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September 10 2013

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Rookie of the Year trend in Playoffs

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Jordan Spieth enters the BMW Championship in 10th place in FedExCup points.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Halfway through the FedExCup Playoffs, just two rookies remain alive -- Jordan Spieth and Russell Henley, both of whom are in the 70-man field this week at the BMW Championship.

Spieth, who enters the tournament 10th in FedExCup points, is assured of being in the 30-man field at next week's Playoffs finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Henley is 43rd in points, which puts him outside the bubble and means he must play well this week to move inside it.

Spieth, Henley and Derek Ernst are the only rookies who have won PGA TOUR events this year, which means the Rookie of the Year voting likely comes down to those three.

If recent history is any indication, Spieth certainly has the inside track.

Just five rookies have advanced to the TOUR Championship in the first six years of the FedExCup Playoffs -- and each of those players ended up winning Rookie of the Year. (The only year in which no rookie reached the TOUR Championship was 2010, with Rickie Fowler finishing two spots outside the bubble but still winning Rookie of the Year honors).

Spieth, who turned 20 years old on July 27, is on track to become the youngest player to compete in the TOUR Championship. Tiger Woods was 20 years, 9 months, 27 days old when he competed in his first TOUR Championship in 1996.

For more on Jordan Spieth, check out this Signature Column from Larry Dorman

ROOKIES WHO ADVANCED TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN FEDEXCUP ERA

Year Player Final FedExCup finish Rookie of Year?
2007 Brandt Snedeker 20th Yes
2008 Andres Romero 28th Yes
2009 Marc Leishman 20th Yes
2011 Keegan Bradley 20th Yes
2012 John Huh 29th Yes
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