FedExCup points list entering second playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 28, 2017, 12:39 pm

The FedExCup Playoffs enter Week 2 at the Dell Technologies Championship. Here is where things stand after The Northern Trust, where the original field of 125 has been reduced to 100.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
1 4 Dustin Johnson 4,466  
2 3 Jordan Spieth 3,871 595
3 2 Justin Thomas 3,044 1,422
4 1 Hideki Matsuyama 2,869 1,597
5 6 Jon Rahm 2,404 2,062
6 5 Rickie Fowler 1,996 2,470
7 7 Brooks Koepka 1,768 2,698
8 8 Daniel Berger 1,717 2,749
9 11 Charley Hoffman 1,694 2,772
10 29 Jhonattan Vegas 1,673 2,793
11 9 Kevin Kisner 1,634 2,832
12 18 Paul Casey 1,575 2,891
13 10 Brian Harman 1,557 2,909
14 12 Pat Perez 1,539 2,927
15 15 Matt Kuchar 1,509 2,957
16 25 Webb Simpson 1,413 3,053
17 30 Kevin Chappell 1,370 3,096
18 13 Adam Hadwin 1,347 3,119
19 17 Kyle Stanley 1,337 3,129
20 14 Marc Leishman 1,324 3,142
21 20 Jason Dufner 1,290 3,176
22 23 Henrik Stenson 1,275 3,191
23 19 Russell Henley 1,262 3,204
24 32 Justin Rose 1,244 3,222
25 16 Brendan Steele 1,226 3,240
26 35 Louis Oosthuizen 1,204 3,262
27 33 Xander Schauffele 1,184 3,282
28 21 Charles Howell III 1,120 3,346
29 49 Jason Day 1,111 3,355
30 22 Sergio Garcia 1,085 3,381
31 24 Billy Horschel 1,068 3,398
32 27 Wesley Bryan 1,068 3,398
33 38 Patrick Reed 1,060 3,406
34 26 Gary Woodland 1,052 3,414
35 28 Tony Finau 1,046 3,420
36 31 Francesco Molinari 1,010 3,456
37 34 Mackenzie Hughes 992 3,474
38 37 Hudson Swafford 965 3,501
39 36 Bill Haas 946 3,520
40 63 Chez Reavie 914 3,552
41 41 Si Woo Kim 883 3,583
42 39 Ollie Schniederjans 882 3,584
43 44 Rory McIlroy 881 3,585
44 40 Cameron Smith 847 3,619
45 57 Martin Laird 840 3,626
46 42 Zach Johnson 839 3,627
47 46 Keegan Bradley 838 3,628
48 43 Bryson DeChambeau 836 3,630
49 52 Charl Schwartzel 836 3,630
50 78 Patrick Cantlay 826 3,640
51 79 Robert Streb 826 3,640
52 50 Luke List 819 3,647
53 45 Sung Kang 798 3,668
54 47 Jamie Lovemark 787 3,679
55 65 Scott Brown 779 3,687
56 48 Ian Poulter 775 3,691
57 55 Lucas Glover 766 3,700
58 51 Phil Mickelson 757 3,709
59 54 Sean O'Hair 720 3,746
60 53 James Hahn 711 3,755
61 59 Ryan Moore 703 3,763
62 56 Danny Lee 697 3,769
63 75 Kevin Na 693 3,773
64 58 Kelly Kraft 684 3,782
65 60 Russell Knox 669 3,797
66 61 Anirban Lahiri 667 3,799
67 62 Bud Cauley 666 3,800
68 64 Brandt Snedeker 663 3,803
69 72 Kevin Tway 663 3,803
70 69 Grayson Murray 655 3,811
71 70 Rod Pampling 652 3,814
72 113 Bubba Watson 646 3,820
73 66 Adam Scott 642 3,824
74 67 Graham DeLaet 640 3,826
75 68 Patrick Rodgers 639 3,827
76 73 Chad Campbell 630 3,836
77 88 Emiliano Grillo 627 3,839
78 71 Chris Stroud 627 3,839
79 94 Jason Kokrak 623 3,843
80 74 Rafa Cabrera Bello 615 3,851
81 76 Stewart Cink 583 3,883
82 92 Whee Kim 583 3,883
83 80 Morgan Hoffmann 579 3,887
84 77 Jonas Blixt 578 3,888
85 86 C.T. Pan 559 3,907
86 81 Jim Herman 553 3,913
87 103 David Lingmerth 546 3,920
88 82 J.B. Holmes 543 3,923
89 98 Camilo Villegas 542 3,924
90 83 Kevin Streelman 541 3,925
91 123 Harold Varner III 539 3,927
92 84 Nick Taylor 532 3,934
93 91 J.J. Spaun 532 3,934
94 85 Scott Piercy 532 3,934
95 97 Chris Kirk 527 3,939
96 93 William McGirt 521 3,945
97 87 Patton Kizzire 519 3,947
98 89 Cody Gribble 514 3,952
99 90 Branden Grace 510 3,956
100 95 Michael Kim 483 3,983

Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

By Grill Room TeamNovember 18, 2017, 5:20 pm

While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.

Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.

The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''


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Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.

''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon: