Planet Golf — 22 September 2015 by GW staff and news services
The 30: Tour Championship capsules

A capsuled look at the 30 competitors set for the Tour Championship beginning Thursday at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club:

Jason Day – No. 1 (2,000 points)

Jason Day’s breakthrough season has included five victories, his first major title at the PGA Championship

and a climb to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and Official World Golf Ranking. The five-time winner joins

just four others – Tom Watson (1980), Nick Price (1994), Vijay Singh (2004) and Tiger Woods (1999, 2000,

2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013) as the only players to have won five or more times in a

season since 1980.

The 27-year-old Australian won in February at the Farmers Insurance Open in a four-man playoff. He

appeared to be heading into contention at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, but vertigo symptoms from an

inner-ear infection kept him from playing his best down the stretch. Day finished the event T9. His next

tournament, The Open Championship at St. Andrews, his birdie putt at the final hole finished one rotation

from going in and putting him in a playoff. He came back the next week, however, to win for the second time

of the season at the RBC Canadian Open.

After a T12 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Day’s breakthrough win at a major

championship came with a dominant victory at the PGA Championship. Day’s victory at Whistling Straits

followed six top-five finishes in major championships in the last four years. The win moved him to No. 2 in

the FedExCup standings.

At his next start at The Barclays, the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, Day fired rounds of 63 and 62 on

the weekend for a six-stroke victory and took over the No. 1 spot in the standings from Jordan Spieth. He

finished T12 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but further cemented his position at No. 1 in the

standings by returning to winning form at the BMW Championship.

Day claimed his seventh career PGA TOUR win in his 170th PGA TOUR start at the age of 27 years, 10

months and 8 days. In doing so, he takes over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, becoming

the third player in as many weeks to claim the coveted top spot. Prior to his win at the RBC Canadian Open

six starts ago, Day was ranked ninth.

Day is the first player during the FedExCup era to win The Barclays and BMW Championship in the same

season. He has now posted scores of sub-70 in 22 of his last 24 rounds played on the PGA TOUR.

Tiger Woods has the most wins in FedExCup Playoffs events with three. With his victory at the BMW

Championship and The Barclays, Day joins eight other players with two wins in the Playoffs: Steve Stricker,

Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Camilo Villegas, Vijay Singh, Billy Horschel and Henrik

Stenson.

Day has qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in four of the last five seasons, with two top-10

finishes, including a T4 finish last year. He will make his third Presidents Cup appearance in two weeks,

having finished No. 1 on the International Team points standings.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 83 127 T31 (96) T50 (83)

2009 48 67 T12 (46) T19 (37) T59 (48)

2010 8 28 T5 (14) T2 (4) T54 (6) T17 (8)

2011 12 14 T13 (15) T3 (6) T49 (10) T6 (12)

2012 87 113 T24 (88) T51 (87)

2013 17 14 T25 (16) T13 (12) T4 (14) T14 (17)

2014 10 34 T2 (7) T7 (7) WD (10) T4 (10)

2015 2 1 (1) T12 (1) 1 (1)

To win the FedExCup – No. 1, Jason Day

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup

• Can finish as low as 29th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Jordan Spieth – No. 2 (1,800 points)

Jordan Spieth, 22, joins Jason Day as the only players with four or more victories on the PGA TOUR this

season. Spieth’s year began with top-10 finishes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT&T Pebble

Beach Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open. His first win of the year came in a playoff at the Valspar

Championship, which moved him into the top 10 in the FedExCup standings at No. 7.

With runner-up finishes in his following two starts at the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open,

Spieth won his first major championship at the Masters Tournament at 21 years of age. The four-stroke win

over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson was his fifth wire-to-wire victory in tournament history. With the win,

Spieth (21 years, 8 months, 16 days at the time) added his name to several records, including becoming the

second-youngest winner of the Green Jacket in the tournament’s 79-year history behind Tiger Woods (21

years, 3 months, 14 days) and his 18-under-par 270 total matched Woods’ record-setting 1997

performance. The win put Spieth at No. 1 in the FedExCup standings, where he would remain until Day’s

win at The Barclays.

At Chambers Bay in June, Spieth posted a 1-under 69 Sunday to move out of a four-way tie for the 54-hole

lead and into the record books, becoming just the sixth player to win the Masters Tournament and U.S.

Open in the same season. The victory made Spieth the youngest player to win two career majors since

Gene Sarazen in 1922. He also became just the second player since 1940 to win four times on the PGA

TOUR before the age of 22.

Spieth won in his next start at the John Deere Classic in a playoff with Tom Gillis, and he came up just one

stroke short of the aggregate playoff at The Open Championship in his quest to take home the first three

major championships of the season (T4).

Two years ago, Spieth became the youngest to ever tee it up at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in

2013 at age 20; that year, he finished T2 at the TOUR Championship, thanks to an electrifying 6-under 64 in

the final round at East Lake, leading to a seventh-place finish in the FedExCup, the best performance by a

rookie.

Spieth will make his second start in The Presidents Cup as the top points-earner for the U.S. Team heading

into Korea. In 2013, he became the youngest in event history to play for the U.S. Team, posting a 2-2-0

record.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2013 7 8 T19 (9) T4 (10) T16 (13) T2 (7)

2014 15 8 T22 (9) T29 (9) T8 (11) T27 (15)

2015 1 MC (2) MC (2) T13 (2)

To win the FedExCup – No. 2, Jordan Spieth

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup

• Can finish as low as a 2-way tie for 6th and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Rickie Fowler – No. 3 (1,600 points)

With a victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event of the FedExCup Playoffs, Rickie

Fowler’s second win of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season moved him into the top five in the FedExCup

standings. With the win, Fowler moved to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings and became the fourth player

this year to win multiple tournaments at age 27 or younger, joining Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason

Day. The last time four or more players, all 27 or younger, won multiple TOUR events in one year was

1997: Tiger Woods, David Duval, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Justin Leonard.

