FedExCup points list entering third playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 11, 2017, 11:55 am

The FedExCup Playoffs are halfway through. Here is where things stand after the Dell Technologies Championship, where the field of 100 has been reduced to 70.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
1 2 Jordan Spieth 5,071  
2 3 Justin Thomas 5,044 27
3 1 Dustin Johnson 4,650 421
4 4 Hideki Matsuyama 3,021 2,050
5 5 Jon Rahm 2,894 2,177
6 6 Rickie Fowler 2,217 2,854
7 20 Marc Leishman 2,084 2,987
8 12 Paul Casey 2,065 3,006
9 7 Brooks Koepka 1,952 3,119
10 14 Pat Perez 1,894 3,177
11 8 Daniel Berger 1,735 3,336
12 9 Charley Hoffman 1,729 3,342
13 10 Jhonattan Vegas 1,688 3,383
14 11 Kevin Kisner 1,660 3,411
15 13 Brian Harman 1,572 3,499
16 18 Adam Hadwin 1,568 3,503
17 24 Justin Rose 1,534 3,537
18 15 Matt Kuchar 1,531 3,540
19 19 Kyle Stanley 1,467 3,604
20 17 Kevin Chappell 1,446 3,625
21 16 Webb Simpson 1,422 3,649
22 33 Patrick Reed 1,415 3,656
23 23 Russell Henley 1,314 3,757
24 26 Louis Oosthuizen 1,304 3,767
25 21 Jason Dufner 1,302 3,769
26 22 Henrik Stenson 1,275 3,796
27 25 Brendan Steele 1,247 3,824
28 29 Jason Day 1,241 3,830
29 34 Gary Woodland 1,236 3,835
30 39 Bill Haas 1,236 3,835
31 37 Mackenzie Hughes 1,212 3,859
32 27 Xander Schauffele 1,210 3,861
33 38 Hudson Swafford 1,186 3,885
34 30 Sergio Garcia 1,161 3,910
35 28 Charles Howell III 1,120 3,951
36 58 Phil Mickelson 1,112 3,959
37 32 Wesley Bryan 1,080 3,991
38 31 Billy Horschel 1,068 4,003
39 35 Tony Finau 1,061 4,010
40 63 Kevin Na 1,048 4,023
41 50 Patrick Cantlay 1,047 4,024
42 36 Francesco Molinari 1,028 4,043
43 49 Charl Schwartzel 966 4,105
44 48 Bryson DeChambeau 936 4,135
45 41 Si Woo Kim 935 4,136
46 40 Chez Reavie 932 4,139
47 56 Ian Poulter 927 4,144
48 47 Keegan Bradley 914 4,157
49 45 Martin Laird 892 4,179
50 42 Ollie Schniederjans 882 4,189
51 43 Rory McIlroy 881 4,190
52 53 Sung Kang 874 4,197
53 57 Lucas Glover 866 4,205
54 46 Zach Johnson 860 4,211
55 52 Luke List 854 4,217
56 44 Cameron Smith 847 4,224
57 81 Stewart Cink 843 4,228
58 54 Jamie Lovemark 839 4,232
59 51 Robert Streb 836 4,235
60 80 Rafa Cabrera Bello 799 4,272
61 55 Scott Brown 794 4,277
62 77 Emiliano Grillo 791 4,280
63 70 Grayson Murray 785 4,286
64 60 James Hahn 721 4,350
65 59 Sean O'Hair 720 4,351
66 69 Kevin Tway 715 4,356
67 61 Ryan Moore 703 4,368
68 67 Bud Cauley 701 4,370
69 62 Danny Lee 697 4,374
70 66 Anirban Lahiri 689 4,382

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

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.