Bubble: Five to watch at Hamilton G&CCJuly 25, 2012
Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
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.
Charl Schwartzel Current FedExCup rank: 109th
Projected change with a win: +78 | Top 10: +21 | Top 25: +14
Since 2010, Charl Schwartzel has played in seven of eight national opens (U.S., British and Canadian) and racked up five top 20s. Unfortunately for Schwartzel and his FedExCup Playoffs prospects, his two worst showings in that span have been at this year's U.S. Open (T38) and last week's British Open (missed cut). Schwartzel tied for ninth last season at Shaughnessy G&CC, another short par-70 layout.
David Mathis Current FedExCup rank: 126th
Projected change with a win: +91 | Top 10: +18 | Top 25: +7
If last year's test was any indication, the RBC Canadian Open will provide one of the sternest golf challenges on the schedule. Mathis, currently the last man out of the top 125, has played on four of the five toughest courses on the schedule thus far and picked up two top 25s. He heads to Canada following two missed cuts in his last two starts but will need to turn things around to make his first Playoffs appearance since 2009.
Scott Brown Current FedExCup rank: 155th
Projected change with a win: +112 | Top 10: +20 | Top 25: +14
This rookie is heating up in his quest for a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs. Brown, after an eight-start stretch featuring just one made cut, has posted back-to-back top 10s to move onto the fringe of the Playoffs picture. Brown, a 2011 graduate of the Web.com Tour, made a similar move last season, finishing as a runner-up in the season finale to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2012 season.
Retief Goosen Current FedExCup rank: 157th
Projected change with a win: +112 | Top 10: +19 | Top 25: +14
After consecutive trips to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2009 and 2010, Goosen only competed in one leg of the Playoffs last season. This year, he will need a late push to qualify for the Playoffs and that starts this week. Goosen has never missed a cut in four starts at the RBC Canadian Open. He was a runner-up in 2010.
Stephen Ames Current FedExCup rank: 178th
Projected change with a win: +128 | Top 10: +25 | Top 25: +18
Always a fan favorite at the RBC Canadian Open, Ames will be making his 15th start north of the border this week. The Canadian resident and four-time PGA TOUR winner has never finished inside the top 5 in this event but could use a great showing this week. After missing out on the Playoffs for the first time a year ago, Ames would again find himself on the outside looking in if the season ended today.
Below are five players in the field this week at Hamilton G&CC who could make significant gains this week. 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.