Date: September 01, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

Five Aussies still alive in Fedex Cup

The five Australians who qualified for the PGA Tour's playoff series are all through to the top 100 who will compete in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston this week, the second of four massive tournaments.

World No. 1 Jason Day and Adam Scott are still in the top five, the sweet spot for the $US10 million Fedex Cup bonus in a few weeks. Aaron Baddeley, John Senden and Marc Leishman all have some serious playing to do to stay alive.

The field will be trimmed to 70 at the end of this week's Friday-Monday tournament, ahead of the BMW Championship in Carmel, Indiana, next week.

Day and Scott tied-fourth in New York last week in the first of teh four playoff tournaments, with the world No. 1 professing to be battling a little rust. It was mainly his scrambling ability that put him into contention, although Patrick Reed ran away with the win and is now No. 1 on the Fedex Cup standings.

It is worth noting that Day is the No. 1 putter and Scott is the No. 1 ballstriker on tour this year, which is a strong advertisement for Australian golf in itself. Day is gaining 1.15 shots on the field every day on the greens; Scott is gaining 2.18 shots from tee to green.

The Queenslanders should be strong contenders in Boston, where Day was tied-12th behind Rickie Fowler last year.

The whole top 10 in the world are in Boston. The only big-name player missing is Danny Willett, who is playing in Europe this weekend by preference.

FEDEX CUP RANKINGS

1 Patrick Reed

2 Jason Day (Aust)

3 Dustin Johnson

4 Adam Scott (Aust)

5 Jordan Spieth

6 Emiliano Grillo

7 Russell Knox

8 Justin Thomas

9 Brandt Snedeker

10 Phil Mickelson

Other Aussies:

56 Aaron Baddeley

71 Marc Leishman

80 John Senden