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Nationwide Tour Championship Graduates Rank at Top of Fedex Cup Playoff Standings

09/14/2010

The Top 4 players in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this weekend’s BMW Championship are former Nationwide Tour players, and three of which directly ascended to the PGA TOUR via a year-end Top 25 finish on the Nationwide Tour. Current No. 1 Matt Kuchar (2006) leads “The 25” graduates, followed by No. 2 Charley Hoffman (2005), and No. 4 Jason Day (2007), with No. 3 Steve Stricker having made the transition via sponsor exemption success in 2006. In addition, nine of the twelve members of the 2010 Ryder Cup Team are former Nationwide Tour Players. The Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, scheduled October 25-31, 2010, is the Nationwide Tour’s season-ending event where the top 60 money winners compete for 25 PGA TOUR cards and a spot on the 2011 PGA Tour.

Another impressive statistic includes the fact that 84 of 125 players (67.2%) who qualified for the 2010 PGA Tour Playoffs previously played on the Nationwide Tour. At this point, 47 of 70 players remaining in contention (67.1%) in the PGA Tour Playoffs previously played on the Nationwide Tour.

“This event is a place where dreams will come true for twenty-five guys, many of whom will go on to become multi-millionaires and superstars of the game,” said Bob Moran, General Manager of the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island. “The excitement is palpable all week on Daniel Island because all sixty players have a chance to place in The 25 by performing well in this tournament.”

In addition to the FedEx Cup success achieved by Nationwide Tour Championship graduates, nine of the twelve members of the 2010 Ryder Cup Team are also former Nationwide Tour players. Rickie Fowler, Jeff Overton, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, and Stewart Cink have all played on the Nationwide Tour, and will join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Hunter Mahan as they represent America in this time-honored event.

Other former Nationwide Tour notables still in the FedEx Cup Playoffs include Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Stuart Appleby, and Ernie Els.



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