The Playoffs: Crunchtime

Maybe the new FedEx Cup Playoff series isn't creating much excitement within the golf community. However, the season is reaching golf's new "post-season", so who will likely not be playing late in the year?

In case you were wondering, the top 144 players in FedEx Cup points will make the first tournament, but the number will be filtered down until the TOUR Championship.

Name Place Points

On the Bubble:

Greg Owen - 144th - 1,321


John Daly - 163rd - 935
*Long John has earned 15 sponsor's exemptions this season, but has frequently failed to convert. He is trailing big time, but had an opportunity for a solid performance at the British Open. Unfortunately, old habits causing inconsistency continue to nag Daly.

Paul Azinger - 168th - 782
*Paul Azinger was able to earn his TOUR Card back last season, but he will always broadcast more than play from now on. So, it isn't looking good for seeing 'Zinger playing deep into this season.

Ryan Palmer - 186th - 520
*Palmer won the FUNAI Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort three years ago, but has failed to make cuts with an over-par scoring average. Palmer won't have a shot at the Cup unless something changes fast.

David Duval - 207th - 287
*The bigger they are, the harder they fall. While Duval's presence on TOUR is rarely felt, he has made 3 of 5 cuts. Luckily for Duval, he probably is not concerned with playing high level professional golf right now. On the other hand, Duval is one spot behind Tom Watson, which is pretty embarassing. I'd recommend making another cut, so he can avoid joining the old-greats at the bottom of the list.

Todd Hamilton - 215th - 201
*Well, he has two PGA Tour titles, one of which is the British Open. However, when your standing is higher than your point total, you know your career is in the toilet.

Fred Couples - 221st - 163
*Freddie has played in only three events this season, but made the cut at the Masters (T30). He'll join the Champions Tour soon, so is not concerned with the PGA at this point. Unfortunately, he won't be playing in front of crowds in this Cup.

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