Torrid run gives McIlroy top spot entering Playoffs
August 10, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Rory McIlroy tops the FedExCup standings for the first time since 2012. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
After 30 consecutive weeks with Jimmy Walker at the top, the FedExCup standings has a new points leader.
Rory McIlroy's 600 points for winning the PGA Championship elevated him past Walker, who had led since the eighth week of the 2013-14 season. Walker also led for the first six weeks of the season until Webb Simpson moved ahead of him for a single week following the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Thanks to consecutive wins in his last three PGA TOUR starts, McIlroy now has 2,582 points to Walker's 2,493 points. Walker received 86 points Sunday for finishing in a tie for seventh at Valhalla.
Last month before winning The Open Championship, McIlroy ranked 42nd in FedExCup points. But he moved to 11th after winning at Royal Liverpool, then moved to third after winning in his next start, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational the week before the PGA. He's accumulated 1,750 points with those three wins.
McIlroy and Walker are the only three-time winners on TOUR this season.
With one week left in the PGA TOUR Season, McIlroy is set to enter the FedExCup Playoffs as the points leader. Neither McIlroy nor Walker are scheduled to play in the Wyndham Championship this week; neither is Bubba Watson, who is ranked No. 3 in points and the only other player who could supplant McIlroy. The FedExCup Playoffs begin in two weeks at The Barclays.
A year ago, McIlroy was ranked 49th in points heading into the Playoffs and failed to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
In 2012, McIlroy was ranked third entering the Playoffs, then won the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship and was No. 1 entering the TOUR Championship. But Brandt Snedeker, who was ranked fifth in points, won at East Lake to claim the FedExCup.
That 2012 win at the BMW was the last time McIlroy has been No. 1 in FedExCup points prior to Sunday's win at the PGA.