Five big names that need a strong week to make the FedEx Cup

Jonathan Wall
Devil Ball Golf

With one tournament remaining before the FedEx Cup playoffs commence, players in the Wyndham Championship field are trying to do everything in their power to make sure they get inside the top 125 cutoff.

As usual, there are some big names sitting on the bubble that could use a big week to get an invite to The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club (the first event of the playoffs).

Here's a look at five big names that could use a strong showing if they want any shot at the $10 million prize given to the FedEx Cup champion.

Camilo Villegas (FedEx Cup rankings: 125): Only three years have passed since Villegas won the BMW Championship and Tour Championship to close out 2008 as the runner-up in the FedEx Cup playoffs. But after losing his way in 2011, the Columbian finds himself on the bubble needing a strong week to advance to the first leg of the playoffs. He's missed the cut in five of his last seven events on tour, so the odds of him getting it together aren't very good.

Ernie Els (126): Want to know how important the FedEx Cup is to Ernie Els? He decided to add the Wyndham event to his schedule after he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He's only played the event one other time in his career ... and that was all the way back in 1997. He's tied with Villegas on points -- but doesn't own the tiebreaker -- so just beating the Columbian would be enough to see him make the field at The Barclays.

Padraig Harrington (130): Els isn't the only big name in the field at Sedgefield Country Club. The three-time major winner is also competing this week; he's hoping to make up a four point deficit, which actually isn't that tall of a task. But given Harrington's erratic play this season on the PGA Tour -- he only has two top-10 finish -- even a small deficit could be too much.

Justin Leonard (142): This season has been one to forget for the former British Open champion. Without a top-10 finish this season, Leonard finds himself 43 points back of the 125 cutoff. It looks bleak but if Leonard can post his first top-10 of the season, he should get inside the number.

Angel Cabrera (150): Like Els and Harrington, the two-time major winner joined the field at the last minute after missing the cut at the PGA Championship. But unlike Els and Harrington, Cabrera can't coast into the playoffs. He needs at least a top-eight finish to have any shot of seeing next week.