The 2017 PGA Tour season has given golf fans around the world everything they could have hoped for and a season to remember. But as the calendar and thermometer give way to August tomorrow, many of the year-end races are getting as hot as the weather around the country.
With only three events remaining until the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs begin at the Northern Trust on August 24th, every point becomes precious for those players on, or around the bubble.
We know world number one Dustin Johnson and Fed Ex number one Jordan Spieth will have tee times at the Glen Oaks Club in New York when it starts, but the future is not as clear for Cameron Tringale(124), Tom Poston(125) and Seamus Power(126).
Some of the names close to that magical 125 number, have status on the PGA Tour such as two-time Masters Champ Bubba Watson(117), but many have not done well enough during their time on the big tour and could well be on their way back to the Web.com tour next year.
And if the road wasn’t rough enough, The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week and the PGA Championship next week both offer more than the normal 500 Fed Ex Cup points, but both tournaments are by invitation only.
World Rankings and prior status will get some players into these events, but the last chance to make the playoffs for many of these players will be at the Wyndham Championship in three weeks.
When the playoffs start, 125 is the important number but as the playoffs continue, 70 and 30 start to become very important for those wanting to get to East Lake in September and a shot at the big payday.
Adam Scott is holding down the number 70 spot at this writing with Kevin Chappell in 30th position.
If the finale’ started today, some big names would not have a tee time at East Lake including Henrik, Phil and 2016 FedEx Cup champ Rory McIlroy.
2017 Open Champ Jordan Spieth currently holds a 220 point lead over Dustin Johnson for the top spot in the race with Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm rounding out the top five.
The other race that takes center stage as soon as the FedEx Cup is done, is the 2017 Presidents Cup which gets underway on September 28th at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas all have a lock on the top three spots on the American Team with Matt Kuchar, Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman rounding out the top ten play-in spots.
Team USA Captain, Steve Stricker will have two picks that will come after the Wyndham Championship.
On the outside looking for a Captain’s Pick at this writing are Ryder Cup star, Patrick Reed, Brian Harman and Jason Dufner.
The International Team top ten include Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Adam Scott at the top with South Korean Si Woo Kim, Emiliano Frillo and Hideto Tanahara rounding out their top ten.
International Captain Nick Price will have two picks in September as well, with Canadian Adam Hadwin and Byeong An just outside the top ten.
Jhottan Vegas made a strong bid to make this team with his second win in as many years at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.
If you are a huge golf fan, the LPGA season is winding down as well with it’s Race to CME Globe playoffs and the Solheim Cup coming in a couple of weeks from Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Julie Inkster will lead Team USA with Anna Sorenstam leading Team Europe.
We will have to wait until the end of the year for the Race to Dubai playoffs. They begin at the Turkish Airlines Open on November 1st with the finale coming at the DP World Tours Championship in Dubai on November 15th.
Tommy Fleetwood has a 900,000 point lead over Sergio Garcia for the top spot with Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Swede, Alex Noren rounding out the top five. Justin Rose is close at number six.
It’s a great time of year to be a golf fan!