The top-70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will head to Olympia Fields in Illinois this week for the BMW Championship.
After a miraculous first FedEx Cup playoff event at The Northern Trust last week – where Dustin Johnson secured a record-breaking victory and Louis Oosthuizen clinched the 70th and final spot for this week – the second knockout phase in the race to be crowned FedEx Cup champion should provide even more fireworks.
Johnson moved to the top of the world rankings and the FedEx Cup standings after his win in Boston and will again be a tough man to beat at the BMW Championship, having won the event twice in the past.
But, for Oosthuizen and fellow South African Dylan Frittelli, it will be a tough test of character in their hopes of making the top 30 in the standings when play concludes on Sunday.
After this week the 30 top-ranked players in the FedEx Cup standings will qualify for next week’s all-important Tour Championship where the 2020 FedEx Cup winner will be decided.
Oosthuizen enjoyed quite a successful week at The Northern Trust and secured a T13 after a somewhat disappointing final round on Sunday.
Nonetheless, Oosthuizen did enough to move from 99th to 70th in FedEx Cup standings and will be eying another big performance to make it to next week’s Tour Championship.
Despite missing the cut over the weekend, Frittelli’s consistency on the PGA Tour this year paid dividend as he was still able to finish the week in 59th spot in the standings.
Frittelli will be hoping to replicate his form this week as he also aims for a spot inside the top 30.
Last year Justin Thomas claimed an impressive victory at the BMW Championship, which ultimately moved him close to winning the FedEx Cup.
Currently sitting in second spot in the standings, Thomas could prove to be Johnson’s biggest threat and he will be eager to deliver the same type of performance when play gets under way on Thursday.
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