2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs

2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs

The 2009 FedEx Cup Playoffs, the series of four golf tournaments that determined the season champion on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, began on August 27 and ended on September 27. It included the following four events:

For the second time in the three-year history of the playoffs, Tiger Woods won the FedEx Cup.

These were the third FedEx Cup playoffs since their inception in 2007. Substantial changes were made to the point structures, playoff reset of points, and field sizes for 2009.[1][2]

The point distributions can be seen here.

Regular season rankings

# Player Country Points Events
1 Tiger Woods  United States 3,341 13
2 Steve Stricker  United States 2,155 18
3 Zach Johnson  United States 2,019 21
4 Kenny Perry  United States 1,943 20
5 Lucas Glover  United States 1,742 22
6 Phil Mickelson  United States 1,630 14
7 Y. E. Yang  South Korea 1,621 19
8 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 1,603 16
9 Brian Gay  United States 1,540 21
10 Sean O'Hair  United States 1,474 19

Final leaderboard

# Player Country Points Winnings ($)
1 Tiger Woods  United States 4,000 10,000,000
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 2,920 3,000,000
3 Steve Stricker  United States 2,750 2,000,000
4 Jim Furyk  United States 2,437 1,500,000
5 Sean O'Hair  United States 2,200 1,000,000
6 Zach Johnson  United States 2,072 800,000
7 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2,050 700,000
8 Heath Slocum  United States 1,855 600,000
9 Kenny Perry  United States 1,450 550,000
10 Scott Verplank  United States 1,245 500,000

For the full list see here.

The Barclays

The Barclays was played August 27–30. Of the 125 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (18), due to a rib injury.[3] Of the 124 entrants, 77 made the second-round cut at +5.

Heath Slocum, who only made the top 125 and the tournament field by two FedEx Cup points, won by sinking a 20-foot (6 m) par putt on the final hole, putting him one shot ahead of a distinguished group consisting of Ernie Els, Pádraig Harrington, Steve Stricker, and Tiger Woods. The top 100 players in the points standings advanced to the Deutsche Bank Championship.[4]

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Heath Slocum  United States 66-72-70-67=275 -9 1,350,000 3 124
T2 Ernie Els  South Africa 72-68-70-66=276 -8 495,000 11 47
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-75-67-67=276 14 66
Tiger Woods  United States 70-72-67-67=276 1 1
Steve Stricker  United States 69-70-68-69=276 2 2
T6 Nick Watney  United States 68-73-69-67=277 -7 260,625 7 13
Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 66-72-68-71=277 48 107
8 Webb Simpson  United States 66-68-72-72=278 -6 232,500 41 85
T9 Scott Verplank  United States 73-70-68-68=279 -5 202,500 37 61
Ian Poulter  England 67-72-70-70=279 21 34
Paul Goydos  United States 65-71-68-75=279 33 49

Deutsche Bank Championship

The Deutsche Bank Championship was played September 4–7. Of the 100 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (27), due to a rib injury.[5] Of the 99 players who entered the tournament, 73 of them made the 36-hole cut at one-under-par. Steve Stricker won by one stroke over Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank and took the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. The top 70 players in the points standings advanced to the BMW Championship.

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Steve Stricker  United States 63-72-65-67=267 -17 1,350,000 1 2
T2 Jason Dufner  United States 66-69-68-65=268 -16 660,000 9 57
Scott Verplank  United States 65-68-68-67=268 5 37
T4 Ángel Cabrera  Argentina 65-69-70-65=269 -15 310,000 22 38
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-67-67-68=269 7 14
Dustin Johnson  United States 68-65-70-66=269 10 20
7 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 66-68-70-66=270 -14 251,250 8 12
T8 Jim Furyk  United States 63-67-73-68=271 -13 217,500 18 18
Retief Goosen  South Africa 65-67-68-71=271 17 17
Sean O'Hair  United States 66-64-70-71=271 16 16

BMW Championship

The BMW Championship was played September 10–13. Of the 70 players eligible to play in the event, only one did not enter—Paul Casey (36), due to a rib injury.[6] With a field limited to 70, and 69 actually playing, there was no cut. The top 30 players in FedEx Cup points after this event advanced to the Tour Championship and also earned spots in the 2010 Masters, U.S. Open, and (British) Open Championship.

