Planet Golf — 23 August 2016 by GW staff and news services

All 125 players are eligible for this week’s The Barclays. The field will be pared to the top 100 in the FedExCup for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The top 70 advance to the BMW Championship, and 30 players will tee it up at the TOUR Championship. The top five at the season finale control their own destiny. They can clinch the FedExCup with a victory at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

(Editor’s Note: A handful of these players are opted out of the first round, The Barclays, for various reasons).

1. Jason Day: Three wins this season have the World No. 1 atop the FedExCup rankings. Nine top-10s in 16 starts

2. Dustin Johnson: Won his first major at the U.S. Open and followed with a WGC-Bridgestone win. TOUR-leading 12 top-10s

3. Adam Scott: Back-to-back wins at The Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac gave Scott the early FedExCup lead

4. Russell Knox: Earned his first two wins (WGC-HSBC, Travelers) this season, and added two runners-up

5. Jordan Spieth: Last year’s FedExCup champ has two wins this season to start Playoffs in all-important top-five

6. Brandt Snedeker: Won Farmers Insurance Open. Also won that event in his FedExCup-winning season of 2012. T3 at Wyndham

7. Patrick Reed: Has nine top-10s, including runners-up at Hyundai and Valero

8. Phil Mickelson: No wins, but three runners-up; seeking first TOUR Championship berth since 2013

9. Kevin Na: Started season with consecutive runners-up and a third-place finish; eight top-10s, including last two starts

10. Justin Thomas: Earned first win at CIMB and has four third-place finishes; finished 32nd in 2015 FedExCup

11. Kevin Kisner: Earned first victory at The RSM Classic; was FedExCup leader until February

12. Hideki Matsuyama: Earned second win with playoff victory over Rickie Fowler at Waste Management Phoenix Open; T3 at Wyndham

13. Kevin Chappell: No wins, but three runners-up, including THE PLAYERS Championship. Seeking first TOUR Championship berth

14. Henrik Stenson: The 2013 FedExCup champ won his first major with a final-round 63 at The Open Championship

15. Si Woo Kim: Kim, 21, won Wyndham Championship; also was runner-up in playoff with Aaron Baddeley at Barbasol

16. William McGirt: Earned first win at the Memorial and had six other top-10s, including a T10 at PGA Championship

17. Jimmy Walker: Won his first major at the PGA Championship, his sixth victory in the past three seasons

18. Matt Kuchar: Hasn’t won since April 2014, but the bronze medalist has three other third-place finishes this season

19. Brooks Koepka: Seven top-10s include runners-up at AT&T Byron Nelson and FedEx St. Jude

20. Sergio Garcia: AT&T Byron Nelson win was his first on TOUR since 2012; finished fifth at U.S. Open and Open Championship

21. Jason Dufner: Returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since 2013 with win at CareerBuilder Challenge

22. Daniel Berger: Earned first win at FedEx St. Jude; was 2015 Rookie of the Year after qualifying for TOUR Championship

23. Ryan Moore: His John Deere Classic win was his fourth in the past five seasons, and first on U.S. soil since October 2012

24: Bubba Watson: Earned ninth win at Northern Trust Open; has missed just one TOUR Championship since 2010

25. Branden Grace: Earned his first PGA TOUR title at RBC Heritage and had top-five finishes at U.S. Open and PGA.

26. Smylie Kaufman: TOUR rookie earned first win with final-round 61 at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

27. Graeme McDowell: Started season with win at OHL Classic at Mayakoba and a third-place finish at The RSM Classic

28. Rickie Fowler: Runner-up at Phoenix Open; seven top-10s in 20 starts, but just one since PLAYERS

29. Bill Haas: The 2011 FedExCup champ was playoff runner-up at Valspar and finished third at Quicken Loans

30. Charl Schwartzel: Won the Valspar Championship for first win on PGA TOUR since 2011 Masters

31. Jhonattan Vegas: RBC Canadian Open was his second TOUR win, and first since 2011 CareerBuilder; also shot 60 at Barbasol

32. Emiliano Grillo: Won Open in debut as a TOUR member. Is his only top-10 this season, but made 18 of 21 cuts

33. Charley Hoffman: Only top-10 was win at Valero Texas Open. Has qualified for BMW Championship in every FedExCup season

34. Scott Piercy: Consecutive runners-up at the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational vaulted him up the standings

35. Harris English: Made TOUR Championship debut in 2015 after finishing 32nd and 31st in previous two FedExCups

36. Rory McIlroy: Facing his first winless season since 2013, but returns to site of his 2012 BMW Championship win (Crooked Stick)

37. Daniel Summerhays: Both his top-10s this season came in majors: T8 at U.S. Open and third at PGA Championship

38. J.B. Holmes: His five top-10s this season include a T4 at the Masters and third at The Open Championship

39. Charles Howell III: Finished in the top-25 in 13 of 22 starts this season before being sidelined in June for medical procedure

