It’s way to early in the week and the opening round to look all the way to next week and the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, but we’re going to anyway -- especially given the names atop the leaderboard at Sedgefield Country Club right now.
Of the eight players currently tied at 4 under, only two of them -- Bob Estes and Robert Garrigus -- are inside the top 125 in FedExCup points. And of the remaining six, only one of them -- Jeff Quinney -- is better than 140th in points ( click here for the live projections).
If the board were to stay the way it is for the rest of the week, all of them would be 67th or higher, assuring a deep run in the Playoffs. Of course, as this is being written, the board is already changing with Estes now alone at 5 under. Nonetheless, you get the idea. There is a lot at stake for these guys this week. -- Brian Wacker
Interesting fact not related to anything: This week marks the 566th career PGA TOUR event for Bob Estes, who is currently 1 over for the week a little more than midway through his second round. Should Estes go on to make the cut – he’s one stroke inside the number – it would be his 400th career made cut.
While significant, neither of those is of course a record. The player with the most career made cuts on TOUR? Jay Haas, with 592, followed by Tom Kite at 590.
Just how long has Estes been around golf? In addition to those 500-plus starts, he once worked for Charles Coody in the bag room at Fairway Oaks Golf & Racquet Club. His first TOUR victory came in 1989 at the Texas Open and his last at the 2002 Kemper Insurance Open. -- Brian Wacker