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FedExCup standings thru Northern Trust

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 26, 2018, 10:18 pm

FedExCup Rank

PLAYER NAME

FedExCup Points

OFFICIAL

PREVIOUS

TOTAL

1

9

Bryson DeChambeau

3617

2

1

Dustin Johnson

2969

3

2

Justin Thomas

2954

4

12

Tony Finau

2709

5

3

Brooks Koepka

2332

6

4

Justin Rose

1991

7

5

Bubba Watson

1957

8

6

Jason Day

1935

9

7

Webb Simpson

1819

10

11

Phil Mickelson

1750

11

14

Patrick Cantlay

1708

12

10

Patrick Reed

1691

13

8

Francesco Molinari

1682

14

41

Billy Horschel

1610

15

27

Aaron Wise

1486

16

53

Cameron Smith

1471

17

13

Jon Rahm

1430

18

15

Patton Kizzire

1402

19

19

Kevin Na

1387

20

16

Paul Casey

1335

21

18

Kyle Stanley

1307

22

17

Rickie Fowler

1302

23

23

Tommy Fleetwood

1294

24

22

Marc Leishman

1226

25

20

Tiger Woods

1212

26

36

Chez Reavie

1184

27

25

Pat Perez

1167

28

21

Rory McIlroy

1154

29

24

Chesson Hadley

1144

30

26

Andrew Landry

1125

TOP 30: TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

FedExCup Rank

PLAYER NAME

FedExCup Points

OFFICIAL

PREVIOUS

TOTAL

31

29

Luke List

1111

32

32

Brian Harman

1087

33

43

Jordan Spieth

1081

34

28

Xander Schauffele

1081

35

30

Brandt Snedeker

1077

36

31

Austin Cook

1077

37

33

Gary Woodland

1075

38

34

Ian Poulter

1061

39

35

Andrew Putnam

1035

40

73

Adam Scott

1023

41

37

Ryan Armour

1014

42

38

Brendan Steele

998

43

39

Alex Noren

989

44

40

Kevin Kisner

981

45

42

Beau Hossler

973

46

44

Byeong Hun An

964

47

49

Keegan Bradley

950

48

45

Emiliano Grillo

932

49

46

Si Woo Kim

902

50

100

Ryan Palmer

900

51

48

Brian Gay

892

52

70

Adam Hadwin

890

53

52

Zach Johnson

890

54

47

Charles Howell III

885

55

50

Henrik Stenson

868

56

51

J.J. Spaun

866

57

54

Scott Piercy

833

58

76

Hideki Matsuyama

811

59

56

Rafa Cabrera Bello

801

60

55

Ryan Moore

795

61

57

Whee Kim

795

62

60

Ted Potter, Jr.

794

63

89

Daniel Berger

769

64

59

Chris Kirk

764

65

58

Stewart Cink

758

66

62

Jason Kokrak

751

67

102

Nick Watney

743

68

61

Jimmy Walker

730

69

74

Louis Oosthuizen

729

70

67

Kevin Streelman

724

TOP 70: BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

FedExCup Rank

PLAYER NAME

FedExCup Points

OFFICIAL

PREVIOUS

TOTAL

71

92

Tyrrell Hatton

714

72

63

C.T. Pan

710

73

111

Bronson Burgoon

698

74

64

Matt Kuchar

696

75

98

Charley Hoffman

679

76

65

Joel Dahmen

676

77

66

Michael Kim

675

78

68

Keith Mitchell

659

79

86

Jamie Lovemark

654

80

69

J.B. Holmes

640

81

71

Brice Garnett

634

82

72

Kelly Kraft

627

83

81

Peter Uihlein

624

84

75

Troy Merritt

616

85

77

Satoshi Kodaira

600

86

85

Kevin Tway

599

87

123

Jhonattan Vegas

598

88

78

Kevin Chappell

597

89

79

James Hahn

596

90

80

Tom Hoge

594

91

82

Branden Grace

590

92

83

Abraham Ancer

589

93

84

Russell Knox

585

94

107

Scott Stallings

579

95

87

Ollie Schniederjans

573

96

88

Russell Henley

569

97

91

Anirban Lahiri

566

98

103

Danny Lee

559

99

118

Brian Stuard

557

100

90

Jason Dufner

557

TOP 100: DELL TECHNOLOGIES CHAMPIONSHIP

FedExCup Rank

PLAYER NAME

FedExCup Points

OFFICIAL

PREVIOUS

TOTAL

101

114

Sam Ryder

551

102

95

Trey Mullinax

550

103

94

Brandon Harkins

545

104

93

Patrick Rodgers

541

105

96

Charl Schwartzel

528

106

121

Sean O'Hair

526

107

106

Harold Varner III

524

108

99

Alex Cejka

524

109

97

Rory Sabbatini

521

110

101

Richy Werenski

498

111

104

Sung Kang

490

112

105

John Huh

480

113

108

Tyler Duncan

457

114

125

Seamus Power

455

115

113

Martin Laird

453

116

109

William McGirt

449

117

110

J.T. Poston

448

118

112

Vaughn Taylor

445

119

115

Grayson Murray

438

120

120

Sam Saunders

437

121

116

Ryan Blaum

433

122

117

Scott Brown

422

123

119

Nick Taylor

420

124

122

Bud Cauley

405

125

124

Harris English

383

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What's in the Bag: CJ Cup winner Koepka

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 23, 2018, 12:50 am

Brooks Koepka closed strong to win the CJ Cup in South Korea, and he also took over the No. 1 ranking. Here's a look inside his bag.

Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees)

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)

Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3); Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52, 56 degrees), SM7 Raw TVD (60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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HOFer Stephenson: Robbie wants to play me in movie

By Will GrayOctober 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

Margot Robbie has already starred in one sports-related biopic, and if she gets her way a second opportunity might not be far behind.

Robbie earned an Academy Award nomination for her work last year as former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in the movie, I Tonya. She also has a desire to assume the role of her fellow Aussie, Jan Stephenson, in a movie where she would trade in her skates for a set of golf clubs.

That's at least according to Stephenson, who floated out the idea during an interview with Golf Australia's Inside the Ropes podcast shortly after being announced as part of the next class of World Golf Hall of Fame inductees.

"We've talked about doing a movie. Margot Robbie wants to play me," Stephenson said.

There certainly would be a resemblance between the two Australian blondes, as Robbie has become one of Hollywood's leading ladies while Stephenson was on the cutting edge of sex appeal during her playing career. In addition to several magazine covers, Stephenson also racked up 16 LPGA wins between 1976-87 including three majors.

Robbie, 28, has also had starring roles in Suicide Squad and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Monday Scramble: Who's No. 1 ... in the long run?

By Ryan LavnerOctober 22, 2018, 4:00 pm

Brooks Koepka becomes golf’s new king, Sergio Garcia enjoys the Ryder Cup bump, Danielle Kang overcomes the demons, Michelle Wie goes under the knife and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble:

Brooks Koepka added an exclamation point to his breakout year.

His red-hot finish at the CJ Cup not only earned him a third title in 2018, but with the victory he leapfrogged Dustin Johnson to become the top-ranked player in the world for the first time.

That top spot could become a revolving door over the next few months, with Johnson, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose all vying for No. 1, but it’s a fitting coda to Koepka’s stellar year that included two more majors and Player of the Year honors.

For a player whose team searches long and hard for slights, there’s no questioning now his place in the game.


1. DJ won three events this season, but he wasn’t able to create much separation between him and the rest of the world’s best players.

Koepka’s rise to No. 1 made him the fourth player to reach the top spot this year, and the third in the past month.

Who has the greatest potential to get to No. 1 and stay there? Johnson is the best bet in the short term, but he’s also 34. Koepka will be a threat in the majors as long as he stays healthy. So the belief here is that it’ll be Justin Thomas, who is 25, without weakness and, best of all, hungry for more success.  

2. Koepka had an eventful final round at the CJ Cup. Staked to a four-shot lead in the final round, his advantage was trimmed to one after a sloppy start, then he poured it on late with an inward 29. He punctuated his historic victory with an eagle on the 72nd hole, smirking as it tumbled into the cup.

It was his fifth career Tour title – but only his second non-major. Weird.

3. How appropriate that golf’s most underappreciated talent – at least in his estimation – became world No. 1 in a limited-field event that finished at 2 a.m. on the East Coast. Somehow he’ll spin this into being overlooked, again.



4. Sergio Garcia carried all of that Ryder Cup momentum into the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where he earned the hat trick by capturing his third consecutive title there.

While the rest of the world’s best gathered in Korea or rested for global golf’s finishing kick, Garcia won the weather-delayed event by four shots over Shane Lowry. Garcia’s foundation hosts the tournament, and he extended his crazy-good record there: In 14 career appearances at Valderrama, he has three wins, seven top-3s, nine top-5s and 13 top-10s.

Garcia, who went 3-1 at the recent Ryder Cup, became the first player since Ernie Els (2004) to win the same European Tour event three years in a row.

5. Gary Woodland probably doesn’t want 2018 to end.

He was the runner-up at the CJ Cup, his second consecutive top-5 to start the season. He made 11(!) birdies in the final round and now is a combined 37 under par for the first two starts of the new season.

6. This definitely wasn’t the Ryder Cup.

Four shots back, and the closest pursuer to Koepka, Ian Poulter had a chance to put pressure on the leader in the final round. Instead, he was left in the dust, mustering only three birdies and getting waxed by seven shots (64-71) on the last day. Poulter tumbled all the way into a tie for 10th.



7. It hasn’t been the easiest road for Danielle Kang since she won the 2017 Women’s PGA.

The 26-year-old said she’s dealt with anxiety for months and has battled both putting and full-swing yips. Her problems were so deep that a week ago, she stood over the ball for four minutes and couldn’t pull the trigger.

No wonder she said that she was “pretty stunned” to hold off a bevy of challengers to win her second career title at the Buick LPGA Shanghai.

