I'm often amazed at how frequently the cream of the golf world rises to the top in a given PGA Tour season. I shouldn't be, I suppose, because it seems intuitive that the best golfers would win the most tournaments but in a game that can flip on, literally, inches it's pretty incredible that the same guys finish at the top of the heap every year.
It speaks to the consistency of guys like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, and Matt Kuchar that they're nearly always on top of the FedEx Cup standings heading to the playoffs. And I guess it makes sense that things would even out over the course of seven months.
This year is no different either -- big names at the top and smaller names, guys a lot of you maybe haven't heard of rounding out the bottom of the 125 golfers to make the FedEx Cup playoffs.
One thing we know in golf though, and never more prevalent than in this season, is that over the course of a few weeks or a month with the FedEx Cup points now reset, anything can happen.
With that, let's take a look at the 10 guys I think have the best chance to win the FedEx Cup and $10 million grand prize.
|Player||Current FedExCup rank||Analysis|
|1||Tiger Woods has won two of the six FedEx Cup titles and he's been spectacular at non-majors this seson: five wins in seven events.|
|5||Know who leads the PGA Tour in top 10 finishes this season? That's right, Bill Haas does with nine. He's ranked fifth so he won't need to do much other than win the Tour Championship which, you know, he did in 2011.|
|11||Nobody has played better in big tournaments this year than Adam Scott. It would be very Scott-like to coast the first three events then torch the field in the last one for $10 million.|
|14||I can't believe Jason Day hasn't won this year -- in fact, I can't believe he's only won once over the course of his career. He's due for a big one and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets it in a month. Needs to make the cut at The Barclays or risk falling to 40th on the points list.|
|2||Even if Matt Kuchar misses the cut at The Barclays he'll still be in the top seven in the points race. All (ok, most) of his attention should be on East Lake (where the Tour Championship is played).|
|6||If I'm a big name in the playoffs, you know who scares the crap out of me? How about Billy Horschel and his "no missed greens during the second round of the US Open" resume. As capable as anyone of stringing together four strong tournaments.|
Brandt Snedeker will try to become the second two-time winner of the FedEx Cup. If he wins two of the four tournaments I think he could snag player of the year honors as well.
|10||The last two winners of the Playoffs have come from outside the top nine so no surprises if Keegan Bradley takes it home. He hasn't made a ton of noise this season but he's been right in the mix all year. Due for a win.|
|7||Justin Rose was tied with Brandt Snedeker for the Tour Championship third-round lead last year before firing a final-round 71 and losing by three. He's got it in him.|
|4||Phil Mickelson isn't exactly known as a closer of seasons but he's already so high in the points race that he might just have to win the Tour Championship to take home a $10 million check. More money, just what he needs.|