J.J. Henry (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

The 'Hot Seat' for FedEx Cup Playoffs

This week’s number is 70, as in the top 70 in the FedEx Cup points will advance on to the next round to be held at the BMW Championship. The player currently on that number is Brain Davis. For the yer, Davis has four top 10’s and has made 15 cuts in the 24 tournaments in which he has entered.

Last year, Davis was T42 at the Deutsche Bank carding rounds of 70-66-72-73 for an aggregate of 281, 3-under-par. The front nine had a grip on Davis that week as he was +2 total for all four rounds. He must reach down deep to not let those holes plague his game this week.

On the outside looking in…

Charl Schwartzel (71st), D.A. Points (72nd) and J.J. Henry (73rd, pictured left) are in one group.

Schwartzel would love to make some amends for skipping out on the first round of last year’s playoffs at The Barclays. That may have cost him a place in the TOUR Championship last year. This year, he’s in a similar position of not advancing, but it is not because he simply has not played well on the PGA TOUR this year. He owns a pair of top 5’s (T5 at The Honda Classic and T4 at WGC-Cadillac), but those both came early in the season and Schwartzel has recorded only a pair of top 20’s since ((T19 at The Memorial and T14 at the Wyndham Championships). He also has three MC’s on his docket.

Like Schwartzel, Points has picked a poor time to not be playing well. He has a 2nd to his name, but that was back in May at the Wells Fargo. His other top ten finishes came in January (T6 at the Sony Open and T8 at the Farmers Insurance Open). For Pints, there is a serious trend to break this week. Miss three cuts, make one, miss three cuts, make one. Well, he missed the cut last week after making the cut the previous one. Not boding too well for Points to get some points.

J.J. Henry’s season has been the opposite of his playing partners. His 2012 began with a series of MC’s. In Henry’s first seven tournaments, he missed the cut in six. The one cut he did make was a T9 at Mayakoba Golf Classic. Henry has missed four other cuts since then including last week at The Barclays. The positive is that Henry does have a win this season which came at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He will have to draw on that if he hopes to play beyond this week.

At the “bottom”…

Those occupying the last three spots are John Merrick (98th), Daniel Summerhays (99th) and Martin Flores (100th). Summerhays and Flores are paired together and it will be only those two. There will be no third in the group. Merrick, who was on the number last week, will be joined by Dicky Pride (96th) and Jonas Blixt (97th). There’s five guys (no, not the restaurant) to watch as a good showing will be needed if any of these five have hopes of advancing.

Worth noting here is that all of these five have at least two top 10 finishes this season with Summerhays leading that pack with four top 10’s. Only Blixt made the cut last week. Grim looking for all five.

And Merrick was once on the bubble last week, but advanced despite his MC.

Not in the field…

Two players have elected not to play this week, Sergio Garcia (currently 10th in the standings) and David Toms (currently 89th). Garcia has, in essence, a bye as he has enough points to make it through to next week, Toms is another story. With his absence, his playoff season will come to an end.

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