Now that the BMW Championship is in the books, we know who secured the top 30 spots in the FedEx Cup standings. Those 30 golfers will make their way to East Lake for the TOUR Championship in just a few days and will compete for the $10 million FedEx Cup grand prize. As expected, some guys played their way into the final leg of the playoffs this week while others are on the outside looking in.
The two biggest movers at Conway Farms were undoubtedly Nick Watney and Luke Donald. Both men played their way into the finale after starting the week outside of the top 30. Watney jumped from 34th to 12th thanks to a solo second finish while Donald finished tied for fourth this week and moved from 54th to 29th – barely making it into next week’s field. I don’t think either man will complain about their ranking, as long as they have the opportunity to play next week.
Dustin Johnson is the last man into the field for the final leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs – and he made it in by the skin of his teeth. Johnson started the week ranked 23rd in the standings but fell all the way 30th when the week was over after failing to break par in any of the four rounds he played at Conway Farms. He certainly isn’t coming in with a great deal of momentum, but he must be breathing a sigh of relief at this point knowing that he made the cut.
Only the top five in the standings to begin the TOUR Championship control their own destiny in terms of taking home the FedEx Cup championship – if they win the tournament the $10 million is theirs. The rest of the field will have to hope that the chips fall in the right places should they take home the title.
Some of the more notable names that failed to make their way inside of the top 30 are Bubba Watson (37), Rickie Fowler (38), Lee Westwood (41), Rory McIlroy (50), Ian Poulter (53) and Ernie Els (68).
The official FedEx Cup standings can be found here.