Bubble: Five to watch at Congressional CC

June 27, 2012
Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM

With the FedExCup Playoffs just around the corner, PGATOUR.COM will take a look each week at a group of players who are on the bubble (outside the top 100) for the 125 available spots at the Playoff-opening Barclays from Aug. 23-26. Click here for complete and up-to-date FedExCup standings.

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The AT&T National closes out the month of June and brings the PGA TOUR one step closer to the FedExCup Playoffs. Including this week's event, there are 10 events (over eight weeks) remaining before the Playoffs get under way.

This week's field features 54 players on the FedExCup bubble, needing to pick up ground to secure a spot in, or move into, the top 125 before The Barclays in late August.

Kevin Chappell
Current FedExCup rank: 103rd
Projected change with a win: +76 | Top 10: +20 | Top 25: +13

Closed the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional with a field-leading 66. That completed Chappell's rebound from an opening 76, which put him tied for 111th, all the way to a tie for third at week's end. Struggled in last years AT&T National at Aronimink but brings a level of momentum to Congressional this week after another U.S. Open top 10 in his most recent start.
Jason Day
Current FedExCup rank: 115th
Projected change with a win: +86 | Top 10: +23 | Top 25: +14

Another great performer from Congressional's 2011 U.S. Open, Day returns to the site of his runner-up finish. Day, who has finished inside the FedExCup top 15 each of the last two years, hasn't climbed higher than 88th in this year's standings. Prior to this season, Day hadn't ranked outside the FedExCup top 100 since just before his victory at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Justin Leonard
Current FedExCup rank: 152nd
Projected change with a win: +157 | Top 10: +37 | Top 25: +28

Leonard tied for 25th in his lone start at Congressional in 2007. He made the cut in two other starts at this event both years at Aronimink. The 12-time TOUR winner missed the Playoffs for the first time last year, finishing No. 126 in the FedExCup standings, just six points shy of the final spot in the Playoffs. Now 152nd in the standings, he's got to gain significant ground in the next two months if he hopes to return to the Playoffs.
Lucas Glover
Current FedExCup rank: 209th
Projected change with a win: +157 | Top 10: +37 | Top 25: +28

Glover has played in all five editions of the AT&T National. In three trips to Congressional, the 2009 U.S. Open champion has T12 and T5 finishes sandwiching a tie for 54th. Glover, who has competed in multiple Playoffs events each of the last five years, is still in search of his first top-10 finish since his 2011 Wells Fargo Championship victory.
Ryuji Imada
Current FedExCup rank: 219th
Projected change with a win: +164 | Top 10: +42 | Top 25: +33

Imada, like Glover, has competed in all five previous editions of the AT&T National, finishing T69, MC and T22 in the three events contested at Congressional. Imada has made just five cuts in 12 starts this year, with his best finish a tie for 53rd at Quail Hollow. His last top-25 finishes were two third-place ties around the midway point of last season. Imada, who has played in multiple Playoffs events each of the last five seasons, needs a great close to his Regular Season to qualify.

Below are five players who could shake up the bubble and make significant changes to their Playoffs plans this week at Congressional. Beside each player's image is his FedExCup rank and how many spots he projects to climb with a victory, top-10 or top-25 finish.