40. Fabian Gomez: Two of his three top-10s came in Hawaii, a T6 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and win at Sony Open

41. Jim Herman: Herman, 38, earned his first PGA TOUR win at the Shell Houston Open

42. Gary Woodland: Runner-up at Barracuda Championship was one of two top-10s this season

43. Jamie Lovemark: Best year of career for 2007 NCAA champ, who has five top-10s, including playoff loss at Zurich Classic

44. James Hahn: Earned his second TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, which came after eight straight missed cuts

45. Aaron Baddeley: Win at the Barbasol Championship was his fourth TOUR win and first since 2011

46. Tony Finau: Finau, 26, won the Puerto Rico Open for his first TOUR title

47. David Lingmerth: Playoff loss at CareerBuilder Challenge was one of two top-10s. Also finished T7 at WGC-Bridgestone

48. Luke Donald: Rose 51 spots with runner-up at Wyndham, his second of the season (RBC Heritage)

49. Jon Curran: Lost playoff to William McGirt at Memorial; finished 113th in 2015 FedExCup as a rookie

50. Zach Johnson: Two-time major champ has yet to win this season; fifth at Bay Hill is best finish.

51. Justin Rose: Olympic gold medalist has won in each of the previous six TOUR seasons, but has yet to win in 2015-16

52. Kyle Reifers: Had a career-high five top-10s this season; had never had more than two in a season

53. Roberto Castro: Failed to qualify for Playoffs in past two seasons after finishing 21st in 2013 FedExCup; Wells Fargo runner-up

54. Colt Knost: Two third-place finishes, including at THE PLAYERS, where he shot a second-round 63

55. Brendan Steele: Only two top-10s, including a T3 at CIMB, but 10 top-25s in 22 starts; career-best 50th in 2015 FedExCup

56. Louis Oosthuizen: Has eight top-25s in 14 starts, including a runner-up finish at WGC-Dell Match Play

57. Marc Leishman: Has finished no worse than 72nd in seven FedExCup seasons; T9 at Travelers in last pre-Playoffs start

58. Patton Kizzire: Last year’s Tour Player of the Year started season with runner-up at Shriners and T4 at Sanderson

59. Alex Cejka: Runner-up in first start of season, at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Also T9 at PLAYERS

60. Chris Kirk: Finished second in 2014 FedExCup; 11 top-25s, including T5s at Dell Match Play and Zurich Classic

61. Ben Martin: Jumped from 121st to 59th in FedExCup with runner-up in Regular Season’s pentultimate event, the John Deere

62. Patrick Rodgers: A T3 at Travelers helped put BMW Championship in his home state of Indiana within reach

63. Ryan Palmer: The Texan’s two top-10s both came in his home state: T4 at Valero, T3 at DEAN & DELUCA

64. Vaughn Taylor: One-stroke victory over Phil Mickelson at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was his first in 11 years

65: Jason Kokrak: Runner-up at Northern Trust Open was the second of his career (2012 Open)

66. Ricky Barnes: Two fifth-place finishes in final three starts before Playoffs (RBC Canadian, John Deere Classic)

67. Freddie Jacobson: His three top-fives this season came in four-event span, including two T4s in California

68. Paul Casey: Two top-10s in majors this season: T4 at Masters, T10 at PGA

69. Billy Hurley III: Earned his first PGA TOUR victory with emotional win in hometown tournament, the Quicken Loans National

70. K.J. Choi: Bounced back from career-worst finish of 152nd in 2015 FedExCup with runner-up at Torrey Pines

71. Danny Lee: Finished ninth in last year’s FedExCup, but had just two top-10s in regular season

72. Billy Horschel: Is seeking first trip to East Lake since winning 2014 FedExCup; finished T5 at Wyndham

73. Kevin Streelman: Third-place finish at Farmers Insurance Open was his best of season

74. Jerry Kelly: Made Playoffs for 10th consecutive season after runner-up at Travelers Championship

75. Danny Willett: Masters champion also finished third in two WGCs (HSBC Champions, Cadillac)

76. Brian Stuard: His one top-10? A win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which came after missing 2015 Playoffs

77. Jason Bohn: Had three top-three finishes in first four events of season, including runners-up at Shriners and Mayakoba

78. Webb Simpson: Was 146th in FedExCup until May 22, but has made cut in seven of past eight events, including three top-11s

79. Bryce Molder: Has qualified for BMW Championship in five of the past seven seasons

80. Spencer Levin: Has qualified for Playoffs in five of seven TOUR seasons; two top-10s, including T4 at AT&T Byron Nelson

81. Scott Brown: Plays well in tropical climes; two of his four top-10s came at Mayakoba (T5) and Puerto Rico (T5)

82. Harold Varner III: TOUR rookie had four top-10s; second-round 62 at Mayakoba led to T5, his best finish of the season

