FedExCup points list entering first playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2017, 2:05 pm

The FedExCup Playoffs begin this week at The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. The event, previously known as The Barclays, is the first of four playoff tournaments, in which field size will decrease from 125, to 100, to 70, to 30. For some basic playoff knowledge and history, click here to check out our FedExCup 101.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
1 1 Hideki Matsuyama 2,869  
2 2 Justin Thomas 2,689 180
3 3 Jordan Spieth 2,671 198
4 4 Dustin Johnson 2,466 403
5 5 Rickie Fowler 1,832 1,037
6 6 Jon Rahm 1,754 1,115
7 7 Brooks Koepka 1,736 1,133
8 8 Daniel Berger 1,623 1,246
9 9 Kevin Kisner 1,612 1,257
10 10 Brian Harman 1,557 1,312
11 11 Charley Hoffman 1,498 1,371
12 12 Pat Perez 1,461 1,408
13 13 Adam Hadwin 1,347 1,522
14 14 Marc Leishman 1,324 1,545
15 15 Matt Kuchar 1,260 1,609
16 16 Brendan Steele 1,226 1,643
17 17 Kyle Stanley 1,204 1,665
18 18 Paul Casey 1,135 1,734
19 19 Russell Henley 1,129 1,740
20 22 Jason Dufner 1,126 1,743
21 20 Charles Howell III 1,102 1,767
22 21 Sergio Garcia 1,085 1,784
23 75 Henrik Stenson 1,079 1,790
24 23 Billy Horschel 1,068 1,801
25 37 Webb Simpson 1,058 1,811
26 24 Gary Woodland 1,052 1,817
27 25 Wesley Bryan 1,046 1,823
28 26 Tony Finau 1,024 1,845
29 27 Jhonattan Vegas 1,023 1,846
30 28 Kevin Chappell 1,015 1,854
31 29 Francesco Molinari 1,010 1,859
32 30 Justin Rose 996 1,873
33 31 Xander Schauffele 988 1,881
34 32 Mackenzie Hughes 974 1,895
35 33 Louis Oosthuizen 956 1,913
36 34 Bill Haas 946 1,923
37 35 Hudson Swafford 921 1,948
38 36 Patrick Reed 896 1,973
39 74 Ollie Schniederjans 882 1,987
40 45 Cameron Smith 847 2,022
41 38 Si Woo Kim 839 2,030
42 39 Zach Johnson 839 2,030
43 40 Bryson DeChambeau 836 2,033
44 41 Rory McIlroy 803 2,066
45 42 Sung Kang 798 2,071
46 44 Keegan Bradley 794 2,075
47 43 Jamie Lovemark 787 2,082
48 46 Ian Poulter 760 2,109
49 47 Jason Day 756 2,113
50 48 Luke List 741 2,128
51 49 Phil Mickelson 734 2,135
52 50 Charl Schwartzel 727 2,142
53 51 James Hahn 711 2,158
54 52 Sean O'Hair 707 2,162
55 54 Lucas Glover 706 2,163
56 53 Danny Lee 697 2,172
57 55 Martin Laird 676 2,193
58 56 Kelly Kraft 672 2,197
59 67 Ryan Moore 671 2,198
60 61 Russell Knox 669 2,200
61 63 Anirban Lahiri 667 2,202
62 58 Bud Cauley 666 2,203
63 59 Chez Reavie 666 2,203
64 57 Brandt Snedeker 663 2,206
65 60 Scott Brown 646 2,223
66 62 Adam Scott 642 2,227
67 64 Graham DeLaet 640 2,229
68 65 Patrick Rodgers 639 2,230
69 66 Grayson Murray 638 2,231
70 68 Rod Pampling 630 2,239
71 69 Chris Stroud 627 2,242
72 70 Kevin Tway 619 2,250
73 72 Chad Campbell 616 2,253
74 71 Rafa Cabrera Bello 615 2,254
75 93 Kevin Na 584 2,285
76 73 Stewart Cink 583 2,286
77 76 Jonas Blixt 578 2,291
78 77 Patrick Cantlay 578 2,291
79 78 Robert Streb 577 2,292
80 80 Morgan Hoffmann 565 2,304
81 79 Jim Herman 553 2,316
82 81 J.B. Holmes 543 2,326
83 82 Kevin Streelman 541 2,328
84 84 Nick Taylor 532 2,337
85 83 Scott Piercy 532 2,337
86 85 C.T. Pan 527 2,342
87 91 Patton Kizzire 519 2,350
88 86 Emiliano Grillo 518 2,351
89 87 Cody Gribble 514 2,355
90 88 Branden Grace 510 2,359
91 96 J.J. Spaun 510 2,359
92 89 Whee Kim 505 2,364
93 90 William McGirt 499 2,370
94 99 Jason Kokrak 490 2,379
95 92 Michael Kim 483 2,386
96 94 Byeong Hun An 468 2,401
97 95 Chris Kirk 467 2,402
98 108 Camilo Villegas 464 2,405
99 97 Robert Garrigus 448 2,421
100 98 Seung-Yul Noh 446 2,423
101 100 Jimmy Walker 439 2,430
102 101 Scott Stallings 438 2,431
103 102 David Lingmerth 437 2,432
104 104 D.A. Points 435 2,434
105 103 Ryan Blaum 434 2,435
106 107 Brian Gay 426 2,443
107 105 Luke Donald 424 2,445
108 122 Richy Werenski 423 2,446
109 106 Brandon Hagy 419 2,450
110 109 Steve Stricker 410 2,459
111 110 Derek Fathauer 408 2,461
112 115 Tyrone Van Aswegen 407 2,462
113 111 Bubba Watson 397 2,472
114 113 Harris English 397 2,472
115 112 Dominic Bozzelli 394 2,475
116 125 Geoff Ogilvy 390 2,479
117 114 Nick Watney 386 2,483
118 139 Martin Flores 383 2,486
119 117 John Huh 382 2,487
120 118 Blayne Barber 381 2,488
121 116 Ben Martin 378 2,491
122 148 Rory Sabbatini 375 2,494
123 138 Harold Varner III 375 2,494
124 119 Vaughn Taylor 369 2,500
125 134 J.J. Henry 365 2,504
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The Tiger comeback just got real on Friday

