Tiger, Stricker flirting with missing playoffs

Tiger Woods is currently No. 209 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Tiger Woods is currently No. 209 in the FedEx Cup standings. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, July 10, 2014

For some of golf's most heralded names, the FedEx Cup is more like playoff headache because as the dog days of summer settle in, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be in the postseason.

Of particular note, there are four players who made it into the final 30 last year (aka the Tour Championship) but are currently outside the cutoff of No. 125 to make the playoffs: Nick Watney, who ranks 132nd; Roberto Castro, 143rd; D.A. Points, 184th; and Tiger Woods, 209th.

Toss in Steve Stricker, who has played in each of the seven Tour Championships since the FedEx Cup playoffs began in 2007 but who presently sits No. 125, and you’ve got some interesting names to watch in coming weeks.

The good news for Stricker? He’s teeing it up this week at the John Deere Classic, his sort of personal annuity fund. Since 2009, Stricker has played five times at the Deere, winning three times and adding a T-5 and a T-10. It’s been worth $2,670,400 and a slew of FedEx Cup points, so it’s OK to feel comfortable about Stricker advancing from his 125th position.

Given that he already has withdrawn from the Open Championship, Stricker figures to get three cracks at improving his playoff position: Deere, Bridgestone and the PGA.