FedEx Cup Playoffs Update

Westhaven Golf Club Management Team

FedEx Cup Playoffs Update

As the BMW Classic in Carmel, IN this weekend determines the “Final 30” cut and the “Top Five” in the FedEx Cup heading into the PGA Tour Championship Sept 15-18 at Eastlake, we sat down with a group of PGA professionals at Westhaven Golf Club to handicap the field and try to determine who are the front-runners to win the FedEx Cup, as well as the 4 remaining Ryder Cup selections that will be made for the US team.

Meet the Pros

Perry LancianesePerry Lancianese, General Manager and Director of Golf Operations

Perry Lancianese recently re-located to Westhaven Golf Club from West Palm Beach, FL.  He is a third-generation restaurateur, culinary chef, and golf professional.

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Chris CauthenChris Cauthen, Head Golf Professional

Chris Cuathen is originally from Jefferson City, TN and was the Head Golf Professional at Richland Country Club before joining Westhaven Golf Club.

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Rick MartinoRick Martino, PGA National Teacher of the Year

Rick Martino is a Visiting Professional this month at Westhaven Golf Club, and is based at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, FL.  He is a highly-distinguished PGA Professional.

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The BMW Classic This Weekend

Q:  The BMW Championship this weekend will determine the final 30 golfers to compete in the Tour Championship the following week.  As you look at who’s on the bubble, who seems to have the momentum?  And who do you think will likely falter?

A:  {Rick} There are really three things going on all at once at this tournament.  The FedEx Cup field is cutting down to 30 golfers who can potentially win the FedEx Cup.  And those golfers in roughly the top 10 are trying to make it into the top 5, because those 5 golfers automatically win the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship next week.  Lastly, this is a key audition for those trying to make the Ryder Cup team and fill the remaining spots.  {Chris} Bubba, Furyk, and Fowler aren’t looking like they’re going to make it.  Kuchar and JB Holmes both have a lot of upside this week.  {Perry} And don’t leave out Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, or Brooks Kepka.

Q:  Nashville’s own Brant Snedeker fell two spots last week and sits at 11 in the standings.  Do you see him making a move?

A:  {Rick} He’s already made the Ryder Cup team, so he can concentrate on trying to win the FedEx Cup.  {Chris} Brant’s really going to have to make the top 10 this week to have a real fighting chance to win the FedEx Cup.  {Perry} There is definitely more pressure this week for many of the golfers, and Snedeker is one of them.

Q:  Who’s your odds-on favorite to win the FedEx Cup?

A:  {Chris} Rory is the best player in the world and he’s hitting a real stride with a win last week.  I’ll pick Rory.  {Perry}  Rory is definitely hot right now, and the most talented.  {Rick} It’s been Dustin Johnson’s year.  DJ is a great ball striker; he can definitely win it.

Q:  Tiger Woods has announced he’s coming back to the PGA Tour in October, specifically the 2016-2017 season opener October 13-16 in Napa, CA — the Safeway Open.  Do you think he’ll be a big factor in 2016-2017?

A:  {Perry} Let Rick answer that first; Tiger plays at his club.  {Rick} Well Tiger has been better about this injury than others, but still seems anxious to get back out there.  With this announcement, he’s set a deadline for himself; given himself a goal, basically.  We probably won’t see the old Tiger because he just doesn’t intimidate the rest of the field like he did in the late ’90s and early ’00s.  {Chris} Tiger set the bar for today’s biggest stars.  They see how he put in the work, and many of them have been doing the same since high school or college — so it’s just not possible for him to dominate the way he did.

Next week, we’ll update the “Final 30” in the FedEx Cup standings, let you know who ended up the top five (who can automatically win the FedEx Cup with a win next week at the PGA Tour Championship), and start looking ahead to the Ryder Cup later this month.

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Westhaven Golf Club is a private golf club adjacent to the Westhaven community.  You do not have to live at Westhaven to be a member.  Full golf and social memberships are available.  The golf shop is open to the public for apparel, equipment, and custom club fittings by Tim Sygerych, Master Fitter.