FedEx Cup standings: Top 70 after Deutsche Bank

By Rex HoggardSeptember 5, 2016, 9:03 pm

NORTON, Mass. – Six players kept their postseason hopes alive on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, playing their way into the top 70 and next week’s BMW Championship after starting the week on the wrong side of the playoff bubble.

Conversely, six players fell out of the top 70, including Jerry Kelly who took the biggest tumble from 61st on the list to 72nd after missing the cut at TPC Boston.

David Hearn made the biggest move to advance to the third playoff stop, starting the week 92nd on the points list but finishing tied for eighth to move to 59th.

“I knew coming in I needed a good finish to continue on in the playoffs,” said Hearn, who closed with a 1-under 70. “Hopefully it gives me another chance to get into that Tour Championship [top 30].”

Billy Hurley III also tied for eighth place to move from 77th to 51st on the points list to make his first start at the BMW Championship. Hudson Swafford (T-15), Vaughn Taylor (T-24), Chris Kirk (T-33) and Marc Leishman (T-46) also moved into the top 70.

The amount of movement on the points list at TPC Boston was about average since the PGA Tour tinkered with the points to reduce the amount of post-season volatility. Last year, four players moved into the top 70 and in 2014 six played their way to the BMW.

As for next week’s race, Deutsche Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy moved to fourth on the points list and runner-up Paul Casey is now 10th to secure their spots at the finale later this month at East Lake; unseating Daniel Berger, who tied for 41st to fall a single spot from No. 30 to 31st, and Charley Hoffman, who missed the cut and dropped from 27th to 36th.

Here are the full top 70 in the FedEx Cup points race through two playoff events:

Rank this week Rank last week Player Events Points Wins Top 10's Points behind lead
1 1 Patrick Reed 26 3,975 1 11  
2 2 Jason Day 18 3,409 3 10 566
3 3 Dustin Johnson 20 3,189 2 13 786
4 38 Rory McIlroy 16 3,115 1 7 860
5 4 Adam Scott 18 3,063 2 7 912
6 5 Jordan Spieth 19 2,451 2 7 1,524
7 7 Russell Knox 23 2,253 2 4 1,722
8 6 Emiliano Grillo 23 2,227 1 2 1,748
9 25 Jimmy Walker 23 2,112 1 5 1,863
10 59 Paul Casey 20 2,052   5 1,923
11 9 Brandt Snedeker 25 1,889 1 7 2,086
12 11 Ryan Moore 21 1,857 1 8 2,118
13 13 Kevin Chappell 25 1,845   7 2,130
14 8 Justin Thomas 26 1,802 1 6 2,173
15 10 Phil Mickelson 20 1,758   6 2,217
16 17 Hideki Matsuyama 21 1,682 1 7 2,293
17 12 Kevin Kisner 25 1,663 1 6 2,312
18 22 Si Woo Kim 32 1,596 1 4 2,379
19 20 Jason Dufner 26 1,591 1 5 2,384
20 15 Sean O'Hair 25 1,582   2 2,393
21 24 Gary Woodland 24 1,581   3 2,394
22 16 Rickie Fowler 22 1,559   8 2,416
23 14 Kevin Na 24 1,529   8 2,446
24 21 Henrik Stenson 14 1,499 1 4 2,476
25 28 Sergio Garcia 14 1,478 1 4 2,497
26 18 William McGirt 26 1,468 1 7 2,507
27 19 Bubba Watson 17 1,460 1 3 2,515
28 23 Matt Kuchar 24 1,459   9 2,516
29 29 Jhonattan Vegas 25 1,437 1 5 2,538
30 26 Brooks Koepka 20 1,397   7 2,578
31 30 Daniel Berger 24 1,370 1 5 2,605
32 48 Fabian Gomez 25 1,362 1 4 2,613
33 34 Smylie Kaufman 27 1,353 1 4 2,622
34 43 Jason Kokrak 27 1,342   4 2,633
35 31 Scott Piercy 23 1,323   3 2,652
36 27 Charley Hoffman 25 1,313 1 1 2,662
37 33 Branden Grace 17 1,299 1 6 2,676
38 37 Tony Finau 27 1,296 1 2 2,679
39 55 James Hahn 25 1,278 1 3 2,697
40 44 Louis Oosthuizen 16 1,256   3 2,719
41 39 Jim Herman 28 1,241 1 2 2,734
42 42 J.B. Holmes 20 1,202   5 2,773
43 32 Charl Schwartzel 17 1,191 1 3 2,784
44 41 Harris English 26 1,182   3 2,793
45 35 Graeme McDowell 20 1,142 1 5 2,833
46 36 Bill Haas 23 1,141   6 2,834
47 49 Ryan Palmer 22 1,129   2 2,846
48 50 Charles Howell III 24 1,103   5 2,872
49 40 Jamie Lovemark 26 1,088   5 2,887
50 45 Justin Rose 17 1,017   5 2,958
51 77 Billy Hurley III 19 1,013 1 2 2,962
52 66 Brian Stuard 19 984 1 1 2,991
53 64 Roberto Castro 25 982   3 2,993
54 46 Brendan Steele 24 975   2 3,000
55 47 Daniel Summerhays 27 963   2 3,012
56 52 Zach Johnson 23 963   5 3,012
57 67 Brian Harman 30 959   2 3,016
58 62 Kyle Reifers 33 943   5 3,032
59 92 David Hearn 28 940   2 3,035
60 53 Luke Donald 22 931   2 3,044
61 82 Hudson Swafford 29 925   1 3,050
62 51 Billy Horschel 19 919   4 3,056
63 57 Kevin Streelman 25 918   2 3,057
64 79 Vaughn Taylor 23 898 1 1 3,077
65 58 David Lingmerth 23 889   2 3,086
66 75 Chris Kirk 27 887   2 3,088
67 56 Aaron Baddeley 27 886 1 5 3,089
68 54 Ben Martin 27 883   2 3,092
69 60 Jon Curran 29 862   3 3,113
70 71 Marc Leishman 24 853   2 3,122
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Koepka (wrist) likely out until the Masters

