FOUR Australians in the $US67 million FedEx Cup playoffs is the smallest representation we’ve had since the US PGA Tour’s finals series was launched in 2007.
But it seems a case of quality over quantity as Jason Day (8), Cameron Smith (16), Marc Leishman (24) and Adam Scott (40) are all in healthy positions on the FedEx standings.
Here, we take a look at their chances – and projected standings – with the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston ongoing.
At No.8 on the standings, Day – twice a winner on the US PGA Tour this year -is assured of remaining inside the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship finale in Atlanta, Georgia. That’s even with his missed cut at TPC Boston, after which Day is projected to drop two spots to 10th on the standings. Day’s main goal is use next week’s BMW Championship to try jump Brooks Koepka (fifth on the standings) and move into the top-five seeds heading into Atlanta. But almost 400 points behind Koepka, who is playing well at TPC Boston, Day has his work cut out for him.
‘Smitty’ guaranteed himself a Tour Championship berth by making the cut at TPC Boston, which was really all he needed. But, like fellow Queenslander Day, Smith faces a mountainous task in closing an 861-point gap between he and Koepka. However, a Tour Championship debut will ensure Smith bags starts to all four majors next year (although he is already qualified for several). Smith is projected to jump two spots to 14th.
‘Leish’ is very much in the hunt at TPC Boston and likely will only need a finish of outright 36th – or 80 FedEx points – to ensure a Tour Championship start regardless of his result at the elite 70-man BMW, where he will defend his 2017 title. Leish is currently 24th on the standings and is projected to climb two spots.
At 40th on the standings, ‘Scotty’ is guaranteed to stay inside the top 70 who advance to the BMW but a lacklustre three rounds at TPC Boston have left him needing a serious amount of work to do in the final round and also at Philadelphia’s Aronimink Golf Club next week if he wants to make it to the Tour Champs.