Tiger Woods could have lost his world number one spot by the time he flies to Wales with the rest of the American Ryder Cup side on Sunday night – and there is nothing he can do about it.
Phil Mickelson defends the Tour Championship in Atlanta this week knowing that finishing first or second will enable him to take top spot in the rankings for the first time.
Woods failed to qualify for the 30-man event, which offers a first prize of £868,000 (€1,030,000) in addition to the £6.4m (€7.6m) that will be handed to the overall winner of the FedEx Cup play-off series.
Paul Casey, left out of Europe’s side, is currently fifth in the cup standings and will scoop the jackpot if he wins the tournament.
Luke Donald, who will be at Celtic Manor next week, Justin Rose and Martin Laird are also taking part.