The PGATour FedExCup playoffs begins this week with a ridiculous amount of money on offer the winner.
I’m not sure which is more important; a spot on the 2014 PGA Tour or a spot in the 2013 FedExCup playoffs. But you get both when you are ranked in the Top 125 players on the FedExCup points list and 10 Australians have managed to retain their cards for next season;
Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Steven Bowditch, Greg Chalmers, Jason Day, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, John Senden.
Four of these guys only just scraped through.
Aaron Baddeley is playing something that only just resembles golf at the moment and finished the regular season in 119th position. Steven Bowditch finished one place back in 120th spot, Greg Chalmers in 122nd place and Stuart Appleby 123rd.
The first week of the FedExCup playoffs begins this week with only the top-100 ranked golfers after The Barclays moving on to the second week of the playoffs. So needless to say, these four Australians have some work to do.
John Senden, one of Australia’s most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour in 2012 is currently in 105th position and will also need some good golf to move into week two of the playoffs.
And what about the other Australians?
Seven Australians finished ranked between 125th and 200th and therefore qualify for the new Web.com Tour Finals; Cameron Percy, Nick O’Hern, Scott Gardiner, Alistair Presnell, Robert Allenby, Rod Pampling and Nathan Green. All 75 players will join the top-75 ranked players from the secondary Web.com Tour in a four tournament finals series with 50 PGA tour cards up for grabs.
Just to make all this even more confusing, the Top-25 ranked players from the Web.com Tour will automatically earn PGA Tour cards.
The FedEx Cup Playoff format
Four tournaments (field): The Barclays (field 125), Deutsche Bank Championship (100), BMW Championship (70) and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (30).
At the TOUR Championship a points reset takes place, and 30 players will compete for the FedExCup.
Each tournament will have an $8-million purse in addition to the $35-million FedExCup bonus pool.