Bubble glance: Keep an eye on J.J. and J.J.June 19, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
With the FedExCup Playoffs just around the corner, PGATOUR.COM will take a look each week at a group of players who are on the bubble (outside the top 100) for the 125 available spots at the Playoff-opening Barclays from Aug. 23-26. Click here for complete and up-to-date FedExCup standings.
More than half of this week's field, 87 players, enter the Travelers Championship outside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings. With just nine weeks remaining before the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs get under way, the scramble for spots intensifies.
J.J. Henry Current FedExCup rank: 106th
Projected change with a win: +79 | Top 10: +21 | Top 25: +11
A T3 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship gave new life to J.J. Henry's 2012 season. He now sets his sites on an event where he's made eight consecutive cuts, posting four top-25 finishes and a 2006 victory in that span. The Connecticut native will certainly have plenty of fan support here, much like at the Nelson, which is contested a short drive from his current residence.
J.J. Killeen Current FedExCup rank: 126th
Projected change with a win: +96 | Top 10: +16 | Top 25: +10
It may be safe to say that no one is working harder to keep his TOUR card than this rookie and 2011 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year. Killeen has competed in more events (21) than anyone on TOUR in 2012. Last weeks U.S. Open was the first event the rookie has missed in nine weeks dating back to the RBC Heritage in early April. We'll see how Killeen comes back after just his second idle week since the start of his season.
Camilo Villegas Current FedExCup rank: 131st
Projected change with a win: +101 | Top 10: +16 | Top 25: +10
Think Villegas doesn't know his Playoffs picture is foggy? The Colombian has added the Travelers Championship to his schedule for the first time since 2006. Villegas has competed in 18 of the 20 events in the history of the FedExCup Playoffs, winning two in 2008. "Spider-Man" was in a similar position last year and recorded two top-10 finishes after the calendar turned to June to secure his spot in the Playoffs.
Heath Slocum Current FedExCup rank: 144th
Projected change with a win: +111 | Top 10: +22 | Top 25: +19
You don't have to hit it a long way to have success at TPC River Highlands. Two years ago, Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank, neither inside the TOUR's top 150 in driving distance, qualified for the playoff against Bubba Watson. Last year, eight of the top 12 on the final leaderboard ranked outside the top 80 in the stat. That bodes well for Slocum, who hasn't posted a top-25 finish in 16 2012 starts. He has three top 25s in his last four tries here.
Tim Petrovic Current FedExCup rank: 212th
Projected change with a win: +163 | Top 10: +38 | Top 25: +30
Few outside of Brad Faxon (27) have as many starts in this event (16) as Tim Petrovic. The 45-year-old is making his 11th consecutive trip to TPC River Highlands with seven top 40s in that span. Petrovic, who has missed five of six cuts overall, has carded nine consecutive under-par rounds here. Four more rounds in red numbers could go a long way toward helping the veteran back to the Playoffs after missing out for the first time last year.
Below are five players who could shake up the bubble and make significant changes to their Playoffs plans this week at TPC River Highlands. Beside each player's image is his FedExCup rank and how many spots he projects to climb with a victory, top-10 or top-25 finish.