FedEx Cup: Horschel No. 2; Hoffmann, Palmer advance

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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Ryan Palmer and Morgan Hoffmann won nice consolation prizes Sunday at the BMW Championship.

They were the only players to crack the top 30 in FedEx Cup points at Cherry Hills and earn spots in next week’s Tour Championship.

Palmer started the week No. 37 but moved to 23rd with his tie for fourth at Cherry Hills.

Hoffmann is a FedEx Cup wunderkind. He barely made the playoffs, finishing the regular season 124th on the FedEx Cup points list, one spot inside the qualifying standard.

With his course-record 62 Saturday and his 63 Sunday, Hoffmann moved to No. 21 in points. A second-year PGA Tour pro, Hoffmann is making his first trip to the Tour Championship.

“It means the world to me,” he said.

Finishing among the top 30 in FedEx Cup points comes with perqs beyond a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot in Atlanta. Hoffmann has also earned berths into next year's Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open, as well as the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Rickie Fowler chest bumped Hoffmann as he left the scoring area. They're friends going all the way back to junior golf.

“It’s going to be really exciting to play in the majors with him next year,” Hoffmann said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Masters.”

Two players fell out of the top 30, losing spots at the Tour Championship. Keegan Bradley, who withdrew from the BMW Championship on Saturday, fell from 28th to 33rd. Stuart Appleby fell from 26th to 31st.

Graham DeLaet made a bold run Sunday at cracking the top 30, but he fell short on the back nine. He birdied five of his first 12 holes and was sitting 31st in projected points stepping onto the 15th tee. That’s where he hooked his tee shot into a hazard and made triple bogey. He ended up 37th.

With his victory Sunday, Billy Horschel cracked the top five in FedEx Cup points. That’s important in that the top five are the only players going to Atlanta who are guaranteed to win the $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot should they win the Tour Championship.

Horschel jumped from No. 20 in points to No. 2, trailing only Chris Kirk. Bubba Watson is No. 3, Rory McIlroy No. 4 and Hunter Mahan No. 5. Jimmy Walker was the only player bumped from last week’s top five.

The full FedEx Cup standings heading into next week's Tour Championship appear below. Missing from the field is No. 30 Dustin Johnson.

1. Chris Kirk, 4,314
2. Billy Horschel, 4,305
3. Bubba Watson, 4,058
4. Rory McIlroy, 3,735
5. Hunter Mahan, 3,363
6. Jimmy Walker, 3,073
7. Jim Furyk, 3,073
8. Matt Kuchar, 2,736
9. Rickie Fowler, 2,631
10. Jason Day, 2,549
11. Jordan Spieth, 2,517
12. Adam Scott, 2,412
13. Sergio Garcia, 2,325
14. Martin Kaymer, 2,230
15. Zach Johnson, 2,175
16. Bill Haas, 2,139
17. John Senden, 2,137
18. Patrick Reed, 2,110
19. Cameron Tringale, 2,063
20. Russell Henley, 2,040
21. Morgan Hoffmann, 1,973
22. Webb Simpson, 1,944
23. Ryan Palmer, 1,895
24. Kevin Na, 1,893
25. Geoff Ogilvy, 1,854
26. Justin Rose, 1,814
27. Brendon Todd, 1,812
28. Hideki Matsuyama, 1,780
29. Gary Woodland, 1,777