As the FedExCup Playoffs approach, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at some competitors on the bubble each week and break down how high they could move with a win or top-10 finish and how far they could drop if they fail to earn any FedExCup points in that week's event.
The FedExCup Playoffs get under way three weeks from this Thursday and the scramble for the final spots in the 125-man field at The Barclays gets more intense each week.
This week, as the TOUR splits time between the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open, ample opportunities are out there for competitors to move up the ranks and jockey for better FedExCup positioning.
Aaron Baddeley (112th) gained some breathing room inside the top 125 a week ago at the RBC Canadian Open when he played his first weekend in 10 starts and ended the week with a T9 finish and an 11-spot move. He’ll be in Reno this week along with Stuart Appleby and Padraig Harrington, who are clinging to the penultimate and antepenultimate spots inside the top 125.
Owning the key spot in this week’s rankings is Nicolas Colsaerts at No. 125. The Belgian has alternated missed cuts and top-25 finishes in his last five starts. Since there is no cut this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Colsaerts is due for a top 25 if his trend continues, he could earn enough points to secure a Playoff spot this week in Akron.
A T12 finish last week moved Greg Owen to 128th in the FedExCup standings and he’ll be in Reno looking to continue his climb toward the top 125. Woody Austin, a winner at the Sanderson Farms Championship, still finds himself outside the cut line at No. 134 in the standings and will also be in Reno.
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.
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