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FedExCup points list entering second playoff event

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 28, 2017, 12:39 pm

The FedExCup Playoffs enter Week 2 at the Dell Technologies Championship. Here is where things stand after The Northern Trust, where the original field of 125 has been reduced to 100.

1 4 Dustin Johnson 4,466  
2 3 Jordan Spieth 3,871 595
3 2 Justin Thomas 3,044 1,422
4 1 Hideki Matsuyama 2,869 1,597
5 6 Jon Rahm 2,404 2,062
6 5 Rickie Fowler 1,996 2,470
7 7 Brooks Koepka 1,768 2,698
8 8 Daniel Berger 1,717 2,749
9 11 Charley Hoffman 1,694 2,772
10 29 Jhonattan Vegas 1,673 2,793
11 9 Kevin Kisner 1,634 2,832
12 18 Paul Casey 1,575 2,891
13 10 Brian Harman 1,557 2,909
14 12 Pat Perez 1,539 2,927
15 15 Matt Kuchar 1,509 2,957
16 25 Webb Simpson 1,413 3,053
17 30 Kevin Chappell 1,370 3,096
18 13 Adam Hadwin 1,347 3,119
19 17 Kyle Stanley 1,337 3,129
20 14 Marc Leishman 1,324 3,142
21 20 Jason Dufner 1,290 3,176
22 23 Henrik Stenson 1,275 3,191
23 19 Russell Henley 1,262 3,204
24 32 Justin Rose 1,244 3,222
25 16 Brendan Steele 1,226 3,240
26 35 Louis Oosthuizen 1,204 3,262
27 33 Xander Schauffele 1,184 3,282
28 21 Charles Howell III 1,120 3,346
29 49 Jason Day 1,111 3,355
30 22 Sergio Garcia 1,085 3,381
31 24 Billy Horschel 1,068 3,398
32 27 Wesley Bryan 1,068 3,398
33 38 Patrick Reed 1,060 3,406
34 26 Gary Woodland 1,052 3,414
35 28 Tony Finau 1,046 3,420
36 31 Francesco Molinari 1,010 3,456
37 34 Mackenzie Hughes 992 3,474
38 37 Hudson Swafford 965 3,501
39 36 Bill Haas 946 3,520
40 63 Chez Reavie 914 3,552
41 41 Si Woo Kim 883 3,583
42 39 Ollie Schniederjans 882 3,584
43 44 Rory McIlroy 881 3,585
44 40 Cameron Smith 847 3,619
45 57 Martin Laird 840 3,626
46 42 Zach Johnson 839 3,627
47 46 Keegan Bradley 838 3,628
48 43 Bryson DeChambeau 836 3,630
49 52 Charl Schwartzel 836 3,630
50 78 Patrick Cantlay 826 3,640
51 79 Robert Streb 826 3,640
52 50 Luke List 819 3,647
53 45 Sung Kang 798 3,668
54 47 Jamie Lovemark 787 3,679
55 65 Scott Brown 779 3,687
56 48 Ian Poulter 775 3,691
57 55 Lucas Glover 766 3,700
58 51 Phil Mickelson 757 3,709
59 54 Sean O'Hair 720 3,746
60 53 James Hahn 711 3,755
61 59 Ryan Moore 703 3,763
62 56 Danny Lee 697 3,769
63 75 Kevin Na 693 3,773
64 58 Kelly Kraft 684 3,782
65 60 Russell Knox 669 3,797
66 61 Anirban Lahiri 667 3,799
67 62 Bud Cauley 666 3,800
68 64 Brandt Snedeker 663 3,803
69 72 Kevin Tway 663 3,803
70 69 Grayson Murray 655 3,811
71 70 Rod Pampling 652 3,814
72 113 Bubba Watson 646 3,820
73 66 Adam Scott 642 3,824
74 67 Graham DeLaet 640 3,826
75 68 Patrick Rodgers 639 3,827
76 73 Chad Campbell 630 3,836
77 88 Emiliano Grillo 627 3,839
78 71 Chris Stroud 627 3,839
79 94 Jason Kokrak 623 3,843
80 74 Rafa Cabrera Bello 615 3,851
81 76 Stewart Cink 583 3,883
82 92 Whee Kim 583 3,883
83 80 Morgan Hoffmann 579 3,887
84 77 Jonas Blixt 578 3,888
85 86 C.T. Pan 559 3,907
86 81 Jim Herman 553 3,913
87 103 David Lingmerth 546 3,920
88 82 J.B. Holmes 543 3,923
89 98 Camilo Villegas 542 3,924
90 83 Kevin Streelman 541 3,925
91 123 Harold Varner III 539 3,927
92 84 Nick Taylor 532 3,934
93 91 J.J. Spaun 532 3,934
94 85 Scott Piercy 532 3,934
95 97 Chris Kirk 527 3,939
96 93 William McGirt 521 3,945
97 87 Patton Kizzire 519 3,947
98 89 Cody Gribble 514 3,952
99 90 Branden Grace 510 3,956
100 95 Michael Kim 483 3,983
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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”

