This week’s Wyndham Championship marks the end of the PGA Tour regular season. This is the last chance for players on the edge of the top 125 to do what is necessary to keep their playing rights.
Only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings will be guaranteed full playing rights next season, everyone below (except those with exemptions) will have to contend with a partial category. French Paul Barjon is the case that concerns us most obviously.
A top 10
With only one top 10 won at the start of the year at La Quinta in the American Express, no other top 30, 11 successful cuts out of 25 tournaments, Barjon is far from the mark at the dawn of the home stretch.
157th with 168 points he will have to double his total to hope to insert the top 125. The mission seems almost impossible but this game has so many surprises in store that we start dreaming.
Other players are also in great danger. Among them a few names named PGA Tour aficionados are regulars. A Masters winner and even the two Ryder Cup captains for Europe and the USA!
123rd Rickie Fowler
Fowler has been at the bottom of the wave for several months if not years. Former world No. 4, he is now thanks to the withdrawal of the LIV dissidents’ ranking on the right side of the waterline. Be careful not to sink Sunday evening in North Carolina.
127th Danny Willet
England’s Danny Willett’s five-year exemption for winning the Masters in 2016 has come to an end. The Sheffield native is currently just outside the top 125. But his 7th place at the 3M Open 10 days ago reassured his supporters. He has the means to reverse the trend.
142nd Zach Johnson
The American Ryder Cup skipper Johnson is now 46 years old and hasn’t picked up any trophies since winning The Open in 2015. He is 313th in the world but his status as captain should allow him to play a lot of tournaments next year no matter what.
148th Charley Hoffman
While Hoffmann doesn’t have a huge track record, he’s one of only two players to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs every year since the end-of-season format was introduced.
159th Luke Donald
Freshly named European Ryder Cup captain for 2023, the Englishman readily concedes that his form has deteriorated in recent years, largely due to injuries.
168th Brandt Snedeker
Like Hoffman, Snedeker has finished in the top 125 of the FedEx rankings for the previous 15 seasons. In 2012, it was even he who strengthened the FedEx Cup at the end of the season. This time the situation is different, he needs a miracle to save himself.
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