From Rahm’s return to Spieth’s resurgence to the Ryder Cup, all the pieces you might want to know because the FedEx Cup playoffs start

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JERSEY CITY, N.Y. — It is playoff time, golf fashion. And there’s not a lot time to get settled and take all of it in.

The FedEx Cup playoffs start this week on the Northern Belief, proceed subsequent week with the BMW Championship and conclude per week later with the Tour Championship.

On the finish, a PGA Tour participant could have earned a $15 million bonus. The last-place participant within the 30-man discipline on the Tour Championship will receives a commission, too. That’s price $395,000.

That is the fifteenth 12 months of the FedEx system, the third below a format that has three tournaments, down from 4, and that includes a single FedEx Cup champion versus the potential for a event winner and FedEx winner on the Tour Championship.

Here is a take a look at what’s forward:

Now issues get fascinating

The Northern Belief at Liberty Nationwide options the top 125 players off the common season FedEx Cup factors checklist, with no alternates. The event has a lower to the highest 65 and ties and can supply 4 instances the variety of factors as gamers competed for in common PGA Tour occasions. So as a substitute of 500 factors, the winner will get 2,000, which creates the potential for volatility and the power for gamers who’re manner again to advance. The highest 70 in factors following the event will advance to the BMW Championship.

The return of Rahm

For the primary time since he tied for third at The Open, No. 1-ranked Jon Rahm is enjoying. It has been a wild summer season for the Spanish golfer who twice has contracted COVID-19 and performed a few of his greatest golf within the meantime. He was a 6-shot chief after 54 holes on the Memorial when he examined optimistic and needed to withdraw; he then got here again to win the U.S. Open, birdieing the ultimate two holes. He completed tied for seventh on the Scottish Open after which made a last-day run at The Open. Then he examined optimistic once more, lacking the Olympics. Rahm enters the playoffs fifth within the FedEx Cup standings.

How rapidly issues can change

Open champion Collin Morikawa is No. 1 within the FedEx Cup standings, however that does not imply a lot with so many factors now at stake. He leads No. 2 Jordan Spieth by simply 32 factors and is simply 450 factors forward of No. 10 Sam Burns. There could be fairly the shake-up relying on outcomes.

Jordan says … I am again

It has been a stable 12 months for Jordan Spieth, who regained his type after a few years of struggling, successful the Valero Texas Open and contending a number of extra instances. It is now to the purpose the place Spieth himself believes one other victory — or two — is feasible. Spieth has not made it to the Tour Championship since 2017.

Again to the place Brooks vs. Bryson started

Again the place it began. Effectively, at the least the place it escalated. The feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau truly started early in 2019 when Koepka famous DeChambeau’s tempo of play at a event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It went to a different stage when DeChambeau had his points on the Northern Belief, with Koepka calling him out, phrases between their caddies, an settlement — allegedly — to not point out one another’s names in such tussles … after which it blowing up massive time on the PGA Championship in Could this 12 months. And so right here we’re. DeChambeau is seventh in FedEx factors and Koepka is fifteenth.

Making an attempt to determine DJ

Dustin Johnson hasn’t been terrible — he simply hasn’t been as nice as he was a 12 months in the past presently, when he received the Northern Belief, misplaced in a playoff on the BMW, then received the Tour Championship to seize the FedEx Cup.

He’s a reasonably pedestrian seventeenth within the standings heading into the playoffs and most of it’s primarily based on his tie for sixth on the U.S. Open and his victory on the Masters — in November 2020. Bear in mind, this can be a six-major season, and Johnson missed the lower in two majors in 2021. He did tie for eighth on the Open, which is his greatest end since a tie for eighth on the Genesis Invitational in February.

What about Phil?

Phil Mickelson is proof that each one it takes is one good week to place your self properly for a FedEx run. Certain, he’d like to be increased than 58th in factors. However that quantity principally assures him of qualifying for the primary two playoff occasions. He has work to do to make it into the highest 30 and the Tour Championship. Because it stands now, he’s 396 factors out of thirtieth. You work he’ll most likely want at the least 500 extra factors to make it. Two top-12 finishes may care for it. Mickelson, who has made the playoffs yearly, was the one participant to make it to the second-to-last playoff occasion yearly till the streak led to 2020.

JT’s quiet 12 months

A powerful closing spherical on the Gamers Championship led to victory for Justin Thomas, however in any other case, this has largely — by his personal admission — been a irritating 12 months. Since that victory, Thomas has no top-10s on the PGA Tour and did not contend in any of the most important championships. He enters ninth within the FedEx Cup and might maybe salvage one thing by pushing by within the playoffs. He received the FedEx in 2017.

The continued Ryder Cup questions

This would be the backstory in the course of the playoffs. The U.S. group’s six computerized qualifiers will likely be determined following the BMW Championship. U.S. captain Steve Stricker then has six picks following the Tour Championship.

Morikawa, Johnson, DeChambeau, Koepka, Thomas and Xander Schauffele are the six computerized qualifiers in the intervening time, with Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau holding down the seventh by twelfth spots.

Webb Simpson, Scottie Scheffler, Phil Mickelson, Max Homa, Billy Horschel, Will Zalatoris and Kevin Kisner will likely be different names talked about — maybe extra — for the at-large spots.

Whereas Stricker will quickly know who his computerized group members are, he’d undoubtedly wish to see some type out of gamers within the combine. Reed, Cantlay and Finau have been quiet of late. Mickelson stated he must have some stable outcomes to be thought-about. Homa and Horschel would seemingly have to do one thing within the playoffs.

And it would not harm if locks equivalent to Johnson, DeChamabeau and Thomas began enjoying higher, too.

The European group will likely be determined following the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which concludes on Sept. 12.

The Ryder Cup is Sept. 24-26.

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