While Dallas native and former Oklahoma State golfer Hunter Mahan didn't have a great year in the four major championships, he can still cap a strong 2012 season in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which begin with the Barclays this week.
The FedEx Cup, a series of four tournaments at the end of golf's calendar year, began in 2007. The PGA has been tweaking the event ever since in an effort to boost its profile amidst golfers and golf fans.
There's a hefty $10 million prize going to the winner, but what happens at the bottom of the field may be even more important. The top-125 finishers in the FedEx Cup point race will automatically have their Tour cards renewed for the 2013 season.
That's something Mahan, who won two tournaments in 2012, won't have to worry about as he comes into the Barclays No. 6 in the points race. Mahan is behind only Tiger Woods, Jason Dufner, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson.
They'll all be in action this week, as golf fans will get at least one last chance to see the best players in the world during 2012.