FedExCup history: Bubble busters

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Heath Slocum bust the bubble at the 2009 Barclays by winning the event.

BUBBLE BUSTERS: Wyndham | The Barclays | Deutsche Bank | BMW

The FedExCup Playoffs features a progressive cut, with the field size reduced as the Playoffs moves through its four events. A total of 125 players make the Playoffs following the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship, the final event of the PGA TOUR season, but just 30 advance to the final Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, with the FedExCup champion crowned at the conclusion of that event.

One of the interesting elements of the FedExCup Playoffs is the opportunity for players to "bust the bubble" and play their way into the next event after starting outside the cut line.

In the six-year history of the FedExCup, no player has made the TOUR Championship after starting the Wyndham Championship outside the Playoffs cut line. The furthest any player has gone since 2009 (new point structure) is Ernie Els in 2011. Els entered the Wyndham ranked 126th in points and went on to finish 67th.

Entering the 2009 Barclays, Heath Slocum ranked 124th in points. His victory at Liberty National vaulted him 121 spots to third and secured a spot at the TOUR Championship. That bubble-busting move is the largest in the six-year history of the Playoffs. Slocum and Justin Rose remain the only bubble busters who also won the tournaments they played (Rose at the 2011 BMW Championship).

Here's a historical look at those players who have busted the bubble at the Wyndham and the first three Playoffs events. Included is the player's FedExCup rank entering the event, his tournament finish, his rank after the event and his final FedExCup position that year.


WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Below is the list of players who entered the Wyndham Championship outside the cut line to make the Playoffs but managed to play their way into the playoffs with a high finish at Wyndham. Note: Cut line to make the Playoffs since 2009 has been the top 125 in points; cut line to make the Playoffs in 2007-2008 was top 144 in points.

Year Entering Wyndham Player Tourney finish After Wyndham Final FEC rank
2013 No players advanced        
           
2012 128th Heath Slocum T-31 124th 124th
           
2011 130th Padraig Harrington T-47 124th 89th
  127th William McGirt T-52 125th 83rd
  126th Ernie Els T-30 118th 67th
           
2010 140th Scott Piercy T-8 125th 125th
           
2009 136th Jeff Maggert T-13 123rd 125th
  133rd Kevin Stadler T-2 76th 95th
  129th Chris Riley T-13 119th 103rd
  128th Todd Hamilton T-24 121st 123rd
  126th David Mathis T-17 118th 122nd
           
2008 177th J.J. Henry T-4 135th 92nd
  166th Rich Beem 3 114th 111th
  164th Martin Laird T-4 128th 67th
  154th Lee Janzen T-15 144th 119th
  153rd Justin Bolli T-15 141st 101st
           
2007 165th Jeff Overton T-2 109th 111th
  162nd Shigeki Maruyama T-7 140th 140th
  151st Anders Hansen T-11 137th 137th

THE BARCLAYS

Below is the list of players who entered The Barclays outside the cut line but managed to play their way into the next event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, with a high finish. Note: Cut line to make the Deutsche Bank Championship since 2009 has been the top 100 in points; cut line to make the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2007-2008 was top 120 in points.

Year Entering Barclays Player Tourney finish After Barclays Final FEC rank
2013 103rd Martin Kaymer T-50 90th  84th
  110th Camilo Villegas T-54 100th  82nd
  117th Erik Compton T-43 94th  99th
  122nd Greg Chalmers T-37 93rd  97th
  123rd Stuart Appleby T-41 96th  95th
           
2012 113th Jason Day T-24 88th 87th
  108th David Hearn T-10 67th 68th
  103rd Bob Estes T-10 62nd 58th
  102nd Tommy Gainey T-38 91st 94th
  101st Jonas Blixt T-46 97th 71st
  106th Graham DeLaet T-5 44th 53rd
           
2011 125th William McGirt T-24 96th 83rd
  124th Padraig Harrington T-13 80th 89th
  118th Ernie Els T-32 99th 67th
  114th Ian Poulter T-18 78th 87th
  109th Camilo Villegas T-6 51st 33rd
  106th Chris Stroud T-18 75th 61st
  104th John Merrick T-43 98th 100th
  103rd Bill Lunde T-32 85th 85th
           
2010 115th Andres Romero T-52 100th 69th
  114th Troy Matteson T-36 88th 91st
  112th Tiger Woods T-12 65th 42nd
  108th J.P. Hayes T-27 76th 83rd
  107th Ryuji Imada T-27 73rd 78th
  102nd Kevin Streelman T-3 18th 25th
           
2009 125th Troy Matteson T-20 83rd 78th
  124th Heath Slocum Winner 3rd 8th
  108th Richard S. Johnson T-31 85th 91st
  107th Fredrik Jacobson T-6 48th 57th
           
