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Here’s a closer look at a few PGA Tour players on the bubble ahead of the 2022 FedEx Cup Playoffs

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The PGA Tour regular season draws to a close on Sunday, which means the FedEx Cup playoffs will begin next week.

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The Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, will give some PGA Tour players one last chance to improve their standings or maybe even make it to the top 125 in the playoffs.

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As the points structure changed in 2009, an average of less than three players per year entered the last week of the FedEx Cup regular season outside the top 125 and qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Some players will also be aiming to be in the top 200 of the FedEx Cup Qualifying Points list to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour Finals September 1-4 at the Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana.

Scotty Sheffler, with four wins this season, leads the FedEx Cup standings by more than 1,000 points ahead of Cameron Smith in second place. Tony Finau, who won the last two weeks, moved up to seventh place.

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A three-event playoff series will begin at the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee next week, but many of the Wyndham Championship competitors this week will be looking to keep their seasons.

Here’s a closer look at some interesting names in FedEx Cup Points Rankingincluding those who are on the field and those who need a big week to get into the playoffs.

Austin Smotherman

Austin Smotherman
Austin Smotherman

Austin Smotherman watches his shot from the third tee during the first round of the Barbasol Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Jordan Prather/USA TODAY Sports)

Austin Smotherman is currently the last player on the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs if he started today. He is on the Wyndham Championship field, where he has started for the seventh time in a row. In his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Smotherman made one top 10 finish with an eighth-seed finish at the Barracuda Championship.

He’s won in each of his last four tournaments, but a promising start in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic fizzled out over the weekend as Smotherman posted back-to-back over-par rounds. He likely needs to qualify and finish well to ensure he plays in Memphis.

Chesson Hadley

2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic
2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic

Chesson Hadley plays on the jersey for the first time during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Chesson Hadley was something of a Cinderella story in last year’s FedEx Cup playoffs. At the Wyndham Championship, he scored in the final round of 8 players under 62, moving up seven places and securing the last spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs by one point.

This year, Hadley is in the top 125 and is 121st, 24 points ahead of 126th.

Ricky Fowler

Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rocket Mortgage Classic

Ricky Fowler batting on the eighth hole during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Last season, Ricky Fowler missed the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career. In his second start this season, he earned 162.5 FedEx Cup points with a T-3 at the CJ Cup at The Summit Club in Las Vegas. Since then, he has scored just 161.5 points in 18 starts.

Fowler remains one of the fan favorites on the PGA tour, but in May at the PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he did not place better than the T-21. He sits 123rd in the standings with 20 points between him and 126th, but a Wyndham Championship cut will do wonders for Fowler back in the playoffs.

Max McGreevy

Barbasola Championship
Barbasola Championship

Max McGreevy waiting for the first hole during the third round of the Barbasol Championship golf tournament. (Photo: Jordan Prather, USA TODAY Sports)

If the playoffs started today, McGreevy would come out first. It’s good that they don’t. After finishing second at the Puerto Rico Open in March, McGreevy only made it in four of his 19 starts. He missed out on six of the last seven tournaments, although he finished in the T-13 at the Barbasol Championships in July. McGreevy needs to find some magic in North Carolina to make the playoffs for the first time, 10 points behind 125th in the standings.

Danny Willett

3M Open
3M Open

Danny Willett hitting from the fairway bunker on the 1st hole in the second round of the 3M Open golf tournament. (Photo: Matt Kron, USA TODAY Sports)

The 2016 Masters champion had had a period of ups and downs by this point. His best result came two weeks ago at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota, where he finished T-7. He also finished 12th at the Masters in April but missed eight of his 20 starts.

Willett, 127th in the FedEx Cup standings, is 11 points behind 125th.

Cameron Champ

Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rocket Mortgage Classic

Cameron Champ teeing on the ninth par 3 hole of the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament. (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)

Cameron Champ has missed 10 of his 18 starts this season, but he seems to have found a groove over the past couple of weeks. Having missed five direct hits, Champ has finished with T-16s and T-20s over the past two weeks, closing in on the top 125 players. He is currently in 130th place, 27 points behind 125th. If he gets into the top 20 one more time, there’s a good chance he can make it to the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Zach Johnson

150th Open Championship
150th Open Championship

Zack Johnson plays from the 18th hole in the second round of the 150th Open Championship golf course at the old St. Andrews course. (Photo: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2023 Ryder Cup captain has a lot of work to do if he wants to make the playoffs. Johnson is 142nd in the standings, 85 points behind the final position. For Johnson to take the field in Memphis, he will most likely need to get into the top 5 at the Wyndham Championship. In his last three starts at Sedgefield, he finished T-53, T-7 and missed.

Brandt Snedeker

RBC legacy
RBC legacy

Brandt Snedeker reacts to a botched shot during the first round of an RBC Heritage golf tournament. (Photo: David Yizell, USA TODAY Sports)

Ten years ago, Brandt Snedeker lifted the FedEx Cup. However, this year he will not be in the playoffs. Snedeker, who hasn’t played since the John Deere Classic, has missed 14 cuts in 22 tournaments this season and is no better than a T-11. He does not enter the Wyndham Championship field, so he does not have a chance to play. He will miss the FedEx Cup playoffs for the first time in his career.

Harris English

Rocket Mortgage Classic
Rocket Mortgage Classic

Harris English plays the second hole during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

After an impressive 2021, hip surgery earlier this year forced Harris English to miss almost five months, and since his return he has missed three of six cuts, his best T-19 result in the Traveler Championship. The Englishman will need at least 223 points to qualify for the playoffs and even that may not be enough. Anything less than a win will likely result in the English not making the playoffs.

Justin Lower

Justin Lower of Canal Fulton, Ohio, plays from the 15th hole during the first round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament. (Photo: Mark Lebrick/USA TODAY Sports)

Lower is no stranger to being on a bubble. In 2017, he made a 10-foot throw to advance to Q-school. The following year, he missed a 6-foot kick to earn his PGA Tour card in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. Last year, he rose and fell on the last hole of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to earn his first PGA Tour card. This year’s rookie is 128th in the FedEx Cup standings and needs a big week to get into the playoffs.

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The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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