FedEx Cup standings: Top 70 after Deutsche Bank

By Rex HoggardSeptember 5, 2016, 9:03 pm

NORTON, Mass. – Six players kept their postseason hopes alive on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, playing their way into the top 70 and next week’s BMW Championship after starting the week on the wrong side of the playoff bubble.

Conversely, six players fell out of the top 70, including Jerry Kelly who took the biggest tumble from 61st on the list to 72nd after missing the cut at TPC Boston.

David Hearn made the biggest move to advance to the third playoff stop, starting the week 92nd on the points list but finishing tied for eighth to move to 59th.

“I knew coming in I needed a good finish to continue on in the playoffs,” said Hearn, who closed with a 1-under 70. “Hopefully it gives me another chance to get into that Tour Championship [top 30].”

Billy Hurley III also tied for eighth place to move from 77th to 51st on the points list to make his first start at the BMW Championship. Hudson Swafford (T-15), Vaughn Taylor (T-24), Chris Kirk (T-33) and Marc Leishman (T-46) also moved into the top 70.

The amount of movement on the points list at TPC Boston was about average since the PGA Tour tinkered with the points to reduce the amount of post-season volatility. Last year, four players moved into the top 70 and in 2014 six played their way to the BMW.

As for next week’s race, Deutsche Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy moved to fourth on the points list and runner-up Paul Casey is now 10th to secure their spots at the finale later this month at East Lake; unseating Daniel Berger, who tied for 41st to fall a single spot from No. 30 to 31st, and Charley Hoffman, who missed the cut and dropped from 27th to 36th.

Here are the full top 70 in the FedEx Cup points race through two playoff events:

Rank this week Rank last week Player Events Points Wins Top 10's Points behind lead
1 1 Patrick Reed 26 3,975 1 11  
2 2 Jason Day 18 3,409 3 10 566
3 3 Dustin Johnson 20 3,189 2 13 786
4 38 Rory McIlroy 16 3,115 1 7 860
5 4 Adam Scott 18 3,063 2 7 912
6 5 Jordan Spieth 19 2,451 2 7 1,524
7 7 Russell Knox 23 2,253 2 4 1,722
8 6 Emiliano Grillo 23 2,227 1 2 1,748
9 25 Jimmy Walker 23 2,112 1 5 1,863
10 59 Paul Casey 20 2,052   5 1,923
11 9 Brandt Snedeker 25 1,889 1 7 2,086
12 11 Ryan Moore 21 1,857 1 8 2,118
13 13 Kevin Chappell 25 1,845   7 2,130
14 8 Justin Thomas 26 1,802 1 6 2,173
15 10 Phil Mickelson 20 1,758   6 2,217
16 17 Hideki Matsuyama 21 1,682 1 7 2,293
17 12 Kevin Kisner 25 1,663 1 6 2,312
18 22 Si Woo Kim 32 1,596 1 4 2,379
19 20 Jason Dufner 26 1,591 1 5 2,384
20 15 Sean O'Hair 25 1,582   2 2,393
21 24 Gary Woodland 24 1,581   3 2,394
22 16 Rickie Fowler 22 1,559   8 2,416
23 14 Kevin Na 24 1,529   8 2,446
24 21 Henrik Stenson 14 1,499 1 4 2,476
25 28 Sergio Garcia 14 1,478 1 4 2,497
26 18 William McGirt 26 1,468 1 7 2,507
27 19 Bubba Watson 17 1,460 1 3 2,515
28 23 Matt Kuchar 24 1,459   9 2,516
29 29 Jhonattan Vegas 25 1,437 1 5 2,538
30 26 Brooks Koepka 20 1,397   7 2,578
31 30 Daniel Berger 24 1,370 1 5 2,605
32 48 Fabian Gomez 25 1,362 1 4 2,613
33 34 Smylie Kaufman 27 1,353 1 4 2,622
34 43 Jason Kokrak 27 1,342   4 2,633
35 31 Scott Piercy 23 1,323   3 2,652
36 27 Charley Hoffman 25 1,313 1 1 2,662
37 33 Branden Grace 17 1,299 1 6 2,676
38 37 Tony Finau 27 1,296 1 2 2,679
39 55 James Hahn 25 1,278 1 3 2,697
40 44 Louis Oosthuizen 16 1,256   3 2,719
41 39 Jim Herman 28 1,241 1 2 2,734
42 42 J.B. Holmes 20 1,202   5 2,773
43 32 Charl Schwartzel 17 1,191 1 3 2,784
44 41 Harris English 26 1,182   3 2,793
45 35 Graeme McDowell 20 1,142 1 5 2,833
46 36 Bill Haas 23 1,141   6 2,834
47 49 Ryan Palmer 22 1,129   2 2,846
48 50 Charles Howell III 24 1,103   5 2,872
49 40 Jamie Lovemark 26 1,088   5 2,887
50 45 Justin Rose 17 1,017   5 2,958
51 77 Billy Hurley III 19 1,013 1 2 2,962
52 66 Brian Stuard 19 984 1 1 2,991
53 64 Roberto Castro 25 982   3 2,993
54 46 Brendan Steele 24 975   2 3,000
55 47 Daniel Summerhays 27 963   2 3,012
56 52 Zach Johnson 23 963   5 3,012
57 67 Brian Harman 30 959   2 3,016
58 62 Kyle Reifers 33 943   5 3,032
59 92 David Hearn 28 940   2 3,035
60 53 Luke Donald 22 931   2 3,044
61 82 Hudson Swafford 29 925   1 3,050
62 51 Billy Horschel 19 919   4 3,056
63 57 Kevin Streelman 25 918   2 3,057
64 79 Vaughn Taylor 23 898 1 1 3,077
65 58 David Lingmerth 23 889   2 3,086
66 75 Chris Kirk 27 887   2 3,088
67 56 Aaron Baddeley 27 886 1 5 3,089
68 54 Ben Martin 27 883   2 3,092
69 60 Jon Curran 29 862   3 3,113
70 71 Marc Leishman 24 853   2 3,122
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S.Y. Kim leads Kang, A. Jutanugarn in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:24 am

