Backspin: Simpson will be tough to beat for FedExCup – PGATOUR.COM

Monday Backspin: Sept. 19, 2011

Amanda Balionis recaps Justin Rose’s victory and all the news from the 2011 BMW Championship.

Sep. 19, 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

And then there were 30.

That’s what this season has boiled down to after Justin Rose‘s victory Sunday at the BMW Championship, which was vindicating on a lot of levels (I’ll get to that later).


For those in the top five in the FedExCup standings, it’s simple: Win The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola and you win the FedExCup.

Webb Simpson, who has played better than anyone the last two months and is atop the standings as a result, will be the favorite next week at East Lake. But it will also be his first trip there.

So here’s a look at five players who could win next week and what it would it mean:

Simpson: He didn’t have a great weekend with rounds of 73-71 to finish fifth at Cog Hill, but Simpson has 10 top-10s this year, including two wins — both of which have come in the last month. He also doesn’t necessarily need to win at East Lake to win the FedExCup.

Luke Donald: He’s the only guy on TOUR with more top-10s than Simpson (12). He also enters THE TOUR Championship playing well, with nine of his last 11 rounds in the 60s and with two straight finishes in the top four. At fourth in the standings, Donald also controls his own destiny. He was also the runner-up at East Lake last year.

Brandt Snedeker: He tied for third in two of his last three starts and has been good all year with seven top-10s, including a win. He’s just outside the top five at sixth in the standings, which means he’ll need help, but it’s certainly not impossible.

Jason Day: Don’t forget about Day. Even though he was a non-factor at the BMW, he’s been good in the Playoffs with a tie for 13th at The Barclays and a tie for third at the Deutsche Bank Championship. At 10th in the standings, he’ll need a lot of help though.

Nick Watney: He hasn’t done much since The Barclays, where he closed with a 64 in the rain-shortened event to tie.

Good golf TV…