September 16 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Zach Johnson has moved into the top five. Nick Watney and Luke Donald have busted into the top 30.
Those were the big FedExCup Playoffs developments after Monday's finish at the BMW Championship.
Johnson shot a 6-under 65 to win the tournament at Conway Farms. In claiming the 2,500 FedExCup points, Johnson moved to fourth in the standings going into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, the Playoffs finale that will decide the winner of the FedExCup.
The top five will control their own fate at East Lake. After the points reset, any player inside the top 5 can win the FedExCup title by winning the TOUR Championship.
Johnson started the week at 27th in points. By moving inside the top 5, he knocks out Graham DeLaet, who fell to seventh.
Tiger Woods, who had fallen to No. 2 behind Henrik Stenson after the Swede won the Deutsche Bank Championship, moved back to No. 1 in points. Woods finished tied for 11th while Stenson finished in a tie for 33rd.
The final five now stands 1) Woods; 2) Stenson; 3) Adam Scott; 4) Johnson: and 5) Matt Kuchar.
"All you need to be is top 5," Woods said after shooting an even-par 71 that included two three-putts. "Top 5 you control your destiny."
Watney started the week 34th in points but posted the best round of the day, a 7-under 64, to make his big move. He finished in second, two shots behind Johnson, and moved to 12th in the standings.
"I knew I needed to have a good week," Watney said. "The guys ahead of me were ahead of me for a reason. They've been playing well all year. Luckily for me I kind of pulled everything together."
Donald started the week in 54th and his chances to reach the top 30 looked bleak after two rounds, as he was just 2 under, well down the leaderboard.
But he shot a third-round 4-under 67 and backed that up with a 66 on Monday. He moved to 29th in points with his T-4 finish.
"I knew I had to go pretty low today," said Donald, who is a member of Conway Farms. "Fortunately I got it going a little bit on the back nine when I needed to."
With Watney and Donald playing their way into the top 30, that meant two players played their way out -- Harris English and Lee Westwood. English started the week 28th and finished at 3 over and in 50th spot on the leaderboard. Westwood, battling injuries this week, shot 12 over to finish 67th on the leaderboard.
Dustin Johnson, who was projected outside the top 30 as one of the few finishers on Sunday, claimed the 30th and final spot.