Ernie Els has put in a titanic effort to make it this far in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he needs to be even better in the BMW Championship this week if he wants to avoid sinking without a trace.

The FedEx Cup playoffs is the most lucrative series of golf tournaments in the world with the winner receiving a $10 million bonus on top of any other tournament winnings he receives, but Els will not be thinking about the prizemoney this week.

Instead, the Big Easy’s focus will be on earning the 2000 points he needs to guarantee qualification for the FedEx Cup playoff finale, the Tour Championship.

Els currently sits in 68th position on the FedEx Cup standings and only the top 30 make it to the Tour Championship.

As it stands Els is only 506 points behind Kyle Stanley in 30th place, but as there is no cut in the BMW Championship everyone is guaranteed to get at least a handful of points.

Els can do a bit worse than third and still qualify depending on how everyone else does, but a third place will secure his spot without doubt.

And there is more than just money or pride at stake for O'l Ernie, he is one of very few players to have teed off in every single Tour Championship event since the FedEx Cup began.

What makes it even more difficult for Els is that, apparently, there are only nine places up for grabs, with early projections estimating that the top 21 on the FedEx Cup standings are all safe.

History is also not on Ernie’s side with just six players starting outside the top-30 in the BMW Championship gaining entrance to the Tour Championship since the playoffs began.

There are three other Southern Africans involved, two of which are sitting on the bubble, outside the safety of the top 21, but inside the top 30.

Rory Sabbatini leads the South African chances for FedEx Cup glory at the moment, 26th in the standings.

Charl Schwartzel lies one spot back from Sabbatini and requires at least a 42nd-place finish to guarantee his participation in the Tour Championship.

Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge is also playing the BMW Championship, but is only in a marginally better position than Els. He is well down the field in 64th position and will also need a podium finish to make sure he keeps his Tour Championship hopes alive.

TV schedule

Thursday

European Tour: Seve Trophy

11:30-17:30 – SuperSport HD2
11:30-17:30 – SuperSport 6
13:00-17:30 – CSN

PGA Tour: BMW Championship

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport 6
21:00-00:00 – CSN

Friday

European Tour: Seve Trophy

11:30-14:45 – SuperSport HD2
11:30-17:30 – SuperSport 6
13:00-17:30 – CSN

PGA Tour: BMW Championship

21:00-00:00 – SuperSport 6
22:00-00:00 – CSN

Saturday

European Tour: Seve Trophy

08:30-18:00 – SuperSport HD 2
08:30-18:00 – SuperSport 6

PGA Tour: BMW Championship

16:00-21:30 – SuperSport 2
18:00-21:30 – SuperSport HD 2

Sunday

European Tour: Seve Trophy

11:00-17:30 – SuperSport 6
14:00-18:00 – CSN

PGA Tour: BMW Championship

18:00-00:00 – SuperSport 6
19:30-00:00 – SuperSport HD2
21:00-00:00 – CSN

  • Rapolo

    Lets pray that Ernie gets in and wins the BMW. He deserves it.

  • Ed jones

    Mossie man why are you always so negative ????

  • Ed jones

    Mossie man why are you always so negative ????

  • Rapolo

    Lets pray that Ernie gets in and wins the BMW. He deserves it.