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FedExCup Playoffs: Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose need big weeks in penultimate event

Watch the BMW Championship live on Sky Sports between Thursday and Sunday as the FedEXCup Playoffs continue; players fighting to reach Tour Championship and also make US Ryder Cup team; Jon Rahm leads FedExCup standings, ahead of Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy

Fifty players remain in the lucrative FedExCup Playoffs but for 20 of them, the journey will end after this week’s BMW Championship.

The top 30 in the standings after Sunday’s final round in Illinois will advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta from August 24, with the bottom 20 dumped out.



Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are sitting in the top three spots at the moment, followed by Lucas Glover after his back-to-back victories at the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, is in 10th spot, leaping up 16 places by dint of his third-placed finish at the St Jude Championship. That maiden win on the PGA Tour may be coming…

Plenty of players just inside the top 30 – or indeed out of it – need strong weeks to extend their stay in the Playoffs, so let’s take a look at the current standings and those in jeopardy…



Spieth hopes to cling on, Rose hopes to jump in
Sitting in 27th spot, Jordan Spieth can ill-afford a bad week at the BMW. He will be in confident mood, however, having finished tied for sixth at the FedEx St Jude Championship to get inside the top 30 in what was his first outing since coming 23rd at The Open Championship last month.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton is now 26th, dropping nine spots after finishing 43rd at the St Jude, while countryman Justin Rose – the 2018 FedExCup champion – is just outside the top 30 in 32nd. Rose shot a nine-under third round last week and will hope for further fireworks in Illinois.



Who have we lost so far?
Matt Kuchar and England’s Aaron Rai were eliminated from the Playoffs last week, while Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry failed to even make them, having been ranked at 71st and 78th respectively ahead of the opening event.

Thomas, who will now be relying on a captain’s pick to make USA’s Ryder Cup team in Rome this September, missed out on the Playoffs by one shot – after a chipped birdie attempt on his final hole at the Wyndham Championship hit the flagstick and stayed out!



What to watch on Sky Sports this week
Enjoy live action from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and more

Leeds v West Brom – August 18 – LIVE on Sky Sports Football
Plymouth v Southampton – August 19 – LIVE on Sky Sports Football
Tottenham v Man Utd – August 19 – LIVE on Sky Sports Premier League
Norwich v Millwall – August 20 – LIVE on Sky Sports Football
Aston Villa v Everton – August 20 – LIVE on Sky Sports Premier League
West Ham v Chelsea – August 20 – LIVE on Sky Sports Premier League
The Hundred – August 1 to 27 – LIVE on Sky Sports Cricket
BMW Championship – August 17 to 20 – LIVE on Sky Sports Golf



What else is at stake this week?
Ryder Cup places, that’s what. The BMW Championship marks the final opportunity for American players to qualify for the team event in Italy, with those outside the top six at that point relying on skipper Zach Johnson giving them the nod.

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