Playoffs Guidebook: Miscellaneous notes

August 15, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

Best Rookie Performance in the PGA TOUR PLAYOFFS One rookie has qualified for The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in four of the first five seasons of the FedExCup Playoffs. Last season, it was PGA Champion Keegan Bradley making a trip to East Lake. Bradley, who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, carried on the tradition started by Brandt Snedker in 2007 of PGA TOUR rookies of the year qualifying for the Playoffs finale. Following Snedeker were Andres Romero (2008) and Marc Leishman (2009) as the lone rookie qualifiers for the TOUR Championship.

No rookie, including Rookie of the Year Rickie Fowler, qualified for the 2010 TOUR Championship.

Advancing from outside the cutline in two Consecutive Weeks In 2010 and 2011, Marc Leishman and Andres Romero were the only two players to advance from outside the cutline in two consecutive weeks of the FedExCup Playoffs. In 2009, Leishman entered the Deutsche Bank Championship outside the top 70 (93rd) moving to 67th with a tie for 15th. He then vaulted 51 spots, (from 67th to 16th) with a runner-up finish at the BMW Championship, advancing The TOUR Championship. In 2010, Romero began The Barclays outside the top 100 (115th) moving to 100th with a Tie for 52nd. He then moved from 100th to 68th at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a T11th finish.

In 2011 both Ernie Els and Chris Stroud were the only two players to advance from outside the cutline in consecutive weeks of the 2011 Playoffs until the BMW Championship. Els was the only player who entered the Wyndham Championship outside the top 125 before qualifying for the Playoffs. Both Els and Stroud were eliminated at the BMW Championship.

Geoff Ogilvy was the only player to advance from outside the cut line in each of the last 2 weeks of the 2011 Playoffs. Ogilvy began the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 91st and moved up to 69th. At the BMW Championship, he moved from 69th to 24th with his solid final-round performance. Ogilvy began his 2011 Playoffs campaign ranked 79th and entered The TOUR Championship ranked 24th. Ogilvy was the lowest-ranked player at the start of the Playoffs to qualify for The TOUR Championship.