Whose Playoffs streak is on the line?
August 11, 2014
- August 11, 2014
- Brian Gay needs to make a move this week to continue his Playoffs streak. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Since the launch of the FedExCup Playoffs in 2007, 35 players have qualified in each of the seven years. Just three players have qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola every year -- Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan. And only Mahan has appeared in every Playoffs event (28 total) in that span.
Of those 35 FedExCup Playoffs "streakers," 30 are set to maintain the streak for an eighth consecutive season, based on current FedExCup projections.
That leaves five players who enter this week's Wyndham Championship outside the top 125 in points needed to qualify for next week's Playoffs opener, The Barclays. All five of those players -- Brian Gay, J.J. Henry, John Merrick, John Rollins and Charlie Wi -- are in the field and ready to make one last push.
Here's a look at each Playoffs "streaker" and his current FedExCup rank, as well as his projected status based on current points projections from Colombia University professor Mark Broadie. Points projections going into Wyndham are as follows: 437 points needed for The Barclays; 601 points needed for Deutsche Bank Championship; 874 points needed for BMW Championship; 1,732 points needed for TOUR Championship.
Player FEC rank FEC projection Playing Wyndham? Aaron Baddeley 97 Safe to Barclays Yes K.J. Choi 53 Safe for Deutsche Bank No Brian Davis 103 Safe for Barclays Yes Luke Donald 63 Safe for Deutsche Bank No Ernie Els 85 Safe for Deutsche Bank Yes Jim Furyk 5 Safe for TOUR Champ. No Sergio Garcia 7 Safe for BMW No Brian Gay 135 Needs to finish 12th or better Yes Bill Haas 35 Safe for BMW Yes J.J. Henry 130 Needs to finish 22nd or better Yes Charley Hoffman 39 Safe for BMW No Charles Howell III 32 Safe for BMW Yes Freddie Jacobson 64 Safe for Deutsche Bank Yes Zach Johnson 11 Safe for BMW No Jerry Kelly 61 Safe for Deutsche Bank No Matt Kuchar 4 Safe for TOUR Champ. No Hunter Mahan 59 Safe for Deutsche Bank No John Merrick 138 Needs to finish 10th or better Yes Phil Mickelson 42 Safe for BMW No Ryan Moore 19 Safe for BMW No Geoff Ogilvy 83 Safe for Deutsche Bank No Jeff Overton 89 Safe for Barclays Yes Pat Perez 72 Safe for Deutsche Bank Yes Ian Poulter 76 Safe for Deutsche Bank No John Rollins 164 Needs to finish 2nd or better Yes Justin Rose 17 Safe for BMW No Rory Sabbatini 92 Safe for Barclays No Adam Scott 14 Safe for BMW No John Senden 25 Safe for BMW No Brandt Snedeker 69 Safe for Deutsche Bank Yes Steve Stricker 99 Safe for Barclays No Bo Van Pelt 114 Safe for Barclays Yes Nick Watney 110 Safe for Barclays Yes Bubba Watson 3 Safe for TOUR Champ. No Charlie Wi 148 Needs to finish 4th or better Yes