2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs

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2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs
Tournament information
Dates August 27 – September 27, 2009
Location Liberty National Golf Club
TPC Boston
Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
East Lake Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Field 125 for The Barclays
100 for Deutsche Bank
70 for BMW Championship
30 for Tour Championship
Prize fund $35,000,000 bonus money
Winner's share $10,000,000 bonus money
Champion
United States Tiger Woods
4,000 points

The 2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs, the series of four golf tournaments that determined the season champion on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, began on August 27 and ended on September 27. It included the following four events:

For the second time in the three-year history of the playoffs, Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.

These were the third FedEx Cup playoffs since their inception in 2007. Substantial changes were made to the point structures, playoff reset of points, and field sizes for 2009.[1][2]

The point distributions can be seen here.

Regular season rankings[edit]

# Player Country Points Events
1 Tiger Woods  United States 3,341 13
2 Steve Stricker  United States 2,155 18
3 Zach Johnson  United States 2,019 21
4 Kenny Perry  United States 1,943 20
5 Lucas Glover  United States 1,742 22
6 Phil Mickelson  United States 1,630 14
7 Y. E. Yang  South Korea 1,621 19
8 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 1,603 16
9 Brian Gay  United States 1,540 21
10 Sean O'Hair  United States 1,474 19

The Barclays[edit]

The Barclays was played August 27–30. Of the 125 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (18), due to a rib injury.[3] Of the 124 entrants, 77 made the second-round cut at +5.

Heath Slocum, who only made the top 125 and the tournament field by two FedEx Cup points, won by sinking a 20-foot (6 m) par putt on the final hole, putting him one shot ahead of a distinguished group consisting of Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, and Tiger Woods. The top 100 players in the points standings advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship.[4]

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Heath Slocum  United States 66-72-70-67=275 -9 1,350,000 3 124
T2 Ernie Els  South Africa 72-68-70-66=276 -8 495,000 11 47
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-75-67-67=276 14 66
Tiger Woods  United States 70-72-67-67=276 1 1
Steve Stricker  United States 69-70-68-69=276 2 2
T6 Nick Watney  United States 68-73-69-67=277 -7 260,625 7 13
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 66-72-68-71=277 48 107
8 Webb Simpson  United States 66-68-72-72=278 -6 232,500 41 85
T9 Scott Verplank  United States 73-70-68-68=279 -5 202,500 37 61
Ian Poulter  England 67-72-70-70=279 21 34
Paul Goydos  United States 65-71-68-75=279 33 49

Deutsche Bank Championship[edit]

The Deutsche Bank Championship was played September 4–7. Of the 100 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (27), due to a rib injury.[5] Of the 99 players who entered the tournament, 73 of them made the 36-hole cut at one-under-par. Steve Stricker won by one stroke over Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank and took the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 players in the points standings advanced to the BMW Championship.

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Steve Stricker  United States 63-72-65-67=267 -17 1,350,000 1 2
T2 Jason Dufner  United States 66-69-68-65=268 -16 660,000 9 57
Scott Verplank  United States 65-68-68-67=268 5 37
T4 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 65-69-70-65=269 -15 310,000 22 38
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-67-67-68=269 7 14
Dustin Johnson  United States 68-65-70-66=269 10 20
7 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 66-68-70-66=270 -14 251,250 8 12
T8 Jim Furyk  United States 63-67-73-68=271 -13 217,500 18 18
Retief Goosen  South Africa 65-67-68-71=271 17 17
Sean O'Hair  United States 66-64-70-71=271 16 16

BMW Championship[edit]

The BMW Championship was played September 10–13. Of the 70 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (36), due to a rib injury.[6] With a field limited to 70, and 69 actually playing, there was no cut. The top 30 players in FedEx Cup points after this event advanced to the Tour Championship and also earned spots in the 2010 Masters, U.S. Open, and (British) Open Championship.

