It’s down to Scott, Day in FedExCup Playoffs
The five Australians who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs starting back at The Barclay has been whittled down to two on the eve of the Tour Championship and season finale to the 2015/16 FedExCup this week.
World Number One Jason Day has not had the Playoff series that he would have liked, certainly nothing quite like last year when he won two of the four events on his way to claiming the No.1 ranking he has barely relinquished since.
Adam Scott looks in the best form of the Aussie duo heading into the Tour Championship (Credit: Anthony Powter)
However, both Day and fellow Queenslander Adam Scott are still extremely well placed to take out the FedExCup – and become the first Australian to do so – by virtue of their positions in the top 5 ranked players heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake.
Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Scott, Day and Paul Casey can all take out the Cup and the $10 million dollar bonus with a win at East Lake, or by having results fall their way if they can still post a high finish.
FedExCup points were reset after the BMW Championship allowing all 30 players qualified for the Tour Championship a mathematical chance of taking out the title, no matter how slight.
As an example, No.30 ranked Charl Schwartzel would need to win and have Johnson finish in the bottom two, and so forth.
No. 6 ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 7 Jordan Spieth, the defending Tour Championship and FedExCup champion, are also not without their chances but will both be expecting to have to win and hope Johnson, Reed and co. finish further back in the field.
The last player to not win the Tour Championship but take out the FedExCup was Tiger Woods in 2009, when second to Phil Mickelson at East Lake.
Day’s withdrawal with back soreness during the final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick might place a question mark over his chances, although his fighting spirit and a history of playing well with injury is well documented.
Of the two Aussies however, Scott appears to be in the more consistent and ominous form after finishing outright or in a share of 4th place in each of the first three Playoff events.
The Tour Championship tees off at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club on Friday Morning AEST.