The FedEx Cup is now in its ninth year, and there's only one guy who has played in all 34 playoff events played since 2007: Hunter Mahan. Mahan is also in the 35th event, this week's BMW Championship, but, at No. 52 of 70 players remaining in the playoff field, he needs a big week -- a top-13 finish, at a minimum -- to keep the streak going through to the Tour Championship.
Meanwhile, there's only been one defending FedEx Cup champion that's managed to get back to Atlanta the next year, and that's 2012 champion Brandt Snedeker. Billy Horschel is looking to become the second, but, like Mahan, he's well on the outside of the top 30 heading into the BMW Championship. At 67th, Horschel barely got into this field. To get back to East Lake, he'll need a top-three finish, if not better.
The Florida product knows he's facing an uphill battle that he put upon himself.
“I want to get there, but at the same time, I’ve put myself in a predicament by not playing well and taking care of business," Horschel said Wednesday, according to Golf Channel. "It is what it is. I either play well and go to East Lake, or I go home and start my offseason workout program.”