FedEx Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Ricky Fowler leads golfers in the bubble at Windham Championship

This week’s Wyndham Championship is the last event of the PGA Tour 2021-22 regular season, and it represents the last chance for many golfers to cement their spots in the FedEx Cup 2022 qualifiers, which begin next week at FedEx St. For some, this week is more important than making the playoffs because if they don’t play their way to the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings, they will have to attend the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to reclaim the 2022-23 PGA Tour season ticket.

This will be the last year of the current system. Next year, the 71-125 will miss the FedEx Cup qualifiers and later play the state fall table on the PGA Tour in 2024. They will not play in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. However, that’s 12 months from now. This time around, there are some big names, past major winners and potential young stars who will be attending this week at Sedgefield Country Club for next week’s spot in Memphis.

One interesting note from the top is that many players in this range are getting a built-in boost because golfers up front who have transitioned to the LIV golf league — such as Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, Brooks Koepka and others — are ineligible in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Someone like Stewart Sink is #125 on the overall list, but when you remove the LIV players, he jumps to #116. Let’s take a look at where some of these top players stand and what they need to do to make the playoffs. (You can see the full list at this link here).

116- Stewart Zinc: The former Open Open winner had his card during the 2024 season because he won last season, and due to the LIV factor he’s not really in danger of falling off the top 125 (otherwise he’d be right in the bubble at 125). Cenk will definitely be in the playoffs next week in Memphis.

117. Webb Simpson: The co-captain of the newly named Presidents Cup in a boat better than Sink. Because he won the Players Championship in 2018, his Simpson’s PGA Tour ticket is locked out until 2026. He’ll also move into the playoffs, except for something really unreasonable from the 10 or so players behind him. Simpson has the added advantage that he thrives in this cycle and in this tournament with five straight top 10 games with five consecutive top seven and has a much better chance of moving up the rankings rather than going down.

121- Chaison Hadley: Remember when Hadley scored an ace in the final round of this tournament last year to press in the FedEx Cup playoffs? That was an incredible moment that Hadley certainly hopes to imitate (with or without an ace) this week. The gap between Hadley and those outside the top 125 list is thin. If 126th Max McGreevey finishes 32 or better, and Hadley misses the cut, it will be enough for McGreevy to overtake him. However, Hadley will need to be outdone by five different players to make the top 125, which is certainly possible but not necessarily probable.

123. Ricky Fowler: He’s definitely the biggest name on the list, but like Cink and Simpson, Fowler isn’t in danger of losing his PGA Tour card. His victory at the 2019 Phoenix Open secured his card until the end of next year, and even then he’ll have plenty of lifetime waivers to use to stay in the Tour. He’s in a similar place to last year, though, when he came into the Wyndham Championship at number 125. He missed the cut that week and slipped to 134th and missed the playoffs.

125- Austin Smotherman: It’s a good benchmark because it currently sits 125th. Smotherman currently has just over 314 points in the FedEx Cup, which means golfers at 146 or less will have to finish in the top six to catch and pass him (assuming he didn’t earn any points himself). in Sedgefield). This is a huge leap for a lot of players who aren’t too far from the cutoff point to reach these playoffs.

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127- Danny Willett His 2016 Masters qualification expires this year, so he needs a solid week at Sedgefield to reach the top 125. The good news for him is that he’s moving in the right direction. Willett jumped 16 places by his finish in T7 at the 3M Open, and also made the cut last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He also has the DP World Tour to fall back on for the rest of the year if he wants to go that route. If he is unable to secure full status for next year, Willett may play more than Tommy Fleetwood’s schedule as he jumps back and forth between rounds and plays in the major tournaments.

129. Nick Hardy: A potential young star from the Korn Ferry Tour, Hardy has appeared in the US Open (T14) and Travelers Championship (T8), but he has some work to do to reach the top 125 places and retain his card for next season. If he fails to finish 25th or so – which he will need to do to advance – he will once again return to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals to try and win a ticket through that circuit for the second year in a row.

130. Cameron Champ: Champ was outstanding for a number of reasons, primarily because of his tremendous talent but also because he had some work to do to make his way to the playoffs. However, his win last year at the 3M Open has his card sealed off until the end of 2024, so he doesn’t have much to worry about on that front. Unless he wins this week or somehow participates in the playoffs and wins one of those events, this will be the first season in the last four that Champ could have gone out without a win.

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