Just five Australians will tee it up in The Barclays this week, the first of four cut-throat FedEx Cup Playoff tournaments.
Just five of the 17 Australians who played tournaments for FedEx Cup points this season have qualified for the FedEx Cup Playoffs that begin at this week. Jason Day, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Marc Leishman and John Senden all qualified in the top-125 players form the lowest contingent of Australians to ever play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs since they were first played in 2007.
As part of the promotion for the playoffs, New York City’s Empire State Building was lit up in the FedEx logo colours this week and last year’s champion Jordan Spieth was on the publicity trail including a spot on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Not surprisingly Jason Day and Adam Scott will enter the playoffs fully expecting to become the first ever Australian to win the lucrative season ending event. Placed first and third in the rankings respectively, both Day and Scott will relish four tournaments against the world’s best players to finish the year on a high before returning to Australia for the (our) summer.
Matt Jones just missed out on a spot at The Barclays at Bethpage Black in New York this week after a missed cut at last week tournaments saw him drop from inside the cut-line at 124th to just outside it, to 126th.
After The Barclays, the field will be trimmed from 125 to 100 for the following tournament. As it stands Senden sits in 99th position, needing a good week to stick around for the following week.
Marc Leishman has had a solid season without any stand-out result and sits in 57th place on the FedEx Cup standings with just two top-10 finishes this year. Aaron Baddeley will enter the playoffs in 45th place thanks largely to his dramatic win at the Barbasol Championship in July. Baddeley looks to have sorted most of the driver issues he has battled for the past few years and could make an impact in these FedEx Cup Playoffs.