83. Russell Henley: Three of his four top-10s came by April; T5 at Shell Houston Open was his best

84. Adam Hadwin: Has made Playoffs in first two TOUR seasons; T6 at CareerBuilder was one of two top-10s

85. Chad Campbell: Three top-10s were his most since 2012; made cut in seven of eight starts entering Playoffs

86. Chez Reavie: This is second season he cracked top 125 since finishing 10th in 2011 FedExCup

87. Shane Lowry: The 2015 WGC-Bridgestone champ was runner-up at U.S. Open after holding 54-hole lead

88. Brian Harman: Has made Playoffs in all five of his TOUR seasons; two top-10s in Regular Season

89. Martin Laird: Three-time TOUR winner was runner-up at this season’s RBC Canadian Open

90. Hudson Swafford: Swafford, 28, is making second straight Playoffs appearance; T9 at Sony Open was his lone top-10

91. David Hearn: The Canadian Olympian, and pride of the University of Wyoming, fired a final-round 66 in Rio

92. Johnson Wagner: Was 125th in FedExCup before finishing T5 in last two starts before Playoffs

93. Peter Malnati: Finished 178th in FedExCup as rookie in 2014, but won this season’s Sanderson Farms Championship

94. Jim Furyk: Has missed TOUR Championship just once since 2007; finished T2 at U.S. Open and fired 58 at Travelers

95. Robert Streb: Made TOUR Championship debut in 2015; T7 at PGA Championship was lone top-10 this season

96. Lucas Glover: Making first Playoffs start since 2013; Barclays is his first tournament at Bethpage since 2009 U.S. Open win

97. Vijay Singh: Singh, 53, was runner-up to Billy Hurley III at Quicken Loans National; won 2008 FedExCup

98. Steve Stricker: Finished T2 at FedEx St. Jude and fourth at Open Championship to make Playoffs after missing in 2015

99. John Senden: Four-time TOUR Championship qualifier had eight top-25s, but just one top-10 this season (T10,  Honda)

100. Jonas Blixt: Swede’s two top-10 finishes both came in California (T6, Farmers Insurance; 3rd, AT&T Pebble Beach)

101. Brett Stegmaier: 33-year-old rookie made Playoffs with runner-up in fifth career start, at Shriners Hospitals; T5 at Wyndham

102. Robert Garrigus: Regained card at 2015 Tour Finals; three top-10s this season, including T4 at AT&T Byron Nelson

103. Zac Blair: Hasn’t finished better than 25th in 24 starts since third-place finish at Sony Open in January

104. Tyrone Van Aswegen: Making Playoffs debut in third TOUR season; third-place finish in season-opening Open

105. Francesco Molinari: Two of his three top-10s came in Florida (Arnold Palmer, THE PLAYERS)

106. Keegan Bradley: Qualified for TOUR Championship in first three seasons (2011-13), but was career-worst 60th last season

107. Cameron Tringale: Has finished in the top 40 in the past two FedExCups, including a career-best 20th in 2014

108. Sean O’Hair: Has qualified for two consecutive Playoffs after finishing 160th and 170th in 2014 and 2013 FedExCups

109. Andrew Loupe: Making Playoffs debut in third TOUR season; career-best third at CareerBuilder Challenge

110. Boo Weekley: Has missed Playoffs just once since FedExCup began in 2007; best finish was fifth in Phoenix Open

111. John Huh: Has made Playoffs in all five seasons; three top-10s, but none since February

112. Blayne Barber: T3 at Honda Classic helped Barber make Playoffs debut in second PGA TOUR season

113. Mark Hubbard: No top-10s, but made 21 of 29 cuts including five top-25s

114: Ben Crane: Five-time TOUR winner had just one top-10, a T9 at RBC Canadian Open

115. Michael Kim: The 2013 Haskins Award (top college player) winner makes Playoffs in rookie season; made 22 of 28 cuts

116. Kyle Stanley: Jumped from 127th to 116th with a T14 at Wyndham; first Playoffs appearance since 2013

117. Anirban Lahiri: Made 16 of 21 cuts, but T6 at DEAN & DELUCA was lone top-10

118. Derek Fathauer: Qualifies for Playoffs for first time in third TOUR season; career-best fourth-place finish at Mayakoba

119. Graham DeLaet: Three top-10s this season; tweeted in June that he was suffering anxiety while chipping

120. Troy Merritt: Third-place finish at Arnold Palmer Invitational was his lone top-10 of Regular Season

121. Luke List: Finished 163rd in FedExCup in only other season (2013); T6 at CareerBuilder Challenge

122. Sung Kang: Fired a 60 at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am; qualifies for Playoffs for first time in three TOUR seasons

123. Shawn Stefani: One of two players to jump into top 125 at Wyndham; finished T14 after starting week 133rd

124. David Toms: Runner-up at Sanderson Farms; skipped Wyndham to help with Louisiana floods

125. Seung-Yul Noh: Hung onto Playoffs spot despite starting Wyndham at No. 122 and missing cut by a shot

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