EDISON, N.J. – In the history of the FedEx Cup, Sunday’s final tally wasn’t a record for playoff movement, but it was certainly one of the busier days in postseason history.
Eight players at The Barclays moved into the top 100 and on to next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship. The list included Zac Blair, Spencer Levin, Jason Dufner, Carlos Ortiz, Mark Wilson, Luke Donald, Johnson Wagner and Camilo Villegas.
It was the second-most movement for players vying to get into the second playoff stop, behind the 15 who made the jump in 2008 before the Tour overhauled the points process.
Blair made the biggest jump, closing with a 66 to tie for fourth place and move from 106th on the FedEx Cup list to 45th. He was followed by Levin, who went from No. 115 to No. 80 and tied for 16th.
“My first goal was to make the Playoffs. Obviously the next one was to keep moving on, get all the way to that last one,” Blair said. “It obviously helps to have a good week like this. It was nice.”
Conversely, eight players were bumped outside the top 100. Padraig Harrington, Greg Owen, John Peterson, Adam Scott, Adam Hadwin, Charl Schwartzel, John Huh and Francesco Molinari had their seasons ended Sunday. All of those players missed the cut at The Barclays except Molinari, who skipped the event to be at home with his wife for the birth of the couple’s second child.
Hudson Swafford, who began the week on the bubble at No. 100, finished tied for 50th at Plainfield Country Club and moved up to 93rd on the points list.