To no one’s surprise, Jordan Spieth is the No. 1 ranked player in the FedEx Cup standings to start the four-week post-season, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still fall by the wayside.
Spieth has a whopping 1,710-point lead over second-place Jason Day and 1,762 points over Bubba Watson. No other player is within 2,100 points of him.
But those leads can evaporate in a hurry by winning even one FedEx event, since the winner of each gets 2,000 points and the rest of the field sees larger point distributions as well.
Thus, winners like Billy Horschel in 2014 and Henrik Stenson in 2013 did not start the post-season ranked first in the standings, but they certainly ended it there.
Of course Spieth still has the sizable advantage in that by just doing well at the four events, he can keep his lead. If another player wins two of the four events, as Horschel did a year ago, that is usually trouble for the high seeds.
So how does this year’s field stack up? Spieth has 4,169 points, the only player over 2,500, while three men – Watson, Day, and Jimmy Walker have more than 2,000.
The top 36 men in the field are over 1,000 points, and the cutoff – also known as Mr. Irrelevant – is Jeff Overton who actually tied with No.124 Ryo Ishikawa and No. 126 Will MacKenzie at 458 points.
MacKenzie was the odd man out because of his lowest OGWR ranking.
Notables not in the field include: #139 Martin Kaymer and #178 Tiger Woods, who needed a win at the Wyndham Championship last week to get into the field.