FedExCup points list entering first playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 21, 2017, 2:05 pm

The FedExCup Playoffs begin this week at The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. The event, previously known as The Barclays, is the first of four playoff tournaments, in which field size will decrease from 125, to 100, to 70, to 30. For some basic playoff knowledge and history, click here to check out our FedExCup 101.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
1 1 Hideki Matsuyama 2,869  
2 2 Justin Thomas 2,689 180
3 3 Jordan Spieth 2,671 198
4 4 Dustin Johnson 2,466 403
5 5 Rickie Fowler 1,832 1,037
6 6 Jon Rahm 1,754 1,115
7 7 Brooks Koepka 1,736 1,133
8 8 Daniel Berger 1,623 1,246
9 9 Kevin Kisner 1,612 1,257
10 10 Brian Harman 1,557 1,312
11 11 Charley Hoffman 1,498 1,371
12 12 Pat Perez 1,461 1,408
13 13 Adam Hadwin 1,347 1,522
14 14 Marc Leishman 1,324 1,545
15 15 Matt Kuchar 1,260 1,609
16 16 Brendan Steele 1,226 1,643
17 17 Kyle Stanley 1,204 1,665
18 18 Paul Casey 1,135 1,734
19 19 Russell Henley 1,129 1,740
20 22 Jason Dufner 1,126 1,743
21 20 Charles Howell III 1,102 1,767
22 21 Sergio Garcia 1,085 1,784
23 75 Henrik Stenson 1,079 1,790
24 23 Billy Horschel 1,068 1,801
25 37 Webb Simpson 1,058 1,811
26 24 Gary Woodland 1,052 1,817
27 25 Wesley Bryan 1,046 1,823
28 26 Tony Finau 1,024 1,845
29 27 Jhonattan Vegas 1,023 1,846
30 28 Kevin Chappell 1,015 1,854
31 29 Francesco Molinari 1,010 1,859
32 30 Justin Rose 996 1,873
33 31 Xander Schauffele 988 1,881
34 32 Mackenzie Hughes 974 1,895
35 33 Louis Oosthuizen 956 1,913
36 34 Bill Haas 946 1,923
37 35 Hudson Swafford 921 1,948
38 36 Patrick Reed 896 1,973
39 74 Ollie Schniederjans 882 1,987
40 45 Cameron Smith 847 2,022
41 38 Si Woo Kim 839 2,030
42 39 Zach Johnson 839 2,030
43 40 Bryson DeChambeau 836 2,033
44 41 Rory McIlroy 803 2,066
45 42 Sung Kang 798 2,071
46 44 Keegan Bradley 794 2,075
47 43 Jamie Lovemark 787 2,082
48 46 Ian Poulter 760 2,109
49 47 Jason Day 756 2,113
50 48 Luke List 741 2,128
51 49 Phil Mickelson 734 2,135
52 50 Charl Schwartzel 727 2,142
53 51 James Hahn 711 2,158
54 52 Sean O'Hair 707 2,162
55 54 Lucas Glover 706 2,163
56 53 Danny Lee 697 2,172
57 55 Martin Laird 676 2,193
58 56 Kelly Kraft 672 2,197
59 67 Ryan Moore 671 2,198
60 61 Russell Knox 669 2,200
61 63 Anirban Lahiri 667 2,202
62 58 Bud Cauley 666 2,203
63 59 Chez Reavie 666 2,203
64 57 Brandt Snedeker 663 2,206
65 60 Scott Brown 646 2,223
66 62 Adam Scott 642 2,227
67 64 Graham DeLaet 640 2,229
68 65 Patrick Rodgers 639 2,230
69 66 Grayson Murray 638 2,231
70 68 Rod Pampling 630 2,239
71 69 Chris Stroud 627 2,242
72 70 Kevin Tway 619 2,250
73 72 Chad Campbell 616 2,253
74 71 Rafa Cabrera Bello 615 2,254
75 93 Kevin Na 584 2,285
76 73 Stewart Cink 583 2,286
77 76 Jonas Blixt 578 2,291
78 77 Patrick Cantlay 578 2,291
79 78 Robert Streb 577 2,292
80 80 Morgan Hoffmann 565 2,304
81 79 Jim Herman 553 2,316
82 81 J.B. Holmes 543 2,326
83 82 Kevin Streelman 541 2,328
84 84 Nick Taylor 532 2,337
85 83 Scott Piercy 532 2,337
86 85 C.T. Pan 527 2,342
87 91 Patton Kizzire 519 2,350
88 86 Emiliano Grillo 518 2,351
89 87 Cody Gribble 514 2,355
90 88 Branden Grace 510 2,359
91 96 J.J. Spaun 510 2,359
92 89 Whee Kim 505 2,364
93 90 William McGirt 499 2,370
94 99 Jason Kokrak 490 2,379
95 92 Michael Kim 483 2,386
96 94 Byeong Hun An 468 2,401
97 95 Chris Kirk 467 2,402
98 108 Camilo Villegas 464 2,405
99 97 Robert Garrigus 448 2,421
100 98 Seung-Yul Noh 446 2,423
101 100 Jimmy Walker 439 2,430
102 101 Scott Stallings 438 2,431
103 102 David Lingmerth 437 2,432
104 104 D.A. Points 435 2,434
105 103 Ryan Blaum 434 2,435
106 107 Brian Gay 426 2,443
107 105 Luke Donald 424 2,445
108 122 Richy Werenski 423 2,446
109 106 Brandon Hagy 419 2,450
110 109 Steve Stricker 410 2,459
111 110 Derek Fathauer 408 2,461
112 115 Tyrone Van Aswegen 407 2,462
113 111 Bubba Watson 397 2,472
114 113 Harris English 397 2,472
115 112 Dominic Bozzelli 394 2,475
116 125 Geoff Ogilvy 390 2,479
117 114 Nick Watney 386 2,483
118 139 Martin Flores 383 2,486
119 117 John Huh 382 2,487
120 118 Blayne Barber 381 2,488
121 116 Ben Martin 378 2,491
122 148 Rory Sabbatini 375 2,494
123 138 Harold Varner III 375 2,494
124 119 Vaughn Taylor 369 2,500
125 134 J.J. Henry 365 2,504
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Maguire's storied Duke career comes to an end

