And then there were 70.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs are halfway over, and only the top 70 points leaders remain in the hunt for the trophy and, more significantly, the $10 million paycheck. This past weekend's Deutsche Bank Championship saw tournament winner Rory McIlroy leapfrog to the top of the standings, 1,331 points ahead of Nick Watney in second place and 1,382 points ahead of third-place Tiger Woods.
The Deutsche Bank Championship saw the top 100 FedEx Cup points leaders compete for 70 spots at the upcoming BMW Championship. Well known golfers such as Charles Howell III, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi missed the cut, while many little known golfers guaranteed themselves at least $110,000, the payout for those finishing between 55th and 70th place in the final standings.
The cut following this coming weekend will be even more dramatic, as only the top 30 points leaders will be invited to play in the Tour Championship, the final tournament in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Several top golfers are currently near the cut line, including Adam Scott, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and last year's FedEx Cup winner, Bill Haas. Each will have to play well at the BMW Championship to continue on in the playoffs.
Below are the odds, courtesy of British gaming company Ladbrokes, for each of the 70 golfers who will tee off at the BMW Championship at the Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel, Indiana this coming weekend.
|20||Bo Van Pelt||50/1|
|65||Brendon de Jonge||200/1|