FedEx Cup Play-Offs Preview


With all of the majors over, we turn our attention to the FedEx Cup play-offs and the lead up to the final event the Tour Championship. Billy Horschel took the coveted crown last year and is eager to become the first to defend it, but a tough task lies ahead as he sits in 45th in the standings. He showed a gap the size of that can be reduced quickly, where he started 69th with three events to go and finished T2, Win, Win.

The most notable player to be absent this week is of course the still ever popular and most talked about player on tour, Mr Tiger Woods. Due to his poor performances over the past year he sits at 178 on the FedEx Cup standings, along way off the top 125 that he needed to qualify for The Barclays. But this is not disheartening the former World Number 1 as he looks to improve his game over the off-season.

la-sp-jordan-spieth-20150827With one big name out of the equation, who will be at the number 1 spot at the end of the play-offs. With Spieth, Day, Rose, Johnson and many more going into the next few weeks on the back of an incredible collective run of wins and top tens, it will be hard to choose who will reign supreme. Roughly two weeks ago, Jordan Spieth achieved his dream of becoming the best player in the world as he knocked Rory Mcilroy off the top spot of the current World Rankings. The young American has taken the 2015 season by storm with two major wins under his belt and a tied 4th position in the British Open and a second place finish at the PGA championship two weeks ago. Spieth has dominated the golfing world for months now and looks to end his season on a high with the tour championship and FedEx Cup title in sight.

hi-res-7441638288f7597c90052950a8dfac42_crop_northAs it stands, Spieth sits top of the standings with Jason Day in prime position to challenge. In his past five events on the PGA Tour, Day has finished T9, T4, Win, T12, Win. Plus there have only been two events that he has not scored Par or Better. Which certainly makes him a safe bet over the next few weeks. Jason Day has a very old school swing, with not a lot of movement through the ball which is quite unconventional in the modern game. His centre of gravity is positioned a few inches behind the ball which means he doesn’t have a lot of lateral movement off the ball, but by pre-setting his weight at set-up he has statical moved his weight already. With most players moving their weight dynamically, Day has already done this at his set-up. There is one reason why Jason Day is classed as one of the big hitters on tour and that is because his swing is always on plane. At set-up his shoulders and feet are always parallel to the target and his downswing is always on a similar plane to his backswing which ultimately means he is able to hit it as hard as he wants and still hit it perfect. His distance could be the deciding factor as we reach the penultimate event.


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