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    • Adam Scott entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 15 in the standings and is poised to make a move. (Warren Little/Getty Images) Adam Scott entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 15 in the standings and is poised to make a move. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

    If you build it, he will come. However, until 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker returned to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2013, he didn't come back. See, Snedeker was the first FedExCup champ to survive the first three legs of the Playoffs in the following edition. He started last year's run slotted third before finishing 12th.

    This week's The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, kicks off the eighth FedExCup Playoffs. In consecutive weeks, respective fields reserved for 125, 100, 75 and 30 golfers chasing their dreams will travel from the New York City market to Boston, and then to Denver, and finally to Atlanta. TPC Boston and East Lake have served as the anchors of the Deutsche Bank Championship and TOUR Championship, respectively, while Cherry Hills Country Club gets its first crack at hosting the migratory BMW Championship.

    The current iteration of the points structure has been in place since 2009. Since, no matter where a golfer has begun the Playoffs, if he's finished inside the top 42 at The Barclays, he's advanced. This is merely a coincidence as regular-season FedExCup points remain on the board. Points are then quintupled during the first three phases before the top 30 are locked into preset amounts. Each of the top 30 at East Lake will have a mathematical chance of winning it all, but only the top five are guaranteed the FedExCup with a win.

    Also, in each of the last five Playoffs, while it's possible that a golfer inside the top 13 entering The Barclays may not advance to the finale, that hasn't happened. Only the first two tournaments have 36-hole cuts, so it would likely require a guy opening 0-for-2 to have a chance to set the inglorious precedent. Dustin Johnson begins this week slotted sixth and will not compete throughout, so he'll serve as the litmus test. (As a result of his sabbatical, he is not included below even though he may finish inside the top 30.)


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    Last year's Playoffs ended a trend and extended others. For the first time under the existing points structure, all four tournament winners began the Playoffs inside the top 30. BMW winner Zach Johnson started lowest at 18th. However, Heath Slocum (2009 Barclays' champ) remains the only winner of a Playoffs event (since its inception in 2007) who hasn't finished inside the top five at the conclusion of the TOUR Championship. Slocum placed eighth.

    The 2013 edition also played host to eight golfers that entered The Barclays outside the top 30 and played their ways into the field at East Lake. Lowest of the bunch was Nick Watney at 63rd. It was the second consecutive year that he turned that trick. Sergio Garcia did the same in 2012 and 2013. Since 2009, five guys have done it twice; John Senden is the only golfer to burst the bubble three times. Watney starts this year's at No. 94, Garcia is seventh and Senden is 26th.

    Either seven or eight golfers outside the opening top 30 have survived the first three phases every year since 2009. Slocum was the poster boy for what kind of difference this series can make when he won at Liberty National in 2009 seeded 124th. Kevin Streelman is the other extreme outsider to survive and advance after beginning the 2010 set at 102nd.

    Finally, Steve Stricker's streak of competing in every TOUR Championship will end. He'll be resting injuries for a few months. So, only Phil Mickelson (slotted 45th) and Hunter Mahan (62nd) can extend the streak of reaching East Lake for the eighth consecutive year. Mahan is the only golfer to play in every FedExCup Playoffs event in its history.

    POWER RANKINGS: FEDEXCUP PLAYOFFS

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENTS

    1 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy

    Undisputed world's best right now and atop the FedExCup standings. Won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012.

    Undisputed world's best right now and atop the FedExCup standings. Won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2012.

    2 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler

    Seeded 16th. In the kind of form that could win the FedExCup. Past history is irrelevant given his breakout season and success in majors.

    Seeded 16th. In the kind of form that could win the FedExCup. Past history is irrelevant given his breakout season and success in majors.

    3 Adam Scott Adam Scott

    His spot at 15th feels low because he won Colonial and added seven top 10s. That aside, has advanced to East Lake every year since 2010.

    His spot at 15th feels low because he won Colonial and added seven top 10s. That aside, has advanced to East Lake every year since 2010.