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – After losing in the quarterfinals here at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Duke coach Dan Brooks gathered his team and walked back toward the 18th hole. He wanted to get away and deliver a parting speech to senior Leona Maguire, one of the most important players in program history.

“I feel like I didn’t say enough, and I feel like I didn’t say it right,” he said afterward. “I guess that’s inevitable when dealing with a player who has meant so much.”

Maguire’s heralded Duke career came to an end Tuesday when she and her teammates dropped their quarterfinal match to Southern Cal, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Maguire did her part, winning, 1 up, against USC’s Jennifer Chang, but it still wasn’t enough.

Maguire will go down as one of the best players not just in Duke’s storied history, but all time in college golf. She’s a two-time Player of the Year. She finished with the best scoring average (70.93) in Division I women’s golf history. She had a record 32 competitive rounds in the 60s. She spent 135 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, another record.

The 23-year-old from Ireland is the rare collegian who turned down guaranteed LPGA status to return to school to earn her degree and try to win a NCAA title with twin sister Lisa, the team’s No. 5 player. Ultimately, they never reached the championship match.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said softly outside the clubhouse. “The experiences, the memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Maguire said that she’s turning pro soon and has a full schedule upcoming. She’ll play the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then try to capitalize on her full status on the developmental Symetra circuit.

Asked about her potential at the next level, Brooks said that Maguire can be a future Hall of Famer.

“She’s the hardest worker and the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”

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Notes: Ogilvy moving family to Australia

By Doug FergusonMay 22, 2018, 6:55 pm

Geoff Ogilvy's immediate future involves fewer golf tournament and longer flights.

Ogilvy has been contemplating in the last few years moving back home to Australia, and after discussing it with his Texas-born wife, Juli, they plan to return to Melbourne shortly after Christmas.

Their daughter, Phoebe, turns 12 in October and will be starting the seventh grade in Australia. They have two sons, Jasper (10) and Harvey (8). The Ogilvys figured that waiting much longer to decide where to live would make it tougher on the children.

