FedExCup bubble glance: 12 who need a top 10 this week

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Aaron Baddeley got back on track last week in Canada.

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.

12 who need a top 10 this week
Rank Player Event 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No pts
103 Carl Pettersson WGC 23 42 60 73 77 78 79 81 82 83 120
112 Aaron Baddeley RTO 49 74 85 91 91 92 93 96 98 101 131
123 Padraig Harrington RTO 60 84 96 108 112 112 113 114 114 116 143
124 Stuart Appleby RTO 60 84 98 108 112 112 114 114 116 116 143
125 Nicolas Colsaerts WGC 24 54 78 91 93 100 105 107 108 111 143
128 Greg Owen RTO 62 91 105 112 114 116 116 118 118 118 146
131 Martin Kaymer WGC 26 62 83 93 107 109 112 112 114 114 149
134 Woody Austin RTO 66 91 112 117 118 120 123 123 123 125 152
139 Ricky Barnes RTO 68 96 114 118 123 123 125 127 127 128 157
140 Peter Hanson WGC 29 66 91 108 113 114 117 118 118 118 158
189 Jonathan Byrd RTO 114 143 157 167 172 172 172 173 175 176 212
226 Paul Casey WGC 73 127 153 172 176 182 185 186 188 188 248
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