First playoff event has been a harbinger for playoff success

Adam Scott is looking to repeat what he did in 2013. (Getty Images)
Adam Scott is looking to repeat what he did in 2013.  (Getty Images)

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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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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