Tiger Woods blew away the field in Saturday's third round with a course-record 62 and cruised from there to win by eight shots over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. Woods retook the lead in the FedEx Cup standings going into the Tour Championship. Furyk moved from 18th in the standings to third, putting him into position to claim the FedEx Cup with a win in the Tour Championship. Leishman, who only made the field for the BMW Championship by making an eagle on the final hole of the Deutsche Bank Championship, placed himself in the field for the Tour Championship.[7]

The real drama was for the 30th and final spot in the Tour Championship. Brandt Snedeker was in the final 30 until disaster struck on the final hole. Needing only a bogey to secure his place in Atlanta, and on the green of the par-4 hole in three, he missed his par putt from 12 feet and then had his 3-foot putt for bogey lip out. Snedeker then two-putted from tap-in range. That opened the door for John Senden and Ian Poulter, but both seemingly tried to throw away their shots at a trip to Atlanta. Senden badly chucked his approach shot to the par-5 15th, and hit a bunker shot into the water on 17 for a double-bogey, but Snedeker's mistake allowed him to sneak into the top 30 by 0.46 points over Poulter, who hit his approach on the 18th hole into the water.[7]

With the FedEx Cup points reset after the BMW Championship, all 30 remaining players had at least a mathematical chance to secure the season crown, and any of the top five players could claim the FedEx Cup with a win in the Tour Championship.

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Tiger Woods  United States 68-67-62-68=265 –19 1,350,000 1 2
T2 Jim Furyk  United States 70-70-67-66=273 –11 660,000 3 18
Marc Leishman  Australia 67-69-68-69=273 16 67
4 Sean O'Hair  United States 70-68-70-68=274 –10 360,000 7 16
5 Zach Johnson  United States 73-65-70-68=276 –8 300,000 4 4
T6 Sergio García  Spain 71-68-68-71=278 –6 260,625 38 55
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68-68-69-73=278 6 7
T8 Camilo Villegas  Colombia 68-74-71-66=279 –5 225,000 42 52
Kevin Na  United States 72-72-65-70=279 18 23
T10 Luke Donald  England 70-69-68-73=280 –4 172,500 28 32
Bill Haas  United States 71-68-71-70=280 41 47
Matt Kuchar  United States 71-68-66-75=280 40 46
Brandt Snedeker  United States 69-69-66-76=280 33 42
Mark Wilson  United States 69-66-71-74=280 32 41

Reset points[edit]

The points were reset after the BMW Championship.

# Player Country Points Reset points Events
1 Tiger Woods  United States 7,108 2,500 16
2 Steve Stricker  United States 5,692 2,250 21
3 Jim Furyk  United States 3,108 2,000 21
4 Zach Johnson  United States 3,031 1,800 24
5 Heath Slocum  United States 3,005 1,600 26
6 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2,633 1,400 19
7 Sean O'Hair  United States 2,624 1,200 22
8 Scott Verplank  United States 2,416 1,000 23
9 Kenny Perry  United States 2,318 800 23
10 Jason Dufner  United States 2,224 600 25

The Tour Championship[edit]

The Tour Championship was played September 24–27, after a one-week break. All 30 golfers who qualified for the tournament played, and there was no cut.

Phil Mickelson claimed his first PGA Tour title since his wife and mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer in spring 2009. This was also his second Tour Championship title, as he won the 2000 edition, also held at East Lake. Mickelson entered the final round four shots behind Kenny Perry, but shot 65 while Perry faded to a 74. Three golfers—top seed Tiger Woods, second seed Steve Stricker, and Mickelson—had a reasonable chance of claiming the FedEx Cup entering the final nine holes, but consecutive birdies by Woods on the 15th and 16th holes secured his second-place finish for the tournament, three shots behind Mickelson. Since Mickelson was not among the top five seeds entering the Tour Championship, this was enough for Woods to secure the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.[8]

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Phil Mickelson  United States 73-67-66-65=271 –9 1,350,000 2 14
2 Tiger Woods  United States 67-68-69-70=274 –6 810,000 1 1
3 Sean O'Hair  United States 66-70-70-69=275 –5 517,500 5 7
T4 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-69-71-69=276 –4 330,000 7 6
Kenny Perry  United States 72-66-64-74=276 9 9
6 Steve Stricker  United States 70-72-66-69=277 –3 270,000 3 2
T7 Jim Furyk  United States 72-68-71-67=278 –2 247,500 4 3
Steve Marino  United States 69-71-67-71=278 15 25
9 Ernie Els  South Africa 71-66-71-71=279 –1 225,000 16 22
T10 Lucas Glover  United States 68-71-72-69=280 E 202,500 17 20
Jerry Kelly  United States 71-67-71-71=280 22 29
John Senden  Australia 70-70-69-71=280 24 30

Final leaderboard[edit]

# Player Country Points Winnings ($)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 4,000 10,000,000
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 2,920 3,000,000
3 Steve Stricker  United States 2,750 2,000,000
4 Jim Furyk  United States 2,437 1,500,000
5 Sean O'Hair  United States 2,200 1,000,000
6 Zach Johnson  United States 2,072 800,000
7 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2,050 700,000
8 Heath Slocum  United States 1,855 600,000
9 Kenny Perry  United States 1,450 550,000
10 Scott Verplank  United States 1,245 500,000

For the full list see here.

