Rory McIlroy ... On one hand, he's a 24-year-old with five top 10s on the PGA TOUR this season. On the other, he's a multiple major champion and former No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking without a victory anywhere all year. As a result of his inconsistency, he arrives at Conway Farms ranked 41st in the FedExCup standings. If you were going to host a fantasy draft consisting only of the 40 golfers outside the top-30 bubble and your goal was to invest in the most likely to advance, he'd probably go No. 1.
Patrick Reed ... If amateur success on a largely unknown track counts for anything, look for him to rebound from a MC-T70 start to the Playoffs in the wake of his breakthrough victory at the Wyndham Championship. After sharing second place following 72 holes of stroke play of the 2009 Western Amateur at Conway Farms, he advanced to the semifinals in the 16-man match-play decider. Enters the BMW Championship slotted 47th in FedExCup points.
Scott Piercy ... Since the current FedExCup format began in 2009, at least one golfer ranked 31-35 in points entering the BMW Championship advanced. He checks in at 35th following a T13 at the Deutsche Bank Championship where he led the field in both strokes gained-putting and average distance of putts made. Also tied for fifth at the PGA Championship a month ago.
Chris Kirk ... He's put himself into position all season, ranking a respective seventh and eighth in first- and second-round scoring average. Tied for 16th at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his 10th top 25 of the season. Now 37th in the FedExCup, he can lean back on some positive vibes at Conway Farms where he shared runner-up honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in 2008.
Jonas Blixt ... Toss out a closing 81 at Liberty National and second-round 75 at TPC Boston and he's averaged 68.167 on his other six rounds during the Playoffs, but he has no top 50s to show for it. All the more reason for him to land here at 50th in the FedExCup standings. With a victory at The Greenbrier Classic and a solo fourth at the PGA Championship to prove that he's put four rounds together recently, he's the perfect candidate make noise at Conway Farms.