FedExCup Playoffs: Outside looking in at Wyndham
A look at players who've cracked the top 125 in the final week
August 07, 2014
- Ernie Els finished 67th in the 2011 FedExCup after ranking 126th entering the Wyndham Championship. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
This week's Wyndham Championship is the final event before the FedExCup Playoffs. Some in the Wyndham field are trying to bolster their position in the FedExCup standings. Others are simply trying to crack the top 125 and earn their way into the Playoffs. The top 125 at week's end also retain their full playing privileges for the 2014-15 season (if not already exempt).
In the seven-year history of the FedExCup, no player has made the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after starting the Wyndham Championship outside the Playoffs cut line. The furthest any player has gone after starting the Wyndham Championship outside the cut line since 2009 (new point structure) is Ernie Els in 2011. Els started the Wyndham Championship ranked 126th in the standings and went on to finish 67th and qualify for the BMW Championship.
Heath Slocum barely made the 2009 Playoffs, ranking 124th in the standings entering the 2009 Barclays. He won that tournament to move to third in the standings. It is the largest move in the seven-year history of the Playoffs.
Last year was the first since the FedExCup's inception in 2007 that no one moved inside the top 125 after the Wyndham. Here's a look at players who have worked their way into the FedExCup Playoffs at the Wyndham Championship and how they've fared in the Playoffs.
(Note: Top 144 in FedExCup qualified for Playoffs in 2007 and 2008; starting in 2009, the top 125 qualified for the Playoffs.)
Year ENTERING WYNDHAM PLAYER ENTERING PLAYOFFS FINAL FEC RANK 2014 126th Sang-Moon Bae 120th N/A
2013 NONE NONE 2012 128th Heath Slocum 124th 124th 2011 130th Padraig Harrington 124th 89th 2011 127th William McGirt 125th 83rd 2011 126th Ernie Els 118th 67th 2010 140th Scott Piercy 125th 125th 2009 136th Jeff Maggert 123rd 125th 2009 133rd Kevin Stadler 76th 95th 2009 129th Chris Riley 119th 103rd 2009 128th Todd Hamilton 121st 123rd 2009 126th David Mathis 118th 122nd 2008 177th J.J. Henry 135th 92nd 2008 166th Rich Beem 114th 111th 2008 164th Martin Laird 128th 67th 2008 154th Lee Janzen 144th 119th 2008 153rd Justin Bolli 141st 101st 2007 165th Jeff Overton 109th 111th 2007 162nd Shigeki Maruyama 140th 140th 2007 151st Anders Hansen 137th 137th