Predictions: Who will win the FedExCup?

August 21, 2012

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The FedExCup Playoffs get under way this week at The Barclays. Only the top 100 in the FedExCup standings will advance to next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The top 70 will advance to the BMW Championship and then, after an off week, the final 30 advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with the FedExCup on the line.

FedExCup champion predictions
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RORY MCILROY. He joined the PGA TOUR this year with his eye on participating in the FedExCup Playoffs, and I think he'll deliver. He was impressive in winning the PGA on the heels of a T5 at Firestone CC. So much for that mini-slump. He has seven top 10s this year in 12 starts, including two wins, two runners-up and one third.
Currently: 3rd | 2011 (Finish): N/A | 2010: 36th | 2009: N/A | 2008: N/A | 2007: N/A
TIGER WOODS. He has a pretty good track record at all the Playoffs venues and still has more wins than anyone else on TOUR this season with three. Plus, occupying the top spot in the standings puts him in good shape in terms of positioning. While Woods has struggled on the weekends of major championships, he hasn't nearly as much in other events.
Currently: 1st | 2011 (Finish): 132nd | 2010: 42nd | 2009: 1st | 2008: 70th | 2007: 1st
ADAM SCOTT. Scott likely still feels the sting of his British Open defeat and hoisting the FedExCup would go a long way in wiping away the internal tears. He enters the Playoffs 32nd, but the first three events set up well for him and he's shot 67 or lower in nine of his past 20 rounds at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Currently: 32nd | 2011 (Finish): 16th | 2010: 19th | 2009: 110th | 2008: 47th | 2007: 13th
TIGER WOODS. For me, it came down to either Tiger or Rory McIlroy. And the FedExCup ultimately comes down to who plays the best at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. In his last four starts there, Tiger has one win and three seconds. Rory's never played at East Lake. Give me the guy with the proven track record.
Currently: 1st | 2011 (Finish): 132nd | 2010: 42nd | 2009: 1st | 2008: 70th | 2007: 1st
RORY MCILROY. Everyone forgets that we have two completely new courses in the FedExCup rota this year. Bethpage and Crooked Stick both lend themselves to big hitters -- and TPC Boston has long been a bomber-friendly confine. McIlroy is going to be in the lead heading to East Lake, and he should be comfortable there, too.
Currently: 3rd | 2011 (Finish): N/A | 2010: 36th | 2009: N/A | 2008: N/A | 2007: N/A
BO VAN PELT. Arguably the most consistent player without a win this season, and for the Playoffs I'm more concerned with the former than the latter. Worked for Bill Haas last season, picking up his only win at the TOUR Championship. BVP could do the same -- though I also like his chances at Crooked Stick in his native Indiana.
Currently: 23rd | 2011 (Finish): 23rd | 2010: 30th | 2009: 50th | 2008: 79th | 2007: 45th
TIGER WOODS. I picked Tiger to win The TOUR Championship and FedExCup before the season and am not changing my mind now. Woods has performed better than expected up to this point I look for him to close it out at East Lake. Others will make strong pushes but a third FedExCup is Tiger's to lose.
Currently: 1st | 2011 (Finish): 132nd | 2010: 42nd | 2009: 1st | 2008: 70th | 2007: 1st
JASON DUFNER. Dufner has been in top form all year. It's clear that the Auburn alum has what it takes to be consistent under pressure during the FedExCup Playoffs. With Dufner's two wins in three starts and 18 straight made cuts, it's obvious that Dufner is not just on a streak.
Currently: 2nd | 2011 (Finish): 25th | 2010: 65th | 2009: 11th | 2008: 172nd | 2007: 77th
KEEGAN BRADLEY. Loves the Playoffs, has just one finish lower than T18 all year (T29 at the Northern Trust Open six months ago) and five top-10 in 15 starts. Four more top-10s could clinch the FedExCup -- but I bet he throws in a win or two for extra style points.
Currently: 8th | 2011 (Finish): 20th | 2010: N/A | 2009: N/A | 2008: N/A | 2007: N/A
TIGER WOODS. He won three times this year to top the Regular Season standings, but didn't get that major win he wanted. With all the progress he's made this year, he'll be motivated to close out his season strong. I wouldn't be surprised if he won at least one of the Playoffs events and picked up his third FedExCup trophy.
Currently: 1st | 2011 (Finish): 132nd | 2010: 42nd | 2009: 1st | 2008: 70th | 2007: 1st

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