: 22nd, 17th, 15th, 11th. Keeping the progression going would result in a top ten finish, but probably not quite enough. In the three round final event anything can happen, so keep an eye out for a strong start from Barsby.
Nikko has been horrendously inconsistent on tour this year: 20th, 5th, 29th, 9th. Arguably this bodes better for a top three finish than Barsby’s consistent play, as he could finish anywhere on the leader board. He clearly has the skill set to make a dent. One other interesting point about Nikko’s play is that, of late, he seems to be getting his 2010 form back. A 9th place finish at Ledgestone demonstrated that his 3rd place at Worlds was no fluke. If he can keep it going, he has a real shot at moving into The Eight.
Watch it go down live:
- September 15-17: Discraft’s Green Mountain Championship
- September 17-18: Tour Championship