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Projected FedExCup results: Through Rd. 3 of Dell Technologies Champ.

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 2, 2018, 10:07 pm
Below are live projected FedExCup points - the rankings and points that a player would receive if the event were to end at time of viewing.
FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
1 1 Bryson DeChambeau 4597
2 2 Dustin Johnson 3049
3 4 Tony Finau 3019
4 3 Justin Thomas 2974
5 92 Abraham Ancer 2589
6 5 Brooks Koepka 2512
7 6 Justin Rose 2481
8 7 Bubba Watson 2093
9 16 Cameron Smith 1961
10 9 Webb Simpson 1955
11 8 Jason Day 1935
12 11 Patrick Cantlay 1788
13 10 Phil Mickelson 1777
14 12 Patrick Reed 1772
15 71 Tyrrell Hatton 1694
16 21 Kyle Stanley 1687
17 13 Francesco Molinari 1682
18 14 Billy Horschel 1610
19 23 Tommy Fleetwood 1531
20 15 Aaron Wise 1495
21 17 Jon Rahm 1478
22 28 Rory McIlroy 1464
23 24 Marc Leishman 1463
24 20 Paul Casey 1447
25 18 Patton Kizzire 1414
26 25 Tiger Woods 1392
27 33 Jordan Spieth 1391
28 19 Kevin Na 1387
29 48 Emiliano Grillo 1312
30 22 Rickie Fowler 1302
FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
31 45 Beau Hossler 1283
32 34 Xander Schauffele 1193
33 37 Gary Woodland 1187
34 26 Chez Reavie 1184
35 27 Pat Perez 1167
36 29 Chesson Hadley 1144
37 30 Andrew Landry 1139
38 35 Brandt Snedeker 1125
39 39 Andrew Putnam 1115
40 32 Brian Harman 1113
41 31 Luke List 1111
42 43 Alex Noren 1101
43 36 Austin Cook 1090
44 49 Si Woo Kim 1082
45 46 Byeong Hun An 1076
46 52 Adam Hadwin 1070
47 41 Ryan Armour 1062
48 38 Ian Poulter 1061
49 59 Rafa Cabrera Bello 1038
50 40 Adam Scott 1037
51 47 Keegan Bradley 1031
52 44 Kevin Kisner 1029
53 42 Brendan Steele 998
54 58 Hideki Matsuyama 947
55 51 Brian Gay 919
56 54 Charles Howell III 911
57 50 Ryan Palmer 900
58 55 Henrik Stenson 895
59 53 Zach Johnson 890
60 72 C.T. Pan 890
61 56 J.J. Spaun 877
62 74 Matt Kuchar 876
63 81 Brice Garnett 871
64 78 Keith Mitchell 839
65 65 Stewart Cink 839
66 57 Scott Piercy 833
67 80 J.B. Holmes 820
68 63 Daniel Berger 817
69 64 Chris Kirk 812
70 60 Ryan Moore 812
FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
71 62 Ted Potter, Jr. 806
72 61 Whee Kim 805
73 83 Peter Uihlein 804
74 69 Louis Oosthuizen 777
75 66 Jason Kokrak 777
76 67 Nick Watney 762
77 68 Jimmy Walker 741
78 70 Kevin Streelman 724
79 73 Bronson Burgoon 717
80 75 Charley Hoffman 690
81 76 Joel Dahmen 676
82 77 Michael Kim 675
83 79 Jamie Lovemark 671
84 93 Russell Knox 665
85 86 Kevin Tway 647
86 89 James Hahn 644
87 82 Kelly Kraft 627
88 88 Kevin Chappell 623
89 90 Tom Hoge 620
90 96 Russell Henley 617
91 84 Troy Merritt 616
92 91 Branden Grace 606
93 94 Scott Stallings 605
94 85 Satoshi Kodaira 600
95 87 Jhonattan Vegas 598
96 99 Brian Stuard 583
97 98 Danny Lee 574
98 95 Ollie Schniederjans 573
99 97 Anirban Lahiri 566
100 100 Jason Dufner 557
FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
101 101 Sam Ryder 551
102 102 Trey Mullinax 550
103 103 Brandon Harkins 545
104 104 Patrick Rodgers 541
105 105 Charl Schwartzel 528
106 106 Sean O'Hair 526
107 107 Harold Varner III 524
108 108 Alex Cejka 524
109 109 Rory Sabbatini 521
110 110 Richy Werenski 498
111 111 Sung Kang 490
112 112 John Huh 480
113 113 Tyler Duncan 457
114 114 Seamus Power 455
115 115 Martin Laird 453
116 116 William McGirt 449
117 117 J.T. Poston 448
118 118 Vaughn Taylor 445
119 119 Grayson Murray 438
120 120 Sam Saunders 437
121 121 Ryan Blaum 433
122 122 Scott Brown 422
123 123 Nick Taylor 420
124 124 Bud Cauley 405
125 125 Harris English 383
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Miller's biggest on-air regret: Leonard at Ryder Cup

By Jason CrookOctober 17, 2018, 12:00 am

Johnny Miller made a broadcasting career out of being brutally honest, calling golf tournaments exactly like he saw them.

