FedEx Cup standings: Post-PLAYERS top ten breakdown

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4. Jon Rahm

1499 points, 13 events (115.31 avg.)

1 win, 6 top 10s

Last two weeks: 4th – Wells Fargo; T72 – THE PLAYERS (MDF)

As it turns out, Jon Rahm is human after all. Making his PLAYERS Championship debut, Rahm survived the first cut, but fell victim to the dreaded “MDF” – made cut, didn’t finish. A field of 82 players had to be trimmed down to 70 and ties, and a Saturday round of 82 finished things off for the PGA Tour rookie.

Entering the week, I had listed Rahm as a sleeper due entirely to the history of rookies at Sawgrass. While the MDF was certainly a painful dose of reality, he still acquitted himself well, and could come back stronger soon.

It’s probably just as well that Rahm feels that type of experience now, as opposed to later. With a full slate of majors ahead, Rahm will get a chance to improve on the 23rd place tie that made him low amateur at last year’s U.S. Open.

Still, Rahm officially maintains his 13-for-13 record of cuts made this season, and like Perez, can easily vault into the top two with a win this summer. Considering what we’ve seen so far, that doesn’t sound as far-fetched as it did even six months ago.

Rahm has already put himself into contention with the best players in the world several times over. None of that will be brand new to him, and that’s a huge advantage as the season wears on.