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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Murray fixes swing flaw, recovers momentum

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 2:24 am

SAN ANTONIO - Grayson Murray fixed a flaw in his swing and hit the ball well enough that blustery conditions weren't an issue for him Thursday in the Valero Texas Open.

Coming off a missed cut at Hilton Head last week, Murray made seven birdies for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot lead. His only mistake was a double bogey from a greenside bunker on the par-3 seventh hole.

''Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off,'' Murray said.

Of the five players at 68, only Chesson Hadley played in the morning side of the draw, and he called it among his best rounds of the year because of gusts. The wind died in the afternoon and scoring improved slightly on the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio. Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins each posted 68. Horschel and Moore played bogey-free.

''Struck the ball really well, something that we've been working hard on,'' Horschel said. ''Could have been better, yeah. I didn't really make anything out there today. But I'm happy with it.''

Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the course, played the Texas Open for the first time since 2010 and shot a 74. Adam Scott failed to make a birdie in his round of 75. Scott is at No. 59 in the world and needs to stay in the top 60 by May 21 to be exempt for the U.S. Open.

Harris English was in the group at 69, while two-time Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker were among those at 70. Johnson saved his round by going 5 under over his final five holes, starting with a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 14th hole. He birdied the last three.

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Murray was coming off a pair of top 15s at Bay Hill and the Houston Open when his game got away from him last week in the RBC Heritage, and he shot 74-70 to miss the cut. He got that sorted out in the five days between teeing it up in San Antonio.

He said he was coming down too steep, which meant he would flip his hands and hit a sharp draw or pull out of it and hit it short and right.

''I was hitting each club 10 yards shorter than I normally do, and you can't play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short,'' Murray said. ''I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing. Then I can start going at it.''

Even so, Murray thought he wasted his good start - three birdies in his first six holes - when his bunker shot at No. 7 came out with no spin and rolled off the green into a deep swale. He hit his third short to about 7 feet, but missed the putt and took double bogey.

''I would have loved to limit that to a bogey because bogeys don't really kill you - doubles are the ones that now you've got to have an eagle or two birdies to come back with, and out here it's kind of tough to make birdies,'' Murray said. ''But I kept my head. My caddie keeps me very positive out there, that's why I think we could finish 4 under the last nine holes.''

Only 34 players in the 156-man field managed to break par.

Horschel missed four birdie chances inside 18 feet on the back nine. What pleased him the most was the way he struck the ball, particularly after his tie for fifth last week at the RBC Heritage. Horschel was one shot behind going into the last round and closed with a 72.

But he's all about momentum, and he can only hope this is the start of one of his runs. Horschel won the FedEx Cup in 2014 when he finished second and won the final two playoff events.

''I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward,'' he said. ''I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner's circle.''

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LPGA back in L.A.: Inbee Park leads by 1

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 1:53 am

LOS ANGELES - Inbee Park's flirtation with retirement is in the rear-view mirror.

Backed by a large contingent of South Korean fans, Park shot a 5-under 66 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the opening round of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open in the LPGA's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Showers ended shortly before Park's threesome, including second-ranked Lexi Thompson, teed off at windy Wilshire Country Club just south of Hollywood.

Using a new putter, Park birdied four consecutive holes on the back nine before a bogey on the par-4 17th. She quickly recovered and rolled in birdie putts on the second and fifth holes to finish off her round.

''I never played a tournament outside Korea having this much Korean supporters out,'' Park said. ''I almost feel like I'm playing back home. It's almost like a little Korea.''

That applies to the food, too, with nearby Koreatown's restaurants beckoning.

''Too many,'' Park said.

The third-ranked Park banished the blade-style putter she used in her Founders Cup victory last month in Phoenix, a playoff loss in the ANA Inspiration and a tie for third last week in Hawaii. She went back to one that feels more comfortable and has brought her success in the past.

''Last week was just an awkward week where I missed a lot of short ones and I just wasn't really comfortable with the putter,'' Park said, ''so I just wanted to have a different look.''

The 29-year-old Hall of Famer recently said she was 50-50 about retiring before returning to the tour in early March after a six-month break. Momentum has been going her way ever since.

