Donald should end third or higher within the Wyndham Championship to climb from 159th within the FedEx Cup standings into the highest 125, thereby qualifying for the season-ending play-offs and securing full taking part in privileges for 2022-23.
It’s a tall order for the 44-year-old Englishman, who has produced only one top-20 end this season – a tie for sixteenth within the Valspar Championship – whereas taking part in on a profession cash exemption.
Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald wants to provide his greatest end result for greater than 5 years to maintain his PGA Tour card for subsequent season.
The previous world primary, who has slipped to 523rd within the rankings, recorded his final top-three end in April 2017 when he was runner-up to Wesley Bryan within the RBC Heritage.
Two gamers who might be hoping to qualify for Donald’s European Ryder Cup facet in Rome subsequent 12 months are additionally battling to get into the play-offs, though the state of affairs is significantly brighter for Matt Wallace and Danny Willett.
Wallace arrives at Sedgefield Nation Membership ranked 124th within the FedEx Cup and in good kind, the four-time DP World Tour winner having completed twenty sixth and tenth on his final two begins.
The 32-year-old might be hoping that the current pattern of low numbers taking part in their method into the highest 125 within the remaining occasion continues, with simply three doing so in every of the final two seasons.
Willett is three locations under Wallace within the standings, that means the previous Masters champion wants to complete forty fourth or higher to qualify for the play-offs.
The 34-year-old’s exemption from successful his maiden main title at Augusta Nationwide in 2016 runs out this 12 months, however his sole top-10 end of the season got here only a fortnight in the past within the 3M Open.
Former Open champion Shane Lowry can also be among the many area in North Carolina and was lastly reunited together with his golf equipment on Wednesday after they went lacking in transit from Dublin.
Lowry will accomplice Billy Horschel and Sepp Straka within the first two rounds, whereas Donald is alongside two potential members of his Ryder Cup workforce in fellow Englishmen Justin Rose and Tyrrell Hatton.