The Tour Championship 2012 Preview: Keegan Bradley A Longshot To Win FedExCup

FARMINGDALE, NY - AUGUST 24: Keegan Bradley waves to the gallery prior to his tee shot on the first hole during the second round of The Barclays at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park August 24, 2012 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The final leg of the 2012 FedExCup takes place this weekend in Atlanta, and Keegan Bradely will need to win and have the top five in the standings trip up ahead of him.

The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings head to Atlanta this weekend with a $10 million prize on the line. The TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club is the fourth and final leg of the playoffs, and each of the 30 players has a mathematical shot to win the Cup. But only the top five control their own destiny, with a guaranteed Cup victory with a win at the legendary home of Bobby Jones.

Those five make up some of the biggest names in the game, as Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney would all capture the $10 million pot with a win. After a lackluster summer, Watney burst on the scene with his Barclays win on Long Island. But the heavy favorite is of course McIlroy, who has a commanding lead in the standings after going back-to-back in Boston and Indianapolis. McIlroy could even finish in second-to-last place and have a mathematical chance to win it.

St. John's alumnus Keegan Bradley begins the week at No. 14 in the standings. He went super low at the Deutsche Bank with a third-round 63, but he's failed to get in the mix on a Sunday afternoon during the playoffs. Bradley will need to win the TOUR Championship and have the aforementioned top five struggle in order to be the Cup winner.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Visit SB Nation Golf for all your FedExCup and Ryder Cup news and analysis.

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