JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- The world's best players gather this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., for the PGA Championship, the final major of the 2009 season and the last event offering 600 FedExCup points to the winner.
The final event in the PGA TOUR Regular Season, next week's Wyndham Championship, will award 500 FedExCup points to the champion. The top-125 players on the FedExCup points list following the Wyndham Championship will earn an invitation to The Barclays, the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, August 25-30 at Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J.
No player enters the PGA Championship hotter than FedExCup leader Tiger Woods, who claimed his seventh-career World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title at Firestone Country Club's historic South Course in Akron, Ohio. Woods' victory in Akron was his 70th PGA TOUR victory and came on the heels of his third triumph at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich. With five victories on the season, Woods is firmly entrenched in the top spot on the FedExCup points list as he aims for his first major championship title in 2009.
Checking in at No. 2 in the points standings and coming off a T6 of his own at the Bridgestone Invitational is Steve Stricker, winner of The Barclays in 2007. Though 946 points behind Woods, Stricker remains in good position to secure one of the coveted top-five seeds entering THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. A winner twice in 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the John Deere Classic, Stricker is averaging more than 125 FedExCup points per start.
The rest of the top five in the FedExCup standing remained the same with Kenny Perry at No.3, Zach Johnson at No. 4 and Phil Mickelson, who returned to action for the first time since the U.S. Open, at No. 5. Padraig Harrington, who entered the Bridgestone Invitational outside of the top 125 at No. 142, improved 72 spots to No. 70 with his T2 in Akron.
Despite his impressive come-from-behind victory in Ohio, Woods wasn't the only PGA TOUR winner over the weekend. John Rollins claimed the third PGA TOUR victory of his career at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open and collected 250 FedExCup points for his efforts. Enjoying a solid 2009 season with three top 10s in addition to his victory, Rollins currently stands No. 20 in the FedExCup standings.
With just two opportunities left to earn points before The Barclays kicks off the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, Ryan Palmer finds himself currently on the hot seat at No. 125 in the standings. Palmer produced his best finish of the season last week, a T5 at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.