The Deutsche Bank Championship is the last event of the 2013 PGA Tour season with a cut, as only the top 70 and ties advanced to the third round at TPC Boston. Only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will advance to the BMW Championship in a few weeks so there is no need for a cut at that event.
There are several golfers whose playoff lives were ended because they came into this event outside of the top 70 and missed the cut. Those players are Tim Clark, Derek Ernst, John Rollins, Robert Garrigus, Brian Harman, Luke Guthrie, Martin Flores, Greg Chalmers, Erik Compton and Scott Brown. All of these players needed to play well this in order to move inside of the top 70 and advance to Conway Farms Golf Club. The biggest surprise is probably Clark – who came into this week 70th in the standings. Had he managed to just make it to the weekend he likely would have qualified to advance.
There are also a few players – namely Sang Moon-Bae, Ryan Palmer and Fredrik Jacobson – who are going to be watching the rest of this tournament with bated breath. Their playoff lives depend on the performance of their competitors. All three of those men missed the cut this week and are flirting with the top 70. Bae entered this week 57th and is currently projected to barely sneak in at 68th. Palmer and Jacobson, on the other hand, would not advance in the playoffs if the event ended today. Palmer would drop from 60th to 71st and Jacobson would move to 72nd from 61st.
Luckily for the guys that entered the week inside of the top 70, there is likely to be a great deal of movement over the next two days. Their positions will more than likely rise and fall a few times between now and the time the tournament concludes.