After the 3M Open wraps up, just three weeks remain until the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs start. For those who don’t remember, the top 125 golfers in the points race gain admission into the Northern Trust, which is the first of three playoff events.
The top 70 from there advance to the BMW Championship and finally, the top 30 get into the Tour Championship.
The winner of the FedEx Cup Playoffs earns $15 million.
So before the 3M Open concludes, here are a few of the names who would be left out of the playoff fun, if the season were to end today:
BROOKS KOEPKA (currently No. 154):
Koepka has shown no signs that his knee is improving. He failed to make the cut at the 3M.
Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the seventh tee during the third round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
DANNY WILLETT (currently 128):
The 2016 Masters champ finished T-4 at the Rocket Mortgage, but hasn’t made enough of his other 10 starts on this side of the pond.
Danny Willett lines up a putt on the tenth green during Day Three of the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club on November 02, 2019, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
STEWART CINK (currently 145):
Although Cink has made most cuts, his finishes haven’t been much to write home about, many in the 50s and 60s.
Stewart Cink plays a shot during the first round of the Australian PGA Championships at Royal Pines on December 19, 2019, in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
CHARL SCHWARTZEL (currently 145):
It’s been a rough stretch for the 2011 Masters champ, who had missed four straight cuts coming into the 3M Open.
Charl Schwartzel during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. (Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
SHANE LOWRY (currently 147):
The Champion Golfer of the Year is currently 26th in the OWGR, but he hasn’t made enough of his nine appearances on Tour.
Shane Lowry reacts after the 18th hole during the final round of The 2019 Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Portrush Golf Club – Dunluce Course. (Photo by Ian Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports)
BRANDEN GRACE (currently 155):
The South African has missed four straight cuts, including the 3M.
Branden Grace hits his tee shot on the 6th hole during the third round. (Photo by Steve Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
JIMMY WALKER (currently 170):
The six-time PGA Tour champ has made just one cut since the return to golf, and the one he did make — last week’s Memorial — saw him shoot 81 and 77 on the weekend.
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JIM FURYK (currently 172):
Since Furyk has already announced he’ll make his PGA Tour Champions debut next week, it’s unlikely he’ll work his way into the playoff.
Jim Furyk plays from the rough on the second hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. (Photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
JASON DUFNER (currently 181):
Although he’s made four of five cuts since the return to golf, Dufner hasn’t finished inside the top 40 in any of those events.
Jason Dufner lines up a putt on the tenth green during the second round of the RSM Classic on the Plantation course at Sea Island Golf Club on November 22, 2019, in St Simons Island, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
LUKE DONALD (currently 183:
Donald has always played on multiple continents, but he hasn’t done much in his nine Tour starts this season, outside of a T-11 at the Honda Classic.
Luke Donald hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. (Photo by Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
WESLEY BRYAN (currently 195):
This is all about chances. Since returning from shoulder surgery, Bryan has looked strong, making all three cuts and finishing twice in the top 25.
Wesley Bryan warms up on the 10th tee during the Rocket Mortgage Classic’s charity golf event, a nine-hole exhibition at Detroit Golf Club. (Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
CHRIS KIRK (currently 200):
Let’s not worry about this year for Chris Kirk. After taking time to deal with anxiety and alcohol issues, Kirk again looks like the guy who won four times on Tour. Here’s hoping he makes the playoff next time around.
Chris Kirk hits from the sand on the eighth hole during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)