There had speculation over the last couple days regarding Shane Lowry and whether he would be drafted into Thursday's FedEx Cup Tour Championship, were Will Zalatoris to withdraw.
We now have confirmation that Zalatoris has withdrawn, but to the disappointment of Shane Lowry, the Offaly man will not be taking his place at the lucrative season-ending event at East Lake.
Following the conclusion of the BMW Championship on Sunday, Shane Lowry found himself one spot outside the cut for the Tour Championship in the FedEx standings. A classy up and down on 18 from Adam Scott had pushed Lowry down to no. 31 and out of this week's event.
A statement from the PGA Tour has explained their process, now that Zalatoris has confirmed that he will not be playing: "If all 29 players complete 72 holes at East Lake, Zalatoris will finish No. 30 on the FedExCup. The 30th position will receive $500,000 in FedExCup bonus money. No other player's Starting Strokes will be impacted by Zalatoris' WD."
Disappointment For Shane Lowry
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) August 23, 2022
Will Zalatoris' agent, Allen Hobbs, has also released a statement on the matter.
"After Will’s withdrawal from the BMW Championship on Saturday, his medical team determined that the source of his back pain is two herniated discs. Unfortunately, this means that Will is unable to play this week at the TOUR Championship.
"He is also very disappointed that he will not have the opportunity to play in next month’s Presidents Cup, where he was hoping to play for Captain Love and represent the United States. Will would like to thank his fans, sponsors, the TOUR, and his team for all of their support. He is fully focused on getting healthy and back onto the course as soon as he is able."