Strange journey: From FedEx Cup to Q-School


Four of the 125 players to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs are in the field this week at the final stage of Q-School. History suggests just one of them will graduate on Monday.

Steve Flesch, Steven Bowditch, Vaughn Taylor and William McGirt all made it into the four-event series, but did not finish inside the top 125 on the money list.

Since the introduction of the FedEx Cup in 2007, 22 players have been forced to participate in the six-round grind after qualifying for the PGA Tour playoffs. Just five of them managed to finish inside the top 25 and ties at Q-School.

In 2009, three of six such players –  Chris Riley, Jeff Maggert and Joe Ogilvie – all managed to get through Q-School after a stint in the postseason was not enough to maintain their PGA Tour status.

Last year, all five players who were both playoff- and Q-school-bound failed to graduate.