That’s a wrap and I, for one, am not complaining about the FedEx Cup (this year). My biggest gripe was that “why play if you’re not in the Top 5?” However, just like most other playoff formats, you’ve gotta show up to the big dance. There aren’t any paper champions in golf, unless you’re counting scorecards.
Just over a month ago I did a FedEx Cup Preview post, predicting where the Nike Athletes would finish. I’ll recap that and give some insight into their performance.
Predicted Finish: 1-10 | Actual: 6
“I believe Casey will finish highest of all the Nike golfers this year.” I got something right. Casey is going to go big this year. He was injured for part of this year, remember? He started the year hot and finished the same way. I still can’t believe he’s not on the Ryder Cup. The FedEx Cup was his to lose after Round 2 at the TOUR Championship, but he can’t complain with solo 2nd and T4 in the last two playoff events.
Predicted Finish: 10-30 | Actual: 38
Cink looked like he was going to make a run. Cink came into the Playoffs with 8 straight made cuts and back-to-back Top 20’s in the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA, however, he basically finished T18 in all the events and couldn’t get the Top 10 he needed. Very good and consistent golf, though, setting him up nicely for the Ryder Cup.
Predicted Finish: 30-40 | Actual: 40
I got one right! Petts is still developing into a consistent golfer. He’s playing this week in the Viking Classic where he has good history. His win this year helped him out and he can’t complain with how he finished. He just didn’t show up in the Playoffs. MC’s in the Barclays and Deutsche Bank, with a T30 in the BMW.
Predicted Finish: 20-30 | Actual Finish: 41
In terms of percentages, he had a great year. He’s injured, there’s no question. I’m almost glad he’s not on the Ryder Cup so he doesn’t further injure himself. We were all hoping for a miracle, but 41st is pretty good for missing 10 events. He basically missed every cut since coming back from injury (WGC-Bridgestone and BMW didn’t have cuts).
Predicted Finish: 1-30 | Actual: 42
Tiger took all of the spotlight heading into the TOUR Championship after streaking nicely from the PGA’s T28 to a T12 at The Barclays and a T11 at Deutsche Bank, Tiger needed a T5 at the BMW, but only put up a T15. It was exciting, but it was probably good for the Tour overall. We saw many flashes of the old Tiger and I think the Cup will be his again next year.
Predicted Finish: 10-20 | Actual: 58
Justin actually played very well in the playoffs. He finished T36, T30, T30, but it was really only one round each event that held him back. After a very dissappointing early and mid-season, Justin came back strong after The Open Championship with 7 straight made cuts, 5 of them being Top 30 finishes.
Predicted Finish: 80-100 | Actual: 68
I underestimated Ames. Good for him, though. He made the cut in the 3 playoff events he was in, so that’s always good experience after a sub-par year.
Predicted Finish: 20-40 | Actual: 74
Glover didn’t show up in the playoffs after a solo 7th at the Wyndham. MC at the Barclays and T65 at the Deutsche Bank couldn’t cut the mustard.
Predicted Finish: 90-100 | Actual: 117
Not the worst comeback year for Duval. Look for him to make a splash in the Fall Series. At least he made the cut at the Barclays after an opening round 68.
Overall, great FedEx Cup and Jim Furyk was a deserving champion after DJ, Stricker and Kuchar all bit the dust. At least Furyk is looking good for the Ryder Cup!