FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Having a spot in the top 30 in FedExCup points is one of the keys to winning the FedExCup. After all, only the top 30 after the BMW Championship will advance to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the fourth and decisive leg in the FedExCup Playoffs.
As we begin the Playoffs at The Barclays this week, the PGATOUR.COM crew on site was asked to predict one player currently outside the top 30 who has the best chance of not only getting to East Lake but winning the FedExCup title. If it indeed happens, it would be unprecedented – no player who has started the Playoffs outside the top 15 in points has won the FedExCup (that was Bill Haas’ starting point last year).
Now for the predictions …
Current FedExCup rank: 32
”The British Open runner-up, coming off T-11 at PGA Championship, should be fresh and ready for the Playoffs grind. He finished T-18 in the 2009 U.S. Open here at Bethpage Black, and has won at venues for Deutsche Bank Championship (TPC at Boston, 2003) and TOUR Championship (East Lake, 2006).” – Larry Dorman, PGATOUR.COM columnist
Current FedExCup rank: 34th
”Oosthuizen appears to have found his comfort zone in his second year on TOUR with three finishes of fourth or better, including a playoff loss to Bubba Watson at the Masters. He didn’t make the FedExCup Playoffs a year ago, so this will be uncharted territory. That said, two of the courses are new to the rotation so he won’t be giving up much in local knowledge to the rest of the field. Plus, the former British Open champ hits it long and finds 67 percent of his greens in regulation which is a potent combination.” – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
Current FedExCup rank: 51
”There are three players ranked in the top 15 in the PGA TOUR’s All-Around ranking who are not ranked inside the top 30 in FedExCup points: John Senden (6), Ben Crane (11) and Westwood (13). Of those three, Westwood certainly has the most impressive resume. Although he’s never played in a FedExCup Playoffs event, he has the experience to deal with quickly adapt to new environments. He’ll need to find a hot putter, though – he enters the Playoffs ranked 180th in strokes gained-putting.” – Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor
Now it’s your turn. Check out the FedExCup standings and let us know which players outside the top 30 have the best chance to win it all.