His unfiltered style is what kept him on the air for nearly 30 years, but it wasn't always the most popular with players.

After announcing his upcoming retirement, Miller was asked Tuesday if there were any on-air comments he regretted over the last three decades. One immediately came to mind.

"I think that I didn't say the right words about Justin Leonard at Miracle at Brookline about he should be home watching it on TV. I meant really - I did say he should be home, but I meant the motel room. Even then I probably shouldn't have said that," Miller recalled. "I want so much for the outcome that I'm hoping for that I actually get overwhelmed with what I want to see. Almost the kind of things you would say to your buddies if you were watching it on TV, you know? He just couldn't win a match."

After struggling on Friday and Saturday in team play, Leonard ended up the U.S. hero after halving his Sunday singles match with José María Olazábal by holing a 40-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole - one of the most famous shots in Ryder Cup history.

"Of course he ended up - after the crappy comment I made that motivated maybe the team supposedly in the locker room, and he ends up making that 45-, 50- foot putt to seal the deal," Miller said. "Almost like a Hollywood movie or something."

Not only did the putt seal the comeback for the U.S., but it also earned Leonard an apology from Miller. 

"I apologized to him literally the next day; I happened to see him. I tried to make a policy when I go over the line that I get ahold of the guy within 24 hours and tell him I made a double bogey, you know. That's just the way I have done it through the years."

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Love him or not, Miller's authentic style stood out

By Doug FergusonOctober 16, 2018, 10:11 pm

The comment was vintage Johnny Miller, raw enough to cause most television producers to wince.

Miller was in the NBC Sports booth at Doral in 2004 when he watched Craig Parry hit another beautiful shot to the green. Miller said what he saw. That was his job.

He just didn't say it like other golf analysts.

''The last time you see that swing is in a pro-am with a guy who's about a 15-handicap,'' Miller said. ''It's just over the top, cups it at the bottom and hits it unbelievably good. It doesn't look ... if Ben Hogan saw that, he'd puke.''

Parry got the last word, of course, holing out a 6-iron from 176 yards in a playoff to win.

Except that wasn't the last word.

''I was in Ponte Vedra going back to the Honda Classic, and my phone is blowing up,'' said Tommy Roy, the longtime golf producer at NBC. ''It started percolating down in Australia, and you had radio stations demanding Johnny Miller be fired.''

Miller could make golf more fun to hear than to watch.

''He doesn't have a filter. That's why he's so good,'' Roy said. ''What he's thinking comes out. And 99.5 percent of the time, that was a great thing for viewers, and for me. And 0.5 percent of the time, it was a problem for our PR department and for me.

''And it was worth it.''

Roy was in Wisconsin on Monday night for his first look at Whistling Straits for the 2020 Ryder Cup. It will be the first Ryder Cup since 1989 that doesn't have Miller in the booth weighing in on good shots and bad with thoughts that immediately become words.

He often entertained. He occasionally irritated. He was rarely dull.

Miller is retiring after three decades calling the shots for NBC. His last tournament will be the Phoenix Open, the perfect exit for a Hall of Fame player once known as the ''Desert Fox'' for winning six times in Arizona. Miller was so good for so long that it was easy for younger generations to forget about that other career he had.

Miller to retire from broadcast booth in 2019

Best of: Photos of Miller through the years

And to think that was nearly his only career in golf.

Miller said he wasn't interested when NBC first approached him, but then his wife stepped in and told him it would be nice to have a steady paycheck. Even then, it took time for him to realize his audience was in the living room, not the locker room.

He made his debut at the Bob Hope Classic in 1990 and it didn't take long for him to leave his mark. Peter Jacobsen faced an awkward lie to the 18th green with water to the left.

''The easiest shot to choke on,'' Miller said.

People thought about choking. Miller said it because that's what he was thinking.

''What came into his brain came out of his mouth,'' said Mike McCarley, president of golf for NBC Sports. ''He was the first to really talk about the pressure. It's the most important element of the game, especially in those really big moments. He was doing it at a time when others weren't.''

It wasn't just the word ''choke.''

Phil Mickelson was getting up-and-down from everywhere at the 2010 Ryder Cup when Miller suggested that if Lefty weren't such a good putter he'd be selling cars in San Diego. Justin Leonard and Hal Sutton were losing a fourballs match at the 1999 Ryder Cup when Miller blurted out, ''My hunch is that Justin needs to go home and watch it on television.''

