A closer look: TOUR Championship qualifiers
September 21, 2015
- September 21, 2015
- All 30 players at East Lake Golf Club have the opportunity to win the FedExCup. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Only 30 players remain in the FedExCup Playoffs. This select group (sans Jim Furyk, who has withdrawn due to a wrist injury) has convened on prestigious East Lake Golf Club for the final event of the season, The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, which begins Thursday. Jason Day has been dominant in the Playoffs, but all 30 players still have the opportunity to win the FedExCup. The top five in the standings control their own destiny; each would clinch the FedExCup with a win at East Lake, regardless of how their nearest competitors fare. But the dream is still alive for all 30 players. Get to know the men who earned tee times at East Lake:
NO. 1: JASON DAY
Jason Day’s breakthrough season has included five victories, his first major title at the PGA Championship and a climb to No. 1 in both the FedExCup standings and Official World Golf Ranking. The five-time winner joins just four others – Tom Watson (1980), Nick Price (1994), Vijay Singh (2004) and Tiger Woods (1999-2003, 2005-07, 2009, 2013) as the only players who have won five or more times in a season since 1980.
The 27-year-old Australian won his first title of the season in February at the Farmers Insurance Open. He appeared to be heading into contention at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, but vertigo symptoms from an inner-ear infection kept him from playing his best down the stretch. Day finished the event T9. In his next tournament, The Open Championship at St. Andrews, his birdie putt at the final hole finished one rotation from going in and putting him in a playoff. He came back the next week, however, to win for the second time of the season at the RBC Canadian Open.
After a T12 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Day’s breakthrough win at a major championship came with a dominant victory at the PGA Championship. Day’s victory at Whistling Straits followed six top-five finishes in major championships in the last four years. The win moved him to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.
At his next start at The Barclays, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, Day fired rounds of 63 and 62 on the weekend for a six-stroke victory and took over the No. 1 spot in the standings from Jordan Spieth. He finished T12 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but further cemented his position at No. 1 by returning to winning form at the BMW Championship.
Day claimed his seventh career PGA TOUR win in his 170th PGA TOUR start at the age of 27 years, 10 months and 8 days. In doing so, he took over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, becoming the third player in as many weeks to claim the coveted top spot. Prior to his win at the RBC Canadian Open six starts ago, Day was ranked ninth.
Day is the first player during the FedExCup era to win The Barclays and BMW Championship in the same season. He has now posted sub-70 scores in 22 of his last 24 rounds on the PGA TOUR.
Tiger Woods has the most wins in FedExCup Playoffs events with three. With his victory at the BMW Championship and The Barclays, Day joins eight other players with two wins in the Playoffs: Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Camilo Villegas, Vijay Singh, Billy Horschel and Henrik Stenson. No one has ever won three Playoffs events in the same season, however.
Day has qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in four of the last five seasons, with two top-10 finishes, including a T4 finish last year. He will make his third Presidents Cup appearance in two weeks, having finished No. 1 on the International Team points standings.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2008 83 127 T31 (96) T50 (83) 2009 48 67 T12 (46) T19 (37) T59 (48) 2010 8 28 T5 (14) T2 (4) T54 (6) T17 (8) 2011 12 14 T13 (15) T3 (6) T49 (10) T6 (12) 2012 87 113 T24 (88) T51 (87) 2013 17 14 T25 (16) T13 (12) T4 (14) T14 (17) 2014 10 34 T2 (7) T7 (7) WD (10) T4 (10) 2015 2 1 (1) T12 (1) 1 (1) Note: Number in parentheses is FedExCup ranking after event.
NO. 2: JORDAN SPIETH
Jordan Spieth, 22, joins Jason Day as the only players with four or more victories on the PGA TOUR this season. After a T35 at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Spieth’s started the 2015 portion of the schedule with top-10 finishes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open. His first win of the year came in a playoff at the Valspar Championship, which moved him into the top 10 in the FedExCup standings at No. 7.
With runner-up finishes in his following two starts at the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open, Spieth won his first major championship at the Masters Tournament at 21 years of age. The four-stroke win over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson was the fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history. With the win, Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days at the time) added his name to several records. He became the second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament’s 79-year history behind Tiger Woods and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods’ record-setting 1997 performance. The win put Spieth at No. 1 in the FedExCup standings, where he would remain until Day’s win at The Barclays.
At Chambers Bay in June, Spieth posted a 1-under 69 Sunday to move out of a four-way tie for the 54-hole lead and into the record books, becoming just the sixth player to win the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open in the same season. The victory made Spieth the youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He also became just the second player since 1940 to win four times on the PGA TOUR before the age of 22.
Spieth won in his next start at the John Deere Classic in a playoff with Tom Gillis, and he came up just one stroke short of the aggregate playoff at The Open Championship in his quest to take home the first three major championships of the season (T4).
