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The ruthless nature of the FedEx Cup play-offs was on show again, as another 20 players had their PGA Tour season cut short.

Some were more certain of their fate than others, with the last spots inside the top 50 claimed by an excruciatingly narrow margin.

Initially, 70 players made it into the play-offs to compete in the first leg at TPC Southwind.

Lucas Glover staked an unlikely Ryder Cup claim by lifting the FedEx St Jude Championship, as the top 50 on the standings advanced to the BMW Championship.

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Those players who qualified for the second leg will also gain access to next season’s eight Signature Events.

In the end, only two players moved inside the top 50, shifting two in the opposite direction, on a delayed final round in Tennessee.

Australian Cam Davis climbed into the all-important spots, as he closed in three-under 67 to seal a T6 finish, moving from 62nd to 45th on the FedEx Cup.

Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was projected to finish outside the top 60 but pulled out a Sunday 65 to propel himself up to 47 on the standings.

That meant Mackenzie Hughes (51st) and Nick Hardy (52nd) missed out in agonising fashion.

Hardy cut an emotional figure after falling short in a bid to play in his hometown at Olympia Fields.

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The 27-year-old entered Sunday projected for No. 50 on the FedEx Cup but faltered to an even-par 70 to finish in a tie for 49th place.

With under 80 points separating Cameron Young in 46th and Nick Hardy in 52nd, three players were left inside the top 50 by a slim margin.

The final three players to punch their tickets for next week’s event BMW Championship were Tom Hoge, Harris English, and Patrick Rodgers, respectively.

Here’s a look at the 20 players who have had their PGA Tour season cut short…

51: Mackenzie Hughes

52: Nick Hardy

53: Taylor Montgomery

54: Alex Smalley

55: Thomas Detry

56: Stephen Jaeger

57: Brandon Wu

58: Beau Hossler

59: Davis Riley

60: Hayden Buckley

61: Sam Ryder

62: J.J. Spaun

63: Ben Griffin

64: Keith Mitchell

65: Samuel Stevens

66: Matt Kuchar

67: Mark Hubbard

68: Aaron Rai

69: Vincent Norrman

70: Matthew NeSmith

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