FedEx Cup Standings 2013: Surging Golfers Who Will Struggle at BMW Championship

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2013

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to his third shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 2, 2013 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Sergio Garcia made a huge charge up the FedEx Cup standings by finishing in a tie for fourth place at the Deutsche Bank Championship. 

According to the Live Projected FedEx standings, Garcia earned 563 points for his efforts, which moved him from No. 55 in the rankings all the way up to No. 24. It was a huge jump for him after a frustrating season, but he wasn't the only golfer to shoot up the board last Sunday.

With another strong showing at the BMW Championship, Garcia could be playing for $10 million in the final event of the FedEx Cup.

One hundred golfers were invited to the Deutsche Bank Championship. The field shrinks to just 70 golfers at the BMW Championship and down to 30 for the Tour Championship.

Here's a quick look at the golfers who currently lead the pack. 

These upcoming golfers made significant strides toward staying in the FedEx Cup for the long haul. But despite surging up the standings last weekend, they are more likely to miss the 30-man cut down for the Tour Championship. 


Sergio Garcia (No. 24)

Garcia took a two-stroke lead into Sunday at TPC Boston, as noted by TaylorMade Golf:

He'd put together three superb rounds in a row and had a chance to move all the way up to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings with the win. But, as is his wont, Garcia tanked in Round 4, shooting two-over par on the round. 

He was the only man on the leaderboard who shot over par on Sunday. 

If you've been watching Garcia throughout his career, then not only were you not surprised to see him tumble in the final round—you were expecting it. 

The Spanish golfer has as much talent as any top player in the world, but he always finds a way to choke under pressure.

His anti-clutch gene—if you will—is what sunk him at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and it's what will keep him from making the 30-man cut next weekend at the BMW Championship. 


Kevin Stadler (No. 32)

With 1,235 FedEx Cup points, Stadler is just 36 points away from the No. 30 spot heading into the next tournament. He began the tournament at No. 75 and vaulted up to No. 32, which puts him right on the bubble heading into the BMW Championship.

In order to secure his spot, it's likely Stadler will need to finish in the top 25—if not better. 

In 232 PGA Tour events, Stadler has earned a top-25 finish just 50 times, and his tie for fourth at last week's event was a rarity. 

Before his phenomenal performance in Boston, Stadler has finished outside the top 25 in 12 straight tournaments—half of which were missed cuts.

Simply put, Stadler isn't known for his brilliant play. Every once in a while he manages to shine, but thus far in his career, those shining moments haven't lasted long. 


Ian Poulter (No. 52)

A top-10 finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship gave Poulter a chance to stay afloat in the FedEx Cup. He moved from No. 77 to No. 52 and has a chance to stick around another week with a top finish.

For finishing in a tie for ninth place, Poulter received 363 points. Given the fact that No. 30 at this time, Lee Westwood, has 1,271 points, it seems safe to say Poulter will need a top-five finish to survive the big cut down to 30 for the Tour Championship.

Before finishing in ninth place at TPC Boston, Poulter missed the cut at the Barclays and finished in 61st place at the PGA Championship. It's a pattern we've seen from the Englishman all season long, as he hasn't been able to consistently play well. 

Given Poulter's radical up-and-down season, it seems safe to say he'll fail to finish in the top five at the BMW Championship.


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