Sep
12
2013
Decoding the FedExCup points system (this is what players need to do to qualify for the Tour Championship)
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup
Next week's finale of the PLAYOFFS

Next week’s finale of the PLAYOFFS

It’s almost that time again — you know, at the Tour Championship, when you see GC’s Steve Sands furiously scribbling on a whiteboard trying to explain the FedExCup points system and which players have a “mathematical” shot at winning the whole thing and the wheelbarrow of cash.

Heading into the third leg of the FEC Playoffs, the BMW Championship, there are some marquee players outside the top 30 — like Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and more — that need to play well to qualify for next week’s Tour Championship, which isn’t just a chance to win $10-plus million, but it also means an invitation to the Masters and automatic berths in the Opens and most of the World Golf Championships. 

Then, of course, the BMW Championship is also the last shot for players to “control their own destiny” by moving into the top 5 of the FEC points, so if they were to win the Tour Championship, it would guarantee securing all the goodies. Three players, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott, have already mathematically secured a spot in the top 5, so there are two up for grabs.

Below is a list via the PGA Tour of what players likely need to do to maintain their position in the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, or move into the top five, after the BMW Championship. The projected points needed are based on averages since 2009 (3,182 points for top 5; 1,556 points for top 30).

Rank  Player                               Points   Finish they need for top 30            Points they need for top 5

1          Henrik Stenson                           4,051       Will likely make top 30                            Will make top 5

2          Tiger Woods                               4,037       Will likely make top 30                            Will make top 5

3          Adam Scott                                 3,917       Will likely make top 30                            Will make top 5

4          Matt Kuchar                                3,103       Will likely make top 30                            79

5          Graham DeLaet                          2,806       Will likely make top 30                            376

6          Phil Mickelson                            2,762       Will likely make top 30                            420

7          Justin Rose                                  2,664       Will likely make top 30                            518

8          Steve Stricker                              2,617       Will likely make top 30                            565

9          Brandt Snedeker                          2,326       Will likely make top 30                            856

10        Jordan Spieth (rookie)                 2,246       Will likely make top 30                            936

11        Keegan Bradley                           1,866       Will likely make top 30                            1,316

12        Jason Day                                    1,785       Will likely make top 30                            1,397

13        Jason Dufner                                1,781       Will likely make top 30                            1,401

14        Gary Woodland                          1,771       Will likely make top 30                            1,411

15        Jim Furyk                                    1,718       Will likely make top 30                            1,464

16        Kevin Streelman                          1,718       Will likely make top 30                            1,464

17        Bill Haas                                     1,718       Will likely make top 30                            1,464

18        Hunter Mahan                            1,601       Will likely make top 30                            1,581

19        Boo Weekley                              1,560       Will likely make top 30                            1,622

20        Webb Simpson                            1,531       Needs 66th to make top 30                      1,651

21        D.A. Points                                 1,496       Needs 59th to make top 30                      1,686

22        Billy Horschel                             1,491       Needs 58th to make top 30                      1,691

23        Dustin Johnson                            1,428       Needs 45th to make top 30                      1,754

24        Sergio Garcia                               1,409       Needs 41st to make top 30                       1,773

25        Roberto Castro                           1,398       Needs 39th to make top 30                      1,784

26        Brendon de Jonge                        1,379       Needs 35th to make top 30                      1,803

27        Zach Johnson                              1,343       Needs 28th to make top 30                      1,839

28        Harris English                             1,337       Needs 27th to make top 30                      1,845

29        Charl Schwartzel                         1,319       Needs 23rd to make top 30                      1,863

30        Lee Westwood                            1,271       Needs 14th to make top 30                      1,911

31        Charles Howell III                      1,248       Needs 12th to make top 30                      1,934

32        Kevin Stadler                               1,235       Needs 12th to make top 30                      1,947

33        Kevin Chappell                           1,197       Needs 10th to make top 30                      1,985

34        Nick Watney                              1,193       Needs 10th to make top 30                      1,989

35        Scott Piercy                                 1,186       Needs 10th to make top 30                      1,996

36        Rickie Fowler                             1,184       Needs 10th to make top 30                      1,998

37        Chris Kirk                                   1,172       Needs 9th to make top 30                        2,010

38        John Huh                                    1,169       Needs 9th to make top 30                        2,013

39        Chris Stroud                                1,150       Needs 8th to make top 30                        2,032

40        Bubba Watson                            1,137       Needs 8th to make top 30                        2,045

41        Rory McIlroy                             1,132       Needs 8th to make top 30                        2,050

42        Daniel Summerhays                    1,102       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,080

43        Russell Henley (rookie)              1,088       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,094

44        John Merrick                               1,076       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,106

45        Jimmy Walker                            1,073       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,109

46        Brian Gay                                    1,072       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,110

47        Patrick Reed (rookie)                 1,067       Needs 6th to make top 30                        2,115

48        Graeme McDowell                     1,048       Needs 5th to make top 30                        2,134

49        Brian Davis                                 1,047       Needs 5th to make top 30                        2,135

50        Jonas Blixt                                   1,040       Needs 5th to make top 30                        2,142

51        Matt Jones                                   1,019       Needs 5th to make top 30                        2,163

52        Ian Poulter                                  1,008       Needs 5th to make top 30                        2,174

53        Charley Hoffman                        1,001       Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,181

54        Luke Donald                               992          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,190

55        Scott Stallings                             984          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,198

56        David Lynn (rookie)                   964          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,218

57        Matt Every                                  947          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,235

58        Marc Leishman                           921          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,261

59        Nicholas Thompson                    918          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,264

60        Rory Sabbatini                            915          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,267

61        Ken Duke                                    902          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,280

62        David Hearn                               900          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,282

63        Michael Thompson                     898          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,284

64        Jason Kokrak                               888          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,294

65        Ryan Moore                               870          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,312

66        Bryce Molder                              854          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,328

67        Sang-Moon Bae                          838          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,344

68        Angel Cabrera                             831          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,351

69        Brendan Steele                            826          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,356

70        Ernie Els                                      823          Needs 4th to make top 30                        2,359

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After opening with a 78, Rory McIlroy has his work cut out for him the next three rounds…