FedEx Cup standings: Post-PLAYERS top ten breakdown

Dustin Johnson. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
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Pat Perez FedEx Cup
Pat Perez. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Pat Perez

1381 points, 16 events (86.31 avg.)

1 win, 5 top 10s

Last two weeks: T2 – Wells Fargo; T22 – THE PLAYERS

Pat Perez continues to find ways to contend at 41 years old and coming off a shoulder injury that cost him most of his 2016 season. Perez hasn’t missed a cut all year, and the injury flare-up forced him to withdraw from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he would have likely been a strong competitor if healthy.

Say what you want about the FedEx Cup points format, but it rewards this kind of consistency almost as much as it rewards the winners. Perez’s 86.31 points-per-start balances out to about an eighth-place finish. The only thing Perez could do any better is simply to win more. Small thing to ask, right?

Here’s where things get fun. At 41st in the world, Perez is likely to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship for the first time since 2008. Most of these players weren’t even on Tour in 2008, much less competing in major championships.

I won’t go so far as to say Perez is going through a career renaissance or anything like that, but this is impressive stuff nonetheless. Considering his resume up to this point, there’s no reason to think he’ll fall off the pace any time soon.