Tiger Woods has held the lead in the FedEx Cup points standings for the majority of the season, but the win by Henrik Stenson at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Labor Day vaulted him into the No.1 position.
The players get a week off to rest, as the field will go from 100 players down to 70 players for the BMW Championship starting on September 12.
Of course, all that players are trying to move towards is a position in the top-five for the Tour Championship.
Any player in the top-five will control their own destiny. That means if they win the Tour Championship, then they will win the FedEx Cup. There are just 30 players who will make the field for the Tour Championship, meaning that more than half of the players in the field at the BMW Championship will be playing in their final event.
Every player in the Tour Championship has the chance to win the FedEx Cup, but only the top-five can control their own fate. Outside of that, the other 25 players needs things to happen to win the season-long championship.
If that were to take place this week, then Stenson, Woods, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, and Graham Delaet would control their fate.
Phil Mickelson would be just on the outside looking is, ranking in the No.6 position.
The BMW Championship should be a fun one to watch, because all the players know what being in the top-five means. While Woods would certainly want to be in the No.1 position, he knows very well that with a top-five spot he is good to go.
The victory was actually the first of the season for Stenson, though he has had a string of really good golf, including at the Major Championships with top-five and runner-up finishes.
Woods has five wins on the season, but when the points are 2,500 now for a win, it’s important to secure top finishes in the playoffs.
Woods will play with Stenson and Scott in the BMW Championship for the first two rounds so all three of the players at the top of the standings will be able to see what one another is doing throughout the first couple of days.