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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”

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Koepka still has chip on his chiseled shoulder

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 3:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brooks Koepka prepared more for this Open than last year's.

He picked up his clubs three times.

That’s three more than last summer, when the only shots he hit between the summer Opens was during a commercial shoot for Michelob Ultra at TPC Sawgrass. He still tied for sixth at The Open a month later.

This time, Koepka kept his commitment to play the Travelers, then hit balls three times between the final round in Hartford and this past Sunday, when he first arrived here at Carnoustie.

Not that he was concerned, of course.

Koepka’s been playing golf for nearly 20 years. He wasn’t about to forget to how to swing a club after a few weeks off.

“It was pretty much the same thing,” he said Tuesday, during his pre-tournament news conference. “I shared it with one of my best friends, my family, and it was pretty much the same routine. It was fun. We enjoyed it. But I’m excited to get back inside the ropes and start playing again. I think you need to enjoy it any time you win and really embrace it and think about what you’ve done.”

At Shinnecock Hills, Koepka became the first player in nearly 30 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion – a major title that helped him shed his undeserved reputation as just another 20-something talent who relies solely on his awesome power. In fact, he takes immense pride in his improved short game and putting inside 8 feet.

“I can take advantage of long golf courses,” he said, “but I enjoy plotting my way around probably - more than the bombers’ golf courses - where you’ve got to think, be cautious sometimes, and fire at the center of the greens. You’ve got to be very disciplined, and that’s the kind of golf I enjoy.”

Which is why Koepka once again fancies his chances here on the type of links that helped launch his career.

Koepka was out of options domestically after he failed to reach the final stage of Q-School in 2012. So he packed his bags and headed overseas, going on a tear on the European Challenge Tour (Europe’s equivalent of the circuit) and earning four titles, including one here in Scotland. That experience was the most fun and beneficial part of his career, when he learned to win, be self-sufficient and play in different conditions.

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“There’s certain steps, and I embraced it,” Koepka said. “I think that’s where a lot of guys go wrong. You are where you are, and you have to make the best of it instead of just putting your head down and being like, 'Well, I should be on the PGA Tour.' Well, guess what? You’re not. So you’ve got to suck it up wherever you are, make the best of it, and keep plugging away and trying to win everything you can because, eventually, if you’re good enough, you will get out here.”

Koepka has proved that he’s plenty good enough, of course: He’s a combined 20 under in the majors since the beginning of 2017, the best of any player during that span. But he still searches long and hard for a chip to put on his chiseled shoulder.

In his presser after winning at Shinnecock, Koepka said that he sometimes feels disrespected and forgotten, at least compared to his more-ballyhooed peers. It didn’t necessarily bother him – he prefers to stay out of the spotlight anyway, eschewing a media tour after each of his Open titles – but it clearly tweaked him enough for him to admit it publicly.

