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The Reshuffle List: Playoffs Hopes Still Alive

Jeremy Schilling

Schilling covers golf for RotoWire, focusing on young and up-and-coming players. He was a finalist for the FSWA's Golf Writer of the Year award. He also contributes to PGA Magazine and hosts the popular podcast "Teeing It Up" on BlogTalkRadio.

The PGA Tour enters an off-week in the FedEx Cup playoffs this week, before the final stretch run of the 2014-15 season that includes the BMW Championship, Tour Championship and Presidents Cup. With that in mind, here's a look at how Reshuffle List players have fared in the playoffs.

Qualified for Third Leg of Playoffs (BMW Championship)

Justin Thomas -- 35th in FedEx Cup standings
Sean O'Hair -- 38th
Tony Finau -- 41st
Daniel Berger -- 46th
Zac Blair -- 51st

There's a fascinating battle for Rookie of the Year -- with no real clear-cut winner. While Nick Taylor won the Sanderson Farms Championship, it's his only top-10 of the year, coupled with 11 missed cuts. Now compare that to Thomas who has seven top-10s and 14 top-25s in 29 starts, Berger, who lost the Honda Classic in a playoff, and Finau, who has five top-10s and 16 top-25s in 30 starts. How that voting shakes out will be interesting to watch. If any of the latter three win one of the next two playoff events that could seal the deal.

Fantasy wise, however, don't forget about O'Hair. He had a sneaky finish of T4 in Boston, ranking T11 in driving accuracy, 17th in strokes gained-tee to green and 16th in strokes gained-putting.

Next week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms outside Chicago is huge for these players because making it into the top 30 and getting to the Tour Championship not only means a run at the $10 million grand prize for winning the FedEx Cup but -- more importantly -- a ticket into the first three majors of 2016 and other high profile events, including the WGCs. And while they've already achieved their monumental accomplishment of securing their job for next year, assurance they're in the biggest events can further put them on a path to be able to set their schedules how they prefer, with built in breaks. And that's crucial for young players who have a tendency to play too much and get worn out fast.

Lost in Second Leg of Playoffs (Deutsche Bank Championship)

Scott Pinckney
Colt Knost
Kyle Reifers
Jim Herman
Jason Gore
Hudson Swafford

For a guy like Reifers, one or two shots can make all the difference sometimes in how far you advance in the playoffs. For him, a playoff loss at the Barracuda Championship clinched his card but probably was the reason (coupled with a missed cut at The Barclays) he came up short for making it to at least the BMW Championship, if not the Tour Championship.

Gore's magical run that started with nearly winning the Wyndham Championship ended at TPC Boston.

Herman made headlines off the course, as Donald Trump came out to watch his former head professional at The Barclays, creating a raucous scene at Plainfield Country Club.

Lost in First Leg of Playoffs (The Barclays)

Greg Owen
John Peterson
Jon Curran
Steve Wheatcroft
Andres Gonzales
Chad Collins

Similar to Reifers, Owen contended twice in 2015, finishing second in Memphis and T6 at Greenbrier. While he finished his season strong with four top-20 finishes over the season's final three months, missed cuts in Hartford, Canada, and New Jersey ended any shot of being in it for the big money at the end.