Fowler’s other victory came at THE PLAYERS Championship in one of the more memorable finishes in

recent history. He finished birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to shoot a final-round 66 and finish at 12-under-par,

earning a spot in the three-hole aggregate playoff with Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia. Fowler finished the

three-hole playoff tied with Kisner at 1-under through those three holes with scores of par, birdie, par. With

Garcia eliminated (par-par-par), Fowler and Kisner advanced to sudden-death at the 17th hole, where

Fowler’s tee shot landed 4’ 8” from the cup. Kisner’s par and Fowler’s birdie gave the 26-year-old his

second-career PGA TOUR win.

In regulation, Fowler played holes 15, 16, 17 and 18 at TPC Sawgrass in a 5-under-par total of 11 strokes.

The four-hole score of 11 set a new low on the final four holes at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course for a

single round in tournament history. Fowler also become the first winner on the PGA TOUR to play holes 15-

18 in 5-under in the final round of any event since the PGA TOUR began tracking hole-by-hole scores in

1983.

Fowler qualified for the U.S. Presidents Cup Team and will make his first appearance in the event in less

than two weeks in Korea.

This is the third time that Fowler has reached the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the first time he

has entered the event ranked inside the top five in the standings.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2010 32 19 T36 (22) T41 (25) T45 (32)

2011 43 28 T52 (31) T52 (37) 48 (43)

2012 28 18 T24 (19) T74 (24) T41 (27) T23 (28)

2013 7 42 T9 (23) CUT (36) T39 (38)

2014 9 16 T9 (11) T23 (10) T4 (9) 8 (9)

2015 15 CUT (22) 1 (3) T3 (3)

To win the FedExCup – No. 3, Rickie Fowler

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup

• Can finish as low as T4 and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Henrik Stenson – No. 4 (1,440 points)

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, 2013 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup champion, is the

highest-ranked player in the FedExCup standings without a victory in the 2014-15 season. Two of his three

runner-up finishes came in the first two FedExCup Playoffs events at The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank

Championship. Before The Barclays, Stenson’s highest position in the standings was 21st, after a runner-up

finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. He had a series of strong performances

over a three-week stretch in March, with a T4 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship,

finishing one shot out of a playoff at the Valspar Championship (4) and his runner up at the Arnold Palmer

Invitational.

At the TOUR Championship in 2013, Stenson entered the final round with a four-shot advantage over

Dustin Johnson and turned in a final-round 68 for a three-stroke, wire-to-wire victory over Jordan Spieth and

Steve Stricker, securing the 2013 FedExCup. Stenson, a 37-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, is the

only European player to win the TOUR Championship as well as the only European to win the FedExCup.

This will be Stenson’s second time qualifying for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and he is one of

four FedExCup champions in the field (Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas). Stenson is trying to join

Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedExCup winner.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 39 31 MC (34) T55 (35) T52 (39)

2008 N/A

2009 N/A

2010 141 141

2011 180 180

2012 111 117 T54 (111)

2013 1 9 T43 (13) 1st (1) T33 (2) 1(1)

2014 52 70 T38 (66) T26 (55) T23 (52)

2015 41 2 (4) 2 (4) T10 (4)

To Win the FedExCup – No. 4, Henrik Stenson

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup

• Can finish as low as T3 and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Bubba Watson – No. 5 (1,280 points)

Bubba Watson enters the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola inside the top five in the standings for the

second consecutive season. Watson won in his first start of the 2014-15 season with a thrilling victory at the

World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. After making nine combined birdies on the final five holes in

rounds two and three, Watson came to the 14th hole of the final round in good position. He again birdied the

14th, but a par on 15, a bogey on 16 and a double-bogey on 17 meant the 36-year-old needed eagle on the

final hole to have any chance at the title. In dramatic fashion, Watson holed out from a greenside bunker to

force a playoff with Tim Clark. He found the same bunker on the first playoff hole, making birdie to Clark’s

par to win the event.

Watson also won the Travelers Championship in a sudden-death playoff, this time over Paul Casey, giving

him a 5-for-6 record in playoffs in his PGA TOUR career. After winning the HSBC Champions, Watson has

only spent one week outside the top 10 in the FedExCup standings – the week after missing the cut at the

U.S. Open before winning the next week at the Travelers Championship.

Watson is one of five players with multiple wins on the PGA TOUR this season along with Jimmy Walker

(Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), Rory McIlroy (World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play,

Wells Fargo Championship), Rickie Fowler (THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship),

Jason Day (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW

Championship) and Jordan Spieth (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and John

Deere Classic).

Watson has a total of seven top-three finishes this season, with runner-ups at the Waste Management

Phoenix Open, RBC Canadian Open and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He finished

No. 2 in The Presidents Cup U.S. Team standings and will be making his second appearance in the event

(2011, 3-2-0 record).

Watson has played in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola on five previous occasions, with one top-10

finish (T5) coming in 2012.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 37 33 CUT (36) CUT (41) T18 (37)

2008 30 56 T12 (30) T44 (27) T28 (29) 30 (30)

2009 53 54 CUT (72) T32 (59) T15 (53)

2010 22 8 T31 (9) T37 (12) T50 (18) T17(22)

2011 26 8 CUT (16) T16 (12) T53 (18) T23 (26)

2012 13 5 T10 (7) CUT (10) T12 (11) T5 (13)

2013 37 38 T13 (27) T67 (40) T24 (37)

2014 5 3 T30 (5) T29 (6) 2 (3) 14 (5)

2015 3 3 (3) T29 (5) T10 (5)

To win the FedExCup – No. 5, Bubba Watson

• If he wins the TOUR Championship, he wins the FedExCup

• Can finish as low as a 2-way tie for 2nd and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Zach Johnson – No. 6 (1,120 points)

With at least one win in eight of the last nine seasons on the PGA TOUR, Zach Johnson continues to be

one of the most consistent players in the game. He opened the year with a seventh-place showing in

defense of his Hyundai Tournament of Champions title, then added a pair of T9s at the Arnold Palmer

Invitational presented by MasterCard and Masters Tournament. Johnson gained momentum this summer,

recording four top-six finishes in five weeks. That stretch was highlighted by his win at The Open

Championship, where he became the sixth player to win majors at Augusta National and St. Andrews. The

2007 Masters Champion defeated Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman in a four-hole aggregate playoff to

take home the Claret Jug.

