Playoffs Guidebook: Playing their way to East LakeAugust 16, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
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 Year Entering
2012 64th Ryan Moore --- 2012 51st Lee Westwood --- 2012 49th Nick Watney --- 2012 37th John Senden --- 2012 34th Louis Oosthuizen --- 2012 33rd Sergio Garcia --- 2012 32nd Adam Scott --- 2011 79th Geoff Ogilvy 24th 2011 76th Chez Reavie 10th 2011 50th John Senden 13th 2011 44th Justin Rose 5th 2011 43rd Y.E. Yang 30th 2011 39th Bo Van Pelt 23rd 2011 36th Vijay Singh 28th 2010 102nd Kevin Streelman 25th 2010 95th Martin Laird 11th 2010 77th Charley Hoffman 4th 2010 41st Kevin Na 26th 2010 39th Geoff Ogilvy 14th 2010 35th Ryan Moore 21st 2010 34th K.J. Choi 15th 2010 32nd Adam Scott 19th 2009 124th Heath Slocum 8th 2009 78th Marc Leishman 20th 2009 66th Padraig Harrington 7th 2009 61st Scott Verplank 10th 2009 47th Ernie Els 16th 2009 42nd Jason Dufner 11th 2009 31st John Senden 24th 2008 68th Dudley Hart 12th 2008 60th Tim Clark 26th 2008 57th Kevin Sutherland 11th 2008 56th Bubba Watson 30th 2008 51st Ken Duke 22nd 2008 43rd Mike Weir 6th 2008 42nd Camilo Villegas 2nd 2008 37th Billy Mayfair 23rd 2008 31st Hunter Mahan 18th 2007 52nd Camilo Villegas 24th 2007 50th Brett Wetterich 27th 2007 36th Tim Clark 21st
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.