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The Sports Xchange's 2013 PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on 2012-2013 performance.

1. Tiger Woods, United States -- The good news is that Woods regained his lead in the FedEx Cup standings heading to the Tour Championship with his tie for 11th in the BMW Championship, but he probably left Conway Farms thinking of what might have been. He has seven victories in the Chicago area, but a quadruple-bogey 8 that included a two-stroke penalty on the first hole of a second-round 72 severely hampered his chance to win again. Woods barely missed his ninth top-10 finish of the season. ... Tiger is making his 14th appearance in the Tour Championship and has won it twice, including in 2007 at East Lake to wrap up the inaugural FedEx Cup title, and in 1999 at Champions Golf Club in Houston for one of his eight victories on the PGA Tour that season. Six years ago, he opened with 64-63-64 before coming home with a 4-under-par 66 to win by eight strokes over Mark Calcavecchia and Zach Johnson. In 1999, he also posted four scores in the 60s to win by four shots over Davis Love III. Woods has finished second in the tournament four times, including 2009, when Phil Mickelson beat him, but Tiger still had enough to claim the FedEx Cup for the second time. ... Woods thought he had shot 1-under-par 70 in round two at Conway Farms, but a zoom lens showed that his ball moved slightly when he removed a twig from behind it in the rough on the first hole. He opened with a 66 and bounced back with another 66 in round three but could manage only a 71 when the final round was pushed to Monday by rain. Despite his five victories, he has broken 70 only once in 14 final rounds this season on the PGA Tour.

2. Adam Scott, Australia -- Posting bookend 4-under-par 67s in the BMW Championship allowed Scott to tie for 28th and remain in the magic top five at third in the FedEx Cup standings, so he will have a chance to capture the season-long chase if he can win the Tour Championship. It also keeps alive the Masters champion's chances to win the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award during a season in which he also won the Barclays. If he can win at East Lake, his three victories plus the FedEx Cup might trump Tiger Woods' five titles. ... This will be Scotty's eighth appearance in the Tour Championship, and he took home the title in 2006 at East Lake, the year before it became the final event of the PGA Tour playoffs. He put up four consecutive rounds in the 60s, including 67-67-66 on the last three days, and claimed a three-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Two years ago, he had a one-shot lead over K.J. Choi after starting 67-65, but he played the weekend in 74-68 and wound up in a tie for sixth. His only other top-10 finish in the finale was a tie for seventh in 2005 at East Lake, where he opened with a 63 before recording scores of 69-65-67. ... After his strong start at Conway Farms, Scott was never in the conversation, as he played the middle rounds in 73-75. His second round was spoiled by double bogeys on the eighth and 13th holes, and the next day he scattered six bogeys across his scorecard before making his only two birdies down the stretch. Scott carded only one bogey in each of his 67s.

3. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Another player who needed a high finish in the BMW Championship to get into the top five in the FedEx Cup standings heading to the Tour Championship, Lefty broke 70 only when he shot 3-under-par 68 in the third round en route to a tie for 33rd. He slipped two positions to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings and will need the players ahead of him to stumble at East Lake if he is to win the season-long chase, even with a victory. He has won twice this year, including the Open Championship, and still has a chance for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award if he can win the finale. ... Lefty has teed it up 16 times previously in the Tour Championship, and he claimed the title twice at East Lake, in 2000 before it was the final event of the PGA Tour playoffs, and in 2009, when he outplayed Tiger Woods in the final round. Mickelson closed with a 5-under-par 65 to win by three shots, while Tiger shot 70 to finish second, still good enough to take home the FedEx Cup. In 2000, Mickelson put up four scores in the 60s, including 65-66 on the weekend, to finish two strokes ahead of runner-up Woods. The victories are two of his four top-five finishes in the tournament. ... Mickelson had his moments at Conway Farms, carding three consecutive birdies through No. 16 to salvage an opening 70, playing 13 holes through No. 15 in 5 under in round three, and making three birdies in his last eight holes to close with a 71. But he also recorded only two birdies while shooting 74 in round two.

4. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Kuchar posted the second-best round of the week, a 10-under-par 61 in round three that trailed on Jim Furyk's 59, but he could not equal par in any of his other three rounds and finished in a tie for 24th in the BMW Championship. Still, he managed to hold onto a spot in the magic top five in the FedEx Cup standings, dropping one spot to finish exactly at No. 5. That gives him the chance to win the FedEx Cup with a victory in the Tour Championship. ... Kooch is playing in the finale at East Lake for the fourth time, and if he could win the on the course in Atlanta, it would be a most popular victory, as he went to college a few miles away at Georgia Tech. He was in contention last year after rounds of 67-69 but played the weekend in 70-73 to wind up in a tie for 10th, his first top-10 finish in the finale of the PGA Tour playoffs. Kuchar was among the leaders after opening with a 3-under-par 67 two years ago, but he could not break 70 the rest of the way and tied for 20th. In 2010, he did not break 70 in any of his four rounds and tied for 25th in the 30-man field. ... Kuchar reeled off 10 birdies in his bogey-free round Saturday, but he could manage only a total of seven in the other 54 holes at Conway Farms. He spoiled his second round with a double-bogey 6 on the 16th hole, driving into a fairway bunker and taking three shots to reach the green before three-putting from 23 feet while shooting 73. In the final round, Kuchar was 1 under through 12 holes before carding three bogeys on his last 12 holes while posting another 73.

5. Justin Rose, England -- The U.S. Open champion couldn't get the high finish he needed to rise into the top five in the FedEx Cup standings going to the Tour Championship this week, finishing in a tie for 33rd in the BMW Championship. He dropped two spots to ninth in the standings and will need some help from the players ahead of him to claim the Cup, even with a victory at East Lake. ... The Englishman is making his fifth start in the Tour Championship and last year he was tied for the lead after 54 holes with Brandt Snedeker, who outplayed him in the final round, 68-71, to win the title and take home the FedEx Cup along with the $10 million prize. After starting the final round with four consecutive pars, Rose made bogeys on the fifth and sixth, and he was unable to catch up despite carding his only two birdies on the back nine. He tied for 11th in 2007 at East Lake by shooting 66-67 on the weekend, tied for 15th in 2010 and tied for 20th in 2011, playing his best in those two appearances when he closed with 3-under-par 67s. ... Rose broke 70 last week at Conway Farms only when he posted a 2-under-par 69 in the third round, but it could have been better, as he made three bogeys on the back nine. He was 3 under par through 15 holes in round one before finishing bogey-par-double bogey to shoot 71. Rose salvaged a 71 the next day with three birdies in six holes on the back nine. He ranked among the leaders with 17 birdies, but he was dragged down by 12 bogeys and a double bogey.

6. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- Snedeker started the final round of the BMW Championship in a tie for third and had a chance to climb into the top five in the FedEx Cup standings as he tries to become the first player to win the season-long race in consecutive seasons. However, he closed with a 72 and wound up in a tie for eighth, dropping one spot to 10th in the standings, so he would need some help to repeat as Cup champion. ... Sneds will defend his title this week in the Tour Championship, where he was tied for the lead with Justin Rose entering the final round last year but closed with a 2-under-par 68 to beat the Englishman by three strokes. He moved into a tie with Rose by shooting a bogey-free 64 in the third round, and on Sunday overcame a double-bogey 6 on the sixth hole by carding three birdies in a span of five holes through No. 17. Two years ago, Snedeker posted three rounds in the 60s at East Lake, but a 74 in round three helped drop him to a tie for 16th. In his only other appearance, he tied for 29th in 2007. ... Snedeker was tied for the lead with Jim Furyk at Conway Farms after opening with 63-68, but he fell back by playing the last two rounds in 71-72. After starting on the back nine on Thursday, he reeled off seven consecutive birdies through No. l but never found that form the rest of the way. Snedeker carded three bogeys in the first five holes of round three but rallied for his 70 before dropping back quickly again in the final round with five bogeys on the first nine holes. He averaged 25.7 putts for three rounds but needed 17 on the front nine Monday and finished with 31.

7. Jason Dufner, United States -- The PGA champion was hoping to move into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings with a high finish in the BMW Championship, but he could not break 70 in any of his four rounds and wound up in a tie for 54th. He slid seven slots to 20th in the FedEx Cup standings and will have only an outside chance to win the season-long chase, even with a victory in the Tour Championship at East Lake. ... This will be Duf's fourth start in the Tour Championship, and he hopes to at least crack the top 10 for the first time. His best result was a tie for 13th two years ago, when he opened with a 4-under-par 66 to tie for second. He played the middle rounds in 70-73 before closing with a 69. In 2009 at East Lake, Dufner broke 70 only with a 69 in round two en route to a tie for 19th, and last year he posted four rounds in the 70s and tied for 20th. He has had success in Atlanta, losing a playoff to Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. ... Dufner holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the first round to open with an even-par 71, but that was the best he could do at Conway Farms, following with rounds of 72-73-72. He finished with four consecutive birdies to salvage that 73 after being at 6 over through 14 holes, but he carded only one more birdie over the last 36 holes, on the 15th hole of the third round. Putting has always been the weakest part of his game, and the short stick let him down again, as took 33 putts in each of the last two rounds.