In two weeks, Johnson will tee it up for the U.S. Presidents Cup Team for the fourth time in his career

(2007, 2009, 2013; 7-6-0 record).

Johnson, who has advanced to the FedExCup Playoffs every year since the FedExCup began in 2007,

started the 2014-15 Playoffs with a T4 showing at The Barclays. He will head to the FedExCup finale for the

seventh time where he owns the course record at East Lake – a 60 carded in the third round of the 2007

event.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 7 7 T25 (8) T30 (10) T38 (12) T2 (7)

2008 131 112 MC (131)

2009 6 3 T28 (4) T19 (4) 5 (4) T16 (6)

2010 17 16 T21 (15) T30 (17) T15 (19) T9 (17)

2011 40 32 MC (40) T16 (36) T31 (40)

2012 12 4 T38 (5) T47 (8) T12 (9) T15 (12)

2013 5 18 DNP (25) T27 (28) 1st (4) T7 (5)

2014 18 11 T22 (12) T16 (11) T43 (15) 21 (18)

2015 11 T4 (5) T22 (7) T13 (6)

To win the FedExCup – No. 6, Zach Johnson

• Must win the TOUR Championship AND No. 1 Jason Day must finish T2 or worse

• Can finish second and still have a mathematical chance of winning

Dustin Johnson – No. 7 (960 points)

After missing the cut in his first start since the 2014 PGA Championship, the Farmers Insurance Open,

Dustin Johnson quickly found himself at the top of the leaderboard at back-to-back events. He finished T4 at

the AT&T Pebble BeachPro-Am and suffered a playoff loss at the Northern Trust Open to James Hahn. Two

weeks later, he made the largest comeback (five strokes) in tournament history to win the World Golf

Championships-Cadillac Championship, making him one of eight players with at least two wins in the series.

It was his ninth career victory and marked his eighth consecutive season with a win, the best current streak

on TOUR. After a T6 performance at the Masters, Johnson held the first-round lead at each of the last three

majors. A heartbreaking finish led to a T2 showing at the U.S. Open, consecutive 75s in the third and final

rounds of The Open Championship resulted in a T49 finish, and three rounds in the 60s were good for a T7

showing at the PGA Championship.

Johnson returns to The Presidents Cup this year, qualifying as the No. 7 player in the U.S. Team standings

(2011, 1-3-1 record).

Johnson entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 7 in the standings and got off to a hot start with a T9 at The

Barclays. The TOUR leader in driving distance will return to East Lake for the first time since 2013 when he

finished fifth.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 134 117 MC (134)

2009 14 15 T15 (20) T4 (10) T30 (11) 27 (14)

2010 5 11 T9 (6) T57 (16) 1 (2) T22 (5)

2011 4 19 1 (1) T42 (2) T65 (2) T23 (4)

2012 8 26 T3 (8) T4 (6) T6 (7) T10 (8)

2013 13 16 CUT (22) T27 (23) T62 (30) 5 (13)

2014 30 6 DNP (14) DNP (22) DNP (30) DNP (30)

2015 7 T9 (6) T44 (8) T7 (7)

To win the FedExCup – No. 7, Dustin Johnson

• Must win the TOUR Championship AND

• Day must finish in a three-way tie for 2nd or worse

• Spieth must finish T2 or worse

Charley Hoffman – No. 8 (800 points)

Charley Hoffman ended a winless drought of 109 starts with a victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, the

final event of the 2014 calendar year, moving to No. 6 in the FedExCup standings. In his second start of

2015, Hoffman reached a season-high third-place position in the FedExCup standings after a T2 finish at

the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. While he missed the cut in three of

four majors this season, Hoffman finished T9 at the Masters after opening rounds of 67-68 in only his

second start at Augusta National.

At the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he won in 2010, Hoffman was the second-round leader. He

battled back from a third-round 76 to record a 67 in his attempt to win at TPC Boston for the second time,

but finished third to record his seventh top-10 performance of the season, the most in his career. While

Hoffman has reached the FedExCup Playoffs every year since 2007, this will be only his second trip to East

Lake, following a sixth-place showing in 2010.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 50 46 T48 (45) CUT (53) T25 (50)

2008 68 105 T38 (77) T33 (66) T60 (68)

2009 37 38 T31 (30) T27 (38) T61 (37)

2010 4 77 T27 (59) 1st (2) T30 (3) 6 (4)

2011 41 49 T10 (33) T31 (32) T53 (41)

2012 69 67 CUT (86) T26 (69) T54 (69)

2013 61 48 70 (65) T27 (53) 68 (61)

2014 53 35 T30 (33) CUT (41) T53 (53)

2015 14 T62 (17) 3 (6) T53 (8)

To win the FedExCup – No. 8, Charley Hoffman

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish third or worse*

• Spieth must finish T2 or worse*

• Fowler must finish second or worse*

Daniel Berger – No. 9 (640 points)

Sitting at No. 46 in the FedExCup standings heading into the BMW Championship, rookie Daniel Berger

needed a strong finish to join the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Thanks to opening rounds

of 65-64, Berger did just that with a solo second-place finish to jump to No. 9 in the standings.

