FedEx Cup Standings 2012: Notable Names in Danger of Missing Championship Cut
The Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW championship are the only two things standing between us and The TOUR Championship in late September.
That doesn't leave a lot of time for golfers battling for a spot in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings.
After the Deutsche Bank Championship the field will be cut to 70, before the BMW championship hands us our final 30 participants.
Ask Nick Watney how fast things can change. He jumped from 49th to first in the FedEx Cup standings after his win in the Barclays on Sunday.
Not everyone will have Watney's success down the stretch. Some will falter.
Let's look at three notable names in danger of missing the PGA's ultimate event.
Ogilvy is ranked 49th in the FedEx standings right now, and he will need to make a jump if he's going to find himself in The TOUR Championship.
He hasn't played poorly this year, but he hasn't been great either. Ogilvy has played in 18 events this year and finished in the top 10 one time (ninth in The Open Championship). He came in tied for 19th at Barclays and tied for 11th in the PGA Championship.
This former U.S. Open winner must improve his standing if he wants to play his way into the FedEx Cup's final event.
McDowell finished in the top five at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship this year, but that isn't enough, at this point, to put him in the FedEx Cup's top 30. He's currently 33rd.
He's notable because of those finishes and his U.S. Open victory in 2010. He's played outstanding on a major stages this year, but he was disappointing at Barclays.
After missing the cut at Barclays, McDowell must be very good in this year's final two qualifiers. If he misses the cut in either event, he will be in grave danger of missing the top 30.
Toms hasn't enjoyed a successful 2012 season, and he's only digging his hole deeper. He's currently 89th in the FedEx Cup standings.
He finished 94th at Barclays and missed the cut entirely at the Wyndham Championship. Prior to that cut, he'd missed five this year.
Toms has finished in the top 10 of three tournaments this year, but that's not nearly enough to place him near the top of the standings. He's a very well-known golfer because of his PGA Championship win in 2001 and top 10 finishes at the other majors during his career.
It's going to take a miracle effort from Toms at this point. Barring high finishes in each remaining event, it's hard to see him in The TOUR Championship.
FedEx Cup Standings
Since I've done so much talking about this mysterious "top 30," here they are as things currently stand:
*For complete standings, check out PGATour.com
1. Nick Watney, 3,226
2. Brandt Snedeker, 2,694
3. Tiger Woods, 2,417
4. Rory McIlroy, 2,299
5. Zach Johnson, 2,166
6. Jason Dufner, 2,110
7. Bubba Watson, 2,080
8. Dustin Johnson, 1,972
9. Carl Pettersson, 1,898
10. Sergio Garcia, 1,810
11. Matt Kuchar, 1,747
12. Hunter Mahan, 1,739
13. Keegan Bradley, 1,670
14. Luke Donald, 1,597
15. Justin Rose, 1,534
16. Steve Stricker, 1,523
17. Phil Mickelson, 1,520
18. Ernie Els, 1,514
19. Rickie Fowler, 1,453
20. Webb Simpson, 1,424
21. Louis Oosthuizen, 1,409
22. Bo Van Pelt, 1,382
23. Scott Piercy, 1,304
24. John Huh, 1,295
25. Jim Furyk, 1,284
26. Bud Cauley, 1,204
27. Lee Westwood, 1,194
28. Johnson Wagner, 1,181
29. Bill Haas, 1,181
30. Kyle Stanley, 1,177
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