''We just talked about it, for lots of reasons, and we kept making pros and cons. Juli was strong on it,'' Ogilvy said. ''We're excited. I'm at the point where I'm not going to play 27 times a year. It's going to be brutal to play from there. But you've got to choose life.''

Ogilvy won the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, and he counts three World Golf Championships among his eight PGA Tour victories. He also has won the Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship and has reached No. 3 in the world.

His last victory was in 2014, and Ogilvy has slipped to No. 416 in the world.

He has been dividing some of his time with a golf course design business with projects that include Shady Oaks in Fort Worth, Texas, (including a ''Little Nine'' course that opened last year), a renovation in China and a 36-hole course called Peninsula Kingwood in Melbourne.

Ogilvy, who grew up at Victoria Golf Club, still has a home on the 14th hole of the West Course at Royal Melbourne. If he didn't move back home, Ogilvy figured he would be spending six months in Melbourne and six months in Scottsdale, Arizona.

''It's a feeling more than anything,'' he said. ''Scottsdale is dreamy. We live a great existence. I know what I'm getting there. If we didn't move back, we'd be a six-and-six family. The kids get out of school, and they're bounced back and forth. It's not good for continuity.''

As for golf?

Ogilvy narrowly kept his full PGA Tour card last year and this season has been a struggle. He hasn't sorted out what kind of schedule he would keep, understanding it would involve long trips from Sydney to Dallas.

The immediate goal would be to play a heavy fall schedule and miss most of the West Coast swing to get acclimated to the move.

''And then we'll start working it out,'' he said.


US OPEN QUALIFYING: The U.S. Open likes to consider its championship the most democratic of the majors, and it has it just about right again this year. With the addition of 23 players who became exempt by being in the top 60 in the world ranking, 77 players in the 156-man field are exempt from qualifying. That number could go up slightly with another cutoff for the top 60 the Sunday before U.S. Open week.

The U.S. Open is the only American major that does not offer automatic exemptions to PGA Tour winners. Five such winners from this season still face qualifying, including Patton Kizzire, who has won twice (OHL Classic at Mayakoba and Sony Open). The others are Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr., Andrew Landry and Aaron Wise.

Kizzire is at No. 63 in the world, followed by Wise (66) and Landry (69). All have three weeks to crack the top 60.

Until 2011, the U.S. Open offered exemptions to multiple PGA Tour winners since the previous Open. It leans heavily on the world ranking, as do the other majors. It also awards recent major champions and top finishers from the previous U.S. Open, along with the Tour Championship field from the previous year, to reward a consistently strong season.

''All of the tours around the world have bought into the official world golf ranking rankings,'' said Jeff Hall, the USGA's managing director of rules and open championships. ''And this provides just the right place for us to be with exemptions. We don't have to get into the weighting of one tour over another, this championship versus that event, a week-to-week event. We focus on the official world golf rankings and it seems to get us the right players for our championship.''



FICKLE GAME: Careers can change quickly in golf. No one can attest to that as well as Michael Arnaud.

The 36-year-old Arnaud had never finished better than a tie for fifth in his 49 starts on the Web.com Tour, and that was three years ago. His career earnings were just over $130,000. He had only made it into one previous event this year, and he wasn't in the field at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in South Carolina last week until Kent Bulle withdrew on the eve of the event.

Arnaud tied the course record with a 60 in the second round. He closed with a 63 and won by five shots.

He won $126,000 and moved to No. 13 on the money list, giving him a reasonable chance to reach the PGA Tour if he finishes the season in the top 25.

''A lot of people kept pushing me when I wanted to step away from it,'' Arnaud said. ''My wife was one of those that told me to take the chance and go. Low and behold it really paid off.''


SHINNECOCK SAVANT: Rory McIlroy is excited to get back to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open, a course he already has played a few times.

Equally excited is his manager, Sean O'Flaherty, who knows the course on New York's Long Island better than McIlroy.

O'Flaherty spent two summers as a caddie at Shinnecock Hills.

He went to college at Trinity in Dublin, had friends in the Hamptons and came over during the summer months in 2002 and 2003 to work as a caddie.

''I got to know a lot of members,'' O'Flaherty said. ''I can't wait. To me, it's the best course in the world.''


