Ollie Schniederjans didn't qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he's going to be playing on Thursday in the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta.
When Jim Furyk withdrew from the season and playoff finale with a lingering wrist injury, scheduled Round 1 playing partner Hideki Matsuyama was suddenly playing alone. Ranked 15th and 16th in the FedEx Cup standings, respectively, Matsuyama and Furyk were set to tee off in eighth pairing of 15, so the Japanese player would face a lengthy wait on every shot while the twosome in front of him played. So, to minimize the waiting, Matsuyama will play alongside Schniederjans, who will be a playing marker for the day.
On Friday, the Tour will adjust the tee times, sending out the first player solo, so the Georgia Tech product and Georgia resident won't be needed. But for one day, Schniederjans will get to experience the FedEx Cup finale for himself.