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Figuring the FedExCup

Their finishes in Atlanta on Sunday gave Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner big boosts in the FedExCup standings. The future is a bit more complicated, however, for players such as Padraig Harrington, Camilo Villegas and Ernie Els.

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Because he missed the cut in Atlanta, Camilo Villegas plans to play this week in Greensboro to try to secure his playoff spot. (Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Keegan Bradley’s victory Sunday at the PGA Championship was life-changing on multiple levels, so much so that the exuberant rookie wasn’t even sure of all the perks that go with winning a major championship.

The list is long of course, and so are the obligations. But Bradley isn’t done yet.

“I’m pretty much a golf addict,” he said. “I can’t spend more than two or three days away from playing. I’ll definitely be playing again by Wednesday and I have some pretty awesome tournament coming up with the FedExCup playoffs.”

With his victory at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Bradley put himself in great position to become the first TOUR rookie to win the FedExCup. He's now fourth in points standings with the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup set to start in two weeks at The Barclays.

But Bradley wasn’t the only one to position himself -- positively or negatively -- after the PGA Championship.

Jason Dufner, who Bradley beat in a playoff, jumped from 38th to 25th and will use the Playoffs as a springboard for the rest of his season. In other words, while he was disappointed with not winning he has plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead.

“I’m disappointed in the fact that I couldn’t close it out, but on the other hand I’m excited because I had a great finish in a major,” Dufner said. “It’s going to open a lot of opportunities for me next year. It proves that I’m playing pretty well going into these Playoffs coming up in two weeks.”

Others of course weren’t as fortunate.

Ernie Els missed the cut at the PGA Championship and as a result is stuck on No. 126 in the standings -- one spot out of a Playoffs spot. As a result, Els, along with a lot of other big names, will play in Greensboro next week.

Only the top 125 in the standings will qualify for the Playoffs, which begin the following week at The Barclays.

Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey and Angel Cabrera are all on the outside looking in. Only Casey, Cabrera and Harrington will play next week.

Camilo Villegas, who also missed the cut at Atlanta Athletic Club, is on the bubble at No. 125. He’s scheduled to play next week as well.

Beyond that? It will depend what happens next week.