August 24 2013
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Now that two rounds of The Barclays are officially in the books, we are starting to get some clarity on players who have been eliminated from the FedExCup Playoffs.
Only the top 100 in the FedExCup standings come Sunday will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins its 72-hole run on Friday at TPC Boston and concludes on Labor Day.
So any player who missed the 36-hole cut at Liberty National, which came at even par, and entered the first Playoffs event ranked 101st or lower has now officially been eliminated.
That means 15 players who missed the cut and another three who withdrew will not be advancing further. Another 10 must wait until play concludes Sunday to see what their fate is.
The players who were eliminated when they missed the cut are James Hahn, who came in ranked No. 101, Mark Wilson (102), Charlie Beljan (104), Jason Bohn (106), Jeff Maggert (108), Morgan Hoffman (111), Chez Reavie (112), D.H. Lee (114), Andres Romero (115), Johnson Wagner (116), Charlie Wi (118) and Steven Bowditch (120).
Ben Crane, who came to Liberty National ranked No. 125; Lucas Glover (107) and Justin Hicks (109) withdrew on Friday and also will not advance.
The tournament's hard luck story had to be Hoffmann, who grew up in New Jersey and was 6 under for the tournament when play was suspended by darkness on Friday evening. The PGA TOUR rookie had risen to No. 64 in the projected standings but came back Saturday morning and shot 7 over on his last eight holes, including double bogeys on his last two holes, to miss the cut -- as well as the rest of the Playoffs.
According to the projections through two rounds, a total of three players -- Ted Potter Jr., J.J. Henry and Jeff Overton -- had moved out of the top 100 while George McNeill, Camilo Villegas and Martin Kaymer had moved in. Potter and Henry missed the cut so they no longer control their own destiny while Overton will start the third round tied for 65th.
The new "bubble boy" is James Driscoll, a Boston native who has made the Playoffs four times but never advanced to his hometown event. He missed the cut so Driscoll will undoubtedly have an eye on the projected FedExCup standings over the next two days.
A total of six players played their way into the top 100 in 2012 while there were eight in '11, six in '10 and 4 in '09. In the first two years of the FedExCup, the cutoff for the Deutsche Bank Championship was 120 and 15 played their way in in 2008 while just two did in 2007.