DIVOTS: Justin Thomas won the Honda Classic on Feb. 25 at No. 4 in the world. No one from the top 10 in the world has won a PGA Tour event since then, a stretch of 12 tournaments. ... Guy Kinnings is leaving IMG after nearly 30 years to become the deputy CEO and Ryder Cup director of the European Tour. He will report directly to European Tour chief Keith Pelley. ... The LPGA tour will play in China during its fall Asia swing at the Buick LPGA Shanghai at Qizhong Garden Golf Club. The tournament will be Oct. 18-21, one week before the men play the HSBC Champions at Sheshan International in Shanghai. ... Alice Chen of Furman has been selected for the Dinah Shore Trophy, awarded to top college women who excel in golf, academics and work off the golf course. ... The Irish Open is going to Lahinch Golf Club in 2019, with former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley serving as the tournament host.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Matt Kuchar, Peter Uihlein and Jhonattan Vegas are the only players to compete in all five Texas events on the PGA Tour this year.


FINAL WORD: ''The sum of his shots seems to add up to slightly less than the sum of the shots from another guy.'' - Geoff Ogilvy on Jordan Spieth.

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Arizona's run continues, knocks off top seed to reach semis

By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 6:35 pm

STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 1 seed in match play has still never won the women’s NCAA Championship.

That dubious distinction continued Tuesday at Karsten Creek when Arizona knocked out top-seeded UCLA on the final hole of the final match.

With the matches tied at 2 apiece, the anchor match between Arizona junior Bianca Pagdanganan and UCLA freshman Patty Tavatanakit was tied on the 18th hole, a par 5 that’s reachable in two shots by many.

Tavatanakit was just short of the green in two and Pagdanganan, the Wildcats’ hero from Monday when she made eagle on the last hole to give her team a shot at match play, blasted her second shot onto the green. Tavatanakit failed to get up and down – missing a 4-footer for birdie – and Pagdanganan two-putted for birdie to give Arizona the victory.


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“We’re lucky to be in match play,” Arizona coach Laura Ianello said. “Let’s ride the highs. Why not?”

Arizona will now face Stanford in the semifinals. The Cardinal, the 2015 champion and 2016 runner up, has qualified for match play in each of the past four seasons. They beat Northwestern, 3-2, in the quarterfinals to advance.

USC will face Alabama in the other semifinal, meaning three Pac-12 teams have advanced to the Final Four. The Crimson Tide had an easy go of it in their quarterfinal match against Kent State, winning 4-1. The decisive victory gave Alabama extra rest for its afternoon match.

USC beat Duke, 3-1-1, in the other quarterfinal, pitting teams that have combined to win nine NCAA titles in the past 20 years. But neither team has had much success in the past four years since the championship turned to match play. Not only has neither team won, neither has even reached the championship match.

Duke’s Leona Maguire won the first match and the second match was halved, but USC swept the last three matches with Gabriela Ruffels, Alyaa Abdulghany and Amelia Garvey all winning to propel the Trojans into the semifinals.

Alabama (2) vs. USC (3)

2:30PM ET: Lauren Stephenson (A) vs. Jennifer Chang (USC)

2:40PM ET: Kristen Gillman (A) vs. Amelia Garvey (USC)

2:50PM ET: Cheyenne Knight (A) vs. Allisen Corpuz (USC)

3:00PM ET: Lakareber Abe (A) vs. Alyaa Abdulghany (USC)

3:10PM ET: Angelica Moresco (A) Gabriela Ruffels (USC)


Stanford (5) vs. Arizona (8)

3:20PM ET: Emily Wang (S) vs. Gigi Stoll (A)

3:30PM ET: Shannon Aubert (S) vs. Yu-Sang Hou (A)

3:40PM ET: Mika Liu (S) vs. Haley Moore (A)

3:50PM ET: Albane Valenzuela (S) vs. Sandra Nordaas (A)

4:00PM ET: Andrea Lee (S) vs. Bianca Pagdanganan (A)

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 5:50 pm

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals were contested Tuesday morning with semifinals in the afternoon. The finals are being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Scoring:

TV Times (all times ET):

Tuesday
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals (Click here to watch live)

Wednesday
4-8PM: Match-play finals