During the 2008 U.S. Open playoff at Torrey Pines that Tiger Woods won in 19 holes over Rocco Mediate, Miller suggested that guys named ''Rocco'' don't get their name on the trophy, and that Mediate looked like ''the guy who cleans Tiger's swimming pool.''

It wasn't all bad.

Roy, who also has produced NBA Finals and Olympics, said he wants analysts who first-guess, not second-guess. The latter is for talk radio. First-guessing means sharing instincts, and Miller had plenty of them.

Woods was playing the final hole at Newport in the 1995 U.S. Amateur when Miller said, ''It wouldn't surprise me if he knocked this thing a foot from the hole.''

And that's just what Woods did.

McCarley remembers how retired NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol used to worry whenever Miller called because he thought it was about retirement. McCarley soon inherited that feeling.

''Every time I'd see Johnny's number pop up on my cellphone, my heart would skip a beat,'' McCarley said. ''Two years ago, he made that call I had been dreading.''

McCarley kept him working a slightly reduced schedule, but no longer. Miller is 71 and has been on the road for 50 years. His 24th grandchild was born on Sunday. He wants to teach them fly fishing in Utah, perhaps even a little golf.

Miller wasn't sure he would last a week when he started. He never imagined going nearly 30 years.

He leaves behind a style all his own.

Most loved it. Some didn't. But everyone listened, and that might be his legacy in the broadcast booth. Roy said what he has heard from viewers he knows is that 70 percent really like Miller, and 30 percent really don't.

''But they all have an opinion,'' he said.

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CJ Cup: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 16, 2018, 9:20 pm

The PGA Tour returns to South Korea this week for the second edition of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. Here is the key information for the no-cut event, where Justin Thomas is defending champion.

Golf course: Located on Jeju Island, the largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, The Club at Nine Bridges opened in 2001 and was designed by Ronald Fream and David Dale. The par-72 layout (36-36) will measure 7,184 yards for this week's event, 12 yards shorter than last year.

Purse: The total purse is $9.5 million with the winner receiving $1.71 million. In addition, the winner will receive 500 FedExCup points, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour, and invitations to the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Players, Masters, and PGA Championship.

Last year: Thomas defeated Marc Leishman with a birdie on the second playoff hole to earn his seventh career PGA Tour win.

TV schedule (all times Eastern): Golf Channel, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Live streamingWednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Notable tee times (all times Eastern): 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Thursday: Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Sungjae Im; 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. Thursday: Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim, Ernie Els; 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. Thursday: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama

Notables in the field: Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and last week's winner Marc Leishman.

Key stats:

 This is the third of 46 official events of the season and the second of three consecutive weeks of events in Asia

• 78-player field including the top 60 available from the final 2017-2018 FedExCup points list

The field also includes 12 major champions and two of the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking (highest ranked are No. 3 Koepka and No. 4 Thomas)

Thomas and Koepka both have a shot to ascend to No. 1 in the OWGR this week - they will play their first two rounds grouped together

Stats and information provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit

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Els eyeing potential Prez Cup players at CJ Cup

By Will GrayOctober 16, 2018, 6:55 pm

Ernie Els is teeing it up this week in South Korea as a player, but he's also retaining the perspective of a captain.

While the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia is still more than a year away, Els has already begun the process of keeping tabs on potential players who could factor on his International squad that will face an American contingent captained by Tiger Woods. Els played in last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and this week received one of eight sponsor exemptions into the limited-field CJ Cup on Jeju Island.

Els played a Tuesday practice round with Presidents Cup veteran and Branden Grace and India's Shubankhar Sharma, who held a share of the 54-hole lead last week in Malaysia.

"It's going to be a very diverse team the way things are shaping up already," Els told reporters. "We've got another year to go, so we're going to have an interesting new group of players that's going to probably make the team."

In addition to keeping tabs on Grace and Sharma, Els will play the first two rounds with Australia's Marc Leishman and South Korea's Si Woo Kim. Then there's Sungjae Im, a native of Jeju Island who led the Tour money list wire-to-wire last season.

"There's so many Korean youngsters here this week, so I'm going to really see how they perform," Els said. "Still a long way to go, but these guys, the young guys are going to be really the core of our team."

Els, who will turn 49 on Wednesday, made only five cuts in 15 PGA Tour starts last season, with his best result a T-30 finish at the Valero Texas Open. While it's increasingly likely that his unexpected triumph at the 2012 Open will end up being his final worldwide victory, he's eager to tackle a new challenge in the coming months by putting together the squad that he hopes can end the International losing skid in the biennial matches.

"The U.S. team is a well-oiled team. They play Ryder Cups together, they obviously play very well in the Presidents Cups against us, so they're a very mature team," Els said. "We are going to be a young team, inexperienced. But that doesn't scare me because I know the course very well down in Melbourne, I've played it many, many times. I feel I have a very good game plan to play the golf course strategy-wise and I'm going to share that with my players."