8. Steve Stricker, United States -- One of the gallery favorites at Conway Farms near Chicago because he is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Stricker was in the hunt most of the way in the BMW Championship before stumbling on the back nine of a closing 1-over-par 72 to tie for fourth. His seventh top-10 finish in 12 starts this season lifted him two spots to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings, one out of the magic top five heading to the Tour Championship. ... Stricker said last week that he is passing up an elk hunting trip that he has had planned for at least a year to play this week in the Tour Championship for the 10th time. He has three top-10 finishes in the tournament, with his best solo third in 1996 at Southern Hills, in his first appearance. That year, he closed with a 5-under-par 65 to finish five shots behind winner Tom Lehman. Strick also tied for fifth in 1999 at East Lake, where he posted bookend 1-under 69s. His best result since the event became the final event of the PGA Tour playoffs was solo sixth in 2009, when he played the weekend in 66-69. ... Stricker, coming off solo second in the Deutsche Bank Championship, opened with 66-71 in the BMW before roaring into contention with a 64 in the third round. The highlight was holing his second shot from 99 yards with a wedge on the 15th hole. Stricker was in the chase in the last round until going bogey-double bogey on the 10th and 11th holes, hitting his tee ball into the water on the latter. He kept himself in contention by averaging 26.0 putts per round.

9. Luke Donald, England -- Playing some of his best golf of the season on a course where he is a member, Donald shot 67-66 in the last two rounds to finish in a tie for fourth in the BMW Championship. That lifted him 25 spots to 29th in the FedEx Cup standings and into the 30-man field for the Tour Championship this week. ... Luke hasn't missed the Tour Championship since 2008, and he has a chance to be a factor at East Lake because he has finished in the top five in each of the last three seasons there and four times overall. Three years ago, he was tied for the 36-hole lead with Jim Furyk after rounds of 66-66, but he played the weekend in 71-70 to finish solo second, one shot behind Furyk. Last year, he shot 67-67 on the weekend to tie for third, four strokes behind winner Brandt Snedeker. That matched his finish from the year before, when he started 66-68 and after a 70 closed with 69, winding up one stroke out of the playoff in which Bill Haas beat Hunter Mahan. He also tied for fifth in 2006. Of course, even if he wins, it will take a lot for him to lift the FedEx Cup on Sunday evening. ... After starting with 70-70 at Conway Farms, not far from his home in the Chicago area, Donald turned it on in the last 36 holes by carding 10 birdies and only a single bogey, at No. 16 in the final round. That bogey ended a streak of four consecutive birdies, and he added another birdie at No. 17 to punch his ticket to East Lake. Donald could have made it easier on himself, but he carded double bogeys on the second and 10th holes of round two, the only blemishes on his scorecard.

10. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- Perhaps the best thing about McIlroy's week in his title defense at the BMW Championship was that he was able to finish his final round before Sunday's rainout. He was 70th and dead last after starting with 78-77 at Conway Farms before rallying on the weekend to finish in a tie for 59th, but his PGA Tour season is over because he finished 50th in the FedEx Cup standings and out of the top 30 that will play in the Tour Championship. ... Rory won't be making the trip back to the finale at East Lake, where last year in his only appearance he held the lead in the FedEx Cup standings after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship. He kept up his brilliant play through three rounds, shooting 69-68-68 to start the final round in a tie for fourth, but he made two bogeys and a double bogey on the front nine and closed with a 74 to tie for 10th. However, he headed back to the European Tour and wrapped up the Race to Dubai title by winning the DP World Tour Championship-Dubai, one of seven titles he claimed around the globe in 2012 while ascending to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. ... McIlroy might have found something when he played the weekend in 68-68 in his title defense at the BMW, but all it did was lift him off the bottom rung. Each of those rounds could have been even better, and he carded a double-bogey 6 on the 13th hole in round three and another on the 10th hole on Sunday. He hopes to salvage something of his year on the Euro Tour in the stretch run of the Race to Dubai.

