LEMONT, Ill. -- Five-time tournament winner Tiger Woods didn't make the field.
Fan favorite Phil Mickelson is out of contention.
Now the top-ranked American in the world is headed up I-94 through Friday rush-hour traffic to his home in Madison, Wisc.
Not good news for the folks at beleagured Cog Hill as the chilly weekend approaches.
Despite finishing with a 1-under 70 in the second round, player-of-the-year candidate Steve Stricker withdrew from the BMW Championship with a neck issue.
Stricker, ranked fifth in the world, withdrew despite managing four birdies. He was tied for 59th had he not withdrawn and was looking at an 8:35 a.m. tee time Saturday in unseasonably cold conditions, expected to be in the high 40s when play starts at 7:25.
In five years of FedEx play, Stricker is the lone player never to have missed a round. Also, his streak of 40 consecutive PGA Tour events in the money has ended at 40.
Stricker won;t earn any points this week as a result of the withdrawal, but he is assured of a spot in Atlanta already, because he began this week at No. 8 in FedEx Cup points. He is projected to fall to 12th.
Jim Furyk won the FedEx crown last year despite missing one of the four series events.
As for Mickelson, he shot a 2-over 73 Friday and fell into a tie for 55th, 14 shots off the lead.
The longest cut streak on tour is now held by Masters winner and U.S. rookie Charl Schwartzel at 18 in succession.