FedExCup Spotlight: Freddie Jacobson

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Fredrik Jacobson could become a strong contender for the FedExCup with another good week in Texas.
April 02, 2013
Chris Dunham

Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.

Off to a stellar start in 2013, Freddie Jacobson heads to one of his better tracks -- TPC San Antonio -- for the Valero Texas Open this week.

Jacobson has posted five consecutive top-25 finishes dating back to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February and will look to improve on his current 32nd-place standing in the season-long race for the FedExCup.

Jacobson, who hasn’t played in three weeks, peaked at No. 21 in the FedExCup standings following his T16 finish at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He’s only cracked the top 20 once in his career -- a nine-week stretch from his first win at the 2011 Travelers Championship through The Barclays.

Getting to the Playoffs hasn’t been the problem for Jacobson. Advancing through the rounds has been. Jacobson has made each of the first six FedExCup Playoffs but only reached the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola once (2011).

Jacobson has entered the Playoffs inside the top 30 just once and the top 70 three times. He’s lost ground in each of the last three Playoffs after moving up the ranks in his first three trips. Long story short, Jacobson hasn’t put himself into great position through the PGA TOUR Seasons and hasn’t been able to do enough in the Playoffs to improve on his starting spots and make a run at golf’s richest prize.

He can start toward changing that history with this week’s event. He earned one of his three runner-up finishes on the PGA TOUR on this course in 2010 and added T5 and T18 finishes since then. He’s averaged a 14-position jump up the FedExCup standings here over the last three seasons and could match that total with a solo-fourth-or-better finish this week.

Jacobson's FedExCup finishes
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
84th 44th 57th 58th 29th 105th
FedExCup highlights
• Jacobson has competed in 16 of a possible 24 FedExCup events in the six previous Playoffs. He has qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs in each season.
• Jacobson's three Playoff top-10s came at the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship, 2008 BMW Championship and 2009 Barclays.
• He earned his lone TOUR victory at the 2011 Travelers Championship and went on to finish a career-best 29th in the final FedExCup standings.
• After improving his FedExCup standing in the first three Playoffs, Jacobson has lost ground in each of the last three.
Jacobson's Valero results, FedExCup standings
Year FedExCup before Valero result Points earned FedExCup after
2009 104th T5 96.25 72nd
2010 78th 2nd 300 57th
2011 51st T5 100 40th
2012 91st T18 50.5 81st