By Randall MellFebruary 24, 2018, 1:11 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Slow play was a big storyline on the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing, but not so much anymore.

Not with Tiger Woods speeding things up Friday at the Honda Classic.

Not with Woods thumping the gas pedal around PGA National’s Champion Course, suddenly looking as if he is racing way ahead of schedule in his return to the game.

The narrative wondrously started to turn here.

It turned from wondering at week’s start if Woods could make the cut here, after missing it last week at the Genesis Open. His game was too wild for Riviera, where a second-round 76 left him looking lost with the Masters just six weeks away.

It turned in head-spinning fashion Friday with Woods climbing the leaderboard in tough conditions to get himself into weekend contention with a 1-over-par 71.

He is just four shots off the lead.

“I’d be shocked if he’s not there Sunday with a chance to win,” said Brandt Snedeker, who played alongside Woods in the first two rounds. “He’s close to playing some really, really good golf.”

Just a few short months ago, so many of us were wondering if Woods was close to washed up.

“He’s only going to improve,” Snedeker said. “The more time he has, as the weather gets warmer, he’ll feel better and be able to practice more.”

Snedeker has had a front-row seat for this speedy Tiger turnaround. He played the third round with Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open last month. That was Woods’ first PGA Tour start in a year.


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How much improvement did Snedeker see from that Torrey Pines experience?

“It was kind of what I expected – significantly improved,” Snedeker said. “His iron game is way better. His driver is way better. I don’t’ see it going backward from here.”

This was the hope packed into Friday’s new narrative.

“I’m right there in the ballgame,” Woods said. “I really played well today. I played well all day today.”

Tiger sent a jolt through PGA National when his name hit the top 10 of the leaderboard. He didn’t do it with a charge. He did it battling a brutish course in wintry, blustery winds, on “scratchy” and “dicey” greens that made par a good score.

When Woods holed a 25-foot putt at the ninth to move into red numbers at 1 under overall and within three shots of the lead, a roar shook across the Champion Course.

“It got a little loud, which was cool to see,” Snedeker said. “It’s great to have that energy and vibe back.”

Woods sent fans scampering to get into position, blasting a 361-yard drive at the 10th, cutting the corner. He had them buzzing when he stuck his approach to 9 feet for another birdie chance to get within two of the lead.

“I thought if he makes it, this place will go nuts, and he could get it going like he used to,” Snedeker said.

Woods missed, but with the leaders falling back to him on this grueling day, he stuck his approach at the 12th to 10 feet to give himself a chance to move within a shot of the lead.

It’s another putt that could have turned PGA National upside down, but Woods missed that.

“It really is hard to make birdies,” he said. “At least I found it hard. It was hard to get the ball close, even if the ball is in the fairway, it's still very difficult to get the ball close, with the wind blowing as hard as it is. It’s hard to make putts out here.”

Patton Kizzire, a two-time PGA Tour winner who won just last month at the Sony Open, could attest to how tough the test at Honda has become. He played alongside Woods this week for the first time in his career. He shot 78 Friday and missed the cut.

Kizzire had a close-up look at what suddenly seems possible for Woods again.

“He’s figuring it out,” Kizzire said. “He hit some nice shots and rolled in some nice putts. It was pretty impressive.”

Woods could not hide his excitement in getting himself in the weekend hunt, but his expectations remain tempered in this comeback. He knows the daily referendums his game is subject to, how we can all make the highs too high and the lows too low.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Woods said.

Woods lost a tee shot in a bush at the second hole and made bogey. He hit his tee shot in the water at the 15th and made double bogey. He three-putted the 16th to make bogey. He knows this course can derail a player’s plans in a hurry, but he knows his game is quickly coming around.

