FedEx Cup The Barclays 2014 Preview
Posted at August 21, 2014
The four-week long FedEx Cup begins with the Barclays this week and we look ahead to see who can halt the Rory McIlroy express.
After that thrilling end to the PGA Championship two weeks ago, the FedEx Cup is primed and ready to fill the transition between the end of the major tournaments and the Ryder Cup in September - an exciting format where almost anything can happen. Rory McIlroy heads into the first tournament, the Barclays, having assumed the lead from Jimmy Walker, significantly aided by his three huge back-to-back triumphs, but many of the world's best are waiting in the wings.
How the FedEx Cup works:
The top 125 players in the seasonal standings qualify for the first tournament, The Barclays at Ridgewood CC.
The top 100 players after the Barclays will progress to the next tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
The top 70 players following the DBC will then progress to the penultimate tournament, the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills CC.
Only the top 30 players will then qualify for the finalé, the Tour Championship by Coca Cola, at East Lake GC.
Rory McIlroy might have just won two major championships and a WGC event in quick succession, but he is not ready to rest up for the remainder of the season just yet. He has set his sights firmly on winning the FedEx Cup and it would be difficult to select a winner aside from the Northern Irishman. Not since Tiger Woods in 2000 have we witnessed such relentless domination. The two enjoyed a little bit of downtime on the Jimmy Fallon show on Monday night to launch Nike's latest irons, but only one will be vying for even more glory in the coming weeks!
However, there are plenty who are capable and willing to capitalise on any possible downfall. Rickie Fowler has hit top form when it matters this season, finishing fifth or better in each and every major championship; Jimmy Walker has led the FedEx Cup since the beginning of the year; Henrik Stenson finished T3 at the PGA Championship and is the defending champion whilst Camillo Villegas is entering off the back of a great win at the Wyndham Championship. Winning at least one of the first three events is imperative for eventual FedEx cup triumph as only the top five players going into the Tour Championship can pocket the $10 million winner's bonus. Who do you think will be banking in the biggest cheque in golf in five weeks time?
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