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How every golfer outside the FedEx Cup top 125 (all 69) must finish at Wyndham to qualify for the Playoffs

August 10, 2021

Matt Kuchar is No. 124 this week on the FedEx Cup points list, trying to stay inside the top-125 to advance to the playoffs.

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A year ago, Jim Herman did the improbable. Sitting 194th in the FedEx Cup points standings entering the Wyndham Championship, the 43-year-old veteran pulled off an out-of-nowhere win in the PGA Tour’s regular-season finale to leap all the way to 54th in the standings. It was the biggest jump of any player in the history of the Wyndham, moving Herman easily inside the top-125 threshold needed to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Suffice to say, Herman’s feat gives hope to everybody in the Wyndham field this week who is on the outside looking in regarding the Playoffs … all 69 players (including Herman again at 171st). Not everybody needs a win to cross over to the good side of the bubble, but more than a few need to finish near the tippy-top of the leader board to be able to avoid needing to play the Korn Ferry Tour Final Series to get back a card.

Least players get too excited about the prospects of “pulling a Herman,” there’s this statistical reality to consider about 11th-hour miracles: According to the PGA Tour, since 2009 an average of only 2.5 players per year have entered the final round outside the top 125 only to move inside the number with their Wyndham finish.

Indeed, the chances are slim, but there is a chance for all 69 players, according to the tour, which laid out what has to happen for every golfer outside the top 125 to get Playoff eligible. Here’s the path that all the players must take.

In the playoffs if regular season ended today (First number equals FedEx Cup ranking)

119: Brice Garnett

120: C.T. Pan

121: Adam Scott

122: Ryan Armour

123: Patrick Rodgers

124: Matt Kuchar

125: Bo Hoag

Finish needed at Wyndham to move into the top 125

126: Scott Piercy (needs to finish 34th or better)

127: Nate Lashley (23rd)

128: Michael Thompson (21st)

129: Camilo Villegas (21st)

130: Rickie Fowler (21st)

131: Roger Sloan (19th)

132: Chesson Hadley (16th)

133: Cameron Percy (13th)

134: Austin Cook (12th)

135: Chase Seiffert (12th)

136: Tommy Fleetwood (11th)

Top-10 finish

138: Justin Rose

139: Vincent Whaley

Top-six finish

140: Francesco Molinari

141: Rory Sabbatini

142: Ryan Moore

143: Mark Hubbard

144: Joseph Bramlett

Top-five finish

145: Michael Gligic

146: Bo Van Pelt

Top-four finish

147: Beau Hossler

148: Vaughn Taylor

149: Nick Taylor

Top-three finish

150: Satoshi Kodaira

151: Rafael Campos

154: Tom Lewis

156: Andrew Landry

157: Bronson Burgoon

158: Will Gordon

159: Scott Brown

Top-two finish

161: Jason Dufner

162: Rob Oppenheim

163: Kris Ventura

164: Tyler Duncan

166: Robby Shelton

167: Sean O’Hair

168: Padraig Harrington

170: Byeong Hun An

171: Jim Herman

172: Scott Harrington

173: Xinjun Zhang

174: J.J. Spaun

176: Ben Martin

177: Mito Pereira

178: Mark Anderson

179: Kevin Tway

181: Ted Potter, Jr.

183: Luke Donald

184: Ryan Brehm

Win

187: Fabian Gomez

188: Sung Kang

189: D.J. Trahan

191: Rhein Gibson

192: Nelson Ledesma

193: Josh Teater

195: Ben Taylor

196: Bill Haas

197: Sebastian Cappelen

198: Chris Baker

200: Aaron Baddeley

201: Michael Gellerman

202: Nick Watney

204: Kiradech Aphibarnrat

205: David Lingmerth

213: K.J. Choi

214: Michael Kim

220: John Senden

221: Martin Trainer

222: Jonas Blixt