Berger had success early in the year after nearly winning The Honda Classic in a playoff loss in an area

where he grew up. That finish was one of 6 top-10 finishes for Berger in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season,

which saw Berger rank No. 23 in the standings following the AT&T Byron Nelsonin late May. The 22-year-
old then missed seven consecutive cuts heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship where a T12

moved him from No. 54 to No. 46.

He’s making his first TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola start and is the 7th rookie to reach the TOUR

Championship in the FedExCup era. Each of the six rookies who previously qualified for the TOUR

Championship by Coca-Cola also won Rookie of the Year honors:

Year Player FedExCup Finish

2013 Jordan Spieth 7th

2012 John Huh 29th

2011 Keegan Bradley 20th

2009 Marc Leishman 20th

2008 Andres Romero 28th

2007 Brandt Snedeker 20th

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2015 46 CUT (54) T12 (46) 2 (9)

To win the FedExCup – No. 9, Daniel Berger

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Spieth must finish third or worse

• Fowler must finish T2 or worse

• Stenson must finish second or worse*

Patrick Reed – No. 10 (480 points)

Patrick Reed opened the year in dramatic fashion with a playoff victory at the Hyundai Tournament of

Champions. It was the fourth PGA TOUR title for the 24 year old, who became just the fourth player in the

last 20 years to record his fourth TOUR win before the age of 24 years and 6 months.

Prone to excel in pressure situations, Reed sank a clutch 31-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to earn a spot

in a playoff with Jordan Spieth and Sean O’Hair at the Valspar Championship, but ultimately fell victim to

Spieth. After rounds of 66-69, he shared the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Open with Spieth, before finishing T14,

his best finish in six major starts.

Reed entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 8 in the standings and started off strong with a T4 showing at

the Deutsche Bank Championship to solidify a spot in the field at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

This marks Reed’s second start at East Lake, having finished T19 in 2014.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2013 54 22 CUT (32) T70 (47) T59 (54)

2014 21 9 T9 (8) T74 (12) T53 (18) T19 (21)

2015 8 T62 (12) T4 (10) T28 (10)

To win the FedExCup – No. 10, Patrick Reed

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish fifth or worse

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Stenson must finish T2 or worse

• Watson must finish second or worse*

Rory McIlroy – No. 11 (384 points)

With so much attention paid to the phenomenal seasons posted by Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, Rory

McIlroy and his two victories seem to have been overlooked, largely due to an injury that forced him to miss

his defense of The Open Championship. McIlroy’s play in the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play

was nothing short of inspired. After surviving an early match against Billy Horschel with a desperation birdie

putt on the 17th hole, he faced elimination against Jim Furyk in the semifinals. He was 1-down with three to

play when he matched Furyk’s birdie at 16, birdied 17 to square the match and then eagled the final hole to

complete the dramatic comeback. McIlroy’s victory in the finals over Gary Woodland seemed almost

anticlimactic.

A few weeks later, McIlroy continued to play like the No. 1 player in the world that he was when he marched

to victory – thanks to a third-round 61 – at the Wells Fargo Championship. McIlroy’s season was derailed

when he injured his ankle while playing soccer with friends in early July, and he wasn’t able to defend his

Open Championship title at St. Andrews as well as the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational,

but his strong play gave him more than enough FedExCup points to put him in position for the FedExCup

Playoffs and a run at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. He’s making his third start at East Lake,

where he has never finished out of the top 10 (2012-T10; 2014-T2).

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2010 36 21 T56 (28) T37 (29) T37 (36)

2012 2 3 T24 (4) 1 (1) 1 (1) T10 (2)

2013 50 49 T19 (3) T47 (41) T59 (50)

2014 3 1 T22 (2) T5 (2) T8 (4) T2 (3)

2015 9 DNP (15) T29 (17) T3 (11)

To win the FedExCup – No. 11, Rory McIlroy

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish T6 or worse

• Spieth must finish T4 or worse

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Justin Rose – No. 12 (368 points)

The 2013 U.S. Open Champion found the winner’s circle on the PGA TOUR for the sixth-straight season

winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he played the last 66 holes without a bogey, including

birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes. Rose nearly won a second event this season at the Memorial

Tournament presented by Nationwide, where he held the 54-hole lead only to lose to David Lingmerth in a

playoff on the third extra hole. That tournament was also the site of his first PGA TOUR victory in 2010.

Rose had another close call at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he held a

share of the 54-hole lead with Jim Furyk, but finished T3 after a final-round 72. Another highlight of Rose’s

season came at The Open Championship at St. Andrews, where he finished T6, his first top 10 at the major

championship since a T4 showing at his first appearance in 1998.

Rose recorded seven top-10 finishes this season and entered the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 5 in the

standings. His record at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola is good, with three top-10 finishes in a row,

including a runner-up finish in 2012 and a T4 finish last year.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 16 22 T14 (22) CUT (23) T5 (16) T11 (16)

2008 114 78 DNP (103 DNP (114)

2009 85 91 T41 (80) T54 (85)

2010 15 5 T15 (4) CUT (10) T21 (13) T15 (15)

2011 5 44 T6 (27) T68 (34) 1 (3) T20 (5)

2012 6 12 T46 (15) MC (22) T16 (24) 2 (6)

2013 10 7 T2 (5) T16 (7) T33 (9) 6 (10)

2014 11 18 T30 (20) DNP (27) 35 (26) T4 (11)

2015 5 T16 (8) CUT (13) T13 (12)

To win the FedExCup – No. 12, Justin Rose

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for 6th or worse

• Spieth must finish T4 or worse

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Jimmy Walker – No. 13 (352 points)

For the secondconsecutive season, Jimmy Walker notched multiple wins on the PGA TOUR, winning the

Sony Open in Hawaii by an astounding eight strokes in January, and adding a title in his hometown of San

Antonio two months later at the Valero Texas Open. Those wins helped put him on top of the FedExCup

standings early in the season for the second-straight year, only losing his position when Jordan Spieth won

the Masters Tournament in April. No player has led the FedExCup for more weeks than Walker over the last

two seasons.

