Power Rankings: Tour Championship

By Will GraySeptember 17, 2013, 7:08 pm

This week marks the final PGA Tour stop for the 2013 season, the Tour Championship. East Lake Golf Club plays host to 30 of the world's best players, each hoping to walk away not only with the tournament title but the overall FedEx Cup crown as the season-long champion.

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Brandt Snedeker returns to defend the title he won last year by three shots over Justin Rose. Here are 10 players to watch this week in Atlanta:

1. Jim Furyk: The wounds from his near-miss in Chicago are fresh, but Furyk is undeniably riding some serious momentum heading into the season finale. The former FedEx Cup champ now has five top-10 finishes in his last six starts, not to mention Friday's 59 under his belt. Expect another big week on a course where Furyk claimed his most recent PGA Tour title back in 2010. 

2. Luke Donald: Getting to Atlanta was the hard part. Now that Donald is among the 30-man field, he should prosper. He's finished inside the top three at East Lake each of the last three years and has four top-five results among his seven starts here. The Englishman could end an otherwise disappointing season on a very high note this week.

3. Brandt Snedeker: Defending two titles this week in Atlanta, Snedeker enters off a tie for eighth at Conway Farms despite struggling over the weekend. Already with two wins this season, he ranks fourth on Tour in strokes gained putting, sixth in birdie average and is one of just four players in this week's elite field that knows what it feels like to hoist the FedEx Cup.

4. Tiger Woods: The current FedEx Cup points leader, Woods will look to cap a five-win season with another trophy in Atlanta - or perhaps even two. The current world No. 1 has only played in this event five times since 2004, but among those results are a win (2007) and three runner-up finishes.

5. Zach Johnson: His comeback win at Conway Farms was just the latest in a string of high finishes, as Johnson has six top-10s in his last seven starts. A runner-up at East Lake in 2007, Johnson has finished no better than a tie for ninth in three appearances since, but now enters with 19 of his last 20 competitive rounds at 70 or better.

6. Steve Stricker: Stricker doesn't boast a favorable East Lake pedigree - cracking the top 20 of the 30-man field just three times in six starts during the FedEx Cup era - but the 46-year-old is having a career year where stats appear irrelevant. Regardless of field size or venue, Stricker has found a way to contend time and again, with top-five finishes each of the last two weeks.

7. Hunter Mahan: A runner-up here in 2011, Mahan has put together a remarkably consistent season, with 15 of his 24 starts netting top-25 finishes. He has had three such results in the FedEx Cup Playoffs thus far, including last week's tie for fourth in Chicago, and now heads to a course where he has finished inside the top eight in three of his six career starts.

8. Henrik Stenson: Currently second in FedEx Cup points, Stenson will be using a new driver in Atlanta after breaking his old one in frustration on the 18th hole at Conway Farms Monday. Still, the Swede's overall stat line bodes well for the season finale: first in GIR percentage, second in total driving and fifth in scoring average. 

9. Roberto Castro: A resident of Atlanta and graduate of nearby Georgia Tech, Castro has plenty of local knowledge despite making his first official start this week at East Lake. He's logged five top-25 finishes in his last six starts dating back to the PGA Championship and has yet to shoot higher than 71 in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

10. Jason Day: Though countryman Adam Scott is the Australian in control of his own playoff fate this week in Atlanta, Day may fare better having come close to winning it all in 2011. Arguably the best player with only a single PGA Tour win to his credit, Day has four straight top-25 finishes overall, including a tie for fourth in Chicago, and may be able to add to his trophy collection before the week is through. 

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.

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Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”

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Kisner not expecting awkward night with Spieth

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:33 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It might get awkward in that star-studded rental house Saturday night.

Two of the three Open co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner, are sharing a house this week near Carnoustie. Though it’ll be late by the time they both get back to the house Saturday night, they’ll have plenty of time to kill Sunday morning, with their tee times not until nearly 3 p.m. local time.

“Everybody is probably going to get treatment and eating and trying to find a bed,” Kisner said. “I’m sure there’ll be some conversations. There always are. Everybody has a few horror stories or good laughs over something that happened out there. That will probably be the end of it.”

One thing they’re almost certain to discuss is the weather.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

After three days of mostly benign conditions, Sunday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and wind gusts up to 25 mph.

“When you watch any TV, that’s all they talk about – how Sunday’s coming,” Kisner said. “It’s going to be a true test, and we’ll get to see really who’s hitting it the best and playing the best.”

Zach Johnson is also in the house – along with Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker and Jason Dufner – and he rode to the course Saturday with Kisner, with whom he played in the final group, at 4 p.m. It’s unclear whether the co-leaders Sunday will have a similar arrangement.

This is the third year that Spieth and Co. have shared a house at The Open, though Kisner is a new addition to the group.

“It’s the end of the week,” Kisner said. “Everybody’s got a lot of stuff going on. Everybody’s going their separate ways tomorrow. Tomorrow morning we’ll all sit around and laugh on the couch and talk about why that guy’s making so many birdies.”