The final quarter of the PGA TOUR Season continues to wind down and spots in the FedExCup Playoffs are quickly being locked up. For those on and around the 125-man cut line, each week brings with it more pressure to perform and secure an opportunity to compete for golf’s richest prize.
This week’s John Deere Classic is the first of eight events in a six-week stretch that will complete the PGA TOUR Season and reveal who will be competing at The Barclays in late August. With both TOUR cards and Playoff positioning on the line, 95 players currently outside the FedExCup top 100 will be teeing it up this week at TPC Deere Run.
Among those 95 players are two past champions of this event -- Sean O’Hair (2005) and Jonathan Byrd (2007). O’Hair checks in at No. 153 in the FedExCup standings this week and has made just one cut in three starts at TPC Deere Run since winning in his event debut. Byrd, on the other hand, has made eight cuts in nine starts at this event but enters the week at No. 192 in the FedExCup ranks after being sidelined by injury for much of the first half of 2013.
Also needing a good showing this week is 2012 runner-up Troy Matteson, who lost a playoff last year as Zach Johnson made a tap-in birdie on the second playoff hole. Matteson is still chasing his first top-10 finish this season but has broken out of his slump of seven consecutive missed cuts to play the weekend in his last two starts.
Others with strong histories at TPC Deere Run and in need of a big week include J.J. Henry (112th), Jason Bohn (151st) and Chad Campbell (161st). Combined, those three have made 17 cuts in 20 trips to the John Deere Classic with seven top-25 finishes.
Others, like Brian Harman (106th), Louis Oosthuizen (138th) and Seung-Yul Noh (166th) will be making just their second starts in this event. Harman and Noh tied for 19th in their debuts a year ago while Oosthuizen missed the cut in the 2011 event.
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.
|A dozen players needing a top-10 at the John Deere Classic|