The PGA Tour has one final event before the FedExCup Playoffs begin, and plenty of players on the edge have a chance at cracking the top 125 to compete for the PGA Tour’s championship.
The Tour returned this past weekend following the Olympics and we saw Abraham Ancer and Erik van Rooyen claim victories. Ancer won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in a three-golfer playoff while van Rooyen rolled to victory in the Barracuda Championship. Both made big moves up the FedExCup standings heading into the final weekend of regular season play.
Ancer entered the WGC event ranked No. 18, but the victory shot him up 12 spots to No. 6. van Rooyen had the biggest move of the week, shooting up 61 spots from No. 139 to No. 78. The top 125 golfers earn a spot in The Northern Trust, which opens the three-tournament playoff. The following week, the top 70 earn a spot in the BMW Championship. The final weekend, the top 30 earn a spot in the TOUR Championship.
The final event before the playoffs will take place is this coming weekend with the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Collin Morikawa is currently projected to rank No. 1 in FedExCup points, followed by Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay to round out the top three.
van Rooyen was the biggest mover and likely locked in his berth in the playoffs. Patrick Rodgers entered the weekend at No. 126 and moved just inside the playoff field to 123. The first five golfers projected on the outside looking in are Scott Piercy, Nate Lashley, Michael Thompson, Camilo Villegas, and Rickie Fowler. Piercy picked up 18 spots with a second-place tie at the Barracuda Championship.