Finality: The Other Side of The Playoffs

I’ve had this post on my mind since Friday night but decided to wait until all the results from the Barclays were in.

What captured my attention was the finality of The Playoffs. Not for the guys who would go on to win the Tour Championship or the FedExCup, but for the guys who wouldn’t.

The Playoffs work like this:

  • If you’re not in the top 125 players in FedExCup points by the Barclays, you’re out
  • The top 100 players by the Deutsche Bank
  • The top 70 players by the BMW Championship
  • The top 30 players by the Tour Championship 

The Playoffs are so big, to be eliminated is almost like a pause button on a career; you have no place to play on the PGA Tour until after the Ryder Cup in four weeks. And then you only have four weeks of The Fall Series to save your card if that still needs doing.

In order of their finish, these are the guys — the ones who got me thinking Friday night — who missed the cut at The Barclays together with their final FedExCup points standings. You’ll note that there are some notable names here:

  • 104 — Chad Campbell
  • 102 — Will Claxton
  • 118 — Robert Allenby
  • 124 — Heath Slocum
  • 101 — John Mallinger (the PGA Tour is strewn with “missed by one” stories)
  • 110 — Chris Stroud
  • 106 — Andres Romero
  • 115 — Davis Love III (the Ryder Cup Captain)
  • 120 — Colt Knost
  • 114 — Kevin Chappell
  • 121 — Harrison Frazar
  • 122 — Jerry Kelly
  • 123 — Boo Weekley
  • 125 — Jason Bohn

And these are the guys who made the cut and then left themselves dangling just over the cutoff. One can imagine that they will spend weeks ruminating on the fact that they got a step closer than the first group in that they actually had a chance to earn enough points on the weekend and didn’t get the job done:

  • 107 — Rod Pampling
  • 103 — Gary Christian
  • 108 — Billy Mayfair
  • 111 — Henrik Stenson
  • 109 — Brian Gay
  • 113 — Troy Kelly
  • 112 — Kevin Streelman
  • 105 — Fredrik Jacobson
  • 117 — Trevor Immelman
  • 116 — Jeff Maggert
  • 119 — James Driscoll

Because of the seriousness and prestige of The Playoffs, these guys will all surely work harder and earlier next year.

But next year is a long time coming right now.

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