Just two seasons ago, Walker narrowly missed out on playing in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola

when he made par on the par-5 18th at Conway Farms at the BMW Championship when a birdie would have

allowed him to move on. But since then he has notched five victories on TOUR and will be making his

second appearance at the season-ending event. In his only start in the event, he finished T17 last year.

Walker has recorded six top 10s on the season, good for a No. 4 ranking entering the FedExCup Playoffs,

the second-straight year he headed into The Barclays in the top five of the standings. He will make his first

Presidents Cup appearance in Korea in two weeks.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 192

2009 148

2010 84 72 T52 (77) CUT (84)

2011 50 68 T18 (48) T37 (51) T22 (50)

2012 62 43 T38 (45) T51 (46) 64 (62)

2013 36 26 T54 (30) CUT (45) T11 (36)

2014 7 2 CUT (3) T9 (4) T20 (6) T17 (7)

2015 4 T69 (7) CUT (11) T32 (13)

To win the FedExCup – No. 13, Jimmy Walker

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish T7 or worse

• Spieth must finish T4 or worse

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Robert Streb – No. 14 (336 points)

In his third year on the PGA TOUR, Robert Streb is quickly becoming one of the most consistent players in

the world. He had a career-best nine top 10s including his first PGA TOUR win this season at The

McGladrey Classic, which he won in a playoff over Brendon de Jonge and Will MacKenzie. The Kansas

State product also played his way into a playoff at The Greenbrier Classic this summer despite damaging

his putter and electing to putt with a wedge through most of his final round, but he was defeated by Danny

Lee.

Streb will be playing in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the first time. He entered the FedExCup

Playoffs at No. 6 in the standings.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2013 126

2014 71 84 CUT (97) T9 (71)

2015 6 T39 (9) T39 (12) T23 (14)

To win the FedExCup – No. 14, Robert Streb

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish T8 or worse

• Spieth must finish T4 or worse

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Hideki Matsuyama – No. 15 (320 points)

Hideki Matsuyama is one of the bright young stars in golf and is poised to be one of the leaders of the

International Team at The Presidents Cup in two weeks, having posted a 1-3-1 record in 2013. Matsuyama

got off to a strong start this season when he finished T3 at the Fry’s.com Open in the fall, posted another

third-place finish at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January, added a runner-up finish at the

Waste Management Phoenix Open, a T4 at the Northern Trust Open and capped off the spring with a fifth-
place finish at The Masters.

Making his second appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Matsuyama is still looking for his

first top-10 finish in the FedExCup Playoffs.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2014 28 22 T30 (24) T57 (30) T20 (28) 22 (28)

2015 20 T13 (14) T25 (16) T7 (15)

To win the FedExCup – No. 15, Hideki Matsuyama

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish ninth or worse*

• Spieth must finish T4 or worse*

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Jim Furyk – No. 16 (304 points)

For the first time since his win at the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola that crowned him FedExCup

champion, Jim Furyk returned to the winner’s circle earlier this year, defeating Kevin Kisner on the second

extra hole of the RBC Heritage for his 17th career PGA TOUR title. Two weeks later, Furyk advanced to the

semifinals of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play, but was knocked out by eventual champion

Rory McIlroy. Furyk went on to finish in the top five at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

(T5), RBC Canadian Open (4), World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T3) and the second

FedExCup Playoffs event, the Deutsche Bank Championship (T4).

Furyk will play in his eighth Presidents Cup, qualifying as No. 5 for the U.S. Team after missing the event in

2013. He holds a 7-6-0 career record.

Furyk is one of four FedExCup champions in the field (Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas) and

holds the record for most top 10s (16) and top-25s (27) in FedExCup Playoffs history. Furyk withdrew from

the BMW Championship with a wrist injury.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 11 3 T25 (7) T55 (7) T14 (8) T11 (11)

2008 5 15 T12 (10) T7 (5) T3 (4) T6 (5)

2009 4 16 T15 (18) T8 (18) T2 (3) T7 (4)

2010 1 3 DQ (8) T37 (11) T15 (11) 1 (1)

2011 36 60 T52 (60) 6 (35) T22 (36)

2012 15 17 CUT (25) T13 (17) 9 (18) 7 (15)

2013 14 23 T6 (14) T27 (15) 3 (11) T14 (14)

2014 4 5 8 (6) T23 (8) T4 (7) T2 (4)

2015 18 T11 (11) T4 (9) WD (16)

To win the FedExCup – No. 16, Jim Furyk

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for ninth or worse

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for fourth or worse

• Fowler must finish T3 or worse

• Stenson must finish third or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

J.B. Holmes – No. 17 (288 points)

From February through April, J.B. Holmes played some amazing golf. At the Farmers Insurance Open, he

lost to Jason Day in a playoff. The following month, he was a runner-up again at the World Golf

Championships-Cadillac Championship at Doral. And then in April, he won the Shell Houston Open,

opening the final round with five birdies en route to a 64. Johnson Wagner and Jordan Spieth both drained

long putts to tie Holmes, but the former Kentucky Wildcat was the last man standing after the second hole of

sudden-death.

