September 9 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
CARMEL, Ind. -- Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship, the third event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is in the books. Forty players have been eliminated and the top 30 in FedExCup points will now move on to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in two weeks to battle for the FedExCup.
Here’s a look at the key FedExCup developments from Crooked Stick.
NO. 1 WATCH: Rory McIlroy entered the week No. 1 in points and then won the BMW Championship by two strokes. So pretty simple – he stays No. 1.
TOP FIVE WATCH: The key development on Sunday was that Phil Mickelson moved into the top five and Louis Oosthuizen was booted out. Mickelson, who finished in a tie for second with Lee Westwood, moved to fourth in the FedExCup standings. He follows McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Nick Watney, who are 1-2-3 on the list. Brandt Snedeker, who started the week No. 4 in points, dropped to No. 5 after a tie for 37th. Oosthuizen, who had started the week in fifth after two top-five finishes in the first two Playoffs events, dropped to sixth after a tie for 16th.
Thus, McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson and Snedeker are the five players who control their own fate at East Lake after the points are reset. If any of those five players wins the TOUR Championship, he will automatically claim the FedExCup title. Everybody else must have varying degrees of help to win the title.
MOVING IN/MOVING OUT: Only the top 30 in FedExCup points advance to the finale of the FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 30 who moved inside the top 30 and will go to East Lake and the players who were bumped out and were eliminated from the Playoffs:
|Moving in||Movement||Moving out||Movement|
|Robert Garrigus||31 to 20||Kyle Stanley||30 to 31|
|Ryan Moore||35 to 28||Bill Haas||28 to 32|
ELIMINATED FROM THE PLAYOFFS: Forty players were officially eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs following the BMW Championship. Here is a list of those 40 players and their final FedExCup standing.
|31. Kyle Stanley||41. Ben Curtis||51. Brian Harman||61. Charl Schwartzel|
|32. Bill Haas||42. Graeme McDowell||52. Kevin Na||62. Jimmy Walker|
|33. Vijay Singh||43. Padraig Harrington||53. Graham DeLaet||63. D.A. Points|
|34. Kevin Stadler||44. Jeff Overton||54. Pat Perez||64. Martin Laird|
|35. Greg Chalmers||45. Troy Matteson||55. Ryan Palmer||65. Bryce Molder|
|36. Johnson Wagner||46. Marc Leishman||56. Tim Clark||66. Ben Crane|
|37. Seung-Yul Noh||47. Geoff Ogilvy||57. Brendon de Jonge||67. Matt Every|
|38. Bud Cauley||48. J.B. Holmes||58. Bob Estes||68. David Hearn|
|39. Ian Poulter||49. Chris Kirk||59. Mark Wilson||69. Charley Hoffman|
|40. Tom Gillis||50. William McGirt||60. Charlie Wi||70. Dicky Pride|
BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the players who made the biggest moves at Crooked Stick.
|Player||Final result||FEC position entering BMW||FEC position after BMW||Movement|
ODDS & ENDS: Ryan Moore (64th) started the Playoffs ranked lower than anyone who qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. This is the first year under the current format that no one outside the top 65 made it to East Lake. Check out the complete list. …
No one who moved off the Barclays or Deutsche Bank bubble qualified for the TOUR Championship. …
John Huh is the lone rookie to qualify for the TOUR Championship. He's the fifth in six years to accomplish this feat, joining Keegan Bradley (2011), Marc Leishman (2009), Andres Romero (2008) and Brandt Snedeker (2007) as rookies to make it to East Lake. …
There are seven players making their first trip to East Lake: Rory McIlroy (1), Louis Oosthuizen (6), Lee Westwood (8), Robert Garrigus (20), John Huh (26), Rickie Fowler (27), Scott Piercy (30).