Power Rankings: 2014 The Barclays

By Will GrayAugust 19, 2014, 7:21 pm

This week marks the 42nd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as the Tour begins the playoffs with The Barclays. A field of 122 players will tee it up this week at Ridgewood Country Club, which is hosting the event for the first time since 2010.

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Adam Scott returns to defend the title he won at Liberty National a year ago over a quartet of players. Here are 10 names to watch this week in New Jersey:

1. Rory McIlroy: No reason to start anywhere else. McIlroy is at an all-time high, coming off three straight wins that included two major titles. His record in this event isn't stellar - and McIlroy tied for 56th at Ridgewood in 2010 - but if he can continue the level of play on display at Hoylake, Firestone and Valhalla, he could be in line for yet another trophy presentation.

2. Adam Scott: The Aussie "only" managed a T-15 finish at the PGA Championship, which is his worst result since May. While he lost his top ranking to McIlroy, he's still playing some of the most consistent golf of anyone on Tour and will be eager to defend his title, albeit at a different venue. Scott tied for ninth at Ridgewood in 2010, highlighted by an opening-round 66.

3. Jim Furyk: While he's still without a win this year - or since 2010 - it's a drought that likely will end soon. Furyk has been one of the most consistent performers on Tour in 2014, with three runner-ups among eight top-10 finishes, and he leads the Tour in scrambling. Ridgewood's setup should favor his tee-to-green accuracy, and he tied for 12th in Paramus back in 2008.

4. Brandt Snedeker: Don't look now, but Snedeker is heating up just in time for a potential Ryder Cup pick. His tie for fifth at the Wyndham Championship was his seventh top-25 finish since the U.S. Open, and after a slow start to the year he is all the way up to 15th in strokes gained putting. Expect another above-average week on the putting surfaces at Ridgewood.

5. Rickie Fowler: Like Furyk, Fowler has had a strong year but still lacks a win. That may change in the postseason, as Fowler is riding a string of four straight top-10 finishes and hasn't finished outside the top 15 since the Memorial. After top-five finishes in each of the four majors, he's clearly comfortable playing against elite fields and now heads to a course where he was in the mix before a Sunday 74 back in 2010.

6. Justin Rose: Another player who has displayed consistency this season. Rose has finished outside the top 25 just once since the Masters, a stretch that also includes three top-five results and a win at Congressional. The Englishman is fifth on Tour in the all-around ranking and tied for 15th at Ridgewood in 2010 when he made some noise with a 65 in the third round.

7. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard underwhelmed at the PGA Championship, but he still could be poised for a strong playoff run. Garcia lost in a playoff to Vijay Singh at Ridgewood in 2008 and has five top-three finishes to his credit this summer, including three straight runner-ups at the Travelers Championship, Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

8. Henrik Stenson: The defending FedEx Cup champ comes in a little under the radar, but he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open and challenged down the stretch at Valhalla before tying for third. Stenson is strong off the tee and ranks fourth on Tour in total driving, a skill that should especially come in handy at Ridgewood.

9. Nick Watney: It looked for much of the year like this would be a lost season for Watney, but he's turned things around in the last month with three top-15 finishes in his last four starts, including a T-5 at Wyndham when he appeared to have one hand on the trophy during the final round. Watney won this event at Bethpage in 2012 and has four top-10 finishes in the last five years, although the lone outlier to that trend was a T-36 finish at Ridgewood in 2010.

10. Jimmy Walker: Hard to leave out the man that topped the FedEx Cup standings for nearly the entire season. Walker has three wins among his nine top-10 finishes this season, a list that includes a T-7 finish at the PGA. That was his third top-10 in a major this year, which is a pretty good run for a guy not named McIlroy or Fowler. Walker is second on Tour in birdie average and seventh in strokes gained putting.

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Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2018, 7:45 pm

The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 4:17 pm

MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.

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''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.

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"I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

"It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

"It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

They were at 7-under 135.

Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.

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Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.