The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is only a couple of days away. This event sees the field of 100 players cut to 60. Although many of the players at the top of the leaderboard are safe for week three, the players at 40 or higher in the standings will have to play well to make it into the BMW Championship.
The FedEx Cup is a quasi-interesting golf competition because of the “play well before – play well now – move on” format.
Although, it’s not my favourite, as Rory McIlroy did not play in the first leg and is still in 15th place and Jordan Spieth who missed the cut is still in 2nd, the goal is to have the top players make it through until the end of this four week horse race. This goal appears to be achievable given the current standings.
Jason Day was vaulted to the top of the FedEx Cup standings with his win at the Barclays.
Winning in back to back weeks, Day’s play has raised questions whether he is the best golfer in the world right now. The fickle golf media are quick to change their focus and latch on to whatever golf story is trending. Jordan Spieth had an off week and Rory McIlroy was resting, so it seems easy for pundits to focus on the top player of the day.
As the hype grows heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship, so does the pressure.
The Deutsche Bank Championship is a great event. Unfortunately, it does not really play that big of a role in the FedEx Cup standings.
It does set up players for a run at the title, but as Billy Horschel proved last year, playing well in the last two weeks are the real key to walking away with $10 million USD plus! However, if no player streaks their way to the top, the last three weeks of the FedEx Cup will be a competition of the heavy weights slugging it out until the end.
On that note, the 2015 FedEx Cup Playoffs will be a battle of the giants.
Ultimately, it will come down to five players. These titans of golf will likely flip-flop at the top of the standings until the last round of the Tour Championship in three weeks. This week will see the return of top players on the leaderboard.
Finishing fourth – Zach Johnson
Johnson is that player who just hangs around and will not go away. He has a solid game and has played well lately. He always finds a way to win through his steady play and a great short game. I expect to see The Open winner in the hunt this Sunday.
Finishing tied for 2nd – Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson
Both these players have the game to win at any time. Although McIlroy is more of a closer as of late, both players will be in the hunt all weekend.
I would not be surprised to see these players grouped together in a pairing or two at the TPC Boston. Both players are recent winners of this event and they know how to handle the pressure. Unfortunately, they will come up against a hot player and must settle for second place.
Winner – Jordan Spieth
This is not as obvious as one may think.
His recent performance at the Barclays has many pundits questioning his play of late. I am not one of those pundits. Spieth will come charging back and I would not be surprised to see him lead this event from wire to wire. The Texan is still the best player in the world at this moment, and I expect to see him win the Deutsche Bank Championship this weekend.
Dark Horse – Tony Finau
This rookie continues to play well.
He has the complete game to win on the professional level and this week might be his break out week. He has five top 10 finishes in 2015 and has played well in the past few weeks. Finau will have to have a quick start and be within the top five after day two in order to have a chance to win. There are many great players out there and Finau is one of those rookies to watch.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs are in fully swing! The amount of prize money is staggering and the professional golfers are here to play. The weeks Deutsche Bank Championship will set up the top players for the final push to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
It will be a battle between the top players in the world and should be exciting to watch!
The Grateful Golfer – Pundit Arena