Graphic: Bubble boys needing a FedExCup move
August 18, 2015
- August 18, 2015
Here's a quick look at six players in the field this week at Sedgefield CC needing to make a move up the FedExCup standings to qualify for the Playoffs this season.
Camilo Villegas (129th): The defending champion was late to secure his Playoffs status in two of the last four seasons and will need to do the same this season to get back to The Barclays. Villegas has never moved from outside the top 125 into the Playoffs at Sedgefield.
Ryo Ishikawa (130th): Ishikawa made his Playoffs debut last season, finishing two spots shy of a trip to the BMW Championship. This season hasn’t been as strong for the third-year TOUR member but he’s knocking on the Playoffs’ door once again.
Jonas Blixt (135th): Blixt is 3-for-3 in Playoffs qualifications in his TOUR career but is without a top-10 this season (He’s averaged nearly three per season to date). His recent form has been encouraging with three consecutive top-30 finishes but it will likely take a top-15 showing at Sedgefield to push the Swede into the top 125.
K.J. Choi (147th): One of just 30 players to qualify for each edition of the FedExCup Playoffs to date, the 2011 PLAYERS champion is enduring arguably his toughest year in a TOUR career that dates back to the year 2000. The Vice Captain of the International Presidents Cup team would get a much closer look at his potential team members if he could qualify for The Barclays.
Ernie Els (170th): Like Choi, Els has qualified for all eight previous editions of the FedExCup Playoffs. In fact, he’s played at least three events in every Playoffs and made it to East Lake five times. This season’s count of three top-25 finishes is a career low for The Big Easy, but he does have two such finishes in four tries at the Wyndham Championship.
Tiger Woods (187th): This isn’t the longest winless drought of Woods’ career (he went 30 months between 2009 and 2012 without a title) but his slump has crossed the two-year mark. Woods will need to have his best week of the season at Sedgefield to have any chance at winning a third FedExCup in 2015.