Two years ago, Spieth became the youngest to ever tee it up at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2013 at age 20; that year, he finished T2 at the TOUR Championship, thanks to an electrifying 6-under 64 in the final round at East Lake, leading to a seventh-place finish in the FedExCup, the best performance by a rookie.
Spieth will make his second start in The Presidents Cup as the top points-earner for the U.S. Team heading into Korea. In 2013, he became the youngest in event history to play for the U.S. Team, posting a 2-2-0 record.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2013 7 8 T19 (9) T4 (10) T16 (13) T2 (7) 2014 15 8 T22 (9) T29 (9) T8 (11) T27 (15) 2015 1 MC (2) MC (2) T13 (2)
NO. 3: RICKIE FOWLER
Rickie Fowler’s win at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the FedExCup Playoffs, moved him into the top five in the FedExCup standings. With the win, Fowler moved to No. 3 in the FedExCup and became the fourth player this year to win multiple tournaments at age 27 or younger, joining Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
The last time four or more players, all 27 or younger, won multiple TOUR events in one year was 1997: Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Justin Leonard.
Fowler’s other victory came at THE PLAYERS Championship in one of the more memorable finishes in recent history. He finished birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to shoot a final-round 66 and finish at 12-under-par, earning a spot in the three-hole aggregate playoff with Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia. Fowler finished the three-hole playoff tied with Kisner at 1-under through those three holes with scores of par-birdie-par. With Garcia eliminated (par-par-par), Fowler and Kisner advanced to sudden-death at the 17th hole, where Fowler’s tee shot landed 4 feet, 8 inches from the cup. Kisner’s par and Fowler’s birdie gave the 26-year-old his second-career PGA TOUR win.
In regulation, Fowler played holes 15-18 at TPC Sawgrass in a 5-under-par total of 11 strokes. The four-hole score of 11 set a new low on the final four holes at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course for a single round in tournament history. Fowler also become the first winner on the PGA TOUR to play holes 15-18 in 5-under in the final round of any event since the PGA TOUR began tracking hole-by-hole scores in 1983.
Fowler qualified for the U.S. Presidents Cup Team and will make his first appearance in the event in less than two weeks in Korea.
This is the third time that Fowler has reached the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the first time he has entered the event ranked inside the top five in the standings.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2010 32 19 T36 (22) T41 (25) T45 (32) 2011 43 28 T52 (31) T52 (37) 48 (43) 2012 28 18 T24 (19) T74 (24) T41 (27) T23 (28) 2013 7 42 T9 (23) CUT (36) T39 (38) 2014 9 16 T9 (11) T23 (10) T4 (9) 8 (9) 2015 15 CUT (22) 1 (3) T3 (3)
NO. 4: HENRIK STENSON
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, winner of the 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup, is the highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory in the 2014-15 season. Two of his three runner-up finishes came in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events, at The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Before The Barclays, Stenson’s highest position in the standings was 21st, after a runner-up finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. He had a series of strong performances over a three-week stretch in March, with a T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, a fourth-place finish at the Valspar Championship and his runner up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
At the 2013 TOUR Championship, Stenson entered the final round with a four-shot advantage over Dustin Johnson and turned in a final-round 68 for a three-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. Stenson, a 37-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is the only European player to win the TOUR Championship and the only European to win the FedExCup.
This will be Stenson’s second time qualifying for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and he is one of four FedExCup champions in the field (Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas). Stenson is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedExCup winner.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 39 31 MC (34) T55 (35) T52 (39) 2008 N/A 2009 N/A 2010 141 141 2011 180 180 2012 111 117 T54 (111) 2013 1 9 T43 (13) 1st (1) T33 (2) 1(1) 2014 52 70 T38 (66) T26 (55) T23 (52) 2015 41 2 (4) 2 (4) T10 (4)
NO. 5: BUBBA WATSON
Bubba Watson enters the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola inside the top five in the standings for the second consecutive season. Watson won in his first start of the 2014-15 season with a thrilling victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. After making nine combined birdies on the final five holes in rounds two and three, Watson came to the 14th hole of the final round in good position.
He again birdied the 14th, but a par on 15, a bogey on 16 and a double-bogey on 17 meant the 36-year-old needed eagle on the final hole to have any chance at the title. In dramatic fashion, Watson holed out from a greenside bunker to force a playoff with Tim Clark. Watson won with a birdie on the first hole.
He also won the Travelers Championship in a sudden-death playoff, this time over Paul Casey, giving him a 5-for-6 record in playoffs in his PGA TOUR career.
Watson is one of five players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR this season along with Jimmy Walker (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Rory McIlroy (World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship), Rickie Fowler (THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), Jason Day (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship) and Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and John Deere Classic).
Watson has a total of seven top-three finishes this season, with runner-ups at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, RBC Canadian Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He finished No. 2 in The Presidents Cup U.S. Team standings and will be making his second appearance in the event (2011, 3-2-0 record).
