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September 14 2012

2:00 AM

FedExCup preview: Bo Van Pelt

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Bo Van Pelt, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Van Pelt to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes T-12 or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes 5th or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes in a 3-way tie for 3rd or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes 3rd or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes T-2 or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Van Pelt is looking for his first victory of the season but he certainly must have felt like a winner at the BMW Championship, played for the first time in his home state of Indiana where the crowds offered him tremendous support. He responded well, too, grabbing a share of the first-round lead with a course-record tying 64 and going on to tie for 10th. That was his ninth top-10 of the season, which leads the PGA TOUR. He also finished second at AT&T National. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Van Pelt’s results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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Tournament
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Tournament finish

T-24

T-26

T-10

FEC ranking after event

22nd

20th

19th

PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Van Pelt has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

FedExCup finish

23rd

30th

50th

79th

64th

EAST LAKE HISTORY: Van Pelt is making his third start at East Lake. He finished ninth here last year after finishing 24th in his debut in 2010.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Van Pelt:
In my opinion, has improved his putting more than anyone else on TOUR this season. A top 10 machine. The key to winning is giving yourself lots of chances, and this could be his week.

WATCH: Van Pelt eagles No. 2 at Firestone CC

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Bo Van Pelt

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Van Pelt will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?

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