The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, and that means there are just 30 guys with a chance to win the biggest monetary prize in all of golf. Defending champ Jim Furyk, pictured above, is, alas, not among them. Let's continue to run down the list, shall we?
26. Charles Howell III: It's been something of a career-resurgence year for Howell, who's had six top-10 finishes in 27 events. His best this year was a T3 at the AT&T National. In the playoffs, he's trending the wrong direction, with finishes of T18, T31 and T42.
25: Bill Haas: Haas plummeted off the leaderboard at the BMW Championship, falling from T3 to T16, but he still managed to hang on and remain in the top 30. His best finish this year was a T2 at the Greenbrier, and unfortunately, he's in rocky shape in the playoffs, with T24 and T61 before the BMW meltdown (he shot a final-round 78). Hey, at least he'll be at East Lake.
24: Geoff Ogilvy: Man, what a resurgence for Ogilvy, who as recently as two years ago was projected as one of golf's next great breakout stars. He jumped from 69th place all the way up into the top 30 with four sub-70 rounds. He's rolling serious momentum; he had a 90th-place finish at the Barclays and a T25 at the Deutsche Bank before finishing third at the BMW.
23: Vijay Singh: The Big Fijian won this FedEx thing three years ago but fell off the map after that due to injury, so it's a bit of a surprise to see he's back. This year, he's only made the cut in about half the events he's played, but he's got three top-three finishes topped by a solo second at the Northern Trust Open. He rode a T3 at the Barclays right to East Lake, as he's finished 89th and T67 since then.
Next up: That dude with that caddy that got fired by that other dude, and also those dudes who fought it out for that major a couple weeks back.
- Charles Howell III
- Geoff Ogilvy
- Jim Furyk