Watson has played in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on five previous occasions, with one top-10 finish (T5) coming in 2012.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 37 33 CUT (36) CUT (41) T18 (37) 2008 30 56 T12 (30) T44 (27) T28 (29) 30 (30) 2009 53 54 CUT (72) T32 (59) T15 (53) 2010 22 8 T31 (9) T37 (12) T50 (18) T17(22) 2011 26 8 CUT (16) T16 (12) T53 (18) T23 (26) 2012 13 5 T10 (7) CUT (10) T12 (11) T5 (13) 2013 37 38 T13 (27) T67 (40) T24 (37) 2014 5 3 T30 (5) T29 (6) 2 (3) 14 (5) 2015 3 3 (3) T29 (5) T10 (5)
NO. 6: ZACH JOHNSON
With at least one win in eight of the last nine seasons on the PGA TOUR, Zach Johnson continues to be one of the most consistent players in the game. He opened the year with a seventh-place showing in defense of his Hyundai Tournament of Champions title, then added a pair of T9s at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and Masters Tournament.
Johnson gained momentum this summer, recording four top-six finishes in five weeks. That stretch was highlighted by his win at The Open Championship, where he became the sixth player to win majors at Augusta National and St. Andrews. The 2007 Masters Champion defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff to take home the Claret Jug.
In two weeks, Johnson will tee it up for the U.S. Presidents Cup Team for the fourth time in his career (2007, 2009, 2013; 7-6-0 record).
Johnson, who has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since the FedExCup began in 2007, started the 2014-15 Playoffs with a T4 showing at The Barclays. He will head to the FedExCup finale for the seventh time where he owns the course record at East Lake – a 60 carded in the third round of the 2007 event.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 7 7 T25 (8) T30 (10) T38 (12) T2 (7) 2008 131 112 MC (131) 2009 6 3 T28 (4) T19 (4) 5 (4) T16 (6) 2010 17 16 T21 (15) T30 (17) T15 (19) T9 (17) 2011 40 32 MC (40) T16 (36) T31 (40) 2012 12 4 T38 (5) T47 (8) T12 (9) T15 (12) 2013 5 18 DNP (25) T27 (28) 1st (4) T7 (5) 2014 18 11 T22 (12) T16 (11) T43 (15) 21 (18) 2015 11 T4 (5) T22 (7) T13 (6)
NO. 7: DUSTIN JOHNSON
After missing the cut in his first start of the season, the Farmers Insurance Open, Dustin Johnson quickly found himself at the top of the leaderboard at back-to-back events. He finished T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and suffered a playoff loss at the Northern Trust Open to James Hahn.
Two weeks later, he made the largest comeback (five strokes) in tournament history to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, making him one of eight players with at least two wins in World Golf Championships. It was his ninth career victory and marked his eighth consecutive season with a win, the best current streak on TOUR.
After a T6 performance at the Masters, Johnson held the first-round lead at each of the last three majors. A heartbreaking finish led to a T2 showing at the U.S. Open, consecutive 75s in the third and final rounds of The Open Championship resulted in a T49 finish, and three rounds in the 60s were good for a T7 showing at the PGA Championship.
Johnson returns to The Presidents Cup this year, qualifying as the No. 7 player in the U.S. Team standings (2011, 1-3-1 record).
Johnson entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 7 in the standings and got off to a hot start with a T9 at The Barclays. The TOUR leader in driving distance will return to East Lake for the first time since 2013, when he finished fifth.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2008 134 117 MC (134) 2009 14 15 T15 (20) T4 (10) T30 (11) 27 (14) 2010 5 11 T9 (6) T57 (16) 1 (2) T22 (5) 2011 4 19 1 (1) T42 (2) T65 (2) T23 (4) 2012 8 26 T3 (8) T4 (6) T6 (7) T10 (8) 2013 13 16 CUT (22) T27 (23) T62 (30) 5 (13) 2014 30 6 DNP (14) DNP (22) DNP (30) DNP (30) 2015 7 T9 (6) T44 (8) T7 (7)
NO. 8: CHARLEY HOFFMAN
Charley Hoffman ended a winless drought of 109 starts with a victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the final event of the 2014 calendar year. In his second start of 2015, Hoffman reached a season-high third-place position in the FedExCup standings after a T2 finish at the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. While he missed the cut in three of four majors this season, Hoffman finished T9 at the Masters after opening rounds of 67-68 in only his second start at Augusta National.
