You Oughta Know: Playoffs, stars back at Bethpage


The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week at Bethpage Black, but that's not the only drama playing out on Long Island. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into The Barclays. Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.

• Top 100 in points after this week qualify for Deutsche Bank Championship

• Eight players moved from outside top 100 to inside last year at The Barclays

• Average of 6.3 players per year have moved inside top 100 at The Barclays since 2009

• U.S. Ryder Cup eight automatic qualifiers clinched following play this week

• Players on the bubble include three of the four Olympians:

No. 9: J.B. Holmes
No. 10: Bubba Watson
No. 11: Matt Kuchar
No. 12: Rickie Fowler
No. 13: Scott Piercy
No. 14: Bill Haas
No. 15: Jim Furyk

• Players as low as 22nd in ranking can clinch automatic spot this week with a victory

• Tournament held at Bethpage State Park for second time (last time was in 2012; Nick Watney won)

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy making first worldwide start since PGA Championship

Jason Day

• Has won seven times on the PGA Tour since last year’s RBC Canadian Open. No other player has more than three wins during that span.

Jason Day: 7
Jordan Spieth: 3
Adam Scott: 2
Dustin Johnson: 2
Russell Knox: 2

• Enters the FedExCup Playoffs first in the season points standings. Three players have led the points list in the regular season and gone on to win the FedExCup:

2015: Jordan Spieth
2009: Tiger Woods
2007: Tiger Woods

• Leads the PGA Tour in several putting statistics this season, including strokes gained and average distance made.

Strokes gained: 1st
Between 10-15 feet: 1st
Outside 25 feet: 1st
Average distance made: 1st

Dustin Johnson

• Has racked up 12 top-10 finishes this season, three more than any other player:

Dustin Johnson: 12
Jason Day: 9
Matt Kuchar: 9
Patrick Reed: 9

• Finished tied for third the last time this tournament was held at Bethpage Black. It was among his best career finishes in playoff events.

2011 Barclays: Won
2010 BMW Championship: Won
2012 Barclays: T-3

Jordan Spieth

• Spieth’s strokes gained-putting rank is actually better than last season:

Putting: 9th in 2015, 4th in 2016
Tee-to-green: 4th in 2015, 18th in 2016
Around green: 7th in 2015, 7th in 2016

Rory McIlroy

• No player has gained more strokes off the tee this season on average than McIlroy:

Rory McIlroy: +1.28
Dustin Johnson: +1.09
Bubba Watson: +1.01
J.B. Holmes: +0.69

• He is 36th on the FedExCup points list entering the playoffs. That isn’t his lowest career position – he was all the way down to 49th back in 2013.

2016: 36th
2015: 9th
2014: 1st
2013: 49th
2012: 3rd

Jim Furyk

• Last seven rounds (including a 58) have been impressive:

Score to par: 27 under
G.I.R.: 86.5 percent
Approaches 15 feet and in: 39 (31 percent)

• No player has more top-10s in FedExCup Playoff history than Jim Furyk with 16:

Jim Furyk: 16
Steve Stricker: 13
Dustin Johnson: 12
Jason Day: 11
Sergio Garcia: 11