Planet Golf — 13 August 2019 by GW staff and news services
What it’ll take to advance to Atlanta

The FedExCup Playoffs have been reduced to the top 70 going into this week’s BMW Championship. By Sunday night, another 40 players will be eliminated, with the top 30 in points advancing to the TOUR Championship, where the FedExCup champion will be decided.

Keeping in mind that points are quadrupled for the first two Playoffs events, the latest projections indicate that between 1,280 to 1,365 points will be needed to reach East Lake. Those projections are based on historical data and current season trends.

,;Using 1,280 as the threshold, 22 players are above that number, from No. 1 Brooks Koepka (2,980) to No. 22 Brandt Snedeker (1,289). Since nothing is guaranteed, those 22 players are considered “likely” to advance.

If the projections hold, that leaves 48 players chasing eight spots at the BMW Championship — including two-time FedExCup champ Tiger Woods, who won the TOUR Championship last year under the previous format. Woods is currently 38th in points and is projected to need a solo 11th finish this week to advance.

Here’s a look at those 48 players in this week’s field who have yet to reach that projected threshhold and what it will likely take to secure a top-30 spot. (Again, these are just projections and not definitive projections.)

PlayerCurrent pointsSolo projected finish for top 30
23. Charles Howell III 1,279      70th    
24. Tommy Fleetwood1,23444th
25. Shane Lowry1,16229th
26. Sungjae Im1,16128th
27. Corey Conners1,12623rd
28. Louis Oosthuizen1,10921st
29. Harold Varner III1,10821st
30. Andrew Putnam1,10020th
31. Ryan Palmer1,09619th
32. Jason Kokrak1,08217th
33. Hideki Matsuyama1,06115th
34. Francesco Molinari1,06115th
35. Scott Piercy1,03812th
36. J.T. Poston1,03412th
37. C.T. Pan1,03312th
38. Tiger Woods1,00311th
39. Billy Horschel99910th
40. Kevin Tway99610th
41. Lucas Glover98710th
42. Sung Kang98610th
43. Ian Poulter98010th
44. Jordan Spieth9609th
45. Rory Sabbatini9367th
46. Phil Mickelson9136th
47. Keith Mitchell9006th
48. Jim Furyk8906th
49. Ryan Moore8785th
50. Jason Day8655th
51. Adam Hadwin8595th
52. J.B. Holmes8405th
53. Si Woo Kim8384th
54. Nate Lashley8364th
55. Kevin Na823Has withdrawn
56. Max Homa8064th
57. Collin Morikawa8054th
58. Cameron Champ8034th
59. Troy Merritt7974th
60. Dylan Frittelli7764th
61. Byeong Hun An7744th
62. Vaughn Taylor7333rd
63. Joel Dahmen7293rd
64. Graeme McDowell7293rd
65. Adam Long7193rd
66. Keegan Bradley7163rd
67. Rafa Cabrera Bello6963rd
68. Wyndham Clark6793rd
69. Emiliano Grillo6733rd
70. Joaquin Niemann6593rd

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