11. Zach Johnson, United States -- When Johnson skipped the Barclays, the opener of the PGA Tour playoffs, to be the best man at his brother's wedding, it seemed that it might prove very costly in the FedEx Cup standings. However, he took advantage of being only a half-hour from Conway Farms for the wedding to play a practice round on the course, host venue of the BMW Championship. He used the knowledge he gained that day to shoot 7-under-par 64 in the first round and 65 in the last to claim a two-stroke victory over Nick Watney in round three of the playoffs. That lifted him 23 spots to fourth in the standings, and he can win the season-long chase with a victory in the Tour Championship. ... Before he reeled off five consecutive top-10 finishes late in the regular season, it appeared that Johnson wouldn't make it to the Tour Championship, but he is in the 30-man field for the seventh time, all at East Lake. His best finish was a tie for second in 2007, when he followed an opening round of 1-over-par 71 with scores of 66-60-68. That sounds pretty good, but he wound up eight strokes behind runaway winner Tiger Woods. Zach also tied for ninth in 2010, when he started with 74-72 but moved up the leaderboard by playing the weekend in 66-67. ... Zach, who claimed his 10th PGA Tour victory last week and finished in the top 10 for the sixth time in his past seven outings, took charge in the final round at Conway Farms with three birdies on the back nine. He holed an 18-foot putt from the fringe on the 16th hole and a 13-footer for birdie on the next hole to seal the deal.

12. Dustin Johnson, United States -- DJ's place in the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings, which would earn him a spot in the Tour Championship, appeared to be safe before the BMW Championship, as he was 23rd in the points. However, he could not even equal the par of 71 in any of his four round and finished in a tie for 62nd, but he barely hung on to the 30th and last spot in the finale. ... Johnson will tee it up in the Tour Championship for the fifth time. He posted his first top-10 finish in the tournament last year at East Lake, where he tied for 10th. It could have been much better, because he opened with 69-67 before playing the weekend in 70-73, carding seven bogeys and a double bogey in the last two rounds after recording only two bogeys in the first 36 holes. Still, it was the first time he cracked the top 20 in the tournament, which has only a 30-man field, as he finished solo 27th in 2009, tied for 22nd in 2010 and tied for 23rd in 2011, breaking 70 in only two of his 12 rounds. ... Johnson started with 74-75 last week at Conway Farms and didn't get much better, playing the weekend in 72-72. His first round was marred by double-bogey 6s on the ninth and 16th holes, but that wasn't the worst of it. He hit his tee shot into the water on the 11th hole a day later and carded a triple-bogey 6, and on Saturday he drove into an unplayable lie on the fifth hole, took a penalty stroke and needed six shots to reach the green while taking a triple-bogey 7. DJ avoid the big numbers Sunday but could make only two birdies.

13. Bill Haas, United States -- The 2011 FedEx Cup champion didn't play his best golf until he closed with a 4-under-par 67 last week in the BMW Championship to finish in a tie for 28th. He slipped one spot to 18th in the FedEx Cup standings and will have only an outside chance to win the title again this week in the Tour Championship at East Lake, but at least he made it back to the finale at East Lake after missing out a year ago. ... Haas, who was only 25th in the standings going into the tournament, won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup two years ago by beating Hunter Mahan with a par on the third playoff hole, where Mahan could not save par from the sand. However, the shot that made it possible came one hole earlier, where he flopped the ball out of shallow water to within tap-in range for a par to stay alive. Haas posted four rounds in the 60s but blew a three-stroke lead in the last four holes of regulation before regrouping in the playoff. All of the top players faltered, giving him a chance to come from far back to win it all. ... Last week at Conway Farms, Haas needed a high finish to at least climb into the top 10 in the FedEx Cup standings, but he started with scores of 72-71-71. He carded at least three bogeys in each of those rounds and added a double-bogey 5 on the second hole of the first round. Haas turned that around in the final round, making his only bogey on the 11th hole and carding five birdies through the 14th hole to move up 13 spots on the leaderboard.