The win boosted Holmes to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. A summer of unremarkable finishes have

seen his ranking drop, but Holmes finished strong at the BMW Championship to move to No. 17 in the

standings and reach the TOUR Championship for the first time in his career.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 113 112 T41 (110) CUT (113)

2008 38 22 T24 (17) CUT (36) T33 (38)

2009 69 62 T32 (55) 68 (62) 68 (69)

2010 34 18 CUT (29) T11 (24) T60 (34)

2011 86 66 DNP (77) DNP (86)

2012 48 82 T19 (55) T39 (52) T34 (48)

2014 42 36 CUT (48) T35 (46) T12 (42)

2015 16 T58 (19) T44 (18) T4 (17)

To win the FedExCup – No. 17, J.B. Holmes

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for tenth or worse

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for fourth or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish third or worse

• Watson must finish T2 or worse

Kevin Kisner – No. 18 (272 points)

Kevin Kisner’s season in 2014-15 has easily been the best of his career, with his six top 10s doubling his

previous career-best. While it has been a landmark season for Kisner, he has also come tantalizingly close

to his first PGA TOUR victory, losing three heartbreaking playoffs at THE PLAYERS to Rickie Fowler, the

RBC Heritage to Jim Furyk and The Greenbrier Classic to Danny Lee. The Georgia Bulldog is the first

player to lose three playoffs in a season since Horton Smith in 1937, but his strong finishes throughout the

season led to his being a mainstay in the FedExCup throughout the season. Following THE PLAYERS, he

was no worse than 19th in the FedExCup standings at any point all the way until the FedExCup Playoffs,

which he entered ranked No. 17.

This will be Kisner’s first appearance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 195

2012 153

2014 104 93 CUT (104)

2015 17 T13 (20) T12 (15) T41 (18)

To win the FedExCup – No. 18, Kevin Kisner

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish T-11 or worse

• Spieth must finish fifth or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Henrik Stenson must finish third or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

Danny Lee – No. 19 (256 points)

Danny Lee fans will remember 2014-15 as the season he went from merely a good player on the PGA

TOUR to a player to watch week in and week out. He has also been the TOUR’s ironman, as the TOUR

Championship will be his 36th start of the season, most on the PGA TOUR.

Lee hit his stride in the middle of summer, when he picked up his first victory on the PGA TOUR at The

Greenbrier Classic in a playoff over David Hearn, Robert Streb and Kevin Kisner. He followed that

performance with a T3 finish at the John Deere Classic and continued his great play at the Quicken Loans

National, where he finished T4, and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, where he

recorded a T6 finish.

Lee is a citizen of New Zealand, but was born in Incheon, South Korea, the site of this year’s Presidents

Cup, where he will be making his first appearance for the International Team, thanks in no small part to that

incredibly consistent streak of top-10 finishes over the summer.

Lee’s seven top 10s this year put him at No. 10 in the FedExCup standings heading into The Barclays. The

affable New Zealander will be making his first career start at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2012 166 166

2014 88 116 T38 (96) T35 (88)

2015 10 T30 (10) T33 (14) T47 (19)

To win the FedExCup – No. 19, Danny Lee

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish T12 or worse

• Spieth must finish fifth or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish third or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Scott Piercy – No. 20 (248 points)

Scott Piercy has spent the entire year between 9th and 50th in the FedExCup standings. His five top-10

finishes include a runner-up at the Sony Open in Hawaii and his third career PGA TOUR victory at the

Barbasol Championship. He fell out of the top 30 in the standings after a T62 at The Barclays and dropped

further following a missed cut at the second FedExCup Playoffs event to No. 44. Needing a strong finish at

the BMW Championship, Piercy finished third to move to No. 20 in the standings to reach the TOUR

Championship by Coca-Cola for the second time in his PGA TOUR career.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2009 88 83 CUT (96) T36 (88)

2010 125 125 CUT (125)

2011 69 80 T13 (50) T74 (60) T65 (69)

2012 27 15 CUT (23) T64 (29) T37 (30) T15 (27)

2013 49 50 T43 (49) T13 (35) T69 (49)

2014 166

2015 27 T62 (34) CUT (44) 3 (20)

To win the FedExCup – No. 20, Scott Piercy

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for 12th or worse

• Spieth must finish fifth or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish third or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

Matt Kuchar – No. 21 (240 points)

Although he has yet to win in 2015, Matt Kuchar continues to be a model of consistency on TOUR. The

Georgia Tech grad missed only one cut (THE PLAYERS) in 23 starts this season, and he has notched six

top-10 finishes. Two early top-three finishes at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the CareerBuilder Challenge in

partnership with the Clinton Foundation were followed two months later by a solo fifth in his title defense at

the RBC Heritage, one year removed from holing that incredible bunker shot on the 72nd hole at Harbour

Town to seal the victory. He managed a career-best finish at the PGA Championship (T7) after carding

three 68s at the year’s final major at Whistling Straits.

The seven-time PGA TOUR winner headed into The Barclays at No. 26 on the FedExCup standings, and

he is set to make his sixth consecutive trip to East Lake and The TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

“Kuch” has been a staple in the FedExCup Playoffs since 2010, when he arrived at the season finale at No.

1 in the FedExCup standings, having already won The Barclays in a dramatic playoff at The Ridgewood

Country Club. He finished second in the final standings that year, but he has continued to make September

a month of success, with a top-10 finish in the final standings three of the last four seasons.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 92 92 T35 (90) T41 (92)

2008 115 81 MC (107) MC (115)

2009 40 77 T28 (60) T15 (46) T10 (40)

2010 2 9 1 (1) T11 (1) T3 (1) T25 (2)

2011 6 12 2 (2) T25 (2) T22 (5) T20 (6)

2012 18 9 T38 (11) T35 (13) T54 (16) T10 (18)

2013 6 2 T19 (4) T4 (4) T24 (5) T26 (6)

2014 8 4 T5 (4) T29 (5) T46 (8) T13 (8)

2015 26 T39 (27) T9 (20) T41 (21)

To win the FedExCup – No. 21, Matt Kuchar

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 13th or worse*

• Spieth must finish fifth or worse*

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish third or worse*

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T-2 or worse

Paul Casey – No. 22 (232 points)

Paul Casey completed one of his more consistent seasons on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 with seven top

10s and 18 made cuts in 22 starts. The 38-year-old Englishman shot a final-round 68 to join the three-man

playoff at the Northern Trust Open (lost to eventual champion James Hahn) and followed it up with a T3

performance at The Honda Classic. Those were his first back-to-back top 10s since the 2010 BMW

Championship (2) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (T4).

