Some massive names have work to do on the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale if they need into the FedEx Cup playoffs


Essentially the most uncommon of golf seasons will come to an finish this week in Greensboro, North Carolina. Properly, the common season will. Golf is an all-year deal, however the PGA Tour’s model will conclude on the Wyndham Championship, to be adopted by three playoff occasions to find out its season-long champion.

This week is necessary as a result of it’s going to assist decide the highest 125 on the FedEx Cup factors record. Solely these gamers can advance to the playoffs and subsequent week’s Northern Belief event. And with out another kind of exemption, those that fall outdoors lose their PGA Tour card and are confronted with taking part in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals or having to depend on different means to get into tournaments within the 2021-22 season.

The FedEx Cup system started in 2007, and simply 9 gamers have certified for the playoffs that whole time — Charley Hoffman, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III, Justin Rose and Ryan Moore.

Hoffman, Mickelson, Watson and Snedeker are secure. The others have some work to do. Howell isn’t entered on the Wyndham, so he won’t make it for the primary time.

Different issues are in play this week. These outdoors of the highest 70 can additional their possibilities of qualifying for the BMW Championship in two weeks. Others could have their eye on qualifying for the highest 30 and the Tour Championship to finish the season.

And, in fact, there are Ryder Cup factors to be earned. The Wyndham in addition to the Northern Belief and BMW Championship are the final qualifying occasions for the U.S. Ryder Cup staff.

So after a “season” that featured six main championships — together with two U.S. Opens, two Masters — and dates to early September, here’s a have a look at a couple of of the gamers who’re combating to advance:

Adam Scott
121st FedEx Cup standings

It has been a tricky time for the 2013 Masters champion. He doesn’t stay in the US and has confronted quarantine points each time he has visited his household. Scott received the Genesis Invitational simply previous to the shutdown. Nothing has been the identical since. He acquired COVID-19 final fall and has struggled to regain type, dropping from as excessive as sixth on the earth early final 12 months to forty third now. He tied for thirty sixth final week on the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, an eleventh straight end outdoors of the highest 10. Scott can advance with out a robust end this week, however then he leaves his destiny as much as others. It doesn’t matter what, Scott would not have to fret about preserving his Tour card. He has totally exempt standing.

Matt Kuchar
124th in FedEx Cup standings

One of many recreation’s most constant gamers for greater than a decade, Kuchar has run right into a stretch of unhealthy type, lacking 4 consecutive cuts, together with final week’s Barracuda Championship. He didn’t make the weekend at any of this 12 months’s majors nor on the Tour Championship. In actual fact, Kuchar missed the lower in any respect three majors final 12 months. (The Open was not performed in 2020 due to COVID-19.) He nonetheless has an opportunity totally on the again of his third-place end on the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship in March. Like Scott, his Tour standing is safe.

Rickie Fowler
one hundred and thirtieth in FedEx Cup standings

Battling a hunch for a lot of the previous 18 months, Fowler has proven indicators of breaking out. He simply hasn’t been in a position to push ahead sufficient for the massive end result that might change his 12 months. He declined to play final week’s opposite-field Barracuda Championship and dropped 5 spots within the FedEx Cup standings. There is no cause to play secure this week; he must make the lower and make a transfer. He has by no means did not make the playoffs in his professional profession, courting to 2010. Even when he would not make the playoffs, he too has exempt Tour standing.

Tommy Fleetwood
136th in FedEx Cup standings

It has been a quiet 12 months for the Englishman who starred on the 2018 European Ryder Cup staff. Though nonetheless ranked thirty fifth on the earth, he has performed simply 15 PGA Tour occasions, as he additionally competes in Europe. And he has posted simply two top-10s. He’ll want at the very least that and doubtless extra to proceed his PGA Tour season.

Justin Rose
138th in FedEx Cup standings

The Englishman received the FedEx Cup title simply three years in the past — the identical day Tiger Woods received the Tour Championship — and was No. 1 on the earth early in 2019. He has dropped all the best way to forty eighth on the earth and has struggled along with his recreation for the higher a part of two years. Rose did handle to contend on the Masters, the place he completed seventh. And he rallied to tie for eighth on the PGA Championship. However in simply 5 tournaments since, there was nothing higher than a tie for twentieth. Rose wants an enormous week to maintain his playoff streak alive. If he would not, he additionally has a spot on Tour subsequent season, contemplating he’s totally exempt.

Ryan Moore
142nd in FedEx Cup standings

Like Rose, nothing in need of a excessive end will preserve Moore’s playoff streak alive. He missed seven cuts this 12 months, did not play in any of the majors (he was an alternate for The Open however handed when his title got here up) and tied for thirty fifth on the Gamers Championship.

Will Zalatoris
*twenty sixth in FedEx Cup standings

The asterisk denotes that Zalatoris is just a particular non permanent member of the PGA Tour. As a result of he isn’t a full member, he isn’t eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs, regardless that the variety of factors he has earned would have him twenty sixth within the standings. Zalatoris began incomes his approach final fall when he acquired into a couple of tournaments, had some excessive finishes and earned particular non permanent standing, which suggests he can settle for limitless sponsor exemptions. He shall be a completely exempt member of the tour subsequent season as a result of variety of factors earned. His solely approach into the playoffs — and a shot in any respect the cash at stake in two big-money tournaments plus the FedEx bonus cash — is to win this week. A victory routinely makes him a PGA Tour member.

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