FedEx Cup permutations: Who is still in the running to win the FedEx Cup?

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The PGA Tour season draws to a close this month and we are into the second of three FedEx Cup play-off events.

The top-125 players in the FedEx Cup standings teed off in the National Trust last week.

But only the top-70 after the event then qualified for this week’s BMW Championship.

Patrick Reed was the winner at Liberty National and his one-shot victory took him to second in the season-long standings.

He is within 216 points of FedExCup leader Brooks Koepka as a tied-sixth finish knocked Rory McIlroy back into third spot.

Koepka, Reed and McIlroy have been grouped together for the opening two rounds in the BMW Championship and the Northern Irishman is up for the battle.

The new format for season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake next week sees the FedEx Cup leader start on 10 under par with a two-shot lead over the next player.

“It’s another opportunity this week to try and climb a little bit higher going into Atlanta,” McIlroy said.

“I want to be 10 under par standing on that first tee in Atlanta next week so I know that I want to get to No 1 and I need to win.

“It’s hard enough to win golf tournaments when you’re all starting on a level playing field, but whenever it’s staggered like that, it’s a tough proposition if someone like Brooks Koepka or Patrick Reed is starting two or three shots ahead of you.

“72 holes is a lot of golf to play and things can happen, but I think it all evens out over the course of the week, and to spot guys of that calibre a few shots at the start of the week is pretty tough.”

Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm round off the top-five in the standings ahead of play at Medinah.

Harold Varner III was the biggest mover last week, jumping 73 places to 29th after a career-best tied-third finish last week.

A tied-12th finish for Troy Merritt took him to 59th as Wyndham Clark moved 22 spots to 68th in the rankings.

Joaquin Niemann also sneaked through after carding a final-round 66 to go from 74th to 70th.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 FedExCup champion, secured his fourth top-10 finish of the season to leap 25 places into 44th position.

Sergio Garcia, though, was one of the players to see his PGA Tour season end at the Northern Trust.

The Spaniard dropped out of the top-70 after missing the cut in New Jersey and he was joined by Danny Lee, Kevin Streelman and Matthew Wolff.

Danny Willett misses out too after a final-round 75 while Bubba Watson (81st) and Tyrrell Hatton (79th) were also unable to extend their seasons.

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