That feeling didn’t subside after he went back to back at the Open, either. On U.S. Open Sunday, ESPN’s Instagram page didn’t showcase a victorious Koepka, but rather a video of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dunking a basketball.

“He’s like 6-foot-2. He’s got hops – we all know that – and he’s got hands. So what’s impressive about that?” Koepka said. “But I always try to find something where I feel like I’m the underdog and put that little chip on my shoulder. Even if you’re No. 1, you’ve got to find a way to keep going and keep that little chip on.

“I think I’ve done a good job of that. I need to continue doing that, because once you’re satisfied, you’re only going to go downhill. You try to find something to get better and better, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Now 28, Koepka has a goal of how many majors he’d like to win before his career is over, but he wasn’t about to share it.

Still, he was adamant about one thing: “Right now I’m focused on winning. That’s the only thing I’ve got in my mind. Second place just isn’t good enough. I finished second a lot, and I’m just tired of it. Once you win, it kind of propels you. You have this mindset where you just want to keep winning. It breeds confidence, but you want to have that feeling of gratification: I finally did this. How cool is this?”

So cool that Koepka can’t wait to win another one.

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Despite results, Thomas loves links golf

By Jay CoffinJuly 17, 2018, 2:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Despite poor results in two previous Open Championships, Justin Thomas contends that he has what it takes to be a good links player. In fact, he believes that he is a good links player.

Two years ago at Royal Troon, Thomas shot 77 in the second round to tie for 53rd place. He was on the wrong side of the draw that week that essentially eliminated anyone from contention who played late Friday afternoon.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, Thomas made a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 sixth hole in the second round and missed the cut by two shots.

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“I feel like I’ve played more than two Opens, but I haven’t had any success here,” Thomas said Tuesday at Carnoustie. “I feel like I am a good links player, although I don’t really have the results to show.”

Although he didn’t mention it as a reason for success this week, Thomas is a much different player now than he was two years ago, having ascended to the No. 1 position in the world for a few weeks and now resting comfortably in the second spot.

He also believes a high golf IQ, and the ability to shape different shots into and with the wind are something that will help him in The Open over the next 20 years.

“I truly enjoy the creativity,” Thomas said. “It presents a lot of different strategies, how you want to play it, if you want to be aggressive, if you want to be conservative, if you want to attack some holes, wait on certain winds, whatever it might be. It definitely causes you to think.

“With it being as firm as it is, it definitely adds a whole other variable to it.”

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Reed's major record now a highlight, not hindrance

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 2:46 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The narrative surrounding Patrick Reed used to be that he could play well in the Ryder Cup but not the majors.

So much for that.

Reed didn’t record a top-10 in his first 15 starts in a major, but he took the next step in his career by tying for second at the 2017 PGA Championship. He followed that up with a breakthrough victory at the Masters, then finished fourth at the U.S. Open after a closing 68.

He’s the only player with three consecutive top-4s in the majors.

What’s the difference now?

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“The biggest thing is I treat them like they’re normal events,” he said Tuesday at Carnoustie. “I’ve always gone into majors and put too much pressure on myself, having to go play well, having to do this or that. Now I go in there and try to play golf and keep in the mindset of, Hey, it’s just another day on the golf course. Let’s just go play.

“I’ve been able to stay in that mindset the past three, and I’ve played pretty well in all three of them.”

Reed’s record in the year’s third major has been hit or miss – a pair of top-20s and two missed cuts – but he says he’s a better links player now than when he began his career. It took the native Texan a while to embrace the creativity required here and also to comprehend the absurd distances he can hit the ball with the proper wind, conditions and bounce.

“I’m sort of accepting it,” he said. “I’ve gotten a little more comfortable with doing it. It’s come a little bit easier, especially down the stretch in tournament play.”