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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.

RANK THIS WEEK RANK LAST WEEK PLAYER NAME POINTS PTS BEHIND LEAD
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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Watch: Tiger 'drops mic' in long drive contest

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 20, 2018, 12:44 am

Tiger Woods is in Las Vegas this weekend for the 20th annual Tiger Jam charity event that benefits his foundation.

During the tournament on Saturday afternoon, Woods challenged World Long Drive competitor Troy Mullins to a long drive contest.

 

A post shared by TROY MULLINS (@trojangoddess) on May 19, 2018 at 1:25pm PDT

Safe to say it looks like Tiger won.

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Sunday showdown for Wise, Leishman at Nelson

By Will GrayMay 19, 2018, 11:40 pm

DALLAS – While the swirling Texas winds may still have their say, the AT&T Byron Nelson is shaping up to be a two-horse race.

With a four-shot gulf between them and their closest pursuers, co-leaders Marc Leishman and Aaron Wise both stepped up to the microphone and insisted the tournament was far from over. That it wouldn’t revert to a match-play situation, even though the two men didn’t face much pressure from the pack down the stretch of the third round and have clearly distanced themselves as the best in the field through 54 holes.

But outside of an outlier scenario or a rogue tornado sweeping across Trinity Forest Golf Club, one of the two will leave with trophy in hand tomorrow night.

That’s in part because of their stellar play to this point, but it’s also a byproduct of the tournament’s new and unconventional layout: at Trinity Forest, big numbers are hard to find.

Even with the winds picking up during the third round and providing the sternest challenge yet, the field combined for only 16 scores of double bogey, and nothing worse than that.


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There’s irony in a course called Trinity Forest offering a tree-less test, sure, but there are also no water hazards in play here. For the most part, players have been maxing out with bogey – and Leishman and Wise have combined for only six of those so far this week.

If someone from the chase pack is going to catch them, the two sharing the pole position aren’t going to do them any favors.

“I don’t really want to give them a chance,” Leishman said. “I’d love to go out and shoot a low one and make Aaron have to shoot a good score tomorrow to beat me, which, I fully expect him to shoot a good score.”

While Leishman has been somewhat of a late bloomer on the PGA Tour, with only one win across his first eight seasons, he now has a golden opportunity to add a third trophy in the last 14 months. He has felt right at home on a sprawling layout that reminds him of a few back in his native Australia, and he’s part of a Down Under invasion on a leaderboard that also includes Matt Jones (-13) and Adam Scott (-9).

While Wise briefly held sole possession of the lead, Leishman has seemingly held an iron grip on the top spot since opening his week with a blistering 61.

“Before last year, I was a pretty slow starter. I always got off to a slow start Thursday, or I’d be fighting to make the cut and have a good weekend to slide into the top 10,” Leishman said. “Getting into that round straight away on the first tee rather than the ninth green or something, which sounds like a really basic thing, but it’s something I didn’t do very well until last year.”

But as Leishman acknowledged, he likely can’t count on a stumble from Wise to help finish off a wire-to-wire victory. As the youngest player to make the cut this week, Wise is facing a challenge of taking down a top-ranked Aussie for the second time in as many starts.

While he came up short at the Wells Fargo Championship, tying for second behind Jason Day, he remains supremely confident that he can put those hard-earned lessons to use this time around.

“I feel like it’s a great opportunity,” Wise said. “It will obviously be a huge day for me. I feel like having one go at it already, I’m a little more confident going into it this time.”

Even among the landscape of the Tour’s promising next wave, Wise stands out as a particularly young gun. Still only 21, he could feasibly be heading to Karsten Creek next week with his Oregon Duck teammates to close out his senior season with another NCAA championship appearance.

But Wise turned pro after winning the NCAA individual title as a sophomore, and he steadily worked his way through the professional ranks: first a win on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, then one last summer on the Web.com Tour.

Now he’s poised to turn what he described as a “lackluster” season before his Quail Hollow runner-up into one that defies even his own expectations.

“Absolutely, I am way ahead of the curve. It’s pretty hard to do what I’ve done at such a young age. Only a few have done it,” Wise said. “I feel like I’m getting some great experience for a kid this young. It’s only going to serve me well down the road.”

An unpredictable Coore-Crenshaw layout will have one more day to star, and outside of Wise the top six names on the leaderboard have at least one Tour win to their credit. But after the two men traded punches on a firm and fast afternoon, it sure feels like the final round is shaping up to offer more of the same.

For Leishman, it’s a chance to add another notch to some quickly expanding credentials; for Wise, it’s an opportunity to win on the one level he has yet to do so.

“It’s golf, at the end of the day. If you play better than everyone else, you’re going to win,” Wise said. “That’s why I play it. That’s why I love this sport, and tomorrow is nothing different.”

