FedExCup bubble glance: 12 who need a top 10 at the PGA Championship

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Martin Kaymer, the 2010 PGA Champion, sits 119th in the FedExCup standings.
August 06, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM

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
Rank Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 No
pts
116 Charlie Beljan 21 46 68 79 83 86 89 90 90 93 126
119 Martin Kaymer 24 47 69 83 89 90 93 93 94 95 129
126 Nicolas Colsaerts 25 54 78 90 95 97 100 102 105 109 136
128 Padraig Harrington 25 55 80 92 96 98 102 106 109 112 137
134 Woody Austin 25 62 83 94 102 109 112 113 115 117 143
135 Peter Hanson 25 64 83 96 105 110 113 114 117 117 144
137 Tommy Gainey 25 67 90 101 113 117 118 118 121 122 145
141 Vijay Singh 26 68 90 106 117 118 121 122 123 124 148
152 Ben Curtis 31 76 90 118 125 126 128 130 131 133 159
159 Davis Love III 35 83 113 126 132 136 137 137 138 141 165
169 Y.E. Yang 38 89 118 131 137 141 144 145 145 147 174
173 David Toms 40 90 122 135 141 141 145 146 149 150 178
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