Field Study: FedExCup PlayoffsBrandt Snedeker is in good position to win the FedExCup for a second consecutive season.August 19, 2013
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
The FedExCup Playoffs are upon us. The TOUR’s top 125 players have emerged from the PGA TOUR Season and now begin the four-tournament Playoffs, which begin this week at The Barclays.
Over the next five weeks, the field will be trimmed to 100, 70 and then 30 with the 2013 FedExCup champion being crowned at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in late September. It’s all about advancing each week, as field sizes get progressively smaller and the stakes get progressively higher.
Anyone who qualified has an opportunity to take home the year's biggest prize, but the road will be far from easy.
This year's Playoffs field includes past FedExCup champs Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas and last year's winner, Brandt Snedeker. Furyk, Haas and Snedeker are among the 35 competitors who have qualified for all seven editions of the FedExCup Playoffs and have a combined nine TOUR Championship appearances in that span.
Of the 20 first-time Playoff participants, eight are TOUR rookies, led by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who will start the Playoffs in the No. 8 position in points That's the second-highest start for a rookie in the Playoff era behind only Keegan Bradley's No. 5 position at the start of the 2011 Playoffs.
Here's a look at the 125 players who qualified for the Playoffs and will start their FedExCup quest at this week's The Barclays.
Field study: FedExCup Playoffs Rank Player Comment 1 Tiger Woods Seeking his third FedExCup title (2007, 2009) after five wins in 2013. 2 Matt Kuchar Seeking fourth straight TOUR Championship appearance after two wins in 2013. 3 Brandt Snedeker On pace to become the first FedExCup champion to play following year’s TOUR Championship. 4 Phil Mickelson Open Championship winner has made every TOUR Championship since 2007. 5 Bill Haas TOUR leader in top-10s is seeking to join Woods as only two-time FedExCup winners. 6 Billy Horschel Zurich Classic champion is making his first FedExCup Playoffs appearance. 7 Justin Rose U.S. Open champion finished fifth in 2011 FedExCup after winning BMW Championship. 8 Jordan Spieth Turned pro in December and became eligible for the FedExCup with John Deere win at age 19. 9 Henrik Stenson Top-3s at Open Championship, PGA and Bridgestone put TOUR Championship in his sight. 10 Keegan Bradley Hasn’t won yet in 2013, but is on pace for third straight TOUR Championship start. 11 Adam Scott Masters champion has made TOUR Championship every year since 2010. 12 Boo Weekley Crowne Plaza winner made last TOUR Championship appearance in 2007. 13 Kevin Streelman Tampa Bay winner had never started Playoffs ranked higher than 71st. 14 Jason Day Finished in the top 10 in three majors, including 3rd at Masters and T-2 at U.S. Open. 15 Jason Dufner Jumped from 62nd to 14th in FedExCup after win at PGA Championship. 16 Dustin Johnson Hyundai ToC winner has made TOUR Championship every year since 2009. 17 Webb Simpson Former U.S. Open champ has finished in top 25 in more than half his starts this year. 18 Zach Johnson Former Masters champ holds East Lake course record (60, 2007). 19 Harris English FedEx St. Jude champ advanced to Deutsche Bank Championship in rookie year of 2012. 20 Steve Stricker Only scheduled to play Deutsche Bank and BMW as part of condensed 2013 schedule. 21 Hunter Mahan Along with Mickelson and Stricker, one of three to make every TOUR Championship since 2007. 22 Patrick Reed Enters Playoffs with three consecutive top-10s, including Wyndham win. 23 Jim Furyk The 2010 FedExCup champ jumped from 46th to 21st in standings with PGA runner-up. 24 Russell Henley Hometown of Macon, Ga., is about 90 minutes from East Lake, site of TOUR Championship. 25 D.A. Points Shell Houston Open winner has never made TOUR Championship. 26 Jimmy Walker Has advanced to past two BMW Championships, but never made it to East Lake. 27 Charles Howell III Advancing to East Lake would earn Augusta native a Masters bid after missing this year's event. 28 Graeme McDowell RBC Heritage champion is seeking his first TOUR Championship appearance. 29 Jonas Blixt Two top-10s in 2013: Win at The Greenbrier and fourth-place at PGA Championship. 30 John Merrick Northern Trust Open winner has only advanced past Deutsche Bank once (2008, BMW). 