JERSEY CITY, N.Y. — It is playoff time, golf model. And there may be not a lot time to get settled and take all of it in.
The FedEx Cup playoffs start this week on the Northern Belief, proceed subsequent week with the BMW Championship and conclude every week later with the Tour Championship.
On the finish, a PGA Tour participant can have earned a $15 million bonus. The last-place participant within the 30-man subject on the Tour Championship will receives a commission, too. That’s price $395,000.
That is the fifteenth yr of the FedEx system, the third below a format that has three tournaments, down from 4, and that includes a single FedEx Cup champion versus the potential for a match winner and FedEx winner on the Tour Championship.
Here is a take a look at what’s forward:
Now issues get attention-grabbing
The Northern Belief at Liberty Nationwide options the top 125 players off the common season FedEx Cup factors listing, with no alternates. The match has a lower to the highest 65 and ties and can supply 4 instances the variety of factors as gamers competed for in common PGA Tour occasions. So as an alternative of 500 factors, the winner will get 2,000, which creates the potential for volatility and the power for gamers who’re means again to advance. The highest 70 in factors following the match will advance to the BMW Championship.
The return of Rahm
For the primary time since he tied for third at The Open, No. 1-ranked Jon Rahm is enjoying. It has been a wild summer season for the Spanish golfer who twice has contracted COVID-19 and performed a few of his greatest golf within the meantime. He was a 6-shot chief after 54 holes on the Memorial when he examined optimistic and needed to withdraw; he then got here again to win the U.S. Open, birdieing the ultimate two holes. He completed tied for seventh on the Scottish Open after which made a last-day run at The Open. Then he examined optimistic once more, lacking the Olympics. Rahm enters the playoffs fifth within the FedEx Cup standings.
How shortly issues can change
Open champion Collin Morikawa is No. 1 within the FedEx Cup standings, however that does not imply a lot with so many factors now at stake. He leads No. 2 Jordan Spieth by simply 32 factors and is simply 450 factors forward of No. 10 Sam Burns. There will be fairly the shake-up relying on outcomes.
Jordan says … I am again
It has been a stable yr for Jordan Spieth, who regained his type after a few years of struggling, successful the Valero Texas Open and contending a number of extra instances. It is now to the purpose the place Spieth himself believes one other victory — or two — is feasible. Spieth has not made it to the Tour Championship since 2017.
Again to the place Brooks vs. Bryson started
Again the place it began. Nicely, not less than the place it escalated. The feud between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau really started early in 2019 when Koepka famous DeChambeau’s tempo of play at a match in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It went to a different stage when DeChambeau had his points on the Northern Belief, with Koepka calling him out, phrases between their caddies, an settlement — allegedly — to not point out one another’s names in such tussles … after which it blowing up huge time on the PGA Championship in Might this yr. And so right here we’re. DeChambeau is seventh in FedEx factors and Koepka is fifteenth.
Attempting to determine DJ
Dustin Johnson hasn’t been terrible — he simply hasn’t been as nice as he was a yr in the past presently, when he gained the Northern Belief, misplaced in a playoff on the BMW, then gained the Tour Championship to seize the FedEx Cup.
He’s a relatively pedestrian seventeenth within the standings heading into the playoffs and most of it’s based mostly on his tie for sixth on the U.S. Open and his victory on the Masters — in November 2020. Keep in mind, it is a six-major season, and Johnson missed the lower in two majors in 2021. He did tie for eighth on the Open, which is his greatest end since a tie for eighth on the Genesis Invitational in February.
What about Phil?
Phil Mickelson is proof that each one it takes is one good week to place your self properly for a FedEx run. Certain, he’d like to be greater than 58th in factors. However that quantity mainly assures him of qualifying for the primary two playoff occasions. He has work to do to make it into the highest 30 and the Tour Championship. Because it stands now, he’s 396 factors out of thirtieth. You work he’ll most likely want not less than 500 extra factors to make it. Two top-12 finishes may maintain it. Mickelson, who has made the playoffs yearly, was the one participant to make it to the second-to-last playoff occasion yearly till the streak resulted in 2020.
JT’s quiet yr
A robust closing spherical on the Gamers Championship led to victory for Justin Thomas, however in any other case, this has principally — by his personal admission — been a irritating yr. Since that victory, Thomas has no top-10s on the PGA Tour and did not contend in any of the foremost championships. He enters ninth within the FedEx Cup and might maybe salvage one thing by pushing by way of within the playoffs. He gained the FedEx in 2017.
The continuing Ryder Cup questions
This would be the backstory through the playoffs. The U.S. crew’s six computerized qualifiers will probably be determined following the BMW Championship. U.S. captain Steve Stricker then has six picks following the Tour Championship.
Morikawa, Johnson, DeChambeau, Koepka, Thomas and Xander Schauffele are the six computerized qualifiers in the mean time, with Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau holding down the seventh by way of twelfth spots.
Whereas Stricker will quickly know who his computerized crew members are, he’d undoubtedly wish to see some type out of gamers within the combine. Reed, Cantlay and Finau have been quiet of late. Mickelson stated he must have some stable outcomes to be thought-about. Homa and Horschel would seemingly must do one thing within the playoffs.
And it would not harm if locks resembling Johnson, DeChamabeau and Thomas began enjoying higher, too.
The European crew will probably be determined following the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, which concludes on Sept. 12.
The Ryder Cup is Sept. 24-26.