Since the inception of the FedEx Cup in 2007, three men have advanced to every season-ending Tour Championship: Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan.
That streak will end in 2014 for at least one of those men. Steve Stricker didn't play in this week's The Barclays in New Jersey and will finish outside the top 100 in the points standings, ending his season before East Lake for the first time in the FedEx Cup era.
Phil Mickelson may not make it to Atlanta either. Mickelson, who is projected to finish this week around 60th in the standings, missed the secondary cut at The Barclays on Saturday. He's unsure if he'll even play next week's Deutsche Bank Championship.
"We’ll see when I get back home," Mickelson said Saturday after a 4-over 75. "I’m frustrated with my game, but I love playing in Boston; I love the golf course. And I love Cherry Hills (site of the BMW Championship), too. We’ve got some great tournaments, but I’m not playing very inspired golf right now.”
That leaves Hunter Mahan, who is a shot off the lead heading into the final round at Ridgewood C.C. If the final result holds tomorrow, he is projected to move up some 50 spots and near the top 10 in the standings, all but assuring an eighth-consecutive spot among the final 30 in the Tour Championship. It could also continue his ironman streak as the only person to play in every FedEx Cup event since 2007.