Marina Alex was second. Thompson was one of seven players at 68 in partly sunny and unseasonable temperatures in the low 60s.

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Alex tied Park with a birdie on No. 11. The American dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-5 13th before rallying with a birdie on No. 14 to share the lead.

Alex found trouble on the par-4 17th. Her ball crossed over a winding creek, bounced and then rolled into the water, leaving Alex looking for it. Eventually, she salvaged a bogey to drop a shot behind Park. After a bad tee shot on 18, Alex managed a par to close at 67.

''I made a lot of the putts that I shouldn't, I wouldn't have expected to make,'' she said. ''I made two great saves on 17 and 18. Kind of got away with some not-so-solid golf shots in the beginning, and I capitalized on some great putts.''

Thompson returned from a two-week break after finishing tied for 20th at the ANA Inspiration, the year's first major.

She bogeyed her second hole, the par-4, 401-yard 11th, before settling down and birdieing four of the next eight holes, including the 14th, 15th and 16th.

''I changed a little thing that slipped my mind that I was working on earlier in the year,'' said Thompson, declining to share the change in her putting technique. ''I don't want to jinx it.''

ANA winner Pernilla Lundberg was among those in the logjam after a 68.

Natalie Gulbis was among five players tied for 10th at 69. Playing sparingly the last two years, Gulbis put together a round that included four birdies and two bogeys.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng struggled to a 74 with five bogeys and two birdies.

The venerable course with views of the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory wasn't any kinder to eighth-ranked Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.

Both had up-and-down rounds that included three bogeys and a double-bogey on No. 10 for Kerr and five bogeys, including three in a row, for Wie. Wie, ranked 14th, had a few putts that lipped out.

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Horschel (68) builds on momentum at Valero

By Will GrayApril 20, 2018, 12:32 am

Billy Horschel only ever needs to see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

While some players require a slow ascent from missed cuts to contending on the weekend, Horschel's switches between the two can often be drastic. Last year he missed three straight cuts before defeating Jason Day in a playoff to win the AT&T Byron Nelson, a turnaround that Horschel said "still shocks me to this day."

The veteran is at it again, having missed five of six cuts prior to last week's RBC Heritage. But a few tweaks quickly produced results, as Horschel tied for fifth at Harbour Town. He wasted no time in building on that momentum with a bogey-free, 4-under 68 to open the Valero Texas Open that left him one shot behind Grayson Murray.

"I'm a big momentum player. I've got to get the train moving forward," Horschel told reporters Thursday. "I've always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump into the winner's circle. So yeah, it would have been great to win last week, but it was just nice to play four really good rounds of golf."

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Many big names tend to skip this week's stop at TPC San Antonio, but Horschel has managed to thrive on the difficult layout in recent years. He finished third in both 2013 and 2015, and tied for fourth in 2016.

With a return next week to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he notched his first career win in 2013 and a title defense in Dallas on the horizon, Horschel believes he's turning things around at just the right time.

"Gets the momentum going, carry it into this week, next week, which I've had a lot of success at," Horschel said. "Really the rest of the year, from here on in I have a lot of really good events I've played well in."

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Three years later, PXG launches new iron

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 19, 2018, 11:22 pm

Three years is a long time between launches of club lines, but Bob Parsons, founder and CEO of PXG, says his company had a very good reason for waiting that long to introduce its second-generation irons.

“Three years ago, when we introduced our first generation 0311 iron, we made a commitment that we would not release a product unless it was significantly better than our existing product,” Parsons said. “:Our GEN2 irons are better than our GEN1 irons in every respect. We believe it’s the best iron ever made, and the second-best iron ever made is our GEN1 iron.”

PXG’s 0311 GEN2 irons, which officially went on sale today, feature what the company says is the world’s thinnest clubface. They have a forged 8620 soft carbon steel body and PXG’s signature weighting technology. The hollow clubheads are filled with a new polymer material that PXG says not only dampens vibration, but also produces higher ball speeds and thus more distance.

The irons come in four “collections” – Tour Performance, Players, Xtreme Forgiveness and Super Game Improvement.

Cost is $400 per iron, or $500 for PXG’s “Extreme Dark” finish. Price includes custom fitting. For more information, visit