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      Kaymer moves into the FedExCup top 5 as The Barclays approaches

    • Martin Kaymer is in great position as he prepares for his second trip to the FedExCup Playoffs. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)Martin Kaymer is in great position as he prepares for his second trip to the FedExCup Playoffs. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    PARAMUS, N.J. -- Thanks to his victory at last week’s U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer has all but sealed his place in the first FedExCup Playoffs event, The Barclays. Kaymer, who won THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year, now has two wins counting for 600 FedExCup points each, putting him inside the top 5 with just two months remaining before the FedExCup Playoffs begin. The Barclays returns to The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J., August 19-24.

    In addition to his two victories, Kaymer also notched another top-10 finish earlier this season at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. It is no surprise after all his success this season that Kaymer leads the TOUR in Total Driving, meaning he has the TOUR's top combination of power and accuracy off the tee during the 2013-14 season.

    His victory last week also moved Kaymer to No. 11 on the Official World Golf Ranking, and he is quickly creeping closer to the coveted No. 1 position that he held in 2011.

    This will be Kaymer’s second appearance at The Barclays, with his 2013 debut ending in a T50 finish. Kaymer’s first FedExCup Playoffs run last year ended with a T47 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship the following week.

    The win at the U.S. Open is his second major championship victory to go along with the 2010 PGA Championship.

    Kaymer's top-5 position is made even more important when it's noted that the top-5 in the FedExCup standings at the Playoff-ending TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola control their own FedExCup fates.

    The Barclays is the first of four events in the FedExCup Playoffs, and features the top 125 players on the FedExCup points list. After The Barclays, the number of players is cut to 100, then to 70 after the second event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and finally to 30 players following the BMW Championship to set the field for the finale of the FedExCup, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.