Playoffs Guidebook: How top 5 have faredAugust 16, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
At The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, 30 players will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup, but only the top five will control their own destiny -- knowing a victory at East Lake will net them a place in golf history.
After three years of the No. 1 holding his spot and winning the FedExCup, we've seen back-to-back champions come from off the grid. In 2010, Jim Furyk started the TOUR Championship at No. 11 before lifting the FedExCup. A year later, Bill Haas climbed from No. 25 to the pinnacle of the FedExCup standings with a victory at East Lake.
How the top 5 entering The TOUR Championship have fared Year Entering
Player Final FEC
2011 1st Webb Simpson 2nd 2011 2nd Dustin Johnson 4th 2011 3rd Justin Rose 5th 2011 4th Luke Donald 3rd 2011 5th Matt Kuchar 6th
2010 1st Matt Kuchar 2nd 2010 2nd Dustin Johnson 5th 2010 3rd Charley Hoffman 4th 2010 4th Steve Stricker 7th 2010 5th Paul Casey 6th
2009 1st Tiger Woods 1st 2009 2nd Steve Stricker 3rd 2009 3rd Jim Furyk 4th 2009 4th Zach Johnson 6th 2009 5th Heath Slocum 8th
2008 1st Vijay Singh 1st 2008 2nd Camilo Villegas 2nd 2008 3rd Sergio Garcia 3rd 2008 4th Jim Furyk 5th 2008 5th Mike Weir 6th
2007 1st Tiger Woods 1st 2007 2nd Steve Stricker 2nd 2007 3rd Phil Mickelson 3rd 2007 4th Rory Sabbatini 4th 2007 5th K.J. Choi 5th
Last season, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson became the third and fourth players to enter The TOUR Championship inside the top 5 in back-to-back seasons. Steve Stricker (2009-10) and Jim Furyk (2008-09) have also accomplished the feat. Stricker, who was also inside the top 5 in 2007, is the only player to control his own destiny at three different TOUR Championships.