August 13 2013
Fabian Gomez is outside the top 125 in FedExCup points but inside the money bubble. (Cohen/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
Peter Hanson, Padraig Harrington and Fabian Gomez will enter this week's Wyndham Championship outside the top 125 in FedExCup points but inside the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list. So while they have work to do in order to make next week's FedExCup Playoffs, the three are actually in decent shape to obtain their playing privileges for next season.
Players who make the FedExCup Playoffs not only get the opportunity to compete in the four-tournament series that decides the season-long FedExCup champ, they also earn exempt status for the 2013-14 season, which starts in October at the Frys.com Open. Players who finish inside the top 125 on the money list will also earn TOUR cards.
Hanson, Harrington and Gomez currently are not exempt for next season. But if the three can stay inside the top 125 on the money list, they will have their cards, even if their 2013 seasons end this week should they fail to advance to the FedExCup Playoffs.
Nicolas Colsaerts is also in the same boat as the other three, although he had to withdraw from Wyndham due to injury and will not be able to improve his FedExCup status.
Harrington, the three-time major winner, enters this week ranked 129th in points but 110th on the money list and isn't expected to fall outside the top 125 after this week. To make the FedExCup Playoffs, Harrington likely needs to finish 39th or better at Wyndham.
Hanson is 126th in points and 121st on the money list. He needs a 50th place or better to make the FedExCup Playoffs.
Gomez is 131st in points and 124th on the money list, so he's teetering on both edges. He needs to finish 33rd or better to advance to The Barclays.
Colsaerts is 107th on the money list and is safe for next year.
And keep a close eye on Greg Chalmers. He's 122nd in FedExCup points and 125th on the money list. Of all the players in the field this week, he may be doing the most sweating, as he's the closest to that 125 cutoff on both lists.