Playoffs Guidebook: Top performers (2007-2011)August 15, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
While winning an event isn't everything in the Playoffs, victories can go a long way. Each of the five previous FedExCup champions has won at least one event in his push for golf's richest prize. The five champions have combeined to win 35 percent of Playoffs events (seven total) in their championship seasons.
FedExCup champions' performances in the Playoffs FedExCup
2011 Bill Haas T24 T61 T16 WON 2010 Jim Furyk DNP T37 T15 WON 2009 Tiger Woods T2 T11 WON 2nd 2008 Vijay Singh WON WON T44 T22 2007 Tiger Woods N/A T2 WON WON
While winning is the best way to make a quick move, there's something to be said for consistently performing. No one has done that better than Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan -- the only two players to make all 20 starts in the five-year history of the Playoffs. Here's haow they've finished in the final standings each of the last five years:
Players making all 20 starts in the Playoffs (2007-2011) STEVE STRICKER
HUNTER MAHAN 20 Starts 20 2nd 2007 Finish 15th 14th 2008 Finish 18th 3rd 2009 Finish 27th 7th 2010 Finish 18th 18th 2011 Finish 7th
Speaking of consistency, here's a glance at the players with the most consistent track records of Playoffs success. Just two players -- Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas -- have posted at least one top-10 finish in each season of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Most top-10 finishes in the Playoffs Player 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total Steve Stricker 3 1 3 3 0 10 Camilo Villegas 3 3 1 1 2 10 Jim Furyk 0 3 3 1 1 8 Phil Mickelson 2 1 1 1 2 7 K.J. Choi 1 2 0 2 2 7 Sergio Garcia 2 3 1 0 0 6 Luke Donald 0 0 1 2 3 6 Ernie Els 1 2 2 1 0 6 Tiger Woods 3 0 3 0 0 6
While Stricker and Mahan are the only two players to start every event in the history of the Playoffs, a third competitor has also made a trip to East Lake to compete for each FedExCup.
Players with five seasons in the FedExCup top 30 Player Phil Mickelson Steve Stricker Hunter Mahan 2007 Finish 3rd 2nd 15th 2008 Finish 7th 14th 18th 2009 Finish 2nd 3rd 27th 2010 Finish 13th 7th 18th 2011 Finish 15th 18th 7th Current standing XX XX XX Most top 10s in a single Playoffs RORY SABBATINI
PADRAIG HARRINGTON 2007 Year 2009 3rd Barclays T2 T6 Deutsche Bank T4 T10 BMW Championship T6 T9 TOUR Championship T4 4th Final standings 7th
The three players mentioned above have had successful campaigns year after year in the FedExCup. Anyone can get hot in September and become a factor, though. Here are two who did just that: