Playoffs Guidebook: How top 5 have fared

August 16, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

At The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, 30 players will have a mathematical chance of winning the FedExCup, but only the top five will control their own destiny -- knowing a victory at East Lake will net them a place in golf history.

After three years of the No. 1 holding his spot and winning the FedExCup, we've seen back-to-back champions come from off the grid. In 2010, Jim Furyk started the TOUR Championship at No. 11 before lifting the FedExCup. A year later, Bill Haas climbed from No. 25 to the pinnacle of the FedExCup standings with a victory at East Lake.

How the top 5 entering The TOUR Championship have fared
Year Entering
TOUR Champ.
Player Final FEC
2011 1st Webb Simpson 2nd
2011 2nd Dustin Johnson 4th
2011 3rd Justin Rose 5th
2011 4th Luke Donald 3rd
2011 5th Matt Kuchar 6th

2010 1st Matt Kuchar 2nd
2010 2nd Dustin Johnson 5th
2010 3rd Charley Hoffman 4th
2010 4th Steve Stricker 7th
2010 5th Paul Casey 6th

2009 1st Tiger Woods 1st
2009 2nd Steve Stricker 3rd
2009 3rd Jim Furyk 4th
2009 4th Zach Johnson 6th
2009 5th Heath Slocum 8th

2008 1st Vijay Singh 1st
2008 2nd Camilo Villegas 2nd
2008 3rd Sergio Garcia 3rd
2008 4th Jim Furyk 5th
2008 5th Mike Weir 6th

2007 1st Tiger Woods 1st
2007 2nd Steve Stricker 2nd
2007 3rd Phil Mickelson 3rd
2007 4th Rory Sabbatini 4th
2007 5th K.J. Choi 5th

Last season, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson became the third and fourth players to enter The TOUR Championship inside the top 5 in back-to-back seasons. Steve Stricker (2009-10) and Jim Furyk (2008-09) have also accomplished the feat. Stricker, who was also inside the top 5 in 2007, is the only player to control his own destiny at three different TOUR Championships.