Jones biggest loser in narrow FedEx Cup miss

Matt Jones was the biggest loser among the Australians bidding to qualify for next week’s FedExCup Playoff series opener, missing the cut at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina to drop out of the all-important Top 125.

Jones was ranked No. 124 at the start of the week but sealed his Playoff fate by shooting 72-70 to miss the cut by five strokes, slipping back agonisingly to No.126 in the standings.

Matt Jones Matt Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Faint hopes that Stuart Appleby (141) and Cameron Smith (154) might have harboured of teeing it up next week at The Barclays were also extinguished when they suffered the same fate as Jones.

The Barclays tees off this week at the venerable Bethpage Black course on Long Island, NY with both Jason Day and Adam Scott poised to make a run at becoming the first Australians to capture the FedEx Cup since the inception of the event in 2007.

World No. 1 Day sits on top of the FedExCup standings, a mere 34 points ahead of Dustin Johnson, while Scott sits at No. 3 ahead of Russell Knox and defending FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth.

Barbasol Championship winner Aaron Baddeley is well positioned at No. 45 to go deep into the four-tournament series – The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship – with the fields progressively reducing from 125, to 100 to 70, before the Top-30 contest the TOUR Championship in Atlanta.

At the completion of the TOUR Championship, one player will be crowned the FedExCup champion.

Marc Leishman (No. 57) and John Senden (No.99) are the only other Australians contesting the Playoff Series after Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy failed to earn enough points at the Wyndham to sufficiently improve their ranking positions to advance.