    4 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar

    Fourth in points with TOUR-high 10 top 10s; one shy of career best. Four straight appearances at East Lake. Runner-up for 2010 FedExCup.

    Fourth in points with TOUR-high 10 top 10s; one shy of career best. Four straight appearances at East Lake. Runner-up for 2010 FedExCup.

    5 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk

    The 2010 FedExCup champ has a win and another 11 top 10s in 26 Playoffs starts. At fifth in points, highest among 2013-14 non-winners.

    The 2010 FedExCup champ has a win and another 11 top 10s in 26 Playoffs starts. At fifth in points, highest among 2013-14 non-winners.

    6 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia

    Poised for his best run since 2008 (third). Ten top fives in last 12 months, including seconds at The Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone.

    Poised for his best run since 2008 (third). Ten top fives in last 12 months, including seconds at The Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone.

    7 Justin Rose Justin Rose

    Positioned 18th in points. Finished inside the top 10 in each FedExCup since 2011. Won consecutive starts this summer; added T4 at Firestone.

    Positioned 18th in points. Finished inside the top 10 in each FedExCup since 2011. Won consecutive starts this summer; added T4 at Firestone.

    8 Jason Day Jason Day

    He's 34th in points and his health will dictate everything. Top 25s in the last five Barclays and four of the last five Deutsche Banks.

    He's 34th in points and his health will dictate everything. Top 25s in the last five Barclays and four of the last five Deutsche Banks.

    9 Keegan Bradley Keegan Bradley

    On short list to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Three T4s in last seven starts; 23rd in FedExCup points. No top 10s in the Playoffs.

    On short list to be a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup. Three T4s in last seven starts; 23rd in FedExCup points. No top 10s in the Playoffs.

    10 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker

    Finally surrendered the top spot in points to Rory McIlroy. Walker has no top 10s in 11 starts in the Playoffs, but has nine this season.

    Finally surrendered the top spot in points to Rory McIlroy. Walker has no top 10s in 11 starts in the Playoffs, but has nine this season.

    11 Bill Haas Bill Haas

    The 2011 FedExCup champ has no better than a T24 (2013 finale) in the Playoffs since, but he's fresh off T2 at Sedgefield; 24th in points.

    The 2011 FedExCup champ has no better than a T24 (2013 finale) in the Playoffs since, but he's fresh off T2 at Sedgefield; 24th in points.

    12 Webb Simpson Webb Simpson

    Exactly the guy that could spoil a few hopes. The 13-seed has three top fives since June. Won 2011 DBC. Three straight finale appearances.

    Exactly the guy that could spoil a few hopes. The 13-seed has three top fives since June. Won 2011 DBC. Three straight finale appearances.

    13 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore

    Sits 19th. That's worst among all FedExCup champs (Brandt Snedeker, 2012). Seven top 10s this season. Top 10s in both starts at East Lake.

    Sits 19th. That's worst among all FedExCup champs (Brandt Snedeker, 2012). Seven top 10s this season. Top 10s in both starts at East Lake.

    14 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell

    One of golf's greatest upsets in that he's never reached the TOUR Championship. Eight top 10s this season. Start 43rd in the standings.

    One of golf's greatest upsets in that he's never reached the TOUR Championship. Eight top 10s this season. Start 43rd in the standings.

    15 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth

    Opens slotted eighth. No top 35s in last three starts. Placed seventh in Playoffs debut last year with a T4 in Boston and T2 in Atlanta.

    Opens slotted eighth. No top 35s in last three starts. Placed seventh in Playoffs debut last year with a T4 in Boston and T2 in Atlanta.

    16 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson

    Quietly third in the points standings. Only top 30 in his last six starts was a T16 at Greenbrier. Two top 10s in 25 starts in the Playoffs.

    Quietly third in the points standings. Only top 30 in his last six starts was a T16 at Greenbrier. Two top 10s in 25 starts in the Playoffs.

    17 Marc Leishman Marc Leishman

    Begins his sixth Playoffs at a career-best 27th in points. Cruising for months, including T5 at Royal Liverpool and solo third at Firestone.

