123714187 bubbaIn past seasons, we've harped on the FedEx Cup for being a "made for drama" event by the PGA Tour, but 2011 has been different. We needed this thing. We had to have it. Why? Because this season has been completely crazy, and the PGA Championship didn't really wrap anything up. We have questions about certain players, the end of year awards, and frankly, what to make of this year. So who needs a solid run the last two weeks to make a charge in any of those categories? Read on (FedEx Cup number in parenthesis).
Matt Kuchar (3) -- The guy is third in rankings, but still hasn't won this season, and for all the positives we throw at this guy, if he went winless in the last two events, that would mean he'd have just one win in the last full calendar year. Kuchar is great, but it would really help if he could step on the gas pedal when it mattered a little more.
Chez Reavie (9) -- Back at the Memorial, Reavie was on his last leg of a medical exemption that forced him to make a ton of money that week. It didn't happen, but it did start the ball rolling for an incredible end to his season that has seen the former Canadian Open winner card three top-10s including the playoff loss two weeks ago. This man hasn't even qualified for the Fall Series, but another good week this week would get him into the Tour Championship, and would be huge for his 2012.
Bubba Watson (12) -- Earlier this season, we coined 2011 "The year of Bubba," and while he did win two big events early in the season, his game has fallen off. It seemed to be back two weeks ago in Boston when Watson opened with rounds of 68-64, but his weekend play left him outside the top-15, and we need a late run from the long-hitting lefty to show us he does really want to be one of the best in the game for an entire season, and not just part of it.
Keegan Bradley (19) -- The PGA Champ has missed cuts in both playoffs events and is 0-for-2 since winning the last major of the season, and while most of us understand his level of talent, it would be good for Bradley to play well this week and make it into the Tour Championship so he doesn't have to answer to the doubters. Also, a good last two weeks might just land him that other captain's pick from Fred Couples for the Presidents Cup, and if he could pull off a victory this week or next, he'd surely be the 2011 Player of the Year.
Webb Simpson (1), Nick Watney (7), Steve Stricker (8) and Mark Wilson (17) -- And if Keegan doesn't win, one of these guys should, because they'd be the only person on tour with three wins in '11, and very much in the hunt for POTY.
Rickie Fowler (37) -- The PGA Tour loves Rickie. Fans love Rickie. They want him to be so good so fast, we even had a commercial during U.S. Open tennis showing him dirt-biking around. But the fact is, if Fowler can't win the rest of this season, it'll be over two years without a win in his career. Sure, he's still young, but that isn't stopping other big names from pulling out win after win at a young age, and if Fowler really wants to live up to the hype, he's going to have to step up and at least make it to Atlanta.
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