FedEx Cup Standings 2012: Notable Names in Danger of Missing Championship Cut

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 04:  David Toms plays his shot from the third tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 4, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW championship are the only two things standing between us and The TOUR Championship in late September.

That doesn't leave a lot of time for golfers battling for a spot in the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings.

After the Deutsche Bank Championship the field will be cut to 70, before the BMW championship hands us our final 30 participants.

Ask Nick Watney how fast things can change. He jumped from 49th to first in the FedEx Cup standings after his win in the Barclays on Sunday.

Not everyone will have Watney's success down the stretch. Some will falter.

Let's look at three notable names in danger of missing the PGA's ultimate event.


Geoff Ogilvy

Ogilvy is ranked 49th in the FedEx standings right now, and he will need to make a jump if he's going to find himself in The TOUR Championship.

He hasn't played poorly this year, but he hasn't been great either. Ogilvy has played in 18 events this year and finished in the top 10 one time (ninth in The Open Championship). He came in tied for 19th at Barclays and tied for 11th in the PGA Championship.

This former U.S. Open winner must improve his standing if he wants to play his way into the FedEx Cup's final event.


Graeme McDowell

McDowell finished in the top five at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship this year, but that isn't enough, at this point, to put him in the FedEx Cup's top 30. He's currently 33rd.

He's notable because of those finishes and his U.S. Open victory in 2010. He's played outstanding on a major stages this year, but he was disappointing at Barclays.

After missing the cut at Barclays, McDowell must be very good in this year's final two qualifiers. If he misses the cut in either event, he will be in grave danger of missing the top 30.


David Toms

Toms hasn't enjoyed a successful 2012 season, and he's only digging his hole deeper. He's currently 89th in the FedEx Cup standings.

He finished 94th at Barclays and missed the cut entirely at the Wyndham Championship. Prior to that cut, he'd missed five this year.

Toms has finished in the top 10 of three tournaments this year, but that's not nearly enough to place him near the top of the standings. He's a very well-known golfer because of his PGA Championship win in 2001 and top 10 finishes at the other majors during his career.

It's going to take a miracle effort from Toms at this point. Barring high finishes in each remaining event, it's hard to see him in The TOUR Championship.


FedEx Cup Standings

Since I've done so much talking about this mysterious "top 30," here they are as things currently stand:

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1. Nick Watney, 3,226

2. Brandt Snedeker, 2,694

3. Tiger Woods, 2,417

4. Rory McIlroy, 2,299

5. Zach Johnson, 2,166

6. Jason Dufner, 2,110

7. Bubba Watson, 2,080

8. Dustin Johnson, 1,972

9. Carl Pettersson, 1,898

10. Sergio Garcia, 1,810

11. Matt Kuchar, 1,747

12. Hunter Mahan, 1,739

13. Keegan Bradley, 1,670

14. Luke Donald, 1,597

15. Justin Rose, 1,534

16. Steve Stricker, 1,523

17. Phil Mickelson, 1,520

18. Ernie Els, 1,514

19. Rickie Fowler, 1,453

20. Webb Simpson, 1,424

21. Louis Oosthuizen, 1,409

22. Bo Van Pelt, 1,382

23. Scott Piercy, 1,304

24. John Huh, 1,295

25. Jim Furyk, 1,284

26. Bud Cauley, 1,204

27. Lee Westwood, 1,194

28. Johnson Wagner, 1,181

29. Bill Haas, 1,181

30. Kyle Stanley, 1,177


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