The FedExCup Playoffs are now just two weeks away and tee times at The Barclays are becoming tougher and tougher to secure.
Only the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will be eligible to tee it up at Liberty National on Aug. 22 and the pressure intensifies each week on those around the bubble each week to perform. In addition to Playoff positions, status for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season is also on the line.
Just 17 competitors outside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings will tee it up this week at Oak Hill, meaning these bubble boys have an opportunity that many of their peers do not. Those 17 -- 12 starting outside the top 125 -- are the fortunate few who can leapfrog many of the others on the bubble with four rounds logged at the PGA Championship.
2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, who defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff at Whistling Straits, enters the week at No. 119 in the FedExCup standings. The German has just three top-10 finishes in 2013 but one of them came last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Other past PGA Champions in the field and on the bubble include Padraig Harrington (128th), Vijay Singh (141st), Davis Love III (159th), Y.E. Yang (169th) and David Toms (173rd).
Sitting closest to the 125-man cut line this week is No. 126 Nicolas Colsaerts. The first-year TOUR member Has alternated made and missed cuts in six starts since the beginning of June. He tied for 10th at the U.S. Open earlier this year for his best career finish in a major on U.S. soil.
Woody Austin (No. 134) is making his first start in a major since the 2009 PGA. Austin, the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship winner, is the only TOUR winner this season outside the FedExCup top 100 and his Playoff hopes are in serious doubt. Fortunately for Austin, he’s 8-for-9 against the cut line in his PGA Championship appearances. This week may be his best chance to qualify for the Playoffs as his Wyndham Championship record isn’t as stout.
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 finish at the PGA Championship|