Hoffman was the second-round leader at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which he won in 2010. He battled back from a third-round 76 to close with a 67 and finish third. It was his seventh top-10 performance of the season, the most in his career. While Hoffman has reached the BMW Championship (top 70 in the FedExCup) every year since 2007, this will be only his second trip to East Lake, following a sixth-place showing in 2010.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 50 46 T48 (45) CUT (53) T25 (50) 2008 68 105 T38 (77) T33 (66) T60 (68) 2009 37 38 T31 (30) T27 (38) T61 (37) 2010 4 77 T27 (59) 1st (2) T30 (3) 6 (4) 2011 41 49 T10 (33) T31 (32) T53 (41) 2012 69 67 CUT (86) T26 (69) T54 (69) 2013 61 48 70 (65) T27 (53) 68 (61) 2014 53 35 T30 (33) CUT (41) T53 (53) 2015 14 T62 (17) 3 (6) T53 (8)
NO. 9: DANIEL BERGER
Sitting at No. 46 in the FedExCup standings heading into the BMW Championship, rookie Daniel Berger needed a strong finish to join the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Thanks to opening rounds of 65-64, Berger did just that with a solo second-place finish to jump to No. 9 in the standings.
Berger had success early in the year after nearly winning The Honda Classic in a playoff (won by Padraig Harrington). That finish was one of six top-10 finishes for Berger in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, which saw Berger rank No. 23 in the FedExCup following the AT&T Byron Nelson in late May. The 22-year-old then missed seven consecutive cuts heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship where a T12 moved him from No. 54 to No. 46.
He’s making his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola start and is the seventh rookie to reach the TOUR Championship in the FedExCup era. Each of the six rookies who previously qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola also won Rookie of the Year honors.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2015 46 CUT (54) T12 (46) 2 (9)
NO. 10: PATRICK REED
Patrick Reed opened the year in dramatic fashion with a playoff victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It was the fourth PGA TOUR title for the 24 year old, who became just the fourth player in the last 20 years to record his fourth TOUR win before the age of 24 years and 6 months.
Prone to excel in pressure situations, Reed sank a clutch 31-foot birdie putt on the Valspar Championship's 72nd hole to earn a spot in a playoff with Jordan Spieth and Sean O’Hair, ultimately won by Spieth. After rounds of 66-69, he shared the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open with Spieth, before finishing T14, his best finish in six major starts.
Reed entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 8 in the standings and started off strong with a T4 showing at the Deutsche Bank Championship to solidify a spot in the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. This marks Reed’s second start at East Lake, having finished T19 in 2014.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2013 54 22 CUT (32) T70 (47) T59 (54) 2014 21 9 T9 (8) T74 (12) T53 (18) T19 (21) 2015 8 T62 (12) T4 (10) T28 (10)
NO. 11: RORY McILROY
With so much attention paid to the phenomenal seasons posted by Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and his two victories seem to have been overlooked, largely due to an injury that forced him to miss his defense of The Open Championship. McIlroy’s play in the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play was nothing short of inspired.
After surviving an early match against Billy Horschel with a desperation birdie putt on the 17th hole, he faced elimination against Jim Furyk in the semifinals. He was 1-down with three to play when he matched Furyk’s birdie at 16, birdied 17 to square the match and then eagled the final hole to complete the dramatic comeback. McIlroy’s victory in the finals over Gary Woodland seemed almost anticlimactic.
A few weeks later, McIlroy continued to play like the No. 1 player in the world, shooting a third-round 61 – at the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy’s season was derailed when he injured his ankle while playing soccer with friends in early July, and he wasn’t able to defend his titles at the Open Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, but his strong play gave him more than enough FedExCup points to put him in position for the FedExCup Playoffs and a run at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He’s making his third start at East Lake, where he has never finished out of the top 10 (2012-T10; 2014-T2).
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2010 36 21 T56 (28) T37 (29) T37 (36) 2012 2 3 T24 (4) 1 (1) 1 (1) T10 (2) 2013 50 49 T19 (3) T47 (41) T59 (50) 2014 3 1 T22 (2) T5 (2) T8 (4) T2 (3) 2015 9 DNP (15) T29 (17) T3 (11)
NO. 12: JUSTIN ROSE
The 2013 U.S. Open Champion found the winner’s circle on the PGA TOUR for the sixth consecutive season by winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he played the last 66 holes without a bogey, including birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes.
Rose nearly won a second event this season at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, where he held the 54-hole lead only to lose to David Lingmerth in a playoff on the third extra hole. That tournament was also the site of his first PGA TOUR victory in 2010.
Rose had another close call at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he held a share of the 54-hole lead with Jim Furyk, but finished T3 after a final-round 72. Another highlight of Rose’s season came at The Open Championship at St. Andrews, where he finished T6, his first top-10 at The Open since a T4 showing in his first appearance in 1998.
