May 8, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Rory McIlroy walks off the course after completing his second round of The Players Championship golf tournament on the 9th hole at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
7.) Rory McIlroy
FedEx Cup Points: 1,510
The world’s number one golfer Rory McIlroy currently sits 7th in the FedEx Cup rankings, but has been dropping as he deals with his ankle injury. He has two wins on the season and six top 10s, despite only playing in 8 PGA TOUR events.
Both of his wins came within two weeks of each other at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s also fared well in both of the majors he’s competed in which includes a solo fourth at the Masters and a tie for ninth at the U.S. Open.
McIlroy is an obvious lock for the International Team (if he’s healthy) in the President’s Cup and it’s unfortunate the United States has to go against him because he’s just too damn good. His singles match play record is 24-9-1 and his team match play record is 7-5-3.
Rory has never won the FedEx Cup but has two playoff wins under his belt, not to mention he owns the Race to Dubai, which is the European Tour version of the FedEx Cup playoffs. McIlroy is the only non-American inside the top 10 of the FedEx Cup rankings.
"“It is volatile, but it creates excitement at the end of the season when previously there wasn’t much excitement. So I don’t mind how it’s loaded. Just means you have to play well right until the end.”"
There still is no timetable for his return from his injury. He could be in danger of not only missing the PGA Championship, but the rest of the 2015 season. I’m no doctor, but anytime the word ‘ruptured’ is followed by the words ‘anterior talofibular ligament’, that can’t be a good thing.
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