Fed Ex Cup Contender Scenarios

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

In what has proven to be one of the most exciting Fed Ex Cup Playoffs to date, the slogan “It’s Anyone’s Game” could not be more true. All 30 golfers in the PGA TOUR Championship have a mathematical chance of winning the Fed Ex Cup and the nice $10 million bonus included.

The top five in the Fed Ex Cup points standings have the best chance to win it all, only needing an outright victory this weekend to capture the Fed Ex Cup. Outside of the top five, a special combination of a victory and the top five finishing in successively lower spots are required for their victory.

For example, Louis Oosthuizen, sixth in the Fed Ex Cup standings, not only has to win the TOUR Championship, but Rory McIlroy (No. 1) must finish tied for second or worse. As you look farther down the list, the requirements grow longer and more complex.

Take Scott Piercy, who is 30th in the standings. His victory hinges on a TOUR Championship victory, Rory McIlroy finishes 29th or worse, Tiger Woods finishes in a three-way tie for 6th or worse, Nick Watney finishes 4th or worse, Phil Mickelson finishes 3rd or worse, Brandt Snedeker finishes in a three-way tie for 2nd or worse, and Louis Oosthuizen finishes 2nd or worse.

So while it is possible for anyone to win the Fed Ex Cup from any of the 30 spots, the odds anyone out of 7th place will have to play their best and hope for a miracle from the rest of the field. And looking at how the top five in the Fed Ex Cup has played over the past few weeks, especially Rory, back to back wins, three wins out of his last four, so anything less than what we have seen over the past month would be a shock.

As the final week of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs kicks off, the main golfers to focus on will be Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson. All three are within the top five in the Fed Ex Cup race and placed in the top five the past two events. It’s anyone’s game for the Fed Ex Cup this weekend, tee times begin at 11:35 ET.