“I’m finally at a place where I’m peaceful and happy with my game, with my life,” she said.

8. In the middle of the seven-way tie for second in China was Ariya Jutanugarn, who will return to No. 1 in the world for the second time this season.

9. Also in that logjam was another former top-ranked player, Lydia Ko, who had tumbled all the way to 17th. Ko hasn’t been able to build off of her slump-busting victory earlier this summer, but she now has six consecutive top-16 finishes and at least seems more comfortable in her new position.

“Sometimes you get too carried away about the awards and rankings,” she said. “It just becomes so much. I think it’s more important to keep putting myself there and … shooting in the 60s, and that way I think it builds the confidence and the rankings kind of sort itself out.”


Here's how Tiger Woods explained his pitiful performance at the Ryder Cup: “I was tired because I hadn’t trained for it. I hadn’t trained this entire comeback to play this much golf.”

Of course, he looked just fine a week earlier at East Lake, where he snapped a five-year winless drought with one of the most memorable weeks of his legendary career. His training wasn’t a topic of conversation there.

It's reasonable to expect that the emotional victory took a lot of out of him, but if he was so gassed, why did he sit only one team session and go 36 on Saturday? By Sunday night, Woods looked like he was running on empty, so either he wasn't upfront with captain Jim Furyk about his energy levels, or Furyk ran him out there anyway.

This week's award winners ...  


Can’t Catch a Break: Michelle Wie. The star-crossed talent announced that she’ll miss the rest of the season to undergo surgery to repair a troublesome hand injury. Maybe one of these years she’ll be able to play a full schedule, without physical setbacks.  

Grab the Mic: Paul Azinger. Taking Johnny Miller’s seat in the booth, Azinger will call all four days of action at every Golf Channel/NBC event, beginning at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He was the most logical (and best) choice to follow the inimitable Miller.

Take That, Dawdler: Corey Pavin. It was Pavin – and not the notoriously slow Bernhard Langer – who earned the first slow-play penalty on the PGA Tour Champions in what seemed like ages. The one-shot penalty dropped him to 15th in the event.

Long Time Coming: Jason Day. His tie for fifth at the CJ Cup was his best finish worldwide since … The Players? Really. Wow.



The Tumble Continues: Jordan Spieth. In the latest world rankings, Spieth is officially out of the top 10 for the first time since November 2014. A reminder that he finished last year at No. 2.

Clutch Performances: Andalucia Masters. Both Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Richie Ramsay both moved inside the top 116 in the Race to Dubai standings, securing their European Tour cards for next season. Gonzo tied for fifth in the regular-season finale, while Ramsay was joint 11th.

That’s Messed Up: CJ Cup purse. As colleague Will Gray noted, the purse for the 78-man event was $9.5 million – or $400K more than the first 15 events of the Web.com Tour schedule combined. The difference between the haves and have-nots has never been larger.

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Justin Thomas. The defending champion never could get started in Korea, closing with his low round of the week, a 4-under 68, just to salvage a tie for 36th. Sigh.  

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Azinger: 'Can't see anybody beating Tiger' at his best

By Will GrayOctober 22, 2018, 2:44 pm

There's a new world No. 1, and a fresh crop of young guns eager to make their mark on the PGA Tour in 2019. But according to Paul Azinger, the player with the highest ceiling is still the same as it was when he was walking inside the ropes.

Azinger was named Monday as lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, and on "Morning Drive" he was asked which player is the best when all are playing their best. The former PGA champion pondered new world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and former No. 1 Dustin Johnson, but he came back around to a familiar answer: Tiger Woods.

"I just can't see anybody beating Tiger when Tiger's at his best. I just can't see it," Azinger said. "He's not his best yet, but he's almost his best. And when Tiger's his best, there's more that comes with Tiger than just the score he shoots. That crowd comes with Tiger, and it's a whole 'nother dynamic when Tiger's at his best. And I'm just going to have to say that when Tiger's at his best, he's still the best."

Woods, 42, started this year ranked No. 656 in the world but had a resurgent season that included a pair of near-misses at The Open and PGA Championship and culminated with his win at the Tour Championship that ended a five-year victory drought. For Azinger, the question now becomes how he can follow up a breakthrough campaign as he looks to contend consistently against players from a younger generation.

"That's why we watch, to see if he can maintain that. To see what he's capable of," Azinger said. "Now longevity becomes the issue for Tiger Woods. In seven or eight years, he's going to be 50 years old. That goes fast. I'm telling you, that goes really fast."

When Woods returns to action, he'll do so with a focus on the upcoming Masters as he looks to capture the 15th major title that has eluded him for more than a decade. With bombers like Koepka and Johnson currently reigning on the PGA Tour, Azinger believes the key for Woods will be remaining accurate while relying on the world-class iron play that has been a strength throughout his career.

"I think he's going to have to recognize that he's not the beast out there when it comes to smacking that ball off the tee. But I'd like to see him try to hit a couple more fairways periodically. That'd be nice," he said. "If he can drive that ball in the fairway, with that putter, we've seen what his putter is capable of. The sky's the limit, boys."