Table of qualifying players[edit]

Table key:

  Win
  Top-10 finish
  Did not advance to next tournament
  Played way into next tournament
Player Pre-Playoffs The Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW Champ. Reset
points
Tour Champ.
Points Rank Finish Rank after Finish Rank after Finish Rank after Finish Final rank
United States Woods, TigerTiger Woods 3,431 1 T2 1 T11 2 1 1 2,500 2 1
United States Stricker, SteveSteve Stricker 2,155 2 T2 2 1 1 T53 2 2,250 6 3
United States Johnson, ZachZach Johnson 2,019 3 T28 4 T19 4 5 4 1,800 T16 6
United States Perry, KennyKenny Perry 1,993 4 T52 5 T46 6 T45 9 800 T4 9
United States Glover, LucasLucas Glover 1,742 5 CUT 9 T36 14 66 20 310 T10 17
United States Mickelson, PhilPhil Mickelson 1,630 6 T52 10 T27 12 T30 14 420 1 2
South Korea Yang, Y. E.Y. E. Yang 1,621 7 T20 6 T67 15 65 21 300 18 23
Australia Ogilvy, GeoffGeoff Ogilvy 1,603 8 CUT 12 7 8 T55 13 440 T16 13
United States Gay, BrianBrian Gay 1,540 9 T12 8 T54 13 T55 17 360 T28 21
United States O'Hair, SeanSean O'Hair 1,474 10 CUT 16 T8 16 4 7 1,200 3 5
South Africa Goosen, RetiefRetief Goosen 1,459 11 T70 17 T8 17 T23 15 400 23 18
United States Toms, DavidDavid Toms 1,394 12 T31 13 T36 19 T23 19 320 T13 19
United States Watney, NickNick Watney 1,388 13 T6 7 T46 11 T30 12 460 T13 12
United States Mahan, HunterHunter Mahan 1,282 14 T20 15 T36 21 T38 23 280 24 27
United States Cink, StewartStewart Cink 1,225 15 T28 19 CUT 25 T23 26 250 T19 28
United States Furyk, JimJim Furyk 1,188 16 T15 18 T8 18 T2 3 2,000 T7 4
South Africa Sabbatini, RoryRory Sabbatini 1,163 17 CUT 26 CUT 35 T18 34 34
England Casey, PaulPaul Casey 1,161 18 DNP 27 DNP 36 DNP 52 52
United States Johnson, DustinDustin Johnson 1,155 19 T15 20 T4 10 T30 11 480 27 14
United States Rollins, JohnJohn Rollins 1,112 20 T73 31 CUT 39 T38 45 45
United States Kelly, JerryJerry Kelly 1,068 21 T52 28 T11 24 T49 29 220 T10 22
United States Moore, RyanRyan Moore 1,023 22 T70 35 CUT 48 T30 47 47
United States Na, KevinKevin Na 1,021 23 T24 22 T11 23 T8 18 340 T30 26
England Donald, LukeLuke Donald 993 24 T31 25 T54 32 T10 28 230 T25 30
South Africa Clark, TimTim Clark 980 25 T24 24 CUT 33 T30 36 36
Canada Weir, MikeMike Weir 968 26 T31 29 T23 27 T20 27 240 T25 29
Argentina Cabrera, ÁngelÁngel Cabrera 968 27 CUT 38 T4 22 T45 24 270 T13 25
United States Hoffman, CharleyCharley Hoffman 963 28 T31 30 T27 28 T61 37 37
United States Kim, AnthonyAnthony Kim 957 29 T52 34 T36 34 T23 35 35
United States Marino, SteveSteve Marino 938 30 T15 23 T27 26 T18 25 260 T7 15
Australia Senden, JohnJohn Senden 937 31 T64 39 T11 29 T20 30 210 T10 24
United States Howell CharlesCharles Howell III 937 32 T70 42 T54 49 T30 49 49
United States Perez, PatPat Perez 920 33 CUT 43 T27 38 T49 46 46
England Poulter, IanIan Poulter 907 34 T9 21 CUT 30 T20 31 31
Colombia Villegas, CamiloCamilo Villegas 886 35 CUT 50 T61 52 T8 42 42
