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.
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|
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|
|108th||Richard S. Johnson||T-31||85th||91st|
|136th||Frank Lickliter II||64||112th||97th|
|122nd||Richard S. Johnson||T-68||95th||77th|
|121st||Doug LaBelle II||T-41||120th||120th|
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|
|75th||Tommy Armour II||T-82||69th||62nd|
|2007||No player advanced|
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|