He tied his career-best finish at the Masters with T6 showing in April after finishing in the same position in

his first Masters appearance in 2004. Casey came close to victory again at the Travelers Championship,

after rounds of 64-65 on the weekend sent him to his second playoff appearance of the season (lost to

Bubba Watson).

Beginning the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 19 in the standings, Casey has rejuvenated his career and earned

a return trip to East Lake for his second appearance in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, and first

since 2010.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2008 74 90 T7 (38) CUT (74)

2009 52 18 DNP (27) DNP (36) DNP (52)

2010 6 27 T12 (23) T25 (21) 2 (5) T4 (6)

2011 144

2012 233

2013 197

2014 95 118 T22 (85) DNP (95)

2015 19 T39 (21) WD (24) T23 (22)

To win the FedExCup – No. 22, Paul Casey

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish in a 3-way tie for 13th or worse

• Spieth must finish T5 or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Brandt Snedeker – No. 23 (224 points)

Brandt Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, bounced back from a disappointing 2014 season to earn

a spot at East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Snedeker got back to winning form at the

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his second title at the event, thanks to four rounds in the 60s.

After adding a runner-up finish at the Colonial National Invitation Tournament, Snedeker remained inside

the top 20 in the FedExCup standings for the rest of the season, giving himself a shot at another FedExCup

title. Snedeker is one of four FedExCup champions in the field (Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Bill Haas).

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 20 9 CUT (14) T47 (17) T14 (15) T29 (20)

2008 34 49 T68 (35) T27 (29) T55 (34)

2009 33 64 T12 (44) T32 (42) T10 (33)

2010 37 40 CUT (53) T5 (31) T37 (37)

2011 8 18 T3 (6) T3 (5) T22 (6) T16 (8)

2012 1 19 2 (2) 6 (4) T37 (5) 1st (1)

2013 12 3 MC (6) T47 (9) T8 (10) T20 (12)

2014 86 55 CUT (71) CUT (86)

2015 13 CUT (18) T44 (18) 66 (23)

To win the FedExCup – No. 23, Brandt Snedeker

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 15th or worse*

• Spieth must finish T5 or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Steven Bowditch – No. 24 (216 points)

Another successful season on the PGA TOUR for Australia’s Steven Bowditch featured his victory at the

AT&T Byron Nelson in late May, where Bowditch opened with an 8-under 62 (the low opening-round by a

winner this season) on the way to his second career PGA TOUR victory to go along with the 2014 Valero

Texas Open.

Before his triumph at TPC Four Seasons, it had been an up-and-down season for Bowditch. He finished

runner-up to Sangmoon Bae at the season-opening Fry’s.com Open, but went on to miss seven of eight

cuts in early 2015. The 32-year-old was able to turn his season around with a timely victory and collected

four more top-15 finishes before being selected by Nick Price as a captain’s pick for his first Presidents Cup

team.

Bowditch, who began the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 22 in the standings, will make his first trip to East Lake

in his fifth attempt.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 125 122 CUT (125)

2012 204

2013 124 120 CUT (124)

2014 57 59 T22 (44) T45 (45) T63 (59)

2015 22 T13 (20) CUT (22) T41 (24)

To win the FedExCup – No. 24, Steven Bowditch

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 17th or worse*

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for fifth or worse

• Fowler must finish in a 3-way tie for third or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Brooks Koepka – No. 25 (208 points)

This Florida State University product hinted toward a breakout season after he began the 2014-15

campaign with back-to back top-10 finishes at the Frys.com Open and Shriners Hospitals for Children

Open, marking the first time Brooks Koepka rattled off consecutive top 10s on TOUR.

In November, he began the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open two shots off the pace, but four birdies

on the front nine helped secure his maiden victory on the European Tour, where he spent a majority of his

time after turning professional in 2012.

His marquee moment of the year took place three months later on the back nine at TPC Scottsdale during

the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 25-year-old holed an unlikely 50-foot eagle putt

from off the green on the par-5, 15th, en route to a bogey-free 66 and his first PGA TOUR title. Since the

breakthrough victory, Koepka has added seven top 10s to his 2014-15 resume, including three-in-a-row at

the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (T6), PGA Championship (T5) and Wyndham

Championship (T6).

Koepka ended the regular season at No. 12 in the FedExCup standings and is making his first start at the

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in just his first journey through the FedExCup Playoffs.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2015 12 CUT (16) CUT (21) T49 (25)

To win the FedExCup – No. 25, Brooks Koepka

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 19th or worse*

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for fifth or worse

• Fowler must finish fourth or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Bill Haas – No. 26 (200 points)

Bill Haas has been inside the top 30 in the standings since his victory at the CareerBuilder Challenge

moved him to No. 9 in late January. On the season, Haas has 5 top-10 finishes and hasn’t missed a cut

since the Open Championship in July.

Haas, winner of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and FedExCup in 2011, is the only winner of the

FedExCup to come from outside the top 20. Haas was ranked No. 25 entering the TOUR Championship

when he won the FedExCup, a victory that included his memorable shot from the edge of the water on the

second playoff hole (No. 17) against Hunter Mahan. Haas’ par-saving up and down pushed the playoff to

the 18th, where Haas was able to win the tournament and the FedExCup.

Haas was a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup and will be playing for his father, Jay Haas, for the U.S.

