The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, and that means there are just 30 guys with a chance to win the biggest monetary prize in all of golf. Let's continue to run down the list, shall we?
14. Phil Mickelson: Lefty hasn't exactly set the golf world on fire this season. Following a dramatic victory at the Shell Houston Open, the week prior to the Masters, it seemed like 2011 could be a special year for Phil. But the last five-plus months have been anything but special. Aside from three top-10 finishes, the rest of the season has been pretty pedestrian. Even with the sub-par numbers, you shouldn't discount his chances on an East Lake course where he's won the Tour Championship on two occasions.
13. K.J. Choi: One of the more consistent players on the PGA Tour, Choi captured the 2011 Players Championship in dramatic fashion -- a playoff victory over David Toms -- to earn his first PGA Tour title since 2008. It's hard to believe it's been that long since his last victory. Choi followed up the win with a second-place finish at the AT&T National and has been coasting along ever since. He finished T32, MC, T10 in the first three FedEx Cup playoff events.
12. Steve Stricker: He still has an outside shot to win the Tour Championship, but a WD -- due to a sore neck, which subsequently left his left arm weak -- at the BMW Championship has to make you wonder if Steve Stricker can contend at East Lake. Mr. Consistency has five top-10s and two victories in 2011, which would have made him a great pick. But the injury now throws some serious doubt into his status.
11. Gary Woodland: We always talk about Gary Woodland's incredible distance, but for a guy with so much length off the tee, the big bomber from Kansas sure does know how to get the ball in the hole when he's on the green. He won for the first time this year at the Transitions Championship, and posted a runner-up finish at the Humana Challenge. Woodland also has top-25 finishes in all three 2011 FedEx Cup events, making him a great choice to post another solid week.
Next up: A guy with runner-up finishes at this year's Masters and U.S. Open.