Rose recorded seven top-10 finishes this season and entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 5 in the standings. His record at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is good, with three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in 2012 and a T4 finish last year.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 16 22 T14 (22) CUT (23) T5 (16) T11 (16) 2008 114 78 DNP (103 DNP (114) 2009 85 91 T41 (80) T54 (85) 2010 15 5 T15 (4) CUT (10) T21 (13) T15 (15) 2011 5 44 T6 (27) T68 (34) 1 (3) T20 (5) 2012 6 12 T46 (15) MC (22) T16 (24) 2 (6) 2013 10 7 T2 (5) T16 (7) T33 (9) 6 (10) 2014 11 18 T30 (20) DNP (27) 35 (26) T4 (11) 2015 5 T16 (8) CUT (13) T13 (12)
NO. 13: JIMMY WALKER
For the second consecutive season, Jimmy Walker notched multiple wins on the PGA TOUR, winning the Sony Open in Hawaii by an astounding eight strokes in January and adding a title in his hometown of San Antonio two months later at the Valero Texas Open. Those wins helped put him on top of the FedExCup standings early in the season for the second-straight year, only losing his position when Jordan Spieth won the Masters Tournament in April. No player has led the FedExCup for more weeks than Walker over the last two seasons.
Just two seasons ago, Walker narrowly missed out on playing in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola when he made par on the par-5 18th at Conway Farms at the BMW Championship. A birdie would have allowed him to move on. But since then he has notched five victories on TOUR and will be making his second appearance at the season-ending event. In his only start in the event, he finished T17 last year.
Walker has recorded six top-10s on the season, good for a No. 4 ranking entering the FedExCup Playoffs. It was the second consecutive year he headed into The Barclays in the top five of the standings. He will make his first Presidents Cup appearance in two weeks.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2008 192 2009 148 2010 84 72 T52 (77) CUT (84) 2011 50 68 T18 (48) T37 (51) T22 (50) 2012 62 43 T38 (45) T51 (46) 64 (62) 2013 36 26 T54 (30) CUT (45) T11 (36) 2014 7 2 CUT (3) T9 (4) T20 (6) T17 (7) 2015 4 T69 (7) CUT (11) T32 (13)
NO. 14: ROBERT STREB
In his third year on the PGA TOUR, Robert Streb is quickly becoming one of the most consistent players on TOUR. He had a career-best nine top-10s, tied for fourth-most on TOUR. That includes his first PGA TOUR win at The McGladrey Classic, which he won in a playoff over Brendon de Jonge and Will MacKenzie. The Kansas State product also played his way into a playoff at The Greenbrier Classic this summer despite damaging his putter and electing to putt with a wedge through most of his final round, but he was defeated by Danny Lee.
Streb also finished fifth at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and T10 at the PGA Championship.
Streb will be playing in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time. He entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 6 in the standings.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2013 126 2014 71 84 CUT (97) T9 (71) 2015 6 T39 (9) T39 (12) T23 (14)
NO. 15: HIDEKI MATSUYAMA
Hideki Matsuyama is one of the bright young stars in golf and is poised to be one of the leaders of the International Team at The Presidents Cup in two weeks. Matsuyama, 23, got off to a strong start this season when he finished T3 at the Frys.com Open in the fall, posted another third-place finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January, added a runner-up finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a T4 at the Northern Trust Open and capped off the spring with a fifth-place finish at The Masters.
Making his second appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Matsuyama has finished in the top 25 in the first events of this year's FedExCup Playoffs. His T7 at the BMW Championship was his best showing in a Playoffs event.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2014 28 22 T30 (24) T57 (30) T20 (28) 22 (28) 2015 20 T13 (14) T25 (16) T7 (15)
NO. 16: JIM FURYK
NOTE: Jim Furyk withdrew from the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on Tuesday
Jim Furyk beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff to win the 2015 RBC Heritage, his first victory since the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. It was Furyk's 17th career PGA TOUR title. Two weeks later, Furyk advanced to the semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play but was knocked out by eventual champion Rory McIlroy. Furyk went on to finish in the top five at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (T5), RBC Canadian Open (4), World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T3) and the second FedExCup Playoffs event, the Deutsche Bank Championship (T4).
Furyk will play in his eighth Presidents Cup, qualifying as No. 5 for the U.S. Team after missing the event in 2013. He holds a 7-6-0 career record.
Furyk is one of four FedExCup champions in the field (Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas) and holds the record for most top-10s (16) and top-25s (27) in FedExCup Playoffs history. Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship with a wrist injury.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 11 3 T25 (7) T55 (7) T14 (8) T11 (11) 2008 5 15 T12 (10) T7 (5) T3 (4) T6 (5) 2009 4 16 T15 (18) T8 (18) T2 (3) T7 (4) 2010 1 3 DQ (8) T37 (11) T15 (11) 1 (1) 2011 36 60 T52 (60) 6 (35) T22 (36) 2012 15 17 CUT (25) T13 (17) 9 (18) 7 (15) 2013 14 23 T6 (14) T27 (15) 3 (11) T14 (14) 2014 4 5 8 (6) T23 (8) T4 (7) T2 (4) 2015 18 T11 (11) T4 (9) WD (16)
NO. 17: J.B. HOLMES
J.B. Holmes played some amazing golf from February to April. He lost to Jason Day in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open. The following month, he was a runner-up again at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. And then in April, he won the Shell Houston Open, opening the final round with five birdies en route to a 64. Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth both drained long putts to tie Holmes, but the former Kentucky Wildcat was the last man standing after the second hole of sudden-death.