SHANGHAI  -- Sei Young Kim led the LPGA Shanghai by one stroke at the halfway point after shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Friday.

Kim made six birdies, including four straight from the sixth hole, to move to a 10-under 134 total. Her only setback was a bogey on the par-4 15th.

Kim struggled in the first half of the year, but is finishing it strong. She won her seventh career title in July at the Thornberry Creek Classic, was tied for fourth at the Women's British Open, and last month was runner-up at the Evian Championship.

''I made huge big par putts on 10, 11, 12,'' Kim said on Friday. ''I'm very happy with today's play.''

Danielle Kang (68) and overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (69) were one shot back.


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''I like attention. I like being in the final group. I like having crowds,'' Kang said. ''It's fun. You work hard to be in the final groups and work hard to be in the hunt and be the leader and chasing the leaders. That's why we play.''

She led into the last round at the Hana Bank Championship last week and finished tied for third.

Brittany Altomare had six birdies in a bogey-free round of 66, and was tied for fourth with Bronte Law (68) and Brittany Lincicome (68).

Angel Lin eagled the par-5 17th and finished with the day's lowest score of 65, which also included six birdies and a lone bogey.

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'Caveman golf' puts Koepka one back at CJ Cup

By Associated PressOctober 19, 2018, 10:12 am

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday.

At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka's 65.

With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players – more than half the field of 78 – had under-par rounds.

Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden's Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead.

The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy.


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The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament.

Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka's eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1 under.

Koepka's only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ''caveman golf.''

''I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,'' Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said.

''My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf – you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You're not going to see any emotion just because I'm so focused, but I'm enjoying it.''

Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel – there are no world ranking points for a team event – was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation.

''Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,'' said Piercy, who is looking for his first individual PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015.

''It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.''

Australia's Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey's 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

"Obviously the wind didn't blow. It was a different golf course than it was yesterday, you were able to take advantage of these par 5s," said Koepka, who opened in 71 on Day 1. "Felt like it was a lot more gettable. I putted so well, great ball-striking day, great putting day and very pleased with it."

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.


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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"Just keep doing what I'm doing," Koepka said of his plan for the final two rounds. "I'm hitting it well and making putts. I felt like I probably could have shot about 7, 8 under on the front side there, missed a couple. You know, doing everything right and that's what you've got to do and hopefully this wind stays away."

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.



Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.