Playoffs Guidebook: Top performers (2007-2011)

August 15, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

While winning an event isn't everything in the Playoffs, victories can go a long way. Each of the five previous FedExCup champions has won at least one event in his push for golf's richest prize. The five champions have combeined to win 35 percent of Playoffs events (seven total) in their championship seasons.

FedExCup champions' performances in the Playoffs
Deutsche Bank
2011 Bill Haas T24 T61 T16 WON
2010 Jim Furyk DNP T37 T15 WON
2009 Tiger Woods T2 T11 WON 2nd
2008 Vijay Singh WON WON T44 T22
2007 Tiger Woods N/A T2 WON WON

While winning is the best way to make a quick move, there's something to be said for consistently performing. No one has done that better than Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan -- the only two players to make all 20 starts in the five-year history of the Playoffs. Here's haow they've finished in the final standings each of the last five years:

Players making all 20 starts in the Playoffs (2007-2011)
20 Starts 20
2nd 2007 Finish 15th
14th 2008 Finish 18th
3rd 2009 Finish 27th
7th 2010 Finish 18th
18th 2011 Finish 7th

Speaking of consistency, here's a glance at the players with the most consistent track records of Playoffs success. Just two players -- Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas -- have posted at least one top-10 finish in each season of the FedExCup Playoffs.

Most top-10 finishes in the Playoffs
Player 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
Steve Stricker 3 1 3 3 0 10
Camilo Villegas 3 3 1 1 2 10
Jim Furyk 0 3 3 1 1 8
Phil Mickelson 2 1 1 1 2 7
K.J. Choi 1 2 0 2 2 7
Sergio Garcia 2 3 1 0 0 6
Luke Donald 0 0 1 2 3 6
Ernie Els 1 2 2 1 0 6
Tiger Woods 3 0 3 0 0 6

While Stricker and Mahan are the only two players to start every event in the history of the Playoffs, a third competitor has also made a trip to East Lake to compete for each FedExCup.

Players with five seasons in the FedExCup top 30
Player Phil Mickelson Steve Stricker Hunter Mahan
2007 Finish 3rd 2nd 15th
2008 Finish 7th 14th 18th
2009 Finish 2nd 3rd 27th
2010 Finish 13th 7th 18th
2011 Finish 15th 18th 7th
Current standing XX XX XX
Most top 10s in a single Playoffs
2007 Year 2009
3rd Barclays T2
T6 Deutsche Bank T4
T10 BMW Championship T6
T9 TOUR Championship T4
4th Final standings 7th
* Sabbatini, Harrington are the only two players with four top 10s in a single Playoffs.

The three players mentioned above have had successful campaigns year after year in the FedExCup. Anyone can get hot in September and become a factor, though. Here are two who did just that: