Aside from its Labor Day Monday finish, the Deutsche Bank Championship has another calling card: it’s the most volatile of the three FedEx Cup playoff events leading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
The Barclays cuts only 25 guys from the Boston-ish-bound field. The BMW Championship cuts 40 guys, making it a burden too great for most players outside the top 30 entering the week. The Deutsche Bank Championship, however, is the Goldilocks of the playoffs – the recipe is just right for volatility.
Since the PGA Tour settled on its current points distribution system in 2009, 20 players have played their way into the BMW Championship from TPC Boston (eight in ’09 and ’11, four in 2010).
The Barclays only shoved 19 players into the next playoff event from 2009-11 – and another six this year. By contrast, nine players have leaped into the Tour Championship from the erstwhile Western Open the last three seasons.
So, how many will most to Crooked Stick from outside the top 70 on Monday?
If the tournament stopped now, a half-dozen players would displace six of their peers in the third leg of the playoffs, including Troy Matteson, former Deutsche Bank winner Charley Hoffman, rookie winner Ted Potter Jr., Matt Every and Indiana University alum Jeff Overton.
Who would be ousted? Josh Teater, Brendon de Jonge, John Rollins, Ken Duke, Jonathan Byrd and Scott Stallings.
Of those six projected to be on the bench for the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event at Crooked Still in 21 years, just Rollins and Duke cannot change their fate. They missed the cut.