FedExCup Race Enters Second Half

The Valero Texas Open crosses the halfway point of the PGA TOUR season as the race for the FedExCup heats up. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM

The race for the FedExCup has just pushed past the halfway mark and as such it is time to check in and see who is looking good for a place in the TOUR Championship and who has work to do if they want to feature in the Playoffs.

It’s also a great time to check in on our 18 bold predictions from the beginning of the season to see where we were right, where we might still be right, and where we need a minor miracle to be right.

As we head into our 24th event of the year at the Valero Texas Open, there is no surprise to see the reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year Dustin Johnson leading the way.

Johnson has three wins already this season plus a third place and sixth place finish in just seven events and sits on 1,903 points – good enough for an 81 point lead over Hideki Matsuyama.

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Given it took 1,607 points to make the TOUR Championship last year, it would appear Johnson could fall down a few more stairs and still make his way to Atlanta.

But of course you get the feeling his winning days aren’t over. And after the FedExCup slipped through his fingers on Sunday at East Lake last year Johnson feels he has unfinished business.

If we use last year’s mark of 1,607 points to get to the 30-man season ending event then Matsuyama (1,822) and Justin Thomas (1,793) are the only other two players who can already plan their itinerary.

Using the 454 points as the mark it took to enter the top 125 and a berth in the Playoffs last year we see 42 players already past the mark. The 41st player on the current list is defending FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy so chances are we are set to see him have a chance to be the first player to go back-to-back and just the second player behind Tiger Woods to win the Cup twice.

Other big names already in front of last year’s Playoffs mark include Jon Rahm (1,361), 2015 FedExCup champ Jordan Spieth (1,104), Rickie Fowler (1,069), Justin Rose (980), Sergio Garcia (877), 2011 champion Bill Haas (645), 2012 champion Brandt Snedeker (517) and Phil Mickelson (475).

And while this leaves plenty of players, including the likes of Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed with work to do, the biggest concerns come for those players outside the top 125 of this season right now.

The 2010 FedExCup champion Jim Furyk is one of these men. As too are Masters champions Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.

Furyk is the first man on the outside looking in, sitting in 126th place. Watson sits in 129th. Willett – well he is languishing in 204th.

Currently 11 rookies are inside the top 125 this season with last start winner Wesley Bryan leading the way at 11th in the FedExCup.

Of the 30 players to make the TOUR Championship last season currently Si Woo Kim (139th), Roberto Castro (156th), and Watson (129th) are the only three players outside the Playoff zone.