“I’m right there where I can win a golf tournament,” Woods said. “Four back on this golf course with 36 holes to go, I mean, anybody can win this golf tournament right now. It’s wide open.’”

Woods hit his shot of the day at the 17th to right his game after the struggles at the 15th and 16th. He did so in front of the Goslings Bear Trap Party Pavilion, cutting a 5-iron to 12 feet. It was the hardest hole on the course Friday, with nearly one of every three players rinsing a shot in the water there. Woods made birdie there to ignite an explosion of cheers.  He got a standing ovation.

“I was telling you guys, I love Riviera, I just don't play well there,” Woods said. “So here we are, we're back at a golf course I know and I play well here.”

So here we are, on the precipice of something special again?

Woods seems in a hurry to find out.

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List, Lovemark lead; Tiger four back at Honda

By Associated PressFebruary 24, 2018, 12:41 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.

He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.

Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions Friday, a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jamie Lovemark (69). They were at 3-under 137, the highest score to lead at the halfway point of the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.

So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.

''This is a difficult golf course right now,'' Woods said. ''Making pars is a good thing. I've done that, and I'm right there with a chance.''

And he has plenty of company.


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Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last year, scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70) and Rory Sabbatini (69).

Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger each shot 72 and were in a large group at 139. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.

Fleetwood laughed when asked the last time he was at 2 under after 36 holes and only one shot out of the lead.

''Maybe some junior event,'' he said. ''It's good, though. These are the toughest test in golf. Generally, one of the best players prevail at the end of weeks like this. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. Because this is as hard as it's ever going to get for you.''

The difficulty was primarily from the wind, which blew just as hard in the morning when List shot his 66 as it did in the afternoon. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It's a recipe for not making many putts.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys on his front nine and shot 77 to miss the cut.

''It's unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year,'' Fowler said. ''They typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there's some sort of surface. But like I said, everyone's playing the same greens.''

It looked as though List was playing a different course when he went out with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine, added a pair of birdies on the front nine and then dropped his only shot when he caught an awkward lie in the bunker on the par-3 seventh.

''It's very relentless,'' List said. ''There's not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there.''

List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36-hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.

''It's kind of irrelevant because there's going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,'' List said. ''It's going to be that type of week.''

He was exaggerating – there were 11 players within three shots of the lead.

And there was another guy four shots behind.

Woods brought big energy to a Friday afternoon that already was hopping before he overcame a sluggish start and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at 1 under for his round, and leaving him two shots out of the lead. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.

Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day.

Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the dangerous 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a car driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. A bogey dropped him to 2 over.

The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. That's where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind. Making it even tougher for Woods is the Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about 6 feet. Woods got to the tee and the wind died, meaning 5-iron was too much and 6-iron wouldn't clear the water.

He went with the 5-iron.

''I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick,'' Wood said.

It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.

Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from 6 feet on No. 16. He felt the same way as Woods.

''I'm in a good spot – really good spot – going into this week,'' Thomas said.

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Woods to play with Dufner (12:10 p.m.) in third round

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 24, 2018, 12:10 am

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods will play alongside Jason Dufner in the third round of the Honda Classic.

Woods and Dufner, both at 1-over 141, four shots back, will tee off at 12:10 p.m. ET Saturday at PGA National. They’re in the 10th-to-last group.


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Co-leaders Luke List and Jamie Lovemark will go at 1:40 p.m.

Some of the other late pairings include Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, who will be playing together for the third consecutive day, at 1 p.m.; Louis Oosthuizen and Thomas Pieters (1:10 p.m.); and Webb Simpson and Russell Henley, in the penultimate group at 1:30 p.m.

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Woods doesn't mind 'fun' but brutal 17th hole

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods doesn’t mind the boisterous crowd that surrounds the par-3 17th hole at PGA National.

And why should he?

When the wind died down Friday afternoon, Woods played a “big ol’ cut” with a 5-iron that dropped 12 feet from the cup. He made the putt – one of just nine birdies on the day – and when he walked off the green, the fans gave him a standing ovation.

The scene is expected to be even more raucous Saturday at the Honda Classic, especially with Woods in contention.

There is a Goslings Bear Trap tent just to the right of the tee. The hole has become a hot topic in recent years, after a few players complained that the noise from the nearby crowd was distracting as they tried to play a wind-blown, 190-yard shot over water.


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Woods was asked his thoughts on the party setup after finishing his second-round 71.

“As long as they don’t yell in our golf swings, we’re fine,” he said. “They can be raucous. They are having a great time. It’s fun. They are having a blast, and hopefully we can execute golf shots, but as long as they don’t yell in our golf swings, everything’s cool.”

After the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open, a few players told Woods that fans were trying to time their screams with the players’ downswings.

“There’s really no reason to do that,” Woods said. “I think that most of the people there at 17 are golfers, and they understand how hard a golf shot that is. So they are being respectful, but obviously libations are flowing.”

The 17th played as the most difficult hole on the course Friday, with a 3.74 scoring average and a combined score to par of 104 over. More than a quarter of the tee shots found the water.