Notes from the third and final round of The Barclays, the opening
event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. (
for updated FedExCup standings):
With the conclusion of The
Barclays, the field in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup has
been trimmed from 125 to 100 players. Officially being eliminated
Saturday at Plainfield Country Club were Bryce Molder, Josh Teater,
Hunter Haas, Chris DiMarco, Paul Goydos, D.J. Trahan, Nick
O’Hern, Matt Bettencourt, Arjun Atwal, Tim Herron, Michael
Bradley, Retief Goosen, Kevin Stadler, Heath Slocum, Joe Ogilvie,
David Hearn,. These 16 join the nine players who were officially
eliminated Friday after missing the cut or withdrawing from the
tournament: Tom Gillis, Michael Thompson, Vaughn Taylor, Rod
Pampling, Billy Mayfair, James Driscoll, Steven Bowditch, Steve
Flesch and Stuart Appleby.
The 2011 Playoffs took on a very 2008
feel this week. The 2008 FedExCup runner-up, Camilo Villegas, was
No. 125 in the standings and in danger of missing the Playoffs two
weeks ago. He is now at No. 51, probably safe through to the BMW
Championship, after a 51-spot jump this week at The Barclays.
Villegas finished tied for sixth at The Barclays a week after a T9
finish at the Wyndham Championship got him into the Playoffs.
… Vijay Singh, who won the FedExCup in 2008, got his putter
rolling and led the field in birdies as he tied for third and moved
up to eighth in the FedExCup standings. … Padraig Harrington
and William McGirt were the last two in the Playoffs and both moved
on to the Deutsche Bank Championship. Harrington tied for 13th at
The Barclays and moved 44 spots to No. 80 in the FedExCup
standings. McGirt isn’t far from the “last man
in” at TPC Boston, where he will open the week at 90th in the
Ben Crane fell from No. 86 to No.
100 in the FedExCup standings, finishing just three points away
from being the highest-ranked player to be eliminated from the
Playoffs at The Barclays. Crane made it to the TOUR Championship by
Coca-Cola last year and has played in the BMW Championship each of
the last three seasons. He has his work cut out for him if he wants
to make it four straight trips to Chicago. … Geoff Ogilvy
has played 16 of 17 events in the history of the Playoffs but after
a missed cut at The Barclays, he fell to 91st in the FedExCup
standings and in need of a strong showing next week to move on.
… Andres Romero’s quest for survival was a compelling
story during the 2010 Playoffs. Romero, after this week’s T64
finish, is on the bubble again at No. 72 in the FedExCup standings.
The 30-year-old has finished outside the top 40 in his last two
starts and will need to rebound to move on to the third event of
Here’s how the top five players in
FedExCup points going into this week performed on Saturday. The top
five in points going into the final event of the Playoffs, the TOUR
Championship by Coca-Cola, will control their own destiny.
||Picked a great time to get his
first win since last year's Playoffs
||Another strong Barclays makes
Kuchar a FedExCup threat again
||Didn't hurt himself with a
Sunday 64 and a T10 finish.
||Carried momentum from Wyndham
win to T10 at Plainfield
||Started slowly but good weekend
moved him ahead of Stricker
Jim Furyk finished T52 at
The Barclays and is one of two players in the field to have
maintained their FedExCup standing. Furyk heads to TPC Boston at
No. 60 in the standings for the second consecutive week.