14. Webb Simpson, United States -- If nothing else, Simpson solidified his spot in the top 30 that will play this week in the Tour Championship by finishing in a tie for 24th in the BMW Championship. He dropped one spot to 21st in the FedEx Cup standings and will need virtually everyone ahead of him to falter in the finale at East Lake to take home the hardware and the $10 million prize, even with a victory. ... Simpson is making his third start in the Tour Championship. Last year he finished in a tie for fifth at East Lake by closing with a 4-under-par 66 to wind up five strokes behind winner Brandt Snedeker, winding up 16th in the final FedEx Cup standings. In his only other appearance in the finale two years ago, he opened with a 69 but could not break 70 the rest of the way and wound up 22nd to finish second in the year-long chase behind Bill Haas after winning the Wyndham Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship late in the season. ... Simpson's best golf came when he shot 69-69 in the middle rounds at Conway Farms, but he was 4-under-par after 16 holes in round three before carding bogeys on the last two holes on the heels of three consecutive birdies. He also recorded three birdies in a row through No. 12 in the second round before following it with a bogey, but was able to salvage an opening 72 by making his only two birdies of the day on the 16th and 18th holes. Simpson also pulled out a closing 71 when he holed a 28-foot putt on the 16th hole.

15. Henrik Stenson, Sweden -- Coming off his victory in the Deutsche Bank Championship, Stenson played his best golf only when he shot 4-under-par 67 in the third round of the BMW Championship. He finished in a tie for 33rd and lost his lead to Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup standings. However, he only slipped to second, and he would claim the Cup with a victory this week in the Tour Championship. ... The Swede, who is making only his third appearance in the PGA Tour playoffs, will be playing in the Tour Championship for the first time. In 2007, he would up in 39th place in the FedEx Cup standings after the BMW, nine spots short of making it to the finale at East Lake. Last year, in his first playoff appearance, he bowed out after the opener, tying for 54th in the Barclays to come in 111th in the standings, 11 positions short of qualifying for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Stenson has played several times in the European Tour's similar Race to Dubai, and last year tied for seventh in the DP World Championship-Dubai to finish 40th in the standings. This year, he leads the Euro Tour standings. ... Stenson sprinkled seven birdies across his scorecard in round three at Conway Farms, including three on the last four holes, and he needed them to offset three bogeys. Big numbers proved to be costly, as he carded a double-bogey 6 on the 13th hole in a first-round 72, and he added doubles on the second and last holes while closing with a 74. The highlight of his week was hitting the 14th green in two from 244 yards in the final round and holing a 15-foot eagle putt.

16. Keegan Bradley, United States -- Needing a high finish in the BMW Championship last week to get into the top 10 and possibly the top five in the FedEx Cup standings, Bradley was playing catch-up from the time he opened with a 3-over-par 74. He fought back with scores of 67-70-66 to wind up in a tie for 16th, but he slipped five positions to 16th in the standings heading to the finale at East Lake. ... Keegan has reached the Tour Championship for the third consecutive season, every year he has played since making it to the PGA Tour. Two years ago, a little over a month after winning the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, he took the first-round lead at East Lake with a 6-under-par 64, but he could not break par the rest of the way and wound up in a tie for 11th. Last year, he could not break 70 in any of his four rounds and finished in a tie for 23rd in the 30-man field. ... Bradley was at 1 under par through 14 holes of the first round at Conway Farms before he carded consecutive double-bogey 6s. He hit his approach shot over the green and into the water at No. 15, and he needed four shots to reach the 16th green, where he missed a four-foot putt for bogey. The highlight of his week was reaching the 14th green from 257 yards and holing a 34-foot eagle putt in the final round. Bradley had a total of 11 birdies and an eagle in the second and last rounds, but he managed only three birdies on each of the other two days.

17. Hunter Mahan, United States -- One hole proved especially costly to Mahan, who nevertheless finished in a tie for fourth in the BMW Championship. He climbed three spots to 15th in the FedEx Cup standings, but he might have really made a move heading to the Tour Championship if not for his troubles on the 11th hole in round two. He hit his tee shot into the water and his next from the drop area into a greenside bunker en route to a triple-bogey 6 en route to a 2-over-par 73. ... Mahan, the only man to play in every event since the PGA Playoffs began in 2007, will make it 28 in a row when he tees it up in the Tour Championship for the seventh time. His best finish was second in 2011, when he was tied for the lead after rounds of 67-68-66 but closed with a 1-over-par 71 and lost the tournament and the FedEx Cup on the third hole of a playoff with Bill Haas. Hunter also tied for fifth in 2007, when he opened with 65-68-65, but a closing 71 left him 12 shots behind runaway winner Tiger Woods. Last year, he opened with a 68 and closed with a 66 to wind up in a tie for eighth. ... Mahan opened with a 68 at Conway Farms and bounced back from his struggles on Friday by shooting 65-67 in the last two rounds. He pulled off the shot of the week when he made a hole-in-one from 207 yards with a 5-iron on the 17th hole in the third round. He also recorded four birdies on a spotless scorecard that day. Mahan was almost as good in the final round on Monday, when his only hiccup was a bogey 5 on the 10th hole, the result of a drive yanked wildly to the left. He recorded a total of nine birdies and the eagle in the last two rounds.

