The spread of coronavirus will surely make the forecast of 2019-2020 season of PGA tour difficult to predict. We can only imagine what the schedule for tournaments will look like after it’s safe to resume and when will that actually be? Some of them have already shifted the dates, while other are currently revising what their options are in the sight of recent events, so the season might end later than August.
Presuming things get better in May and the FedEx Cup Playoffs resumes in the same fashion in 2020, and also the qualifying stays the same, players are supposed to be ranked in top 125 on the cup point list until there’s only 30 left who are heading to East Lake. This kind of presumption leaves us with an interesting reality that qualifying for Playoffs will be harder than it ever was due to the fact that number of events has shrunk so far, and possibly will further shrink. There were originally 46 tournaments available for players to earn points, where now we’re faced with a reality of having 11 cancelled. Meaning the number of tournaments to be played at the moment consists of maximum 35, so some professionals will have less time than they thought to earn their points.
There are a fair number of players who will be impacted, several of them play on the European Tour and don’t compete in number of PGA Tour’s fall events. Waiting for the spring season would work just fine if they wanted to earn enough points usually, but as things turn out it’s going to be tougher at these times.
These nine professional players will have some serious catching up to do.
World Ranking: 247
FedEx Cup rank: 131
Despite actually having 10 starts in this season, the two-time major winner is having issues to play consistently well. So far he has had only one finish in top 20 at Sanderson Farms’ T-14. The 2018-2019 season was the first time he has missed Playoffs.
World Ranking: 89
FedEx Cup rank: 141
In his 12 starts of the season, Glover has had only one top-35 finish, T-9 at the shiners. His form has gotten better and 2019 Tour Championship is his first time to qualify since 2009.
World Ranking: 56
FedEx Cup rank: 110
Spieth is inside the top 125 currently despite his recent struggles. Moving forward his margin for error is small and that’s bad news for him.
World Ranking: 38
FedEx Cup rank: 179
With only five PGA Tour events played, but making the cut in all of them Garcia’s overall average scoring of 71.496 at T-33 at the Zozo Championship ranks him as 161st on Tour.
World Ranking: 32
FedEx Cup rank: 197
Henrik’s victory at the Hero World Challenge back in December doesn’t unfortunately count for the FedEx Cup. Until the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2020 he didn’t make the appearance in a PGA Tour and je missed the cut.
World Ranking: 28
FedEx Cup rank: 169
Despite winning on the PGA Tour twice in 2018, Molinari’s fate has turned. He has lost the final-round lead last April in the Masters, where it all went downhill from there. This season he has made six PGA Tour starts, and two of those were no-cut WGC events, playing only once the weekend in four tournaments with cuts.
FedEx Cup rank: 205
Rose has never missed the Playoffs in the last 10 years since the beginning of Tour Championship. The 2018 FedEx Cup champion has usually starts his PGA Tour late, but has been able to catch up every year so far. During his four starts in 2020 there was only one cut, a T-56 finish at the Genesis Invitational.
World Ranking: 5
FedEx Cup rank: 111
Johnson is trying to get back into form this spring, after missing the fall season because of a knee surgery. His double top-10 finishes got him into top 125, which were at the Genesis Invitational and Sentry Tournament of Champions, but he still needs some more solid placements in the future.
World Ranking: 3
FedEx Cup ranking: 213
Kopeka has missed the fall events after failing to finish the CJ Cup due to an injured knee. He is behind in the FedEx Cup race, but the assumption was that Kopeka will get his game together and earn up the points to climb up on the list when the majors came around, despite a lukewarm start to the season.