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 9:08 pm

Defending U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka is expected to miss at least the next two months because of a torn tendon in his left wrist.

Koepka, who suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU), is hoping to return in time for the Masters.

In a statement released by his management company, Koepka said that doctors are unsure when the injury occurred but that he first felt discomfort at the Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-man event. Playing through pain, he also finished last at the Tournament of Champions, after which he underwent a second MRI that revealed the tear.

Koepka is expected to miss the next eight to 12 weeks.

“I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters. … I look forward to a quick and successful recovery.”

Prior to the injury, Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix and cracked the top 10 in the world ranking. 

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Cut Line: Color Rory unafraid of the Ryder Cup

By Rex HoggardJanuary 19, 2018, 7:09 pm

In this week’s edition, Rory McIlroy gets things rolling with some early Ryder Cup banter, Dustin Johnson changes his tune on a possible golf ball roll-back, and the PGA Tour rolls ahead with integrity training.


Made Cut

Paris or bust. Rory McIlroy, who made his 2018 debut this week on the European Tour, can be one of the game’s most affable athletes. He can also be pointed, particularly when discussing the Ryder Cup.

Asked this week in Abu Dhabi about the U.S. team, which won the last Ryder Cup and appears to be rejuvenated by a collection of new players, McIlroy didn’t disappoint.

“If you look at Hazeltine and how they set the course up – big, wide fairways, no rough, pins in the middle of greens – it wasn’t set up for the way the Europeans like to play,” McIlroy said. “I think Paris will be a completely different kettle of fish, so different.”

McIlroy has come by his confidence honestly, having won three of the four Ryder Cups he’s played, so it’s understandable if he doesn't feel like an underdog heaidng to Paris.

“The Americans have obviously been buoyant about their chances, but it’s never as easy as that,” he said. “The Ryder Cup is always close. It always comes down to a few key moments, and it will be no different in Paris. I think we’ll have a great team and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

September can’t get here quick enough.

Mr. Spieth goes to Ponte Vedra Beach. The Tour announced this year’s player advisory council, the 16-member group that works with the circuit’s policy board to govern.

There were no real surprises to the PAC, but news that Jordan Spieth had been selected to run for council chair is interesting. Spieth, who is running against Billy Hurley III and would ascend to the policy board next year if he wins the election, served on the PAC last year and would make a fine addition to the policy board, but it is somewhat out of character for a marquee player.

In recent years, top players like Spieth have largely avoided the distractions that come with the PAC and policy board. Of course, we’ve also learned in recent years that Spieth is not your typical superstar.


Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

On second thought. In December at the Hero World Challenge, Dustin Johnson was asked about a possible golf ball roll-back, which has become an increasingly popular notion in recent years.

“I don't mind seeing every other professional sport. They play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball,” he said in the Bahamas. “I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage.”

The world No. 1 appeared to dial back that take this week in Abu Dhabi, telling BBC Sport, “It's not like we are dominating golf courses. When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy?”

Maybe it didn’t feel that way, but DJ’s eight-stroke romp two weeks ago at the Sentry Tournament of Champions certainly looked pretty easy.

Long odds. I had a chance to watch the Tour’s 15-minute integrity training video that players have been required view and came away with a mixture of confusion and concern.

The majority of the video, which includes a Q&A element, focuses on how to avoid match fixing. Although the circuit has made it clear there is no indication of current match fixing, it’s obviously something to keep an eye on.

The other element that’s worth pointing out is that although the Tour may be taking the new program seriously, some players are not.

“My agent watched [the training video] for me,” said one Tour pro last week at the Sony Open.


Missed Cut

Groundhog Day. To be fair, no one expected Patton Kizzire and James Hahn to need six playoff holes to decide last week’s Sony Open, but the episode does show why variety is the spice of life.

After finishing 72 holes tied at 17 under, Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole again and again and again and again. In total, the duo played the par-5 closing hole at Waialae Country Club five times (including in regulation play) on Sunday.

It’s worth noting that the playoff finally ended with Kizzire’s par at the sixth extra hole, which was the par-3 17th. Waialae’s 18th is a fine golf hole, but in this case familiarity really did breed contempt.

Tweet of the week:

It was a common theme last Saturday on Oahu after an island-wide text alert was issued warning of an inbound ballistic missile and advising citizens to “seek immediate shelter.”

The alert turned out to be a mistake, someone pushed the wrong button during a shift change, but for many, like Peterson, it was a serious lesson in perspective.

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.”