United States Love DavisDavis Love III 851 36 T46 40 T49 44 T49 51 51
United States Wilson, MarkMark Wilson 848 37 T58 47 T27 41 T10 32 32
Australia Allenby, RobertRobert Allenby 846 38 T15 32 CUT 40 29 43 43
United States Leonard, JustinJustin Leonard 838 39 T31 36 T19 31 T49 39 39
England Davis, BrianBrian Davis 823 40 CUT 52 T49 53 T45 58 58
Australia Green, NathanNathan Green 822 41 CUT 53 CUT 65 T53 63 63
United States Dufner, JasonJason Dufner 787 42 CUT 57 T2 9 T30 10 600 T19 11
United States Mallinger, JohnJohn Mallinger 775 43 T46 49 CUT 57 T38 60 60
United States Merrick, JohnJohn Merrick 762 44 CUT 62 CUT 75 75
United States Quigley, BrettBrett Quigley 760 45 T67 59 T61 71 71
United States Van Pelt, BoBo Van Pelt 743 46 T31 45 CUT 54 T15 50 50
South Africa Els, ErnieErnie Els 733 47 T2 11 CUT 20 T38 22 290 9 16
United States Crane, BenBen Crane 727 48 T41 51 T69 58 T45 61 61
United States Goydos, PaulPaul Goydos 725 49 T9 33 CUT 43 T67 54 54
United States Campbell, ChadChad Campbell 703 50 T46 54 CUT 70 T23 59 59
United States Baird, BrinyBriny Baird 695 51 CUT 70 T61 80 80
United States Sutherland, KevinKevin Sutherland 693 52 T52 58 T15 45 T23 44 44
South Korea Wi, CharlieCharlie Wi 683 53 T67 69 T19 50 T38 56 56
United States Watson, BubbaBubba Watson 677 54 CUT 72 T32 59 T15 53 53
United States Molder, BryceBryce Molder 669 55 CUT 74 T36 66 T55 64 64
United States Austin, WoodyWoody Austin 667 56 CUT 75 T36 68 T55 65 65
Australia Goggin, MathewMathew Goggin 662 57 CUT 76 T46 74 74
United States Henry, J. J.J. J. Henry 657 58 T67 73 T61 83 83
Fiji Singh, VijayVijay Singh 647 59 CUT 78 T54 81 81
United States Klauk, JeffJeff Klauk 645 60 CUT 79 CUT 90 90
United States Verplank, ScottScott Verplank 641 61 T9 37 T2 5 T38 8 1,000 22 10
United States Holmes, J. B.J. B. Holmes 635 62 T31 55 68 62 68 69 69
United States Bohn, JasonJason Bohn 631 63 CUT 81 T32 69 T59 68 68
United States Snedeker, BrandtBrandt Snedeker 617 64 T12 44 T32 42 T10 33 33
United States Estes, BobBob Estes 611 65 T46 65 T49 64 WD 70 70
Republic of Ireland Harrington, PádraigPádraig Harrington 608 66 T2 14 T4 7 T6 6 1,400 T4 7
Australia Day, JasonJason Day 599 67 T12 46 T19 37 T59 48 48
United States Overton, JeffJeff Overton 598 68 T73 82 T23 61 T61 67 67
United States Letzig, MichaelMichael Letzig 597 69 CUT 84 T49 86 86
Canada Ames, StephenStephen Ames 592 70 CUT 87 T23 63 T15 55 55
United States Weekley, BooBoo Weekley 590 71 T41 64 T54 73 73
United States Byrd, JonathanJonathan Byrd 581 72 T24 56 T61 60 T61 66 66
United States Purdy, TedTed Purdy 580 73 CUT 88 CUT 93 93
United States Couples, FredFred Couples 569 74 T41 67 CUT 84 84
United States McCarron, ScottScott McCarron 566 75 CUT 90 T36 82 82
United States Stadler, KevinKevin Stadler 557 76 CUT 92 CUT 95 95
United States Kuchar, MattMatt Kuchar 555 77 T28 60 T15 46 T10 40 40
Australia Leishman, MarcMarc Leishman 547 78 CUT 93 T15 67 T2 16 380 T28 20
Australia Chalmers, GregGreg Chalmers 543 79 CUT 94 T36 87 87
United States Petrovic, TimTim Petrovic 543 80 T46 77 CUT 89 89
United States Trahan, D. J.D. J. Trahan 542 81 CUT 95 T69 96 96
United States Haas, BillBill Haas 535 82 T24 61 T15 47 T10 41 41
United States Piercy, ScottScott Piercy 531 83 CUT 96 T36 88 88
United States Points, D. A.D. A. Points 531 84 T31 68 T49 72 72
United States Simpson, WebbWebb Simpson 519 85 8 41 CUT 51 T61 62 62
United States Streelman, KevinKevin Streelman 518 86 T58 89 T32 76 76
Australia O'Hern, NickNick O'Hern 512 87 CUT 98 CUT 99 99
Australia Nitties, JamesJames Nitties 507 88 T58 91 CUT 94 94
Spain García, SergioSergio García 501 89 T31 71 26 55 T6 38 38
Japan Imada, RyujiRyuji Imada 499 90 CUT 99 73 100 100
England Rose, JustinJustin Rose 492 91 T41 80 T54 85 85
South Korea Choi, K. J.K. J. Choi 492 92 CUT 101 101
United States Janzen, LeeLee Janzen 491 93 T20 63 CUT 79 79
United States Curtis, BenBen Curtis 491 94 CUT 102 102
United States McNeill, GeorgeGeorge McNeill 480 95 CUT 105 105
United States Beckman, CameronCameron Beckman 469 96 T58 97 CUT 98 98
United States Bettencourt, MattMatt Bettencourt 463 97 CUT 106 106
Australia Pampling, RodRod Pampling 452 98 T41 86 CUT 92 92
England Owen, GregGreg Owen 448 99 T15 66 T61 77 77
Sweden Chopra, DanielDaniel Chopra 441 100 T58 100 60 97 97
United States Allen, MichaelMichael Allen 440 101 CUT 108 108
United States Garrigus, RobertRobert Garrigus 433 102 CUT 109 109
Australia Baddeley, AaronAaron Baddeley 431 103 CUT 111 111
United States Driscoll, JamesJames Driscoll 428 104 CUT 112 112
United States Quinney, JeffJeff Quinney 425 105 CUT 113 113
United States Herron, TimTim Herron 421 106 CUT 114 114
Sweden Jacobson, FredrikFredrik Jacobson 418 107 T6 48 T69 56 T30 57 57
Sweden Johnson, RichardRichard Johnson 417 108 T31 85 72 91 91
United States Lunde, BillBill Lunde 414 109 T64 107 107
Germany Cejka, AlexAlex Čejka 412 110 T73 116 116
United States Calcavecchia, MarkMark Calcavecchia 411 111 CUT 117 117
United States Frazar, HarrisonHarrison Frazar 400 112 T52 104 104
United States DiMarco, ChrisChris DiMarco 391 113 CUT 118 118
United States Flesch, SteveSteve Flesch 389 114 CUT 119 119
United States Taylor, VaughnVaughn Taylor 386 115 T64 115 115
Australia Scott, AdamAdam Scott 379 116 T58 110 110
United States Stroud, ChrisChris Stroud 379 117 CUT 120 120
United States Mathis, DavidDavid Mathis 377 118 CUT 122 122
United States Riley, ChrisChris Riley 377 119 T46 103 103
United States Ogilvie, JoeJoe Ogilvie 373 120 76 121 121
United States Hamilton, ToddTodd Hamilton 365 121 77 123 123
United States Thatcher, RolandRoland Thatcher 364 122 CUT 124 124
United States Maggert, JeffJeff Maggert 363 123 CUT 125 125
United States Slocum, HeathHeath Slocum 355 124 1 3 CUT 3 T38 5 1,600 T19 8
United States Matteson, TroyTroy Matteson 354 125 T20 83 T36 78 78

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