31 Chris Kirk University of Georgia product has advanced to BMW Championship past two years. 32 Ken Duke 44-year-old won first TOUR title at this year’s Travelers Championship. 33 Charl Schwartzel Former Masters winner has two third-place finishes this year. 34 Graham DeLaet Canadian’s breakout season is highlighted by five top-10s. 35 Lee Westwood Englishman made his first TOUR Championship appearance last year. 36 Sang-Moon Bae Won first TOUR title at this year’s HP Byron Nelson Championship. 37 Matt Jones Was No. 79 in standings before posting three top-10s in past four events. 38 Bubba Watson Four-time TOUR winner has finished no better than fourth this year. 39 Michael Thompson First TOUR win (Honda) gives him chance to advance past Deutsche Bank for first time. 40 Angel Cabrera Playoff loss at the Masters was one of two top-10s this season. 41 Roberto Castro Advanced to Deutsche Bank Championship last year in first Playoffs appearance. 42 Rickie Fowler Has made TOUR Championship once (2012) in three Playoffs appearances. 43 Scott Stallings Withdrew from last week’s Wyndham Championship with back injury, but will play Barclays. 44 Martin Laird Valero Texas Open winner made his only TOUR Championship appearance in 2010. 45 David Lingmerth The rookie had runners-up at the Humana Challenge and PLAYERS Championship. 46 Ryan Palmer Three-time TOUR winner advanced to TOUR Championship in 2010. 47 Chris Stroud Playoff loss at Travelers Championship was best career finish in 189 starts. 48 Charley Hoffman 2010 Deutsche Bank champion has advanced at least to BMW in all six years of FedExCup. 49 Rory McIlroy Will hope he can regain form that led to wins at Deutsche Bank and BMW in 2012. 50 Scott Piercy Made first TOUR Championship appearance last year after winning RBC Canadian Open. 51 Brendon de Jonge Has made three consecutive BMW appearances, but has yet to make it to East Lake. 52 Brian Gay Has not cracked the top 50 in FedExCup since finishing career-best 21st in 2009. 53 David Hearn Playoff loss at John Deere Classic was his best finish in 110 career starts. 54 David Lynn PGA TOUR rookie lost playoff at Wells Fargo Championship and was T-4 at Honda. 55 Luke Donald Trying to extend streak of four consecutive TOUR Championship appearances. 56 Tim Clark Has made TOUR Championship three times (2010, ’08, ’07) in FedExCup era. 57 John Rollins Made his only TOUR Championship appearance in 2007; hasn’t cracked top 70 since 2009. 58 Kevin Chappell Finished 84th and 114th in FedExCup in two previous PGA TOUR seasons. 59 Sergio Garcia Last year’s TOUR Championship appearance was his first since 2008. 60 Gary Woodland Reno-Tahoe Open win was first since 2011, when he advanced to TOUR Championship. 61 Josh Teater Best FedExCup finish in three Playoffs appearances is 73rd (2012). 62 K.J. Choi Has finished in FedExCup’s top 15 four times, with a career-best fifth in 2007. 63 Nick Watney Defending Barclays champ recently started working with instructor Todd Anderson. 64 Kyle Stanley Final-round 75 at 2012 BMW Championship left him 31st in FedExCup standings. 65 John Huh Advanced to TOUR Championship in 2012 to earn Rookie of the Year award. 66 Freddie Jacobson The 2011 TOUR Championship participant hasn’t had top-10 since three in a row in February. 67 Cameron Tringale Qualified for FedExCup Playoffs in past two years, finishing 63rd and 90th. 68 Ryan Moore Qualified for TOUR Championship in 2010 and 2012, finishing T-3 at East Lake last year. 69 Marc Leishman Named 2009 rookie of the year after T-2 at BMW led to TOUR Championship appearance. 70 Ian Poulter Winner of two WGCs has never qualified for TOUR Championship in FedExCup era. 71 Brian Davis Finished a career-high 39th in the FedExCup in 2011. 72 Luke Guthrie TOUR rookie hopes to qualify for BMW in his home state of Illinois. 73 Robert Garrigus Made TOUR Championship for first time in 2012 thanks to T-4 at BMW Championship. 74 Derek Ernst Rookie’s win at Wells Fargo Championship is only top-25 of season. 75 Daniel Summerhays Three consecutive top-10s in July have him on pace for his best FedExCup finish. 76 Scott Brown Will be making FedExCup Playoffs debut after winning Puerto Rico Open. 77 Nicholas Thompson Finished a career-best 41st in the FedExCup in 2008. 78 Brian Stuard The 30-year-old has posted a career-high four top-10 finishes in 2013. 79 Jerry Kelly Made TOUR Championship once in FedExCup era, finishing 22nd in 2009 FedExCup. 