Pre-Open Fed Ex Cup Standings: Will Top Ten Stay That Way?

Thomas Moreland@NFLMIKEESenior Writer IJuly 13, 2010

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14:  Denny Hamlin, sits aboard the #11 Fed Ex Ground Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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You can see the worried look in their eyes. Like the driver picured above, wondering who's going to catch up? The golfers are in a race too.

Some players on the bubble of the Fed Ex Cup point standings are starting to worry as hot players are on their heels, and perhaps the chance for a $10 Million dollar prize vanishes.

Your current points leader is Ernie Els, the winner of two tournaments and numerous high finishes. He has 1,751 Fed Ex Cup Points. 

I expect Els will have a decent time at St Andrews, but is not a fantasy pick this week.

In the number two spot is Steve Stricker after his win at the John Deere Classic. Stricker has 1,561 points.

Stricker is my back-up to Tiger Woods this week at the Open.

Justin Rose is third. Who knows, after this week he could be No. 1. Rose has 1,542 points.

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Rose is my C-player in fantasy this week at the Open.

Number four in the points is Phil Mickelson. From week to week, we never know quite what to expect. Mickelson is brilliant, or ordinary. Not much in between. Mickelson has 1,521 points.

Jim Furyk sits in fifth. He won a couple events early, and is now tuned up for the last two major. Furyk has 1,479 points.

Number six belongs to another winner this season in Tim Clarke. He is my back-up to Justin Rose in fantasy this week. Clarke has 1,280 points.

The first five golfers in this list will be hard to bump down any further, but there are plenty of chances to get into the top 130 or so by playoff time for other hopefuls. Then you have to get hot.

In the seventh spot is Ben Crane, who I have used a bit in fantasy this season. I have found using players on the Top Ten of the Fed Ex Cup point standings gets you success, sometimes.

Crane was in the C-player spot and has done well this season. Crane has 1,222 points.

Next is Anthony Kim. now recovered from a thumb injury and ready to make a big impact in the Fed-Ex Cup race and perhaps the final two majors of the season. Ha has 1,215 points.

In ninth we have Dustin Johnson, who has to erase US Open memories to get back on top of his game to be  mentioned in the Fed Ex Cup discussion. This may be a player that will fall out of the top ten next.

In 10th is Robert Allenby, a good steady player no one talks about,is not in the media spotlight, and just plays great golf the majority of the time. Allenby uses his head around the course, and is a good putter.

There's your Fed Ex Cup point standings before the British Open. Let's see what changes are in store and we will pick up right before the PGA Championship, later this season.

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