The win boosted Holmes to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. A summer of unremarkable finishes have seen his ranking drop, but Holmes finished strong at the BMW Championship to move to No. 17 in the standings and reach the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 113 112 T41 (110) CUT (113) 2008 38 22 T24 (17) CUT (36) T33 (38) 2009 69 62 T32 (55) 68 (62) 68 (69) 2010 34 18 CUT (29) T11 (24) T60 (34) 2011 86 66 DNP (77) DNP (86) 2012 48 82 T19 (55) T39 (52) T34 (48) 2014 42 36 CUT (48) T35 (46) T12 (42) 2015 16 T58 (19) T44 (18) T4 (17)
NO. 18: KEVIN KISNER
Kevin Kisner’s season in 2014-15 has easily been the best of his career, with his six top-10s doubling his previous career-best. While it has been a landmark season for Kisner, he has also come tantalizingly close to his first PGA TOUR victory, losing three heartbreaking playoffs at THE PLAYERS to Rickie Fowler, the RBC Heritage to Jim Furyk and The Greenbrier Classic to Danny Lee. The Georgia Bulldog is the first player to lose three playoffs in a season since Horton Smith in 1937, but his strong finishes throughout the season led to his being a mainstay in the FedExCup throughout the season. Following THE PLAYERS, he was no worse than 19th in the FedExCup standings at any point all the way until the FedExCup Playoffs, which he entered ranked No. 17.
This will be Kisner’s first appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2011 195 2012 153 2014 104 93 CUT (104) 2015 17 T13 (20) T12 (15) T41 (18)
NO. 19: DANNY LEE
Danny Lee fans will remember 2014-15 as the season he began to fulfill some of the promise he showed as an amateur, when he was the No. 1 amateur in the world and the youngest U.S. Amateur winner in history. He has also been the TOUR’s ironman, as the TOUR Championship will be his 36th start of the season, the most on the PGA TOUR.
Lee hit his stride in the middle of summer, when he picked up his first victory on the PGA TOUR at The Greenbrier Classic in a playoff over David Hearn, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner. He followed that performance with a T3 finish at the John Deere Classic and continued his great play at the Quicken Loans National, where he finished T4, and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he recorded a T6 finish.
Lee is a citizen of New Zealand, but was born in South Korea, the site of this year’s Presidents Cup, where he will be making his first appearance for the International Team.
Lee’s seven top-10s this year put him at No. 10 in the FedExCup standings heading into The Barclays. The affable New Zealander will be making his first career start at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2012 166 2014 88 116 T38 (96) T35 (88) 2015 10 T30 (10) T33 (14) T47 (19)
NO. 20: SCOTT PIERCY
Scott Piercy has spent the entire year between ninth and 50th in the FedExCup standings. His five top-10 finishes include a runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii and his third career PGA TOUR victory at the Barbasol Championship. He fell out of the top 30 in the standings after a T62 at The Barclays and dropped further following a missed cut at the second FedExCup Playoffs event to No. 44. Needing a strong finish at the BMW Championship, Piercy finished third to move to No. 20 in the standings to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second time in his PGA TOUR career.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2009 88 83 CUT (96) T36 (88) 2010 125 125 CUT (125) 2011 69 80 T13 (50) T74 (60) T65 (69) 2012 27 15 CUT (23) T64 (29) T37 (30) T15 (27) 2013 49 50 T43 (49) T13 (35) T69 (49) 2014 166 2015 27 T62 (34) CUT (44) 3 (20)
NO. 21: MATT KUCHAR
Although he has yet to win in 2015, Matt Kuchar continues to be a model of consistency on TOUR. The Georgia Tech grad missed only one cut (THE PLAYERS) in 23 starts this season, and he has notched six top-10 finishes. Two early top-three finishes at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation were followed two months later by a solo fifth in his title defense at the RBC Heritage. He managed a career-best finish at the PGA Championship (T7) after carding three 68s at the year’s final major at Whistling Straits.
The seven-time PGA TOUR winner headed into The Barclays at No. 26 on the FedExCup standings, and he is set to make his sixth consecutive trip to East Lake and The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
“Kuch” has been a staple in the FedExCup Playoffs since 2010, when he arrived at the season finale at No. 1 in the FedExCup standings, having already won The Barclays in a dramatic playoff at The Ridgewood Country Club. He finished second in the final standings that year, but he has continued to have success in September. He's finished in the top 10 in the final FedExCup standings in four of the past five seasons.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 92 92 T35 (90) T41 (92) 2008 115 81 MC (107) MC (115) 2009 40 77 T28 (60) T15 (46) T10 (40) 2010 2 9 1 (1) T11 (1) T3 (1) T25 (2) 2011 6 12 2 (2) T25 (2) T22 (5) T20 (6) 2012 18 9 T38 (11) T35 (13) T54 (16) T10 (18) 2013 6 2 T19 (4) T4 (4) T24 (5) T26 (6) 2014 8 4 T5 (4) T29 (5) T46 (8) T13 (8) 2015 26 T39 (27) T9 (20) T41 (21)
NO. 22: PAUL CASEY
Paul Casey completed one of his more consistent seasons on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 with seven top-10s and 18 made cuts in 22 starts. The 38-year-old Englishman shot a final-round 68 to join the three-man playoff at the Northern Trust Open (won by James Hahn) and followed it up with a T3 performance at The Honda Classic. Those were his first back-to-back top 10s since the 2010 BMW Championship (2nd) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T4).
