Barclays golf headlines are around Tiger Woods this morning. Yet the Barclays golf tournament has more than Woods involved, as the results will determine next week’s tournament field. Now that the FedEx Cup playoffs have begun again, the PGA is hoping to have a thrilling race over the next month. After a year of golfers accumulating points, they now get to fight for their lives over the next four weeks. Although the Barclays golf tournament has Woods stealing the headlines today, he still needs to keep going if he wants to play next week.
Thanks to his late start this year, and his struggles when he came back, Woods is fairly low in the FedEx Cup point standings. He still made it into the top 125 and qualified his way in, but he needs to be among the top 100 after this weekend to stay alive.
If the Barclays golf results have Woods finish between 50th and 57th, he will get to participate in next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Since he has started in first place, it bodes well for his chances to advance. Even if he slips off the leaderboard, he just needs to not get bogged down by bogeys and pars, and he will get another shot in Boston.
While Woods is fighting to make it out of week 1, the Barclays golf tournament has higher stakes for the FedEx Cup point standings leaders. Ernie Els comes into the playoffs with the lead, by 149 points, over Steve Stricker. Yet the third-place player may already be finished, after Jim Fuyrk was disqualified for oversleeping through his pro-am tee time.
Furyk should still be in the top 100 after this weekend, but his chances of winning the FedEx Cup have gone down. By not playing in the Barclays golf tournament, Furyk will have to make up a bigger deficit in just three events, at the most. At the least, he will have a better idea of his lost ground after Sunday.
Following this week, the top 100 will head to Boston, and then the top 70 after that event will move on to the next stage. The BMW Championship is even more severe, as 40 more players will be cut. By the time of The Tour Championship in Atlanta, only the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings are left to play for the title.
The Barclays golf results will not make or break who wins the FedEx Cup, although it is going to make things easier or harder for golfers. But, if Woods sets the pace for another day or two, the FedEx Cup will not be the big story on this weekend.
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