Provided that the southern portion of the U.S. can remain hurricane-free this weekend coming, Aussie professional golfer Marc Leishman, already enjoying a career-season in 12th year as a pro, has a very legitimate chance of walking away with an extra $US 10 million in his pocket when he tees it up in the last FedEx Cup tournament of the season, the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club.
Leishman’s recent win in the BMW Championship in Chicago moved him to fourth position in the FedEx Cup rankings. According to the rules of the format, if any of the top-five win at East Lake, that winner automatically claims the FedEx Cup. Leishman is on form at the moment, having climbed up to the no. 15 positon in the Official World Golf Rankings on the strength of his play this season.
Leishman has another route to the FedEx Cup, although it will not be an easy one and it does require math skills far beyond our pay grade to understand it completely, but he trails top-ranked FedEx Cup player Jordan Spieth by 1337 points, no. 2 Justin Thomas by 997 and no. 3 Dustin Johnson by 646. If those three were to have a bad week and Leishman finish high up the leader board, he could win the FedEx Cup on points.
The FedEx Cup points are result following the BMW in order to create drama. With that reset, Leishman’s 1296 points trails Spieth by 704, Thomas by 504 and Johnson by 224.
If Leishman were to finish the Tour Championship, say, no worse than third, he would earn 760 points, giving him a total of 2056 points or 56 better than Spieth’s current ranking. Even if Spieth finishes dead last in the 30-man field, he will still be awarded 112 points.
If Leishman were to finish second, he would pick up 1200 points, for a total of 2496. Leishman can pass Spieth provided Spieth finishes no better than fifth. In the world of professional golf, a finish lower than fifth for Spieth is possible, as he demonstrated last year when he squandered a five shot lead in the 2016 Masters with seven holes to play.
Less challenging scenarios exist for passing Johnson and Thomas but Leishman can eradicate everything with an outright win.