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

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee: