Scott putts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham (Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

FedEx Cup: It's All a Numbers Game Now

Halfway through the first tournament of the FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Barclays at Bethpage Black and we have a few guys that have some work to do. Those numbers? Depends where you fall in the current projected FedEx Cup standings.

Keep in mind this is based solely on the projected FedEx Cup points and standings after the first two rounds of The Barclays.

Mallinger at the AT&T National (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Siting at 100, the cutoff point to advance to the Deutsche Bank Championships, is John Mallinger. He won’t be able to improve his position as Mallinger missed the cut. He can still advance on, but there are a few behind him that do hold their own fate.

Eight players have seen themselves fall out of the top 100 over these first two rounds. Of those eight, only four players made the cut: Josh Teeter (94), Bryce Molder (96), Ricky Barnes (98) and Roberto Castro (100). Plus, Trevor Immelman and Graham DeLaet (among others) can earn enough points to pass Mallinger. Mallinger sits at 543 points. Immelman is only 10 points behind while DeLaet is 29 points in arrears. Any of these six can still make their way into the top 100 to qualify for next week.

The biggest jump from outside into the top 100 has been performed by Bob Estes. Thus far, Estes has improved by 78 spots going from 103 to currently sitting in 25th. After two rounds, Estes is a T3 at 7-under-par.

The largest drop after the first two rounds based on projected points is that of Ted Potter, Jr. He has fallen 23 spots from 61st to 84th. As you may have guessed, he missed the cut.

And then we look ahead…

The next round of cuts from The Playoffs come at #70 after next week’s Deutsche Bank Championships. Right now, D.A. Points rests there. His rest is a little uneasy as Points missed the cut this week, and he can only hope he doesn’t slide too far down the standings once this week concludes.

There are more than handful of players that could pass him this week and send him on that path downward. Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, and Geoff Ogilvy are only a trio of big names that can pass Points.

After that, it’s the top 30 that will advance after the BMW Championship to the TOUR Championship. Who’s at 30? Would you believe Adam Scott? It’s true…for now. And you know what I’m going to say. If not for those final four holes at The Open Championship. If he had won, he would currently be 12 positions higher and sitting a little more comfortably in 18th. Those 270 points he would have been awarded would have him ahead of the likes of Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson and Luke Donald just to do a little name dropping.

But that might be jumping ahead a little too much. Or is it? Have to keep tally of where you stand. Sort of a bit of Q-school here. Got to see where you stand and where you can go.

So, much was made about Jason Dufner not playing this week, After the first two rounds, Dufner would fall from 2nd to 5th. Of course, having a couple wins under your belt doesn’t hurt. Plus, Dufner has performed well this season. Taking this week off may actually provide a breather that Dufner needed.

Two rounds to go and many will be watching not only to see who wins this week, but who advances on in teh playoffs.

Tags: Adam Scott D.A. Points FedEx Cup Playoffs John Mallinger PGA

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