Picking the Top 10 for the FedEx Cup

Paddy MillerContributor IIIAugust 25, 2011

Picking the Top 10 for the FedEx Cup

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    Now that the final major of the year has been completed, it is time to focus on what the PGA really likes to push onto viewers the most: the FedEx Cup. It was mid-February when we first heard Jim Nantz announce that he was looking forward to the end of year event, and with such enthusiasm, how could we blame him?

    In all reality, the FedEx Cup does provide viewers with four interesting golf tournaments, and an awesome pay day for one of the game’s finest. 

    Coming up are 10 favorites to win the $6 million prize and take home one of golf’s most over-hyped trophies.

    Advance warning: you will not notice two names not on the list. While he has shown brilliance this year, Nick Watney has struggled with consistency his whole career. Also missing is last year's champion Jim Furyk, who is nowhere near last season’s form.

Y.E. Yang

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    Y.E. Yang has seen the right side of the scoreboard this season, with his most impressive performance coming at Congressional where he finished tied for third.

    The South Korean has what it takes to perform under pressure, and if he collects his first win of the season early on, he could be a contender again come late September.

Brandt Snedeker

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    Snedeker has shown up 10 times this year inside the top 10, and he collected a win at The Heritage back in April.

    The only current blemish for Snedeker is missing the cut in the last two majors of the season. However, his consistency speaks for itself and that could keep him in contention throughout the playoffs.

Rickie Fowler

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    Fowler made it to the BMW Championship in last season's playoff and looks to make it even further this time around in his second campaign on the PGA Tour.

    Fowler has had some tremendous performances this year, but he has also missed a few cuts. His best performance was finishing tied for second in the WGC-Bridgestone five strokes behind Adam Scott. He followed that up with a lukewarm performance in the PGA.

    However, if Fowler gets on a hot streak for a few weeks, he could collect his first PGA Tour win and also collect a few other things for his bank account.

Phil Mickelson

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    Lefty finished the 2011 season much stronger than he did in 2010; although, he did cap off the previous year with a 10th-place finish in the FedEx Cup.

    Mickelson will hope the playoffs are just as friendly this year.

    If Phil is hitting his 2010 Masters form, he might be an easy choice to take home this year’s honors. Maybe the big question is, whether or not Phil’s gambling-type style is best for a tournament held out over four rounds? We’ll see.

Jason Day

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    Jason Day did the bulk of his damage this season in the first two majors, finishing runner-up in both. He also has eight top 10s to his name this season.

    That kind of consistency should keep him in the hunt for as long as it goes, and if he plays solid golf at the end, he could be victorious. It would be a great prize in a long season of near misses.

K.J. Choi

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    K.J. won The Players this year but has gone sideways lately, failing to finish in the top 25 in the last four tournaments.

    Another player who has big tournament experience; if he is able to get his game back, he could be a candidate for the big check at the end.

Adam Scott

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    The Australian went into last weekend's PGA as the favorite after his resounding win at Firestone.

    Now he goes into the playoffs with the same hope and outlook. If Scott is able to put himself into a position to win, he has shown he can. Now the question is if he can do it two or three weeks in a row.

Steve Stricker

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    Stricker started out hot at Atlanta Athletic Club, firing an open round 63. He struggled a bit on Friday with a 74, and he never really recovered and finished out of the top 10.

    The Wisconsin native has two wins on tour this year and compiled enough FedEx Cup points to be second in that category. If Stricker keeps up his early PGA form, he could be an easy pick to take the logistics hardware. 

Matt Kuchar

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    Talk about a guy that has revived his career in the last two years. Matt Kuchar has made quite a living on PGA Tour courses. He only has one win to show for it, but he sure has made a lot of cash.

    The Georgia Tech product will look to avenge his ninth-place finish in last year's tournament, due in large part to a five-over-par performance at the Tour Championship.

    We will see if Kuchar can turn the corner this year and cash in on the biggest pay day of his career to date. 

Luke Donald

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    The world's current No.1—and we have been throwing that term around lightly lately—will need to justify why he is at the top currently. Since all of the major championships have ran out this year, it looks like the FedEx Cup is the best place to do it.

    He won the WGC-Match Play and has had a great year on this side of the pond with 10 finishes in the top 10. However, the old question will arise of how a No.1 is without a major title. Really?

    If Donald can silence his critics, he will need to come up with a big performance in the FedEx Cup, and that may not be enough.

Cashing in

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    As mentioned before, it is not as if we have had enough FedEx Cup force-feeding yet, but it is here now and it is time to enjoy the action. We will see if somebody can upset the field or if somebody can cement their status amongst the current elite in the game—and cash in at the FedEx ATM as we head to the TOUR Championship.