FedExCup wrap-up: Top 30 set after BMW Championship

September 12, 2010

LEMONT, Ill.. -- The top 30 are set for THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, a tournament that also will decide the FedExCup.

Of the 30 players headed to East Lake in two weeks, only the top five in points are guaranteed the FedExCup should one of them win THE TOUR Championship. Dustin Johnson, the winner of Sunday's BMW Championship, moved into the top five, as did runner-up Paul Casey.

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They will join Barclays winner Matt Kuchar, Deutsche Bank winner Charley Hoffman and Steve Stricker as the only players who control their own destiny in terms of winning the FedExCup and the $10 million bonus.

FedExCup points are reset before THE TOUR Championship in order to give any player in the top five the FedExCup title should he manage to win at East Lake.

"To have a shot to win it, you can't ask for anything else," Johnson said. "You know, that's the goal coming into the Playoffs. I knew I was in a good situation. You definitely want to be in that top five because if you win and you're in the top five, then you get the $10 million.

"That would look nice in the bank account."

The other 25 players in the field, meanwhile, still have a shot to win the FedExCup, depending on how the leaderboard at East Lake shakes out. The higher you are in the FedExCup standings, the better your chances of winning the FedExCup title at East Lake.

But it's the top five who have the best shot. That's why Casey, while disappointed not to win on Sunday, at least could look ahead with enthusiasm.

"The goal at the beginning of the week was to make THE TOUR Championship, so I guess I did that," Casey said. "That's a nice consolation. I didn't know (about the top five). I actually didn't even think about it coming down the stretch.

"At least I've now got a chance to control my destiny, as they say."

Meanwhile, Kuchar, who took over the No. 1 spot at The Barclays, hopes to play East Lake a couple of times during the off-week. It's a couse he's played 30 or 40 times, even though this is the first time he will have played it during THE TOUR Championship.

"I'll actually get a chance to play East Lake a couple more times being at home," Kuchar said. "I'm looking forward to getting a few more practice rounds in and get some home course knowledge."

No matter who has the advantage, there will be a new face as the FedExCup champ. Two-time and defending FedExCup champ Tiger Woods did not make the top 30. Neither did 2008 winner Vijay Singh. Both were officially eliminated Sunday at Cog Hill.

The Top Five
Having a spot in the top five in the FedExCup points is huge going into THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, since it means you can control your own destiny. Win at East Lake and you win the FedExCup. Here is how the top five looked throughout the Playoffs:
After BMW 1. Matt Kuchar 2. Dustin Johnson 3. Charley Hoffman 4. Steve Stricker 5. Paul Casey
After Deutsche Bank 1. Matt Kuchar 2. Charley Hoffman 3. Steve Stricker 4. Jason Day 5. Luke Donald
After Barclays 1. Matt Kuchar 2. Steve Stricker 3. Martin Laird 4. Justin Rose 5. Ernie Els
Entering Playoffs 1. Ernie Els 2. Steve Stricker 3. Jim Furyk 4. Phil Mickelson 5. Justin Rose
Who moved into the top 30?
These players started this week outide the top 30 but moved inside the bubble after the BMW Championship and will advance to THE TOUR Championship:
Player Current Previous Comment
Kevin Na 20 41 Cited his approach shot at the 16th on Sunday as the key to moving on
K.J. Choi 23 52 Choi and Na show the value of one high finish in the Playoffs
Ryan Moore 26 58 Said he finally "played well enough at the right time" with a T3 finish
Camilo Villegas 25 33 His last four finishes at BMW: T7, Win, T8 and T11 on Sunday
Who dropped out of the top 30?
These players started this week inside the top 30 but fell outside the bubble after the BMW Championship and have been eliminated from the Playoffs:
Player Current Previous Comment
Bill Haas 31 28 Shot 2-over 74 on Sunday, with two bogeys in his final six holes
Rickie Fowler 32 25 Hit his approach into the hazard at 72nd hole; bogey proved costly
J.B. Holmes 34 24 Started with a 77 on Thursday, ended with a 78 on Sunday
Rory McIlroy 36 29 Never gave himself a chance after shooting 76-74 in first two rounds
Biggest Movers this week
Player   Current Projected Increase Comment
58 26 32 spots A disappoint 73 for the third-round leader but he made the East Lake field with a tie for third
52 23 29 spots Hadn't done much lately before Cog Hill, but he picked the right time to play well
41 20 21 spots Steady all week, and a couple of key birdies in the last five holes proved vital to his future
21 5 16 spots Had the tournament in his grasp early on back nine, but gets top five as consolation prize
16 2 14 spots Winning the BMW gives him a great shot to win the FedExCup title -- and maybe Player of the Year
Player Rank after BMW Comment
Steve Stricker 4 Started Playoffs in top 5; will go to East Lake the same way
Ernie Els 8 Ranked No. 1 coming into Playoffs, but failed to make an impact
Phil Mickelson 10 Had best-ever BMW result with a T8; now time for East Lake defense
Jim Furyk 11 T15 at Cog Hill, but he needed a much better finish
Tiger Woods 42 Defending FedExCup champ struggled to make anything happen
Vijay Singh 57 2008 FedExCup champ had a couple of nice rounds during Playoffs
Elimination list after BMW Championship
Player Current FedExCup rank Move Previous rank
Bill Haas 31 Down 3 28
Rickie Fowler 32 Down 7 25
Charlie Wi 33 Up 4 37
J.B. Holmes 34 Down 10 24
Vaughn Taylor 35 Down 3 32
Rory McIlroy 36 Down 7 29
Brandt Snedeker 37 Down 6 31
Stewart Cink 38 Down 3 35
Ian Poulter 39 Up 5 44
Carl Pettersson 40 Down 1 39
Anthony Kim 41 Down 7 34
Tiger Woods 42 Up 9 51
Tom Gillis 43 Up 5 48
Marc Leishman 44 Up 13 57
Michael Sim 45 Up 8 53
Heath Slocum 46 Down 4 42
Sean O'Hair 47 Up 3 50
Rory Sabbatini 48 Down 3 45
D.J. Trahan 49 Down 13 36
John Senden 50 Down 12 38
Brendon de Jonge 51 Down 11 40
Stuart Appleby 52 Down 9 43
Brian Davis 53 Down 6 47
Brian Gay 54 Up 2 56
David Toms 55 Up 12 67
Greg Chalmers 56 Up 6 62
Vijay Singh 57 Up 6 63
Fredrik Jacobson 58 Down 3 55
Justin Leonard 59 -- 59
Bryce Molder 60 -- 60
Angel Cabrera 61 Down 12 49
Jason Bohn 62 Down 16 46
Matt Jones 63 Up 1 64
Ricky Barnes 64 Down 10 54
Jason Dufner 65 -- 65
Tim Petrovic 66 -- 66
Y.E. Yang 67 Down 6 61
Stephen Ames 68 Up 1 69
Andres Romero 69 Down 1 68
Scott Verplank 70 -- 70

Here's an in-depth look at the key FedExCup developments after the BMW Championship.