He tied his career-best finish at the Masters with T6 showing in April after finishing in the same position in his first Masters appearance in 2004. Casey came close to victory again at the Travelers Championship, after rounds of 64-65 on the weekend sent him to his second playoff appearance of the season (lost to Bubba Watson).
Beginning the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 19 in the standings, Casey has rejuvenated his career and earned a return trip to East Lake for his second appearance in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and first since 2010.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2008 74 90 T7 (38) CUT (74) 2009 52 18 DNP (27) DNP (36) DNP (52) 2010 6 27 T12 (23) T25 (21) 2 (5) T4 (6) 2011 144 2012 233 2013 197 2014 95 118 T22 (85) DNP (95) 2015 19 T39 (21) WD (24) T23 (22)
NO. 23: BRANDT SNEDEKER
Brandt Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, bounced back from a disappointing 2014 season to earn a spot at East Lake for the fourth time in five seasons. Snedeker got back to winning form at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his second win in three years at the event.
After adding a runner-up finish at the Colonial National Invitation Tournament, Snedeker remained inside the top 20 in the FedExCup standings for the rest of the season, giving himself a shot at another FedExCup title. He is one of four FedExCup champions in the TOUR Championship field (Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Bill Haas).
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 20 9 CUT (14) T47 (17) T14 (15) T29 (20) 2008 34 49 T68 (35) T27 (29) T55 (34) 2009 33 64 T12 (44) T32 (42) T10 (33) 2010 37 40 CUT (53) T5 (31) T37 (37) 2011 8 18 T3 (6) T3 (5) T22 (6) T16 (8) 2012 1 19 2 (2) 6 (4) T37 (5) 1st (1) 2013 12 3 MC (6) T47 (9) T8 (10) T20 (12) 2014 86 55 CUT (71) CUT (86) 2015 13 CUT (18) T44 (18) 66 (23)
NO. 24: STEVEN BOWDITCH
Steven Bowditch won on the PGA TOUR for a second consecutive season when he claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson in late May, where Bowditch opened with an 8-under 62 (the low opening-round by a winner this season). He also won the 2014 Valero Texas Open.
Before his triumph at TPC Four Seasons, it had been an up-and-down season for Bowditch. He finished runner-up to Sangmoon Bae at the season-opening Frys.com Open, but went on to miss seven of eight cuts in early 2015. The 32-year-old was able to turn his season around with a timely victory and collected four more top-15 finishes before being selected by Nick Price as a captain’s pick for his first Presidents Cup team.
Bowditch, who began the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 22 in the standings, will make his first trip to East Lake in his fifth attempt.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2011 125 122 CUT (125) 2012 204 2013 124 120 CUT (124) 2014 57 59 T22 (44) T45 (45) T63 (59) 2015 22 T13 (20) CUT (22) T41 (24)
NO. 25: BROOKS KOEPKA
The Florida State product hinted toward a breakout season after he began the 2014-15 campaign with back-to back top-10 finishes at the Frys.com Open and Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. It was the first time Brooks Koepka had rattled off consecutive top 10s on TOUR.
His marquee moment of the year took place three months later on the back nine at TPC Scottsdale during the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 25-year-old holed an unlikely 50-foot eagle putt from off the green on the par-5, 15th en route to a bogey-free 66 and his first PGA TOUR title. Since the breakthrough victory, Koepka has added seven top-10s to his 2014-15 resume, including three in a row at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T6), PGA Championship (T5) and Wyndham Championship (T6).
Koepka ended the regular season at No. 12 in the FedExCup standings and is making his first start at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in just his first journey through the FedExCup Playoffs.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2015 12 CUT (16) CUT (21) T49 (25)
NO. 26: BILL HAAS
Bill Haas has been inside the top 30 in the standings since his victory at the CareerBuilder Challenge moved him to No. 9 in late January. Haas has 5 top-10s this season and hasn’t missed a cut since the Open Championship in July.
Haas, winner of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup in 2011, is the only player to win the FedExCup after starting the TOUR Championship outside the top 20 in the FedExCup standings. Haas was No. 25 entering the TOUR Championship when he won the FedExCup, a victory that included his memorable shot from the edge of the water on the second playoff hole (No. 17) against Hunter Mahan. Haas’ par-saving up and down pushed the playoff to the 18th, where Haas was able to win the tournament and the FedExCup.
