FedEx Cup 2014 Odds: Updated Outlook Following the Barclays

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2014

FedEx Cup 2014 Odds: Updated Outlook Following the Barclays

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    With The Barclays wrapped up, the FedEx Cup 2014 marches on to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

    Playoff events net big points for those in the FedEx Cup standings. Case in point: This week's winner, Hunter Mahan, jumped from 62nd to first in the standings thanks to his two-stroke victory at The Barclays. 

    Last week's points leader, Rory McIlroy, was knocked from his perch by the strong play of a pair of players at Ridgewood Country Club. How does his very vanilla showing in New Jersey affect his odds of lifting the cup going forward? 

    Click through for the answer to that question and more. 

     

     +Odds are mine. Stats via PGATour.com

Jimmy Walker

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    FedEx Cup standing: 3

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 30-1

    Performance at The Barclays: Missed Cut. Jimmy Walker shot 71, 74 to miss the cut by two strokes in New Jersey. 

    The lowdown: Walker has become something of a forgotten man as the season has worn on. His three wins at the beginning of the year seem like a distant memory. A missed cut at the first playoff event wasn't the follow-up Walker wanted to his tie-for-seventh finish at the PGA Championship. 

Adam Scott

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    FedEx Cup standing: 16

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 20-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T15. Adam Scott shot himself out of contention with a Saturday 75. Still, The Barclays marked Scott's 13th top-25 in 14 starts on tour this year. 

    The lowdown: Scott didn't play well at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year (T53). He'll need to do better this year in order to position himself where he'd like to be heading into the last two playoff events. 

Sergio Garcia

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    FedEx Cup standing: 15

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 20-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T57. Sergio Garcia was never a factor at The Barclays. Weekend rounds of 71, 74 saw the Spaniard merely going through the motions to get to the finish in New Jersey. A lazy bogey on his final hole of the tournament was a fitting summation of Garcia's week. 

    The lowdown: Sergio Garcia had a chance to win last year's Deutsche Bank Championship but was derailed by a final-round 74. Even with the lackluster showing in New Jersey, Garcia fans shouldn't be concerned about El Nino's playoff future. 

Rickie Fowler

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    FedEx Cup standing: 11

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 18-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T9. Rickie Fowler's second-round 73 kept his week at The Barclays from being much better. Weekend rounds of 67 secured Fowler his eighth top-10 finish of the season. 

    The lowdown: Fowler hasn't played well at TPC Boston. He missed the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year and finished tied for 74th in 2012. He'll need to do much better this year to avoid a significant slide in the standings entering the BMW Championship. 

Jason Day

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    FedEx Cup standing: 7

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 16-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T2. Jason Day needed a better showing down the stretch Sunday to take The Barclays. He managed just a one-under total over his final nine holes to finish two strokes behind winner Hunter Mahan. 

    The lowdown: Questions still abound about the integrity of Jason Day's injured thumb. Playing four weeks in a row will stress the digit. Thus, it's difficult to feel good about the Australian as the playoffs progress. 

Jim Furyk

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    FedEx Cup standing:

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 15-1

    Performance at The Barclays: 8. Jim Furyk ran out of gas down the stretch at The Barclays, finishing just one under for the round. The other golfers inside the top 10 all fired better final-round scores than Furyk, whose Sunday woes continue. 

    The lowdown: It's tough to see Furyk not heading into the Tour Championship in three weeks inside the top five in the standings. His 63 in the third round of the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship suggests he'll play TPC Boston very well this year to set himself up for the third playoff event. 

Bubba Watson

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    FedEx Cup standing: 5

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 14-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T30. Gerry Lester Watson didn't break 70 in his final three rounds at a course he never really seemed to figure out (or enjoy playing). 

    The lowdown: Watson tied for 67th at the Deutsche Bank Championship last year. He hasn't appeared on his game his last two times out. A similar showing in Boston this year and he's not going to be inside the top 10 in the standings entering the BMW Championship. 

Matt Kuchar

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    FedEx Cup standing: 4

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 12-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T5. Matt Kuchar won The Barclays the last time the tournament was contested at Ridgewood CC (2010). Thus, it wasn't a surprise when he nearly reprised his 2010 performance this year. 

    The lowdown: At fourth in the FedEx Cup standings, Kuchar is right where he wants to be heading to the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he finished tied for fourth last year. 

Hunter Mahan

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    FedEx Cup standing: 1

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 10-1

    Performance at The Barclays: 1. A final-round 65 won The Barclays for Hunter Mahan. Five birdies on the back nine left Mahan two clear of the field on a Sunday where the leaderboard was more congested than the New Jersey turnpike. 

    The lowdown: Mahan's win earned him a 61-place jump in the FedEx Cup standings. While this hasn't been his best year, a tie for seventh at the PGA Championship and the win at The Barclays indicate Mahanwho finished inside the top 25 in all four playoff events last yearis in form for the home stretch.

Rory McIlroy

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    FedEx Cup standing: 2

    Odds to win the FedEx Cup: 4-1

    Performance at The Barclays: T22. It was impossible to think Rory McIlroy wouldn't experience some sort of letdown in New Jersey following his three consecutive wins and week of international jet-setting. 

    The lowdown: "After not touching my clubs for more than a week, I felt a little rusty out there," said Rory McIlroy after his opening-round 74 at The Barclays (per William S. Callahan of the Irish Independent).

    Thanks to a brief practice session, McIlroy righted the ship with a second-round 65, which to put to rest any concerns about the state of the Ulsterman's game going forward.