It is thought that the Bryson DeChambeau FedExCup playoffs performance will impress golf fans when he hits the green for the event. Despite being very different because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the race to the FedExCup Playoffs is still strikingly familiar.
The journey to the FedExCup begins
By mid-July, with about a month to go until the FedExCup Playoffs were to begin with THE NORTHERN TRUST, the top tier of the points standings was filled with a mix of established stars and emerging talents.
Justin Thomas, the 2017 champion, topped the standings followed by Webb Simpson, Sungjae Im, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, Brendon Todd and Lanto Griffin.
Even though 11 events canceled because of the pandemic, the stage set for an exciting conclusion to the 2019-20 season.
Following THE NORTHERN TRUST at TPC Boston Aug. 20-23, the Playoffs continue with the BMW Championship Aug. 27-30 at Olympia Fields outside Chicago with the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club Sept. 4-7.
McIlroy in the running to make history
McIlroy, who took his second FedExCup title last summer at East Lake when the Starting Strokes scoring system debuted for the first time, has a chance to make some more history this year. In 2019, he became the first golfer to win THE PLAYERS Championship and the FedExCup in the same season. If McIlroy is able to find the magic again at East Lake in early September, he would be the first player to win the big prize in consecutive seasons and also the first to win three times overall. McIlroy also won the FedExCup in 2016. Tiger Woods (2007, 2009) is the other multiple champion.
But McIlroy will face a tough challenge in adding to his impressive résumé.
After the unexpected and unprecedented pause in competition due to the global health crisis that started when THE PLAYERS was canceled after one round on March 12, golfers returned to action in June ready to compete.
Bryson DeChambeau FedExCup Playoffs performance could be a highlight
No one has drawn more attention since the resumption of competition at the Charles Schwab Challenge than DeChambeau, the 26-year-old Californian. The Bryson DeChambeau FedExCup Playoffs performance could put him on the map. Always intriguing because of the scientific approach he has taken to develop his game, DeChambeau returned to action having bulked up to about 240 pounds with a goal of hitting longer drives and overpowering courses with the added muscle.
DeChambeau reeled off three top-10 finishes with his new body and playing style then won the Rocket Mortgage Classic for his sixth career PGA TOUR title. Along the way, he was drawing lots of attention for his distance off tee, with some drives exceeding 400 yards with a Driving Distance average of 323.8 yards.
Other players continue in other ways. Simpson doesn’t overpower a course, and Morikawa’s consistency has turned him into one of the sport’s young bright lights.
There is more than one way to solve the puzzle, even during a time when power seems pivotal.
There is no doubt, though, that come the FedExCup Playoffs, many will be watching to see if DeChambeau can drive for dough as well as show. It will be interesting to see if the Bryson DeChambeau FedExCup Playoffs performance can put him back on top.
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