Team in South Korea.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 126 125 T48 (126)

2008 73 107 T55 (81) T69 (73)

2009 41 82 T24 (62) T15 (47) T10 (41)

2010 31 26 T47 (31) T22 (28) T30 (31)

2011 1 15 T24 (18) T61 (24) T16 (25) 1st (1)

2012 32 21 Cut (29) T35 (28) T45 (32)

2013 24 5 T25 (8) CUT (17) T28 (18) T24 (24)

2014 16 24 T15 (21) T9 (17) T16 (16) 16 (16)

2015 23 T53 (25) T60 (27) T19 (26)

To win the FedExCup – No. 26, Bill Haas

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 21st or worse*

• Spieth must finish sixth or worse*

• Fowler must finish fourth or worse*

• Stenson must finish T-3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T-2 or worse

Kevin Na, No. 27 (192 points)

Kevin Na reaches the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second consecutive season without

recording a victory. Behind the strength of seven top-10 finishes including a season-best T2 at the CIMB

Classic to go along with a T10 at the BMW Championship, Na enters the TOUR Championship field for the

fourth time in his career.

Na was one of four players to move from outside the top 30 in the standings and into the field thanks to his

play at the BMW Championship joining Daniel Berger, Scott Piercy and Harris English.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2007 98 95 CUT (96) 69 (98)

2008 93 83 T32 (51) CUT (93)

2009 26 23 T24 (22) T11 (23) T8 (18) 30 (26)

2010 26 41 T36 (39) T33 (41) T3 (20) T17 (26)

2011 71 47 CUT (57) CUT (71)

2012 52 38 CUT (51) T69 (64) T26 (52)

2013 200

2014 24 20 T9 (13) CUT (21) T46 (24) T19 (24)

2015 30 T20 (28) T60 (34) T10 (27)

To win the FedExCup – No. 27, Kevin Na

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 23rd or worse*

• Spieth must finish T6 or worse

• Fowler must finish T4 or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Sangmoon Bae – No. 28 (184 points)

Sangmoon Bae started and finished the 2014-15 PGA TOUR Season with defining moments in his young

career. To kick off the season, Bae won the Frys.com Open, his first top-10 finish since his first victory on

TOUR at the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson.

Then after finishing T6 in The Barclays, which saw him join eventual champion Jason Day in the final

pairing at Plainfield Country Club, Bae was selected by Nick Price as a Captain’s pick for the International

Presidents Cup Team. Bae will have the opportunity to return to native Korea to compete in the matches

along with Korea-born Danny Lee before beginning his mandatory two-year military service.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2012 96 71 CUT (92) 78 (96)

2013 69 36 CUT (57) CUT (67) T54 (69)

2014 122 120 CUT (122)

2015 34 T6 (23) T39 (23) T53 (28)

To win the FedExCup – No. 28, Sangmoon Bae

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 25th or worse*

• Spieth must finish T6 or worse

• Fowler must finish T4 or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Louis Oosthuizen – No. 29 (176 points)

Although Louis Oosthuizen didn’t win this season on the PGA TOUR, it was his most accomplished

campaign since his 2010 season that included his major championship victory at the 2010 Open

Championship at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen posted six top-10 finishes, including runner-up finishes in two of

the biggest tournaments of the year: the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. After struggling to an

opening-round 77 at Chambers Bay, Oousthuizen surged back into contention with rounds of 66-66-67 to

finish one shot behind winner Jordan Spieth. Back at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen went to a four-hole playoff

with Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman. He opened with a birdie at the first extra hole, but Johnson

matched it. When Oosthuizen couldn’t match Johnson’s birdie at the second hole, Oosthuizen seemed

destined to finish in second place.

Oosthuizen performed well in the World Golf Championships this season. He reached the quarter-finals in

the Dell Match Play (T5) and finished 6th at the Cadillac Championship. Oosthuizen heads to Atlanta and the

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second time in his career.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 148

2012 7 34 T5 (21) 2 (5) T16 (6) T23 (7)

2013 154

2014 124 123 CUT (124)

2015 28 DNS (38) T12 (30) T19 (29)

To win the FedExCup – No. 29, Louis Oosthuizen

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 27th or worse*

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for sixth or worse

• Fowler must finish T4 or worse

• Stenson must finish T3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T2 or worse

Harris English – No. 30 (168 points)

Life on the FedExCup bubble can be stressful, but ultimately rewarding. Harris English should know. In

2013, English came into the BMW Championship 28th in the FedExCup standings, but finished 50th at

Conway Farms and dropped outside of the top 30 to finish in 31st place by 26 points. Last year, English

came into the BMW Championship in 31st place. He shot 67-70 on the weekend at the BMW Championship

at Cherry Hills to finish T31 in the tournament, but dropped to 32nd in the FedExCup standings. Each year,

a one-shot improvement would have meant a trip to East Lake Golf Club.

This year, the former Georgia Bulldog returned to Conway Farms for the BMW Championship in 32nd

place. He shot 65-68-69 to position himself for his first trip to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

However, he struggled in the final round. By the time he got to the 18th green, he needed an 18-foot putt for

birdie to have any chance to move on. He drained it and qualified for the season-ending event by only two

points.

While English ended this season better than any season prior in his career, it was actually the start of this

year that positioned English for success. In January at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Harris shot all four rounds

in the 60s to tie for third. Then at the Farmers Insurance Open, he opened 68-66 before ultimately losing in

a playoff to Jason Day. In the FedExCup playoffs, English finished T30 at The Barclays, T12 at Deutsche

Bank Championship and T19 at the BMW Championship for his best playoff performance.

Year Final Rank Began Playoffs Rk Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW TOUR Champ

2011 148

2012 79 87 T24 (63) T69 (79)

2013 31 19 CUT (26) T27 (28) 50 (31)

2014 32 17 CUT (25) CUT (31) T31 (32)

2015 42 T30 (41) T12 (32) T19 (30)

To win the FedExCup – No. 30 Harris English

• Must win the TOUR Championship, AND

• Day must finish 29th or worse*

• Spieth must finish in a 3-way tie for sixth or worse

• Fowler must finish T-4 or worse

• Stenson must finish T-3 or worse

• Watson must finish in a 3-way tie for second or worse

• Zach Johnson must finish T-2 or worse

*Indicates a scenario that could result in a tie for the FedExCup, which would force a sudden-death playoff.

 

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