Ranking the Best All-Time FedEx Cup Perfomances

Ben Alberstadt@benalberstadtFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2015

Ranking the Best All-Time FedEx Cup Perfomances

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    Remember when Tiger Woods did things like winning tournaments and hoisting the FedEx Cup? The latter hasn't happened since 2009, but Woods' two cup victories feature prominently in this list, and not just for reasons of hopeless nostalgia. 

    How do we compare FedEx Cup-winning playoff performances? Well, a good place to start: Wins. Five of the eight cup winners won two playoff events (none won three). Thus, these golfers place ahead of the one-win group. Breaking things down further, we'll look at the quality of the nonwinning performances, and in some cases, how close the golfers came to winning. 

    With that said, on to the ranking. 

2011: Bill Haas

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    The Barclays: T24

    Deutsche Bank Championship: T61

    BMW Championship: T16

    Tour Championship: 1

    If this were a list of the most dramatic FedEx Cup playoff finishes, Bill Haas would likely take the top spot with his par-saving effort from a water hazard to extend the cup-deciding playoff with Hunter Mahan.

    It would be fair to place Haas in a tie for sixth with the gentleman in the next slide, for reasons spelled out there. And for reasons spelled out in the next slide, he earns what could be called the "7b" spot in this list. 

2010: Jim Furyk

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    The Barclays: DQ

    Deutsche Bank Championship: T37

    BMW Championship: T15

    Tour Championship: 1

    2010 FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk and 2011 winner Bill Haas are essentially tied in this list. If we say Furyk did a little better on average in his three starts, then it has to be acknowledged that he only competed in three of the four events.

    Should this count against him? Maybe you think so. We're saying it doesn't, which gives Furyk the edge on better overall playoff finishes.  

2012: Brandt Snedeker

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    The Barclays: 2

    Deutsche Bank Championship: 6

    BMW Championship: T37

    Tour Championship: 1

    Brandt Snedeker edges out Jim Furyk on the strength of better average play throughout the playoffs, as both golfers took home the Tour Championship. Furyk didn't have a top-10 finish outside of his win, whereas Snedeker had a pair. Placing him ahead of Furyk is the only sensible move here. 

2009: Tiger Woods

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    The Barclays: T2

    Deutsche Bank Championship: T11

    BMW Championship: 1

    Tour Championship: 2

    We're ranking Tiger's 2009 effort the best of the one-playoff-win group due to his pair of second-place finishes. He came within a stroke of winning the Barclays and finished three back of Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship.

    There's no doubt Woods' 2009 work deserves the fourth spot. 

2008: Vijay Singh

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    The Barclays: 1

    Deutsche Bank Championship: 1

    BMW Championship: T44

    Tour Championship: T22

    Remember this? Prior to one of several reworkings of the FedEx Cup points system, Vijay Singh won the Cup without playing particularly well at either the BMW Championship or the Tour Championship. Still, the Fijian won the first two playoff events, and he deserves credit as such. 

2013: Henrik Stenson

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    The Barclays: T43

    Deutsche Bank Championship: 1

    BMW Championship: T33

    Tour Championship: 1

    The first winner of two playoff events who won the Tour Championship, Henrik Stenson has to trump Singh, as the latter was awarded the trophy thanks to a screwed-up points system, whereas Stenson had to win the ultimate playoff event. Advantage, Stenson. 

2014: Billy Horschel

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    The Barclays: Cut

    Deutsche Bank Championship: T2

    BMW Championship: 1

    Tour Championship: 1

    Recent memory that it is, we all recall Billy Horschel's lightning-in-a-bottle performance in last year's FedEx Cup. After missing the cut in The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club, Horschel was facing elimination as he arrived at TPC Boston at No. 82 in the standings.

    All Horschel did from that point on: Come within one chunked iron approach at the 72nd hole at TPC Boston of winning three playoff events. 

    It's only his missed cut in the first event that keeps him out of the top spot. 

2007: Tiger Woods

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    The Barclays: Did not play

    Deutsche Bank Championship: T2

    BMW Championship: 1

    Tour Championship: 1

    Tiger Woods won the maiden FedEx Cup playoffs in dominant fashion, and only a two-stroke margin kept Woods from winning all three playoff events he teed it up in. Phil Mickelson spoiled that effort, winning the Deutsche Bank Championship by a pair over TW.

    Woods trounced the field at East Lake to take the Tour Championship by eight strokes and become the first golfer to raise the FedEx Cup. Just as so routinely seemed to be the case in Tiger Woods' heyday, there's no competition for the top spot in this list.


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