FedExCup update: Who's making moves
August 31, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Billy Horschel projects as a FedExCup bubble buster after 36 holes at TPC Boston.
NORTON, Mass. -- At the midway point of the Deutsche Bank Championship only three more players have been eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs.
That's because there was an inordinately large number of players to make the 36-hole cut -- a total of 80 pros out of the starting field of 93. As a result, there will be a secondary cut to the low 70 and ties again on Sunday.
Only those who started the week outside the top 70, which is the number that advances to the BMW Championship next week, AND missed the 36-hole cut, saw their seasons come to a close. The three players are Brandt Snedeker, who came in ranked No. 71, Pat Perez (87) and Robert Garrigus (88).
Perez withdrew on Saturday with a bulging disc.
For Snedeker, who has hopes of becoming one of Tom Watson's three Captain's Picks for the Ryder Cup on Tuesday, it was his second straight missed cut in the Playoffs.
"I know the scores don't dictate that I'm playing that well, but I am," Snedeker said. "It's just unfortunate that I had two bad days of putting at the same time. That's tough. I'll go back home and try to recap the year ... no fun being my last event.
"But I'll be ready to go whenever my next start is going to be."
The players who missed the 36-hole cut with the most to gain -- or lose -- over the final two rounds at TPC Boston are Ryo Ishikawa, who was 56th and is now projected 70th; Justin Hicks, who came in No. 58 and now clocks in at 71st; and Ben Martin, who came in 63rd has dropped 11 spots in the projections.
None of the three can earn any more FedExCup points this week so they'll be watching what transpires over the last two rounds with great interest. A week ago at The Barclays, Geoff Ogilvy missed the cut and was projected 101st but when the tournament was over, he found out he had actually finished one spot higher -- thus making the field at TPC Boston on the number.
So a lot can happen, particularly with the secondary cut in store on Sunday.
Here’s a closer look at who moved inside, and fell out of, the top 70 in the FedExCup standings following the second round at TPC Boston:
Moving in FedExCup
Player Deutsche Bank
82 Billy Horschel T3 69-66 - 135 28 78 Ben Crane T10 69-68 - 137 49 72 Morgan Hoffmann T33 72-69 - 141 63 84 Chesson Hadley
T17 66-73 - 139 65 81 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano T23 71-69 - 140 66 Falling out
Player Deutsche Bank
58 Justin Hicks MC 77-70 147 71 60 Jerry Kelly T70 71-74 - 145 72 67 Shawn Stefani T50 69-74 - 143 73 63 Ben Martin
MC 75-75 - 150 74 70 Scott Brown
T50 75-68 - 143 76
Any player in the top 5 of the FedExCup standings entering the season-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola would win the FedExCup by winning at East Lake. Here’s a look at the current projected top 5 after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Player Position Score Projected
1 7 Jason Day T1 66-68 - 134 2,500 4,611 2 43 Ryan Palmer
T1 63-71 - 134 2,500 3,573 3 1 Hunter Mahan T63 73-71 - 144 25 3,301 4 4 Matt Kuchar
T3 69-66 - 135 875 3,296 5 2 Rory McIlroy T17 70-69 - 139 258 3,067