Playoffs Guidebook: Playing their way to East Lake

August 16, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The goal of any competitor in the FedExCup Playoffs is to play well enough to earn a spot in the 30-man field at The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Anyone who qualifies for the Playoffs finale at East Lake has a mathematical chance to claim the FedExCup.

In 2011, seven players who began the Playoffs outside the top 30 made to The TOUR Championship. Of these seven players, Justin Rose was the only player to finish in the top 5.

In 2010, eight players who began the FedExCup Playoffs ranked outside the top 30 made their way to East Lake. The highest-ranked player entering the Barclays to finish inside the top 30 was Kevin Streelman, who kicked off his Playoffs campaign ranked 102nd and went onto finish 25th.

Charley Hoffman started the 2010 Playoffs ranked 77th in the FedExCup standings. Hoffman went on to finish 4th on the strength of his Deutsche Bank Championship victory followed by a solid 6th place finish at The TOUR Championship.

Players starting outside the top 30 and qualifying for The TOUR Championship
Year Entering
Player Final
FEC Rank
2012 64th Ryan Moore ---
2012 51st Lee Westwood ---
2012 49th Nick Watney ---
2012 37th John Senden ---
2012 34th Louis Oosthuizen ---
2012 33rd Sergio Garcia ---
2012 32nd Adam Scott ---
2011 79th Geoff Ogilvy 24th
2011 76th Chez Reavie 10th
2011 50th John Senden 13th
2011 44th Justin Rose 5th
2011 43rd Y.E. Yang 30th
2011 39th Bo Van Pelt 23rd
2011 36th Vijay Singh 28th
2010 102nd Kevin Streelman 25th
2010 95th Martin Laird 11th
2010 77th Charley Hoffman 4th
2010 41st Kevin Na 26th
2010 39th Geoff Ogilvy 14th
2010 35th Ryan Moore 21st
2010 34th K.J. Choi 15th
2010 32nd Adam Scott 19th
2009 124th Heath Slocum 8th
2009 78th Marc Leishman 20th
2009 66th Padraig Harrington 7th
2009 61st Scott Verplank 10th
2009 47th Ernie Els 16th
2009 42nd Jason Dufner 11th
2009 31st John Senden 24th
2008 68th Dudley Hart 12th
2008 60th Tim Clark 26th
2008 57th Kevin Sutherland 11th
2008 56th Bubba Watson 30th
2008 51st Ken Duke 22nd
2008 43rd Mike Weir 6th
2008 42nd Camilo Villegas 2nd
2008 37th Billy Mayfair 23rd
2008 31st Hunter Mahan 18th
2007 52nd Camilo Villegas 24th
2007 50th Brett Wetterich 27th
2007 36th Tim Clark 21st

In the five-year history of the FedExCup, Hoffman is the lowest ranked player (at the start of the Playofs) to finish inside the top 5 of the standings.