2008 144th Lee Janzen T-48 119th 119th
  143rd Glen Day T-24 111th 116th
  142nd Jeff Overton T-38 115th 99th
  141st Justin Bolli T-48 116th 101st
  139th Jesper Parnevik T-24 105th 89th
  136th Frank Lickliter II 64 112th 97th
  135th J.J. Henry T-55 110th 92nd
  134th Michael Allen T-65 108th 90th
  133rd Tim Herron T-24 99th 53rd
  132nd Ryan Palmer T-62 106th 94th
  131st Angel Cabrera T-19 93rd 65th
  128th Martin Laird T-7 67th 67th
  127th Jason Day T-31 96th 83rd
  126th Tim Petrovic T-38 97th 82nd
  122nd Richard S. Johnson T-68 95th 77th
           
2007 134th Rich Beem T-7 113th 110th
  121st Doug LaBelle II T-41 120th 120th

DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Below is the list of players who entered the Deutsche Bank Championship outside the cut line but managed to play their way into the next event, the BMW Championship, with a high finish. Note: Cut line to make the BMW Championship since 2007 has been the top 70 in points.

Year Entering D-Bank Player Tourney finish After D-Bank Final FEC rank
2013 73rd Nicholas Thompson T-22 59th  60th
  75th Kevin Stadler T-4 32nd  33rd
  76th Marc Leishman T-16 58th  59th
  77th Ian Poulter T-9 52nd  53rd
  80th Brian Davis 8th 49th  47th
  89th Brendan Steele T-20 69th  70th
  91st Ernie Els T-20 70th  68th
           
2012 83rd Jeff Overton T-7 40th 44th
  93rd Bryce Molder 9 45th 65th
  72nd D.A. Points T-20 54th 63rd
  78th Troy Matteson T-20 59th 45th
  75th Matt Every T-35 63rd 67th
  81st Chris Kirk T-35 66th 49th
  71st Charl Schwartzel T-47 68th 61st
  86th Charley Hoffman T-26 69th 69th
  96th Dicky Pride T-20 70th 70th
           
2011 72nd Andres Romero T-31 59th 66th
  73rd Chad Campbell T-21 58th 59th
  75th Chris Stroud T-42 70th 61st
  81st Blake Adams T-10 57th 64th
  87th Chez Reavie 2 9th 10th
  88th Johnson Wagner T-25 67th 70th
  91st Geoff Ogilvy T-25 69th 24th
  99th Ernie Els T-16 68th 67th
           
2010 100th Andres Romero T-11 68th 69th
  92nd Tom Gillis T-5 48th 43rd
  86th Vijay Singh T-11 63rd 57th
  81st Jason Dufner T-18 65th 65th
           
2009 93rd Marc Leishman T-15 67th 20th
  87th Stephen Ames T-23 63rd 55th
  82nd Jeff Overton T-23 61st 67th
  81st Jason Bohn T-32 69th 68th
  75th Woody Austin T-36 68th 65th
  74th Bryce Molder T-36 66th 64th
  72nd Bubba Watson T-32 59th 53rd
  71st Sergio Garcia 26 55th 39th
           
2008 99th Tim Herron T-5 48th 53rd
  93rd Angel Cabrera T-15 70th 65th
  92nd Ben Crane T-10 57th 59th
  79th Heath Slocum T-15 56th 61st
  78th Johnson Wagner T-15 55th 60th
  77th Charley Hoffman T-33 66th 68th
  75th Tommy Armour II T-82 69th 62nd
  74th Fredrik Jacobson T-67 65th 44th
  73rd Aaron Baddeley T-73 64th 43rd
  72nd Eric Axley T-82 63rd 63rd
           
2007 No player advanced        

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Below is the list of players who entered the BMW Championship outside the cut line but managed to play their way into the final Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, with a high finish. Note: Cut line to make the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in since 2007 has been the top 30 in points.

Year Entering BMW Player Tourney finish After BMW Final FEC rank
2013 34th Nick Watney 2nd 12th 15th
  54th Luke Donald T4 29th 28th
           
2012 31st Robert Garrigus T-4 20th 23rd
  35th Ryan Moore T-10 28th 11th
           
2011 69th Geoff Ogilvy 3 24th 24th
  55th John Senden 2 9th 13th
  34th Justin Rose Winner 3rd 5th
           
2010 58th Ryan Moore T-3 26th 21st
  52nd K.J. Choi T-3 23rd 15th
  41st Kevin Na T-3 20th 26th
  33rd Camilo Villegas T-11 25th 20th
           
2009 67th Marc Leishman T-2 16th 20th
  32nd Luke Donald T-10 28th 30th
           
2008 67th Dudley Hart 2 14th 12th
  35th D.J. Trahan T-5 25th 24th
           
2007 32nd Stewart Cink T-7 24th 22nd
  33rd Tim Clark T-5 27th 21st
  34th Camilo Villegas T-7 28th 24th

 

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