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Golf: It is never a good time for Vijay Singh to miss FedEx Cup play-offs

Vijay Singh is on a shortlist of players who have never missed the FedEx Cup play-offs and currently sits outside the top 125 so the next few weeks could be interesting, writes Doug Ferguson.

Vijay Singh is on a shortlist of players who have never missed the FedEx Cup play-offs and currently sits outside the top 125. Stephen Morton / AP Photo
Vijay Singh is on a shortlist of players who have never missed the FedEx Cup play-offs and currently sits outside the top 125. Stephen Morton / AP Photo

In the first year of the FedEx Cup in 2007, there was so much promotion that Vijay Singh said he was tired of talking about it even before the season started. His sound advice was to worry about that when it mattered later in the year, much like the Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup standings.

It's getting to be that time and the real winners in the coming period are the fans and media rather than the players.

There are only six tournaments remaining to get into the top 125 and take part in the US$35 million (Dh128.5m) bonanza known as the FedEx Cup play-offs.

Singh won the FedEx Cup and its $10m bonus in 2008. Now, he is on a shortlist of players who have never missed the play-offs and currently are outside the top 125. Singh is at No 136 and facing an anxious time.

Others outside the top 125 who have never missed the play-offs since they began in 2007 include Sean O'Hair, Jonathan Byrd and Robert Allenby.

They will have to play out of their skins for the next month or so and it should be exciting.

This would be a bad year to miss out. After the play-offs, there is no longer a Fall Series for players to make up ground. The top 125 earn cards for the following season, while the next 75 players (if not already exempt) would go to a four-tournament series with top Web.com Tour players who play for a card.

That's because the next season starts in October.

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