FedExCup Playoff equation getting tight for Aussies
It may only be May, but ensuring you have a job for 2016/2017 is most certainly on the minds of many a PGA TOUR player, including several Australians, as we speak.
The Rio Olympics have condensed the Tour schedule this year but there are just 17 events remaining before the FedExCup Playoffs commence at The Barclays tournament for the top 120 players on the rankings.
Jason Day sits comfortably at No.2 on the FedExCup rankings (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
The equation for all players without multi-year exemptions is pretty simple: make the Playoffs and you keep your card for next season.
17 events sounds like plenty but at least five of those weeks are major championships and WGC events, limited fields and no guarantee of a start for anyone outside the top 60 or so players in the world.
That potentially brings the equation down to 12 events, 10 when you factor out events like the Memorial Tournament and Quicken Loans that attract high calibre fields and soak up places for those that need to play to improve their standings.
10 events at best, with several of those tournaments being played opposite majors and WGCs and therefore, worth less points than standalone Tour events.
Adam Scott and Jason Day rank No. 1 and 2 on the FedExCup table heading to The Players this week which is a far cry from where Scott found himself in 2015, earning only 585 points to rank 106th heading into The Barclays. He failed to advance beyond the first week.
Last year, Chad Collins earned spot No. 120 with 504 points which suggests Marc Leishman (445) and Aaron Baddeley (425) are virtual shoe-ins to surpass that mark over the coming months.
So too John Senden (342) and with a few decent weeks, Stuart Appleby (231), Matt Jones (224) and Cameron Smith (204) will be there too.
Playoff action is already looking really tough for Steven Bowditch (129), Cameron Percy (104) and Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling, Rhein Gibson and Robert Allenby, who each have well under 100 points to their credit.
Only 17 events left to turn it around fellas, or is that really 9 or 10?