All that was news to Bradley who revealed in his post-round presser that he thought the final pick happened after the Tour Championship. “Listen I wasn’t on their radar before this. I still probably have to go win Atlanta and even then I don’t know” he said. “Who knows if I go win Atlanta or do something great maybe I’ll catch the eye of the guys.”
The reasoning behind it is. The idea is to bolster the strength of fields across the season. That’s good for the Tour as a whole. If Spieth gets dinged it’s not because he didn’t have plenty of opportunities to meet the minimum requirements this season.
For failing to satisfy the Strength of Field Regulation Spieth is set to receive either a fine of more than $20000 or a three-tournament suspension; the Tour will determine which penalty will be assessed.