18. Lee Westwood, England -- Westwood's bid to make it to the Tour Championship was short-circuited by a bad back, as he struggled to a 9-over-par 80 in the first round and never really got going on his way to solo 67th. He was 30th in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the tournament, holding the final spot in the field for the finale at East Lake, but he slid to 41st, and his PGA Tour season is over. ... The Englishman played in the Tour Championship for the only time last year and finished 30th, or dead last, failing to equal the par of 70 in any of his four rounds. He will rest his back before rejoining the European Tour for the stretch run in Race to Dubai, having won the title in 2009, when he captured the final event, the DP World Tour Championship-Dubai. He will have a chance to win it again, as he is 12th in the standings with several events remaining before the finale in November. ... Westwood did not make a single birdie in his opening 80 last week at Conway Farms, when his back was at his worst. He got treatment throughout the tournament, which helped a little, and he was able to shoot 69 in the third round with five birdies, giving him an outside chance to remain in the top 30 in the standings if he could have a repeat performance in the final round. However, the rain and colder weather didn't help, as he closed with a 74 that included five bogeys and a double-bogey 6 on the ninth hole. Westy finished last in the field of 70 by hitting only 34 of 72 greens in regulation.

19. Ernie Els, South Africa -- After grabbing the 70th and final spot in the BMW Championship, Els needed something special at Conway Farms to get into the top 30 and qualify for the Tour Championship. He didn't come close, failing to break 70 in any of his four rounds to wind up in a tie for 51st. His rise two spots to 68th in the FedEx Cup standings was meaningless, and his PGA Tour season came to an end. ... The Big Easy fell short of making it to the Tour Championship for the second time in three years after playing in the event 16 times previously. His best result in the tournament was a tie for second in 2001, when he lost on the first hole of a four-man playoff that also included Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia and David Toms. Weir emerged the winner. Els, who has six other top-10 finishes in the tournament, will turn his attention to the European Tour's Race to Dubai. He is in good shape to make a run at that title since he is ninth in those standings thanks to his victory in the BMW International Open at Germany, a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open at Merion and a tie for sixth in the BMW PGA Championship, the flagship event of the Euro Tour, at Wentworth. ... Needing to go low in the BMW, Els made only a total of four birdies while starting with 71-71, but he still had a chance if he could finish strong. Instead, he played the last two rounds in 74-72. He was even par through 10 holes in round three but carded two double bogeys while shooting 39 on the back nine, and he was finished.

20. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- Yet another player who needed a high finish in the BMW Championship to advance to the Tour Championship, G-Mac could not break 70 in any of his four rounds and wound up in a tie for 57th. He slipped seven spots to 55th in the FedEx Cup standings, with only the top 30 moving onto the finale, and his PGA Tour season is over despite a victory in the RBC Heritage and a tie for third in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. ... McDowell was hoping to play in the Tour Championship for the first time, but instead he will turn his attention to the European Tour's Race to Dubai. He ranks second behind Henrik Stenson in those standings, on the strength of victories in the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria and the Alstom Open de France. G-Mac finished second in those standings behind Martin Kaymer of Germany in 2010, the same year the Irishman captured the U.S. Open, and he wound up ninth last year in the Euro Tour's season-long race. ... McDowell was in decent shape after opening with a 1-under-par 71 last week at Conway Farms, and he was 1-under through 17 holes in the second round before hitting his third shot into the water on the par-5 18th hole to make double-bogey 6 and shoot 73. It got worse after that, as he finished 72-75, recording birdies at Nos. 1 and 18 in the final round but carding six bogeys in between. His biggest problem was hitting only 40 of 72 greens in regulation, which ranked near the bottom of the 70-player field.

Others receiving consideration: Bubba Watson, United States; Jordan Spieth, United States; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jason Day, Australia; Kevin Streelman, United States; D.A. Points, United States; Billy Horschel, United States; Boo Weekley, United States; Graham DeLaet, Canada; Jim Furyk, United States; Gary Woodland, United States.
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