    Begins his sixth Playoffs at a career-best 27th in points. Cruising for months, including T5 at Royal Liverpool and solo third at Firestone.

    18 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker

    Currently 55th in points, but ranked as low as 111th just three months ago. Six top 20s since. Won the FedExCup in 2012.

    Currently 55th in points, but ranked as low as 111th just three months ago. Six top 20s since. Won the FedExCup in 2012.

    19 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson

    The defending champ is 70th in points, worst among the golfers included here. Five top 10s in his last seven starts worldwide.

    The defending champ is 70th in points, worst among the golfers included here. Five top 10s in his last seven starts worldwide.

    20 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson

    Starts a career-worst 45th, but took solo second in his last start at Valhalla and has finished no worse than 15th in any FedExCup.

    Starts a career-worst 45th, but took solo second in his last start at Valhalla and has finished no worse than 15th in any FedExCup.

    21 Graham DeLaet Graham DeLaet

    The TOUR's best talent without a victory has top fives in the last two Barclays. Top 15s in his last two starts. Career-best 28th in points.

    The TOUR's best talent without a victory has top fives in the last two Barclays. Top 15s in his last two starts. Career-best 28th in points.

    22 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson

    Sat out last year's Barclays to attend his brother's wedding. Then won the BMW. Eleventh in points, but current form is below average.

    Sat out last year's Barclays to attend his brother's wedding. Then won the BMW. Eleventh in points, but current form is below average.

    23 Brendon Todd Brendon Todd

    Debuts at 12th in the standings, highest among Web.com Tour Finals grads. Sparked torrid run with breakthrough win; has since faded.

    Debuts at 12th in the standings, highest among Web.com Tour Finals grads. Sparked torrid run with breakthrough win; has since faded.

    24 Chris Kirk Chris Kirk

    At 10th in points, he starts inside top 30 for first time in four trips. No top 10s in nine Playoffs starts. No top 15s in last six starts.

    At 10th in points, he starts inside top 30 for first time in four trips. No top 10s in nine Playoffs starts. No top 15s in last six starts.

    25 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed

    The 9-seed has been inconsistent since emerging with the title at the Doral. Stalled out at the BMW in Playoffs debut last year.

    The 9-seed has been inconsistent since emerging with the title at the Doral. Stalled out at the BMW in Playoffs debut last year.

    26 Kevin Na Kevin Na

    With five top 10s and another six top 20s this season, he warrants a spot here despite opening 20th in points. Reached East Lake in 2009 and 2010.

    With five top 10s and another six top 20s this season, he warrants a spot here despite opening 20th in points. Reached East Lake in 2009 and 2010.

    27 Freddie Jacobson Freddie Jacobson

    The 39-year-old Junkman is seeded 38th. Among those just outside the top 30, he's in arguably the best form after a T2 at Sedgefield.

    The 39-year-old Junkman is seeded 38th. Among those just outside the top 30, he's in arguably the best form after a T2 at Sedgefield.

    28 Ryan Palmer Ryan Palmer

    Last man inside the top-30 bubble as the Playoffs begin. Tied for fifth both at Ridgewood in 2010 and at Valhalla two weeks ago.

    Last man inside the top-30 bubble as the Playoffs begin. Tied for fifth both at Ridgewood in 2010 and at Valhalla two weeks ago.

    29 Martin Kaymer Martin Kaymer

    Getting benefit of the doubt despite sitting outside the top 13 (at 14th). No top 55s in his last three starts. Dealt with sore shoulder.

    Getting benefit of the doubt despite sitting outside the top 13 (at 14th). No top 55s in his last three starts. Dealt with sore shoulder.

    30 Kevin Streelman Kevin Streelman

    Enters with sketchy form, but 39th in points and his personal connection to Ridgewood supported a T4 (2008) and T3 (2010).

    Enters with sketchy form, but 39th in points and his personal connection to Ridgewood supported a T4 (2008) and T3 (2010).

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