August 5 2011
Nick O’Hern is not only in good shape at the Reno-Tahoe Open -- he’s in the lead at the moment -- he’s also in position to make it to the first round of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
O’Hern was ranked 103rd in the FedExCup standings entering the week, and a good finish this week will all but lock up a spot for him.
Hunter Haas, currently tied for second place, is also in good standing -- he ranked 90th entering the week. A good finish at Montreux would likewise assure him for a spot in The Barclays in three weeks.
There are several other players near the lead that will need strong finishes this week if they hope to make the Playoffs:
-- Chris Riley, currently tied with Haas at 7 under, entered the week at 142nd in the standings. A second place finish could move Riley to 106th in the standings, and a win could move him as high as 78th.
-- Notah Begay has yet to make a cut in the three events he’s played on TOUR this year but after a second-round 67 he find himself at 6 under, one shot off the lead. A win this week could move him as high as 144th in the standings and within striking distance of the top 125.
-- Veteran Steve Elkington entered the week 215th in the standings and is tied with Begay at 6 under through two rounds. A win could put him on the FedExCup bubble, in the 125th position.