PGA Tour: Power Ranking the FedExCup Favorites

Kasey ScottAnalyst IAugust 31, 2011

PGA Tour: Power Ranking the FedExCup Favorites

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    With only three more FedExCup playoff events, it is time to start looking at the players with the best chances at winning the FedExCup. 

    Since Tiger Woods will be a non-factor in this year's FedExCup, the field is wide open. There are both younger and older golfers challenging for the Cup in 2011. 

    Be prepared for a very exciting final month of golf with these five golfers having an excellent shot at winning the FedExCup. 

5. Phil Mickelson

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    FedExCup standing: 11th

    Lefty is nearly 2,000 points behind points leader Dustin Johnson, although a win in the next three events would catapult him to the top.

    Mickelson did not win a FedExCup playoff in 2010, but he did win the the Tour Championship in 2009. 

    Phil has five top 10 finishes in 2011 and one win so I wouldn't count him out quite yet. 

4. Steve Stricker

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    FedExCup standing: Seventh

    Stricker certainly has some work to do as he is 1,608 points behind Dustin Johnson in the FedExCup standings. 

    The next playoff will be played at TPC Boston presented by Deutsche Bank. Stricker won at TPC Boston in 2009, which certainly bodes well for him in 2011. 

    With five top 10 finishes and two wins in 2011, look for Stricker to finish strong. 

3. Nick Watney

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    FedExCup standing: Third

    Just last week Watney was atop the FedExCup standings and now he is 1,435 points behind Dustin Johnson. 

    Nick Watney has never won a FedExCup playoff event, so why not win his first in 2011? 

    Watney has nine top 10 finishes in 2011 along with two wins. Look for Watney to surprise a few people down the stretch. 

2. Matt Kuchar

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    FedExCup standing: Second

    Matt Kuchar is right on the heels of Dustin Johnson, only 784 points behind. Kuchar is in a strong position as he does not need to win a FedExCup playoff in order to win the FedExCup.

    Kuchar won at The Barclays in 2010 and finished second in 2011. Kuchar has shown that he can be clutch during the stretch of the FedExCup playoffs. 

    No wins, no worries for Matt Kuchar as he has nine top 10 finishes in 2011 and is primed to compete for the FedExCup. 

1. Dustin Johnson

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    FedExCup standing: First

    Dustin Johnson jumped from 19th last week all the way to No. 1 this week in the FedExCup standings. 

    Johnson got his first win of 2011 at The Barclays, and that boosted the young golfer all the way to first. The FedExCup is arguably his to lose. 

    With six top 10 finishes in 2011 and a win last week to start off the 2011 FedExCup playoffs, Dustin Johnson is in a very good position to win the FedExCup. 

    Looking down the line of FedExCup playoffs, Johnson won the BMW Championship last year. Johnson is in an excellent position to win the FedExCup in 2011.