O'Hair ready to start PGA Tour playoffs

West Chester’s Sean O’Hair has posted just one Top 10 finish in 2011, but that's enough to have gotten him into the first two events of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs.

That Top 10 -- a victory in last month’s RBC Canadian Open -- has O’Hair firmly entrenched at No. 51 in the FedEx Cup points race entering the playoff opener, the Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, N.J., which begins Thursday.

The top 125 in points will tee it up at the Barclays. The top 100 at the end of that event will advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., outside of Boston, a tournament that ends on Labor Day, and O'Hair should be safe for that event as well.

After a week off, the players ranked in the top 70 following the Deutsche Bank will head to Cog Hill Golf and Country Club outside of Chicago for the BMW Championship. That leads into the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, where the top 30 will battle for the FedEx Cup and a $10 million prize.

O’Hair has played in two events since his win at Vancouver, finishing tied for 59th at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for 64th at the PGA Championship. He was over par in six of the eight rounds and under par in only one – a 69 in the third round of the Bridgestone at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

For the season to date, O’Hair has made the cut in only 10 of his 20 events. After his win in Canada, his next-best finish has been a tie for 16th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

Entering the Barclays, he is 50th on the money list with $1,322,881 and 65th in the World Golf Rankings.

--Joe Juliano