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. Let's run down the list, shall we?
30. Bo Van Pelt: Finished seventh at the Deutsche Bank to make up for lackluster T24 and T56 performances at the Barclays and the BMW. Best finish so far this year is a solo third at the Crowne Plaza Invitational; he has three other top 10s to match it. The longest of long shots here, but he does have a chance.
29. Fredrik Jacobson: So far, his biggest splash in the FedEx Cup playoffs has been almost beating a 16-year-old kid in ping-pong. But he's got himself a shiny win this year, back in June at the Travelers Championship. The points gained from that have kept him in the hunt, as he's posted finishes of T32, T42 and T42 in the playoffs.
28. Y.E. Yang: Strong play in two of the three weeks of the FedEx Cup (T6 at the Barclays, T12 at the BMW) put him into the top 30 for good. He's got two top-three finishes, most notably a T3 at the U.S. Open, though you can be forgiven for forgetting that in the joy that was McIlroyFest. Also posted a solo second at the Honda Classic.
27. Aaron Baddeley: Like Jacobson, a win during the season has helped Baddeley ride out a rocky playoffs (T13, T77, T22). He took down the Northern Trust Open way back in February (did we even have the Internet back then?) and has used that to his advantage throughout. He's got four top 10s on the year, but none since The Players in May.
Next up: A couple major winners.