Lecka/Getty Images The Playoffs are in doubt for Sergio Garcia but he has a chance to lock up a spot this week.
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
The countdown is now at three weeks before the FedExCup Playoffs get under way. With just 125 spots available in the field for The Barclays, the race to move into one of those 125 positions continues to intensify. Below are six players at risk of missing out on the Playoffs who will be intriguing to follow this week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Currently: 108th | This week: Bridgestone
Garcia famously said that he’s not good enough to win a major at this year’s Masters but said nothing about a World Golf Championships event. In 11 starts at this event (10 of them at Firestone), Garcia has carded nine first-round scores in the 60s. In his other 33 rounds, Garcia has just seven sub-70 scores. It’s been an unusual ball-striking year for Garcia, who is 123rd on TOUR in total driving and 108th in greens in regulation. His 15th-place standing in strokes gained – is a career best and a reason for hope for the Spaniard.
Currently: 113th | This week: Reno
A tie for fifth in his first start and a tie for second the following week … then 15 starts without a top-25 finish. That’s the story of Harrison Frazar’s 2012 season. The 41-year-old has dropped from No. 4 to No. 113 in the FedExCup standings since mid-January and travels to Reno after missing four of his last five cuts. Frazar’s had solid success at this event with five top-25 finishes in his last seven starts.
Currently: 114th | This week: Bridgestone
A year after his brilliant season featuring two runner-up finishes in major championships and 10 top 10s overall, Day has trimmed his schedule and seen a decline in his results. He entered the 2011 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at No. 13 in the FedExCup standings and went on to finish No. 12 overall. This season, Day will need to scramble just to qualify for the Playoffs. In two starts at Firestone, Day has finished T22 and T25, so he should expect good things this week.
Currently: 146th | This week: Bridgestone
The 2009 PGA Champion has just one top-40 finish in four trips to Firestone but needs to make something happen in the next three weeks to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. Yang has played in 11 of 12 Playoffs events over the last three seasons and is presented with a great opportunity to inch closer to the top 125 this week. He’s guaranteed four rounds in this week’s limited-field event and a good round could jump start his season.
Currently: 154th | This week: Reno
Nick O’Hern has qualified for four of the five FedExCup Playoffs, only missing out in 2010 when knee surgery sidelined him for half the season. He enters this week 101 points shy of the 125th position, with just two opportunities to make up ground. O’Hern finished tied for sixth in this event last year, making his first start in Reno since 2001. His recent run of four consecutive missed cuts is cause for concern but O’Hern’s Playoffs chances hinge on his performance this week.
Currently: 163rd | This week: Reno
Daly has done very well considering the limited opportunities he’s had. Just one player ranks higher in the FedExCup standings with fewer starts than Daly’s nine. Daly is in position to post his best-career FedExCup finish, topping his 163rd-place standing in 2007, and threaten for his first berth in the Playoffs. If eligible for the statistic, Daly would rank 13th on TOUR in driving distance. Interestingly, he’d rank 12th in strokes gained – putting.