This week’s Wyndham Championship marks the end of the PGA Tour regular season. This is the last chance for players on the edge of the top 125 to do what is necessary to keep their playing rights.
Only the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings are guaranteed full playing rights next season, everyone below (except those with exemptions) will have to contend with a partial category. The Frenchman Paul Barjon is the case that concerns us most obviously.
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A top 10
With only one top 10 won at the start of the year at La Quinta in the American Express, no other top 30, 11 successful cuts in 25 tournaments, Barjon is far from the mark at the dawn of the home stretch.
157th with 168 points he will have to double his total to hope to join the top 125. The mission seems almost impossible but this game has so many surprises in store that we start dreaming.
Other players are in great danger as well. Among them are a few names that PGA Tour aficionados are used to. A Masters winner and even the two Ryder Cup captains for Europe and the United States!
123rd Rickie Fowler
The ex-little prodigy of golf made in the USA has been at the bottom of the wave for several months, not to say years. Former world No. 4 Rickie Fowler is today, thanks to the removal of the LIV dissident ranking, on the right side of the waterline. Be careful not to sink Sunday evening in North Carolina.
127th Danny Willett
England’s Danny Willett’s five-year exemption for winning the Masters in 2016 has come to an end. The Sheffield native is currently just outside the top 125. But his 7th place at the 3M Open 10 days ago reassured his supporters. He has the means to reverse the trend.
142nd Zach Johnson
The American Ryder Cup captain Johnson is now 46 years old and has not lifted trophies since winning The Open in 2015. Down to 313th in the world he should benefit from his captaincy to play a lot tournaments next year no matter what.
148th Charley Hoffman
While Hoffmann doesn’t have a huge track record, he’s one of only two players to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs every year since the end-of-season format was introduced.
159th Luke Donald
Freshly named Ryder Cup captain for Europe for 2023, the former world number 1 Englishman readily concedes that his form has deteriorated considerably in recent years, largely due to injuries. He too will be able to assert his new role to solicit invitations.
168th Brandt Snedeker
Like Hoffman, Snedeker has finished in the top 125 of the FedEx rankings for the previous 15 seasons. In 2012 it was even he who lifted the FedEx Cup at the end of the Playoffs. This time the deal is different, he needs a miracle to save himself.