JERSEY CITY, N.J. – With the exciting sudden-death playoff conclusion to the Wyndham Championship on Sunday, the field for The Barclays -- the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs -- is solidified. Only those players who finished the PGA TOUR Season ranked No. 125 or higher in FedExCup points earned a spot in the Playoffs and will have a chance to tee it up Thursday at The Barclays, which returns to Liberty National in Jersey City, N.J. -- site of the event in 2009.
For the first time in FedExCup history, no players moved in (or out) of the top 125 at the Wyndham Championship, but the event was marked by several big moves within the standings.
Most notably, Patrick Reed, who defeated Jordan Spieth on the second hole of sudden death for his first PGA TOUR win, vaulted 56 places in the FedExCup standings, from No. 78 to No. 22, and is in great position heading into his first FedExCup Playoffs start.
For his efforts, Spieth, moved from 16th to eighth in the FedExCup with the runner-up finish. That makes him the third rookie to enter the Playoffs inside the top 10 (joining Brandt Snedeker in 2007 and Keegan Bradley in 2011). The 20-year-old Spieth won his first PGA TOUR event last month in a playoff at the John Deere Classic. He was looking to become the youngest two-time winner in TOUR history.
Other big moves were posted by Brian Harman, who moved from No. 115 to No. 80 (35 spots), thanks to a T3 finish at the Wyndham Championship. Harman tied with John Huh, who moved up 26 spots from No. 91 to No. 65.
The coveted top-five FedExCup positions remained unchanged, save the No. 5 spot. Bill Haas, the 2011 FedExCup champion, displaced first-time FedExCup Playoffs participant Billy Horschel at No. 5 with a T20 finish at the Wyndham Championship. Joining Haas in the coveted top five are two-time FedExCup champion Tiger Woods at No. 1; The Barclays 2010 winner Matt Kuchar at No. 2; 2012 FedExCup champion Brandt Snedeker at No. 3; and World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson at No. 4.
Steve Stricker (No. 20) is playing a limited schedule in 2013 and did not commit to The Barclays. Also sitting out the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs is Zach Johnson (No. 18), who will be attending his brother’s wedding. The Barclays field, therefore, will include 123 players, with the top 100 at the conclusion of the event advancing to the second round of the FedExCup Playoffs -- the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The FedExCup Playoffs is the culmination of the PGA TOUR Season and consists of four events, beginning with The Barclays and ending at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta, Ga., where the 2013 FedExCup champion will be determined. After The Barclays, the number of players is cut to 100, then to 70, and finally to 30 players who, after a points reset, will battle for the title of FedExCup Champion at the TOUR Championship.
Tickets to The Barclays are available via www.TheBarclaysGolf.com and at the Paramus, N.J., PGA TOUR Superstore. Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to The Barclays when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Up to three youth 18 and younger can attend with a ticketed adult. For more information, visit TheBarclaysGolf.com.
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