These 12 players are among the true FedExCup bubble boys at Wyndham

It all boils down to this: the Wyndham Championship, the final regular season stop on the PGA Tour schedule.

Sure, this week is mostly about competing for a position in the FedExCup standings or working your way into (and otherwise out of) the playoffs. But for those players who can’t afford to be completely exempt on Tour after this season, their jobs could be up for grabs after this week.

Looking at the picture of the FedExCup bubble, which has been hit this year by LIV Golf players giving up their Tour membership or being dropped from the points list, not every player in and out of that No. 125 will be sweating it out in Greensboro. For example, No. 123 Rickie Fowler has his entire card locked up until next season and probably longer if he needs to take advantage of several waivers. The same goes for Cameron Champ (130) and Harris English (182), who both missed much of this season due to injury.

But what about the guys who absolutely need this week or risk losing most, if not all, of their Tour-playing privileges for 2022-23?

Here are 12 names in or near the playoff bubble making their way into the top 125 or heading to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals trying to hold onto their cards:

kramer hickok

Current position of the FEC: 122
Finish needed to break the top 125: Actually in
He’s really kicking himself for the Travelers’ playoff loss last year now. The product from Texas, who is in his fourth year on Tour after nearly losing his card in 2019 (KFT Finals) and 2020 (pandemic), was greatly helped by his fourth solo year in Houston in the fall. He should make the playoffs and keep his card, but he also hasn’t cracked the top 60 in an event with no opposite field since March.


matt wallace

Current position of the FEC: 124
Finish needed to break the top 125: Actually in
The Englishman earned his Tour card as a non-member after the 2018-19 season, during which he tied for third on the PGA, shared 12th place at the US Open and cracked the top 25 in the world rankings. But he still hasn’t finished better than No. 111 in the FedExCup and is now ranked No. 157 in the OWGR. He hardly sits inside the bubble entering Wyndham, as he mixed two top-10 finishes with 11 missed cuts in 20 starts this season.


The Wyndham Championship will affect the FedEx Cup Playoffs

The Wyndham Championship will affect the FedEx Cup Playoffs

austin smothering

Current position of the FEC: 125
Finish needed to break the top 125: Actually in
The former teammate of Bryson DeChambeau at SMU, the Tour rookie has done well in his debut season with six top-25 finishes, including an eighth solo in the Barracuda. He also made 16 of 24 cuts, earning his 125th-rank in points bit by bit. Another handful of points this week will come in handy considering he has zero margin for error.


max mcgreevy

Current position of the FEC: 126
Finish needed to break the top 125: 46 or better
The former Oklahoma Sooner is another Tour rookie, though unlike Smotherman, he earned most of his points through one event, a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open. He finds a spot outside the top 125 and enters Wyndham not in the best of shape, having missed six of seven cuts.


danny willett

Current position of the FEC: 127
Finish needed to break the top 125: 44 or better
Okay, so one bad week won’t get Willett off the Tour entirely, but if it does, the 2016 Masters champion, whose five-year waiver from that win expires this year, will either have to go to the KFT Finals or play away. from the Nos. 126-150 category next season, or return to the DP World Tour full-time. Willett is playing his 21st event of the season this week, the most starts he has had since he became a member of the Tour, but he only has one top 10 to show for it.


Nick Hardy

Current position of the FEC: 129
Finish needed to break the top 125: 31 or better
Speaking of bad luck: Hardy got off to a slow start to his rookie Tour campaign and then missed about a month with a wrist injury. However, the promising prospect from Illinois has played much better of late, leading the US Open by one point before tied for 14th, one of three top-15s in his last six starts on Tour.


Kelly Kraft

Current position of the FEC: 131
Finish needed to break the top 125: 27 or better
Surprisingly, the 2011 US Amateur Champion has played six consecutive seasons on Tour, though he had to keep his card through the KFT Finals last year. He may very well have to do that again after making just 10 cuts this season entering this week, otherwise he’ll be playing outside of the 126-150 bracket.


Martin Coach

Current position of the FEC: 135
Finish needed to break the top 125: 18 or better
Who knew that the 2019 Puerto Rico Open win would have Trainer still holding on to full exempt status. Trainer’s time on that two-to-three-year waiver is finally up, though, unless of course he can crack the top 18 this week, something he’s done just three times this season and not since a T- 11 in Mexico. Open in May.


Harry Higgs (138)

Current position of the FEC: 138
Finish needed to break the top 125: 13 or better
If only players earned FedExCup points for viral moments. A year after advancing to the BMW Championship, Higgs has posted just three top-15 finishes this season, though two of those came at the Masters (T-14) and the CJ Cup (T-9).


rory sabatini

Current position of the FEC: 140
Finish needed to break the top 125: 9 or better
The silver Slovakian used his career money waiver this season and earned only one better-than-T-25 finish, a T-3 at the Shriners Open in the fall. If he doesn’t make the playoffs, he’ll likely play next season at No. 126-150, unless he performs well in the KFT Finals.


Bill Haas

Current position of the FEC: 151
Finish needed to break the top 125: 4th or better
Like Sabbatini, Haas also used his career money waiver this season, so he’ll need to at least make the cut to have a shot at breaking into the top 150. If he doesn’t, the 2011 FedExCup champion and three-time presidents Cupper will have the KFT Finals and then, worst case, should have a decent position in the 34-39 reorder, which includes previous champions and other Tour veterans. He enters this week having missed five of his last seven cuts.


luke donald

Current position of the FEC: 159
Finish needed to break the top 125: 3rd or better
The recently named European Ryder Cup captain and former World No. 1 managed just one top-20 finish while playing on a career-money waiver this season, and that was a T-16 at one of his favorite events, the Valspar. . Breaking into the top 125 is a possibility this week, and if not, he will be in a similar position to Haas, although his spare time will be spent preparing for Italy in September 2023.

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