Tiger Woods blew away the field in Saturday's third round with a course-record 62 and cruised from there to win by eight shots over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. Woods retook the lead in the FedEx Cup standings going into the Tour Championship. Furyk moved from 18th in the standings to third, putting him into position to claim the FedEx Cup with a win in the Tour Championship. Leishman, who only made the field for the BMW Championship by making an eagle on the final hole of the Deutsche Bank Championship, placed himself in the field for the Tour Championship.[7]

The real drama was for the 30th and final spot in the Tour Championship. Brandt Snedeker was in the final 30 until disaster struck on the final hole. Needing only a bogey to secure his place in Atlanta, and on the green of the par-4 hole in three, he missed his par putt from 12 feet and then had his 3-foot putt for bogey lip out. Snedeker then two-putted from tap-in range. That opened the door for John Senden and Ian Poulter, but both seemingly tried to throw away their shots at a trip to Atlanta. Senden badly chucked his approach shot to the par-5 15th, and hit a bunker shot into the water on 17 for a double-bogey, but Snedeker's mistake allowed him to sneak into the top 30 by 0.46 points over Poulter, who hit his approach on the 18th hole into the water.[7]

With the FedEx Cup points reset after the BMW Championship, all 30 remaining players had at least a mathematical chance to secure the season crown, and any of the top five players could claim the FedEx Cup with a win in the Tour Championship.

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Tiger Woods  United States 68-67-62-68=265 –19 1,350,000 1 2
T2 Jim Furyk  United States 70-70-67-66=273 –11 660,000 3 18
Marc Leishman  Australia 67-69-68-69=273 16 67
4 Sean O'Hair  United States 70-68-70-68=274 –10 360,000 7 16
5 Zach Johnson  United States 73-65-70-68=276 –8 300,000 4 4
T6 Sergio García  Spain 71-68-68-71=278 –6 260,625 38 55
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68-68-69-73=278 6 7
T8 Camilo Villegas  Colombia 68-74-71-66=279 –5 225,000 42 52
Kevin Na  United States 72-72-65-70=279 18 23
T10 Luke Donald  England 70-69-68-73=280 –4 172,500 28 32
Bill Haas  United States 71-68-71-70=280 41 47
Matt Kuchar  United States 71-68-66-75=280 40 46
Brandt Snedeker  United States 69-69-66-76=280 33 42
Mark Wilson  United States 69-66-71-74=280 32 41

Reset points

The points were reset after the BMW Championship.

# Player Country Points Reset points Events
1 Tiger Woods  United States 7,108 2,500 16
2 Steve Stricker  United States 5,692 2,250 21
3 Jim Furyk  United States 3,108 2,000 21
4 Zach Johnson  United States 3,031 1,800 24
5 Heath Slocum  United States 3,005 1,600 26
6 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2,633 1,400 19
7 Sean O'Hair  United States 2,624 1,200 22
8 Scott Verplank  United States 2,416 1,000 23
9 Kenny Perry  United States 2,318 800 23
10 Jason Dufner  United States 2,224 600 25

The Tour Championship

The Tour Championship was played September 24–27, after a one-week break. All 30 golfers who qualified for the tournament played, and there was no cut.

Phil Mickelson claimed his first PGA Tour title since his wife and mother were both diagnosed with breast cancer in spring 2009. This was also his second Tour Championship title, as he won the 2000 edition, also held at East Lake. Mickelson entered the final round four shots behind Kenny Perry, but shot 65 while Perry faded to a 74. Three golfers—top seed Tiger Woods, second seed Steve Stricker, and Mickelson—had a reasonable chance of claiming the FedEx Cup entering the final nine holes, but consecutive birdies by Woods on the 15th and 16th holes secured his second-place finish for the tournament, three shots behind Mickelson. Since Mickelson was not among the top five seeds entering the Tour Championship, this was enough for Woods to secure the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.[8]

FedEx Cup rank
# Player Country Score To par Winnings ($) After Before
1 Phil Mickelson  United States 73-67-66-65=271 –9 1,350,000 2 14
2 Tiger Woods  United States 67-68-69-70=274 –6 810,000 1 1
3 Sean O'Hair  United States 66-70-70-69=275 –5 517,500 5 7
T4 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 67-69-71-69=276 –4 330,000 7 6
Kenny Perry  United States 72-66-64-74=276 9 9
6 Steve Stricker  United States 70-72-66-69=277 –3 270,000 3 2
T7 Jim Furyk  United States 72-68-71-67=278 –2 247,500 4 3
Steve Marino  United States 69-71-67-71=278 15 25
9 Ernie Els  South Africa 71-66-71-71=279 –1 225,000 16 22
T10 Lucas Glover  United States 68-71-72-69=280 E 202,500 17 20
Jerry Kelly  United States 71-67-71-71=280 22 29
John Senden  Australia 70-70-69-71=280 24 30

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