Masters champ Willett skips FedEx Cup Playoffs


The FedEx Cup Playoffs were over for Masters champ Danny Willett before they even began.

The Englishman took up PGA Tour membership following his victory at Augusta National, but his only PGA Tour starts thereafter came at the final three majors and The Players Championship. As a result, Willett ended the regular season 75th in the FedEx Cup points race.

Now 86th after skipping The Barclays, Willett is the only player absent from the 100-man Deutsche Bank Championship, opting instead to defend his title at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland. With only the top 70 players advancing to next week's BMW Championship, Willett's season in the U.S. is effectively over.

Willett is the second notable European whose PGA Tour postseason concluded without him hitting a single shot. Shane Lowry entered last week's event at No. 87 in the standings, and he chose instead to play in Denmark in the hopes of impressing European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke. Lowry didn't net a captain's pick on Tuesday, and by skipping The Barclays he fell to No. 102 in the points race, narrowly missing out on a tee time at TPC Boston.