It seemed that most of those sitting on the top 100 FedEx Cup points bubble failed to move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship this week. Instead, those moving up from outside the top 110 were able to move up and keep their seasons going.
Geoff Ogilvy, John Sendon, Jeff Overton, J.J. Henry, James Hahn, and Charlie Beljan were all right inside the top 100 or right outside of it entering The Barclay's this past weekend. None of them played well enough to move on in the FedEx Cup race. Martin Kaymer was the lone exception among this group. The former World Number one ranked golfer's tie for 50th was good enough to move him from 103rd to 90th coming into Boston.
On the other hand, Camilo Villegas, Stuart Appleby, Erik Compton, and Greg Chalmers all were ranked at 110th or higher coming into last Thursday, and they all played well enough to keep going this week. Villegas, who opened The Barclay's with a 65, kept playing worse as the tournament went on, but he just qualified to play in Boston finishing the week in 100th position after his tie for 54th.
Appleby came from the farthest back, starting the Barclay's at 123rd. His tie for 41st at Liberty National at -1 moved him inside the top 100 at 96th.
And then there were those who "almost" got there.
Aaron Baddeley bogied his final three holes on Sunday. It left him just outside the top 100 at 101st in points. George McNeill was likely just as frustrated as he made a charge from 121st. His even par performance tied him for 43rd, but left him at 102nd in the Cup standings.
The Bubble line now moves to the Top 70 in FedEx Cup points after this week's Deutsche Bank Championship. Those that play well enough in Boston this week will move on to the BMW Championship in Chicago September 12-15.
Big names like Ernie Els (91st), Stewart Cink (86th), Ian Poulter (77th), K.J. Choi (74th) will have to bring their "A" games to Boston to ensure moving on. Tim Clark will enjoy the distinction of sitting right on the bubble at 70th coming in.
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