80 Brian Harman Enters Playoffs off career-best T-3 at Wyndham that jumped him 35 spots in FedExCup. 81 Brendan Steele Fourth-place finish in Reno helped Steele crack top 100, ensure first Playoffs start since 2011. 82 Ernie Els Four-time major winner only missed TOUR Championship in 2011 in FedExCup era. 83 Stewart Cink Last made the TOUR Championship in 2009, the same year he won The Open Championship. 84 Richard H. Lee Made the cut in 16 of 22 starts in 2013, including two top-10s. 85 Rory Sabbatini Advanced to lone TOUR Championship in 2007, and made BMW in 2008-11. 86 Martin Flores Career-best T-4 at John Deere Classic was one of two top-10s this year. 87 Kevin Stadler Season was highlighted by T-3 finish at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 88 Matt Every Advanced to BMW Championship last year in FedExCup Playoffs debut. 89 Pat Perez Has advanced to BMW Championship three times (2007, 2009, 2012). 90 Bo Van Pelt Has made the TOUR Championship in each of the past three seasons. 91 Justin Leonard Former Open Championship and PLAYERS winner making first Playoffs appearance since 2010. 92 William McGirt Made BMW Championship for first time in 2012 after T-10 at The Barclays. 93 James Driscoll Massachusetts native has never advanced to Deutsche Bank Championship in his home state. 94 Bob Estes Entered last year's Playoffs at No. 103, but T-10 at The Barclays helped him advance to BMW. 95 Jason Kokrak Long hitter making Playoffs debut after missing out as TOUR rookie last year. 96 Ted Potter Jr. Advanced to Deutsche Bank as rookie in 2012 after winning The Greenbrier Classic. 97 J.J. Henry Has advanced to Deutsche Bank every year of FedExCup, but has never qualified for BMW. 98 Bryce Molder Made cut in 14 of 21 cuts this season, including seven top-25s. 99 Geoff Ogilvy Made BMW in every year of FedExCup, including four TOUR Championship appearances. 100 Jeff Overton Has two top-10s this season; has had at least three top-10s every season since 2007. 101 James Hahn Rookie's two top-10s both came in home state of California (T-4, Humana; T-3, Pebble Beach) 102 Mark Wilson Illinois native has qualified for BMW five times, making lone TOUR Championship in 2011. 103 Martin Kaymer The 2010 PGA champ and former world No. 1 is making his FedExCup Playoffs debut. 104 Charlie Beljan Playoff loss at Northern Trust Open was one of two top-25s this season. 105 John Senden Will have to get hot in Playoffs to make third consecutive TOUR Championship. 106 Jason Bohn Was 144th in FedExCup until top-10s at Sanderson Farms (T-9) and Canadian Open (T-2). 107 Lucas Glover Playing with broken toe, which he injured last week while checking on infant daughter. 108 Jeff Maggert Maggert has qualified for the Playoffs four times, but has never made it past Deutsche Bank. 109 Justin Hicks 38-year-old will be making his Playoffs debut. 110 Camilo Villegas Is one of seven players to win multiple FedExCup Playoffs events, both in 2008. 111 Morgan Hoffmann Playoffs debut comes at Barclays in home state of New Jersey. 112 Chez Reavie Made lone TOUR Championship appearance after runner-up at 2011 Deutsche Bank. 113 Carl Pettersson Has advanced to at least BMW in each of last three years, making TOUR Championship last year. 114 D.H. Lee Q-School medalist had three top-10s, including a T-3 at AT&T National. 115 Andres Romero Was 167th in standings before making six straight cuts, including runner-up at Reno-Tahoe Open. 116 Johnson Wagner Has advanced to BMW in each of past two seasons, winning an event in both seasons. 117 Erik Compton A career-best T-4 at The Honda Classic was Compton's lone top-10 of the season. 118 Charlie Wi Has advanced to BMW Championship in four of six years, but never the TOUR Championship. 119 Aaron Baddeley Was runner-up and medalist in 1998 U.S. Junior at BMW site Conway Farms. 120 Steven Bowditch Entered Wyndham Championship at No. 125 but made cut there with second-round 66. 121 George McNeill The two-time PGA TOUR winner made his lone BMW Championship appearance in 2011. 122 Greg Chalmers Advanced to BMW Championship in two of past three years; has two top-10s this season. 123 Stuart Appleby He was 140th in the rankings after missing Greenbrier Classic, but has made his past five cuts. 124 Scott Langley Opened his rookie season with third-place finish at Sony Open, his only top-10 of the year. 125 Ben Crane Hampered much of season by back injury, but had top-10s at PLAYERS and Houston.