Thursday, September 23, 2010

PGA Tour FedEx Cup To Be Decided This Weekend

The chase for the FedEx Cup, the holy grail of the PGA Tour, culminates this weekend with the playing of The Tour Championship at the demanding East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The top thirty of the 2010 FedEx point standings have qualified for the prestigious title of FedEx Cup champion and the top five are in position to win it all by way of victory in The Tour Championship.

Here's a quick rundown of the top five in FedEx Cup points in reverse order.

5th – Paul Casey

Casey has played the fewest events of the top five (16) and has yet to record a victory this season. However, he has finished in the top 10 six times including a runner-up finish at The Open Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Paul hits it a long way but recently has been somewhat wild off the tee. He'll need to be accurate to conquer East Lake.

4th – Steve Stricker

Stricker has had a very good season in 2010 which includes two victories amongst his nine top 10 results. Not the longest off the tee, Stricker is known for his ball striking abilities and is always one the best putters on tour. East Lake Golf Club should suit him well.

3rd – Charley Hoffman

The short, stout Hoffman with the long blond hair and Popeye arms vaulted himself into the top five by winning The Deutsche Bank Open, the 2nd leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Charley is a bomber off the tee, but he'll need accuracy if he wants to be FedEx champ.

2nd – Dustin Johnson

The unbelievably long Johnson has had an...well, unbelievable season. He has won twice this season including the BMW title just 2 weeks ago, the 3rd leg of the playoffs. We know of his meltdown during the final round of the U.S. Open and was penalized 2 strokes for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole during the PGA Championship, costing him a spot in the playoff. Johnson is not only long, but has a delicate touch around the greens. He must keep his wits about him this weekend.

1st – Matt Kuchar

Easily the most consistent player on tour in 2010, Kuchar has eleven top 10 finishes with a lone victory to his credit in 24 events. This season, there has been no glaring weaknesses in Matt's game and he is poised to win his first FedEx Cup title. He definitely has the game and mindset to win at Atlanta.

There you have it in a nutshell. Of course, there are other players of note that can win The Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup championship should the top five stumble. Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, and defending champion Phil Mickelson are all ready to pounce and steal the FedEx Cup.

This should be a great weekend of golf.


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1 comment:

  1. It feels like we've been waiting for Dustin Johnson to reach his potential for a while, and now he finally has. Maybe a 3rd dominant American golfer in the making.