Haas was a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup and will be playing for his father, Jay Haas, for the U.S. Team in South Korea.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 126 125 T48 (126) 2008 73 107 T55 (81) T69 (73) 2009 41 82 T24 (62) T15 (47) T10 (41) 2010 31 26 T47 (31) T22 (28) T30 (31) 2011 1 15 T24 (18) T61 (24) T16 (25) 1st (1) 2012 32 21 Cut (29) T35 (28) T45 (32) 2013 24 5 T25 (8) CUT (17) T28 (18) T24 (24) 2014 16 24 T15 (21) T9 (17) T16 (16) 16 (16) 2015 23 T53 (25) T60 (27) T19 (26)
NO. 27: KEVIN NA
Kevin Na reaches the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second consecutive season without recording a victory. Behind the strength of seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best T2 at the CIMB Classic to go along with a T10 at the BMW Championship, Na enters the TOUR Championship field for the fourth time in his career.
Na was one of four players to move from outside the top 30 in the standings and into the field thanks to his play at the BMW Championship joining Daniel Berger, Scott Piercy and Harris English.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2007 98 95 CUT (96) 69 (98) 2008 93 83 T32 (51) CUT (93) 2009 26 23 T24 (22) T11 (23) T8 (18) 30 (26) 2010 26 41 T36 (39) T33 (41) T3 (20) T17 (26) 2011 71 47 CUT (57) CUT (71) 2012 52 38 CUT (51) T69 (64) T26 (52) 2013 200 2014 24 20 T9 (13) CUT (21) T46 (24) T19 (24) 2015 30 T20 (28) T60 (34) T10 (27)
NO. 28: SANGMOON BAE
Sangmoon Bae started and finished the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season with defining moments in his young career. To kick off the season, Bae won the Frys.com Open, his first top-10 finish since his first victory on TOUR at the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson.
Then he finished T6 in The Barclays, where he played alongside eventual champion Jason Day in the final group, and was selected as a captain’s pick for the International Presidents Cup Team. Bae will have the opportunity to return to native Korea to compete in the matches along with Korea-born Danny Lee before beginning his mandatory two-year military service.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2012 96 71 CUT (92) 78 (96) 2013 69 36 CUT (57) CUT (67) T54 (69) 2014 122 120 CUT (122) 2015 34 T6 (23) T39 (23) T53 (28)
NO. 29: LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN
Louis Oosthuizen didn't win this season, but it was his most accomplished campaign since the 2010 season, during which he won The Open Championship at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen posted six top-10 finishes, including runners-up in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. After struggling to an opening-round 77 at Chambers Bay, Oousthuizen surged back into contention with rounds of 66-66-67 to finish one shot behind winner Jordan Spieth. Back at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen went to a four-hole playoff with Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman. He opened with a birdie at the first extra hole, but Johnson matched it. When Oosthuizen couldn't match Johnson’s birdie at the second hole, Oosthuizen sfinished in second place.
Oosthuizen performed well in the World Golf Championships this season. He reached the quarter-finals in the Dell Match Play (T5) and finished sixth at the Cadillac Championship. Oosthuizen heads to Atlanta and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second time in his career.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2011 148 2012 7 34 T5 (21) 2 (5) T16 (6) T23 (7) 2013 154 2014 124 123 CUT (124) 2015 28 DNS (38) T12 (30) T19 (29)
NO. 30: HARRIS ENGLISH
Life on the FedExCup bubble can be stressful, but ultimately rewarding. Harris English should know. In 2013, English came into the BMW Championship at 28th in the FedExCup standings, but finished 50th at Conway Farms and dropped to 31st in the FedExCup, one spot outside the TOUR Championship. Last year, English came into the BMW Championship in 31st place. He shot 67-70 on the weekend at Cherry Hills to finish T31 in the tournament, but dropped to 32nd in the FedExCup standings.
This year, the former Georgia Bulldog returned to Conway Farms for the BMW Championship at No. 32 in the FedExCup. He shot 65-68-69 to position himself for his first trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. However, he struggled in the final round. By the time he got to the 18th green, he needed an 18-foot putt for birdie to have any chance to move on. He drained it and qualified for the season-ending event by only two points.
While English ended this season better than any season prior in his career, it was actually the start of this year that positioned English for success. In January at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Harris shot all four rounds in the 60s to tie for third. Then at the Farmers Insurance Open, he opened 68-66 before ultimately losing in a playoff to Jason Day. In the FedExCup playoffs, English finished T30 at The Barclays, T12 at Deutsche Bank Championship and T19 at the BMW Championship for his best playoff performance.
Year Final FedExCup Began Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Championship 2011 148 2012 79 87 T24 (63) T69 (79) 2013 31 19 CUT (26) T27 (28) 50 (31) 2014 32 17 CUT (25) CUT (31) T31 (32) 2015 42 T30 (41) T12 (32) T19 (30)