Masters champion Charl Schwartzel will miss The Barclays as he prepares for the final three events of the FedExCup playoffs, making him not completely certain of being able to press his claims to go all the way to the climactic Tour Championship.
Schwartzel is currently ranked 21st in FedExCup points, and, with the top 100 of the 125 players eligible to start the playoff process going through to the Deutsche Bank Championship, he is sure of a place in that.
Sure enough, in fact, that he has said he is committed to all three of the remaining events of the FedExCup playoffs Â the top 70 after Deutsche Bank go through to the BMW Championship and the top 30 to the Tour Championship.
But he does leave himself vulnerable to exclusion in the latter stages as the events all carry big points tallies for the top performers. With 2,500 points available for the winner, 1,500 for the runner up and 1,000 for third, Schwartzel could be overtaken by William McGirt, the player currently in 125th, should the latter finish in the top three.
And, in the Deutsche Bank Championship Â as in the Barclays Â there is a 36-hole cut to the top 70 players and ties, so Schwartzel runs the risk of earning no points in that event and slipping closer to elimination ahead of the Tour Championship.
After the BMW Championship, the top 30 players move to the final event. Points are reset at that time, so the leading player has 2,500 points, the second player has 2,250 points, down to the 30th player who is given 210 points.
The goal is to ensure that any of the 30 players has a chance to win the FedExCup, but give the top players the best chance, with each of the top five players assured of winning the FedExCup by winning the Tour Championship.
The reward for the winner of the whole series Â besides the FedExCup itself Â is $10-million. That should be enough to concentrate SchwartzelÂs mind.