The goal of any competitor in the FedExCup Playoffs is to play well enough to earn a spot in the 30-man field at The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Anyone who qualifies for the Playoffs finale at East Lake has a mathematical chance to claim the FedExCup.
In 2011, seven players who began the Playoffs outside the top 30 made to The TOUR Championship. Of these seven players, Justin Rose was the only player to finish in the top 5.
In 2010, eight players who began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked outside the top 30 made their way to East Lake. The highest-ranked player entering the Barclays to finish inside the top 30 was Kevin Streelman, who kicked off his Playoffs campaign ranked 102nd and went onto finish 25th.
Charley Hoffman started the 2010 Playoffs ranked 77th in the FedExCup standings. Hoffman went on to finish 4th on the strength of his Deutsche Bank Championship victory followed by a solid 6th place finish at The TOUR Championship.
|Players starting outside the top 30 and qualifying for The TOUR Championship|
In the five-year history of the FedExCup, Hoffman is the lowest ranked player (at the start of the Playofs) to finish inside the top 5 of the standings.