The complete field for the 2014 FedEx Cup is officially set, with the 125 top PGA Tour standouts punching their tickets for the playoffs after Sunday's final round at the Wyndham Championship.
Rory McIlroy still sits comfortably in the lead of the projected standings after play in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the field is loaded with top golfers who are more than capable of winning the PGA Tour's championship trophy.
Among the notables not making the field of 125 are Tiger Woods, John Daly, Tom Watson and Fred Couples. But as PGA Tour notes, there are plenty of golfers to keep an eye on:
Sunday wasn't as kind to these three golfers, who finished just outside of the field. But as PGA Tour's Sean Martin noted, they were class acts regardless:
It was a tough day for Heath Slocum, Brad Fritsch and Jason Allred today at Wyndham, but all were class acts after the round.— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) August 17, 2014
Let's take a look at the top of the FedEx Cup standings and some projections.
|11||Zach Johnson||1, 552|
|12||Brendon Todd||1, 542|
Note: Full FedEx Cup projections courtesy of PGATour.com
Rory McIlroy Will Be Rare Sight in FedEx Cup
No golfer is in a better position entering the FedEx Cup than Rory McIlroy, as he enters with a sizable points lead. But with the Ryder Cup looming, don't expect to see much from McIlroy.
The Northern Irish star has been unstoppable as of late. He has won his last three tournaments, taking the British Open last month before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and coming from behind to win the PGA Championship.
McIlroy is back in England celebrating his recent accomplishments, as Jason Sobel of Golf Channel noted:
Rory McIlroy brings the Claret Jug to Old Trafford. Probably feels even sweeter knowing he took it from Liverpool.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 16, 2014
The Barclays begins on Thursday, and it's unclear as of yet whether McIlroy will make it to the United States for the event. He'll surely need some tune-up rounds before the Ryder Cup and will want to keep up his momentum, but his priorities are in order.
At this point, a FedEx Cup title would be an unnecessary addition to McIlroy's stocked 2014 trophy case, and he's much more likely to put his focus on leading Europe to another Ryder Cup victory.
Phil Mickelson Will Finish 2014 Strong
He doesn't have a major championship to show for it, but Phil Mickelson's game has taken a 180 degree turn over the summer.
Throughout the first half of this year, Lefty's best golf was hard to come by. His short game struggled like it hadn't in years, and inconsistency from the tee drove him from being competitive in early majors.
But over the last month, Mickelson's fortune has changed. He finished right outside of the top 20 at The Open before finishing 15th at Bridgestone and second in the PGA Championship—one stroke behind McIlroy.
Mickelson pretty much wrapped up his Ryder Cup captain's pick from Tom Watson with his stellar play in Louisville, but he has a ways to go before he's content with his performance this year. Don't be surprised if Lefty brings his best to the FedEx Cup playoffs in order to keep up his solid form for the Ryder Cup.
Jordan Spieth Will Win the 2014 FedEx Cup
Jordan Spieth has still yet to win a major, a trend he will try to break in 2015. But it's becoming more and more apparent that he's already on top of his game.
The youngster was in position to win this year's Masters before Bubba Watson took it from him, and impressive performances have been the norm from Spieth. That's evident by his impressive eighth-place spot in the FedEx Cup standings.
Spieth will have much more to focus on than just the PGA Tour title, however. He was also selected for the USA's Ryder Cup team, as the Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls noted:
Jordan Spieth says making Ryder Cup team was "one of my very, very lofty goals I set for myself two years ago."— kbohls (@kbohls) August 12, 2014
Looking to regain his strong play from earlier in the season in time for the Ryder Cup, Spieth will enter this weekend's The Barclays tournament on a mission. After a strong performance there, the 21-year-old will put himself in position to hold onto a points lead.
He has already fulfilled his dream of making the Ryder Cup team. Now, it's time for Spieth to rack up some more individual accolades.