August 12, 2014
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
- Paul Casey has a lot to play for if he wants to get into the FedExCup Playoffs. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Paul Casey ... He's the bubble boy. Ranked 125th in the FedExCup standings, the 37-year-old from England is chasing a spot in the Playoffs and the European Tour Ryder Cup team. What's not a worry is his status on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 as he's currently 114th on the money list. Regardless of what happens this week at Sedgefield, where he's 3-for-4 with no top 25s, it's been a successful return to full-time play in the U.S. despite no top 10s.
Robert Karlsson ... The Wyndham Championship is nearly a home game for the Charlotte resident. He's making his third consecutive appearance, but has only a solo 70th last year to show for it. On top of getting the attention of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley this week, Karlsson is attempting to regain fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR via the non-member route. He'd currently rank 139th among members in FedExCup points and 160th in earnings. The Swede will turn 45 years of age on Sept. 3.
Matteo Manassero ... Still just 21 years young, the four-time European Tour winner recently accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR. While that may only be an indication of a desire to accept membership in 2014-15, he's not yet eligible. The Italian would currently rank 159th among members in the FedExCup standings and 137th in earnings. He needs to crack the top 125 in either to qualify for membership. Also available in his debut at Sedgefield are Official World Golf Ranking points that would contribute to his goal of qualifying for his first Ryder Cup. The deadline for automatic entry for the European squad is Aug. 31.
Steven Bowditch ... To say that the 31-year-old Aussie has been quiet since his breakthrough at the Valero Texas Open would be missing the point. Sure, it's accurate, but his inconsistency is the primary reason of why he's an exciting talent. That win remains his only top 10 of the season -- he has only three in 123 career PGA TOUR starts -- but he's surrounded it with three more top 25s, two of which in his last five starts. He's long off the tee and feasts on the par 5s.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello ... Fans also know him as Rafa, but headline writers can prefer RCB. It's a necessary adjustment when you're from Spain and go three deep with your name. (See MAJ and GFC. That's Miguel Angel Jiménez and Gonzalo Fernández-Castano, respectively, to you and me.) Cabrera-Bello is a two-time winner on the European Tour where he's played regularly since 2007. Currently seventh on his home circuit in greens in regulation and 16th in scoring. The 30-year-old is making his fifth PGA TOUR start this season, arriving having finished last of 74 that played 72 holes at Valhalla.