Donald (65) on the right side of FedEx Cup cut line

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EDISON, N.J. – In his eighth trip to the PGA Tour’s postseason, Luke Donald has a pretty good feel for how things normally play out in golf’s playoffs.

Asked on Saturday if he would ever consider skipping a playoff event, the Englishman said he would under the right circumstances, but it probably wouldn’t be The Barclays.

“I don’t know if I’d miss this one. I feel like this one is the most important one,” Donald said. “You have more people not making the cut and it just feels like if you have a good week this week, it just sets you up. When you get further and further along, less people are missing the cut and more people are earning some sort of points.”

History supports Donald’s assumptions about The Barclays, and this week is proving plenty volatile, with eight players currently projected to move inside the top 100 and onto next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Included on that list is Donald, whose third-round 65 moved him into a tie for 20th and up from 119th on the point list to 84th.