First playoff event has been a harbinger for playoff success
From Vijay Singh to Adam Scott, it's pretty clear that winning the first tournament in the playoffs is an indicator of how you'll finish the season.
When Steven Bowditch took the early lead at The Barclays (and I mean the early lead) the graphic on my TV screen said that he was projected to rise to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup points standings.
That's impressive when you consider that he came ranked No. 52 but what does it mean for his chances of actually winning the $10 million pot of gold at the end of the Tour Championship?
Quite a bit, actually.
Here's a look at the seven golfers who have won The Barclays since it became the first playoff event and what place they finished in the FedEx Cup Playoffs after the Tour Championship:
2007: Steve Stricker (2nd)
2008: Vijay Singh (1st)
2009: Heath Slocum (8th)
2010: Matt Kuchar (2nd)
2011: Dustin Johnson (4th)
2012: Nick Watney (4th)
2013: Adam Scott (4th)
Six top fives, a win, and one eighth-place finish by poor Heath Slocum. When you consider that every golfer inside the top five wins $1 million that's a big deal.
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Lefty returns at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week