FedExCup bubble glance: Who needs a move at Muirfield, Annandale

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July 17, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM

The PGA TOUR is divided on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean this week as The Open Championship in Scotland and the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi offer members two opportunities to gain momentum ahead of the FedExCup Playoffs.

A total of 97 competitors outside the FedExCup’s top 100 will be teeing it up in one of those two events with the goal being to accumulate enough points to secure a spot in the 125-man Barclays field in late August.

Muirfield will host 19 of those 97 members outside the top 100, which include four former champions of the event and another two major winners from PGA Championships past. Headlining the group will be reigning Open champion Ernie Els (102nd in the FedExCup), who also took home the Claret Jug in 2002 -- the most recent time Muirfield has hosted this championship. Els has played a limited number of events this year and boasts just one top-10 finish. That result did, however, come in the U.S. Open -- a T4 in his most recent TOUR start.

Two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington is just clinging to a Playoff spot at No. 119 in the standings while other former champs Louis Oosthuizen (140th) and Ben Curtis (142nd) have much ground to make up. Martin Kaymer (131st) and Y.E. Yang (168th) have winning memories in majors and could use some of those experiences this week as they look to make a push for the Playoffs.

Stateside, Annandale Golf Club will host 78 competitors outside the top 100 at this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship. Jason Bohn (144th), last year’s runner-up, is among those traveling to the southeast to compete in this 300-point event.

Joining Bohn will be Scott Langley (123rd) and Shawn Stefani (125th), two of the last three players who would be in the Playoffs if the season were to end today. Langley battled it out with fellow-rookie Russell Henley in his debut as a TOUR member at the Sony Open in Hawaii before finishing third. Since then, however, he’s missed 14 of 21 cuts and added just one top 25 finish. Stefani didn’t get off to the same flying start his fellow-rookie opened with but he did earn two top-10 finishes on some of the TOUR’s other shorter southeast tracks (Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course and TPC Southwind). Should that trend continue this week, Stefani could be in position to add some Playoff starts to his rookie resume.

TOUR veterans like Heath Slocum (194th), Jonathan Byrd (183rd), David Toms (169th) and Stuart Appleby (132nd) will be looking to chase down the rookies and move inside the top 125 this week. Appleby was a runner-up to Els at the 2002 Open Championship but finds himself out of the Open for the fourth consecutive year and battling to earn a spot in the Playoffs this season.

Below is a double helping (two dozen) players outside the FedExCup top 100, how high they could move with a first-through-tenth place finish and how far they could fall if they fail to earn any FedExCup points this week.

Who needs a top 10 this week
Rank Player Event 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No pts
101 Carl Pettersson Open 13 30 55 68 73 73 75 75 75 76 119
103 Ernie Els Open 14 33 60 69 73 75 75 76 76 78 119
104 Charlie Beljan SFC 41 67 75 80 82 84 84 85 87 88 119
116 Nicolas Colsaerts Open 22 47 72 80 86 89 89 90 95 102 141
117 Steven Bowditch SFC 54 76 89 103 106 107 108 109 110 111 142
119 Padraig Harrington Open 22 49 73 82 88 89 92 97 103 103 143
123 Scott Langley SFC 61 81 96 106 108 110 111 112 112 113 145
125 Shawn Stefani SFC 61 83 103 107 111 112 112 113 116 116 146
127 Bud Cauley Open 22 61 76 89 105 106 107 109 111 112 149
131 Martin Kaymer Open 24 61 80 92 105 107 110 111 112 112 152
132 Stuart Appleby SFC 67 89 109 113 116 116 117 120 122 124 152
139 Ben Kohles SFC 72 103 116 120 124 126 126 127 127 128 160
140 Louis Oosthuizen Open 25 67 86 106 112 113 116 116 117 119 161
142 Ben Curtis Open 25 68 88 107 112 116 116 117 119 122 162
144 Jason Bohn SFC 73 106 117 125 127 127 128 130 133 134 166
150 Ryo Ishikawa SFC 75 111 124 127 133 134 134 137 137 139 171
151 Robert Karlsson Open 26 73 99 112 119 122 125 126 126 127 172
157 Casey Wittenberg SFC 82 116 128 137 139 142 143 144 145 148 179
168 Y.E. Yang Open 32 83 116 127 137 138 142 143 144 147 193
169 David Toms SFC 89 126 141 149 153 153 155 155 156 158 193
170 Seung-Yul Noh SFC 89 126 142 149 153 153 155 155 156 159 194
183 Jonathan Byrd SFC 106 137 153 161 165 166 166 167 168 173 213
184 Will Claxton SFC 107 137 155 164 166 166 167 169 173 173 215
194 Heath Slocum SFC 110 142 157 166 168 173 173 173 174 176 222
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