Chart: Winning FedEx Cup scenarios

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ATLANTA – Win the Tour Championship, win your second FedEx Cup championship in three years. That’s the only bottom-line prospect that interests Tiger Woods.

It’s also the cleanest and least confounding of all the scenarios. Unfortunately, from there on, they get pretty deep. But for the sake of drama, here’s how certain players can win the FedEx Cup:

KENNY PERRY

• Win the Tour Championship, while Woods finishes no better than a three-way tie for third, and neither Steve Stricker, nor Jim Furyk, nor Zach Johnson finishes solo second.

• Win the Tour Championship and a three-way tie for second that does not include Woods or Stricker, and a five-way tie for second does not include Woods.

PHIL MICKELSON

• Win the Tour Championship and Woods finishes T-8 or worse.

SEAN O’HAIR

• Win the Tour Championship, Woods finishes in a three-way tie for second, and Stricker finishes tied for second or worse.

STEVE MARINO

• Wins the Tour Championship and Woods finishes T-19 or worse.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON

• Wins the Tour Championship and Woods finishes T-2 or worse.

STEVE STRICKER

• Wins the Tour Championship.

• Finish alone in second, while Woods is no better than third and any seed lower than No. 6 wins.

• Finish in a two-way tie for second, while any seed lower than No. 7 wins and Woods is fourth or worse.

CHARLES COODY

• Wins the Tour Championship, while . . .

Only kidding. Charles Coody has no chance at the FedEx Cup Championship. At least we don’t think so.