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5 thoughts from NCAA Women's Championship Day 2

By Ryan LavnerMay 19, 2018, 11:35 pm

The field is almost halfway through stroke-play qualifying at the NCAA Women’s Championship. Here are some thoughts on the first two days at Karsten Creek:

1. UCLA is on a mission. Just a year ago, the Bruins were headed home from regionals after becoming the first No. 1 seed that failed to advance out of the qualifying tournament. This year, with the core of the team still mostly intact, the Bruins have opened up a five-shot lead on top-ranked Alabama and a comfortable 16-shot cushion over Southern Cal in third place. On one of the most difficult college courses in the country, UCLA has received contributions from all four of its usual counters – standout Lilia Vu shot 68 on Saturday, while Mariel Galdiano posted a 69. Freshman Patty Tavatanakit and junior Bethany Wu also broke par. This is a strong, deep lineup that will pose issues for teams not just in stroke-play qualifying, but also the head-to-head, match-play bracket.

2. What happened to Arkansas? Riding high off their first SEC Championship and a dominant regional performance, the Razorbacks were considered one of the top threats to win the national title. But entering Sunday’s third round of stroke play, they need to hold it together just to ensure they make the top-15 cut. Arkansas is 32 over par through two rounds. The Razorbacks had shot in the 300s just once this season in the play-five, count-four format. Here at Karsten Creek, they’ve now done so in consecutive rounds.

3. The Player of the Year race is heating up. With a decent showing at nationals, Arkansas’ Maria Fassi should have been able to wrap up the Annika Award, given annually to the top player in the country. She has six individual titles, plays a difficult schedule and is well-liked among her peers. But through two rounds she’s a whopping 15 over par while spraying it all over the map. If the Razorbacks don’t survive the 54-hole cut, neither will Fassi. That’d open the door for another player to steal the votes, whether it’s UCLA’s Vu or Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho. There’s a lot still to be decided.

4. Stanford has steadied itself. One of the biggest surprises on Day 1 was the horrendous start by the Cardinal, one of just two teams to advance to match play each of the three years it’s been used to determine a national champion. They were 19 over for their first nine holes Friday, but instead of a blowup round that cost them a shot at the title, they’ve found a way to hang tough. Stanford has been just 4 over par over its last 27 holes. Andrea Lee made only one bogey during her second-round 69, Albane Valenzuela eagled the 18th hole for a 73 and senior leader Shannon Aubert – who has been a part of each postseason push – carded a 74. And so, even with its early struggles, coach Anne Walker once again has Stanford in position to reach match play.

5. Karsten Creek is identifying the best teams. The top teams in the country want a difficult host venue for NCAAs – it helps separate the field and draws an unmistakable line between the contenders and pretenders. Only one team (UCLA) is under par after 36 holes. Fewer than a dozen players are under par individually. The dearth of low scores might not be the greatest advertisement for how talented these players are, but the cream has still risen to the top so far: Five top-10 teams currently sit inside the top 7 on the leaderboard (and that doesn’t even include last year’s NCAA runner-up Northwestern). This is all any coach wants, even if the scores aren’t pretty.

Quick hits: Cheyenne Knight, part of Alabama’s vaunted 1-2-3 punch along with Lauren Stephenson and Kristen Gillman, shot rounds of 70-69 to figure in the mix for individual honors. The junior will turn pro after nationals. …  Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole Saturday en route to a 68 that tied the low round of the day. She’s at 5-under 139, same as Knight. ... Defending champion Arizona State, which lost star Linnea Strom to the pro ranks at the halfway point of the season, is 35 over par after two rounds. … Play was delayed for nearly an hour and a half Saturday because of inclement weather.

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Wise (21) makes Leishman (34) feel a little old

By Will GrayMay 19, 2018, 10:55 pm

DALLAS – With the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson likely to take on a match-play feel, Marc Leishman likes his chances to close out another win – even if his opponent makes him feel a little old.

Leishman, 34, shares the lead at Trinity Forest Golf Club with 21-year-old Aaron Wise, who was the youngest player to make the cut at the tournament’s new venue. The two men will start the final round at 17 under, four shots clear of their next-closest pursuers.

Leishman played the third round alongside Wise and Brian Gay, and he originally didn’t realize just how fresh-faced his fellow co-leader is.


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“He’s a solid player for, I heard this morning he’s only 21. I didn’t realize that,” Leishman said. “I guess I was in high school before he was born, so that’s – I don’t know. You hear guys talk about that all the time but I’ve never said that, I think. Yeah, he’s a good player.”

Wise won the 2016 NCAA individual title while at Oregon, and he opted to turn pro after his sophomore season. While he could have been capping his senior season with a return to the NCAAs next week, Wise is pleased with the career choice and remains eager for a chance to close out his first career PGA Tour win against a seasoned veteran.

“I feel like I’m in a great spot for tomorrow,” Wise said. “I feel like I’m getting some great experience for a kid this young. It’s only going to serve me well down the road.”