FedExCup bubble watch: U.S. Open

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Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els could make a significant FedExCup move this week.
June 10, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM

The FedExCup Playoffs are just 10 weeks away and the dash for 125 spots in the Barclays field continues.

The 12 remaining PGA TOUR Season events include one World Golf Championships event and three majors starting with this week’s U.S. Open at Merion.

The winner’s share of FedExCup points will be 600 this week, 100 points more than most TOUR events. While the stars are aligned for this week’s event, there are still a number of opportunities for competitors down the FedExCup ranks to move into good position for a Playoff push.

This week’s field boasts 28 competitors outside the current FedExCup top 100 -- each of them with the potential to lock up a spot in the Playoffs this week.

One quarter of those players on the Playoff bubble are past major champions. The most recent of the seven is Ernie Els, who won the 2012 British Open. Els checks in this week at No. 108 in the FedExCup standings, has qualified for each of the first six editions of the Playoffs and only once has traveled to The Barclays outside the top 100. The two-time U.S. Open champion picked up his ninth top-10 in this event last season.

Els is the only member of that group to win a U.S. Open.

2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (133rd) has alternated solid finishes with missed cuts or withdrawals in his eight 2013 starts. He withdrew from the HP Byron Nelson Championship in mid-May and his making his first start since. Oosthuizen made his first trip to the Playoffs last year and had four top-25 finishes en route to a seventh-place finish.

Non-major winners looking for their first trip to the Playoffs are Peter Hanson (110th), Shawn Stefani (120th) and Casey Wittenberg (144th).

Below you'll find a list of a dozen players currently outside the FedExCup top 100, how high they could move with a finish of first-through-tenth place, and how far they could possibly fall if they do not earn any FedExCup points this week.

12 who need a top 10
Rank Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No pts
108 Ernie Els 14 38 58 65 71 74 78 81 81 82 125
110 Peter Hanson 14 39 59 67 72 77 81 81 82 86 126
112 Padraig Harrington 14 39 59 68 74 78 81 82 84 88 127
114 Martin Kaymer 15 42 60 70 79 81 84 88 88 91 128
120 Shawn Stefani 15 44 63 72 82 88 88 92 93 95 131
127 Nicholas Colsaerts 20 52 168 86 95 96 100 103 103 104 138
128 Robert Karlsson 21 54 68 88 95 98 103 103 104 107 138
133 Louis Oosthuizen 21 58 72 92 100 103 106 109 110 114 141
144 Casey Wittenberg 21 58 78 95 103 107 112 114 114 116 153
156 David Toms 24 61 90 107 117 122 124 125 126 126 168
162 Y.E. Yang 26 64 95 114 124 125 126 128 129 130 174
185 Mike Weir 31 76 114 126 140 148 154 154 155 155 197
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