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Koepka inches closer to DJ at world No. 1

By Will GrayAugust 27, 2018, 12:36 pm

Heading into the Dell Technologies Championship, the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking is essentially a toss-up.

Fresh off his second major title of the year, Brooks Koepka tied for eighth at The Northern Trust. That allowed him to make slight gains on world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who tied for 11th to barely keep Koepka from summiting the OWGR for the first time in his career. As the PGA Tour heads to TPC Boston, Johnson's point average is 10.0967 while Koepka is now at 10.0049.

Johnson has been No. 1 since February 2017, outside of a four-week stretch this summer when he was supplanted by Justin Thomas.


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Bryson DeChambeau's four-shot win at Ridgewood Country Club took him to the top of the FedEx race, while it also moved him up nine spots to a career-best 12th in the world rankings. Tony Finau, who finished second behind DeChambeau, jumped from 30th to 18th in the latest rankings.

Billy Horschel went from 92nd to 66th with a T-3 finish, while T-5 results moved Adam Scott from 44th to 38th, Aaron Wise from 68th to 52nd and Ryan Palmer from 138th to 98th.

With Johnson, Koepka and Thomas still holding the top three spots, Justin Rose and Jon Rahm round out the top five. Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy remain Nos. 6 and 7, while Rickie Fowler edged past Jordan Spieth at No. 8. Spieth dropped to No. 9, his lowest ranking since March 2015, with Jason Day rounding out the top 10.

After a T-40 finish in New Jersey, Tiger Woods remained No. 26.

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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).

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.

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.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.



That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.



Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!