The FedEx Cup is here, and throughout the playoffs we'll be providing you with up-to-the-second updates of all the action! (OK, maybe not that fast. You don't want us yelling in your ear.) Only 70 players remain after the Deutsche Bank Championship. Here's a look five notable players that punched their ticket to Chicago for the BMW Championship, and five that are headed home to work on their game.
Headed to Chicago:
Chris Stroud (FedEx Cup ranking: 70): We talk all the time about the FedEx Cup lacking serious drama. Well, Chris Stroud proved there's drama to be found in these events, but as usual, it tends to come from the guys on the bubble. Stroud needed eagle on the par-5 18th to advance to the BMW Championship. He made it happen, sliding into the 70th spot and punching his ticket to Cog Hill.
Ernie Els (68): Els wasn't even in the FedEx Cup picture going into the final regular season event before the FedEx Cup. After making his way to the Barclays last week, he finished T-16 in Boston (8-under) moving up from 99th to 68th, and getting just inside the top-70 cutoff. The South African is riding a wave of momentum over the last three weeks.
Geoff Ogilvy (69): Ogilvy has made some clutch putts in his career, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he made another big one on Sunday afternoon. The birdie putt on the 18th ended up being for a round of 73, but it was just enough to keep Ogilvy in the chase.
Blake Adams (57): Next to Chez Reavie and Ernie Els, nobody made a bigger move up the standings than Adams. Starting the week in 81st, Adams finished T-10, skyrocketing 24 spots to 57th. Not bad for a guy that practices his game on a dirt road in Nunez, Georgia.
Johnson Wagner (67): How much is a T-25 worth on the PGA Tour? Well if you're Johnson Wagner, it's worth a spot in the BMW Championship. The 6-under finish moved him up 22 spots to 67th. It's hard to believe Wagner just made it in on the number after winning earlier in the year at Mayakoba.
Kevin Na: All Na needed to do was make the cut to advance. It didn't happen. He posted rounds of 72-73 to miss the cut, and miss the cutoff for Chicago. The good news for golf fans? One of the slowest players on tour won't be around for the last two events.
Kevin Streelman: Like Na, Streelman needed to just make the cut to continue his FedEx Cup journey. He ended up missing the cut and dropping 14 spots to 72nd place. Talk about a tough way to end the season.
Graeme McDowell: Only a big week was enough to get G-Mac inside the top-70. While a T-37 was his best finish in the United States since the the U.S. Open, it still wasn't enough. McDowell ended up three spots short, but based on his inconsistent play of late, I'm sure he'll take the break to work on his game.
Anthony Kim: Talk about a guy going in reverse with his career. After being named as an up-and-comer on the PGA Tour, Kim's game has been in a holding pattern of late. He missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank, dropping 13 spots to 79th. We likely won't see A.K. again until the start of next season.
Pat Perez: Unlike a number of guys on this list, Perez made the cut and finished T-61 for the week. But it still wasn't enough to move him up the standings; he finished 75th in the FedEx Cup rankings.