We are at the second leg of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs at the Dell Technologies Championship. The venue is the TPC at Boston, a 7300 yard track that is built to produce low scores as the field narrows further towards a new Fed Ex Cup Champion.
Your top ten coming into this years Playoffs looked like this.
- Dustin Johnson
- Justin Thomas
- Brooks Koepka
- Justin Rose
- Bubba Watson
- Jason Day
- Webb Simpson
- Francesco Molinari
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Patrick Reed
After the first round of the playoffs, there was a shakeup at the top and it now looks like this.
Looking at the Odds coming into the playoffs, the Odds on favorites were Johnson, Thomas, and Koepka. But chalk is not always the rule historically.
Looking at the playoff race since inception, there are more than a few players that have come from beyond the top ten to win the Cup.
As a reference, last years winner was Justin Thomas and he was second coming playoffs. Here are past winners that have come from outside the top 10.
- 2016: Rory McIlroy (36th)
- 2014: Billy Horschel (69th)
- 2013: Henrik Stenson (9th)
- 2012: Brandt Snedeker (19th)
- 2011: Bill Haas (15th)
If that happens this season, that would give a handful of players a real opportunity. Here are a few that could take advantage not only this week but in the race overall.
Patrick Reed – After placing 4th at the US Open, Reed has missed the cut in two of his last five tournaments. He finished tied for 25th last week and has slipped to 12th in the playoff race. If he were to pull off a victory this week, it would propel him right back into the top 2 or 3 depending on how others finish.
Francesco Molinari – Although he missed the cut last week, he has two wins since July and has played top golf all summer long. He has the game to come from outside the top ten to win it all.
Billy Horschel – Horschel Won back in 2014 and did so from outside the top 10 when he stormed up from 69th. Billy has missed only one cut since the beginning of July, and has two top fives in that time period. That includes a second place finish last week. He is trending up at just the right time.