By Larry Dorman, PGATOUR.COM
Every golf tournament needs a little comic relief to break the tension, and Monday’s at the Deutsche Bank Championship came at the ninth tee, set back in the woods, when Louis Oosthuizen came face to face with a “brother” he never knew he had -- or at least that’s what the guy claimed.
“Louie! Louie! I am your brother, your brother!” screamed a man who pressed against the gallery rope, leaning over and pointing to himself. Right down to the wide, gap-toothed smile -- and excepting the broad New England accent -- the guy could have passed for Oosthuizen, who smiled and gave the fellow a thumbs-up as he passed by.
“My caddie said he looked just like me,” Oosthuizen said. “I don’t know.”
Rory McIlroy, who was laughing right along with Oosthuizen, said the resemblance was more than just passing.
“He did have the gap in the teeth, which I thought was so funny,” McIlroy said. “He was following us for the whole way around.
“I thought there was a few similarities there, yeah.”
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. — Monday’s final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the FedExCup Playoffs, is finished. Here’s a look at the key FedExCup moves and notes from TPC Boston now that the field is reduced to the top 70 going into Thursday’s BMW Championship.
OFFICIALLY ELIMINATED: Here are the 30 players who were officially eliminated for the FedExCup Playoffs this week (final FedExCup ranking in parentheses): Jonas Blixt (71), John Merrick (72), Josh Teater (73), John Rollins (74), Scott Stallings (75), Ken Duke (76), Roberto Castro (77), Aaron Baddeley (78), Harris English (79), J.J. Henry (80), Sean O’Hair (81), Jonathan Byrd (82), Spencer Levin (83), Charles Howell III (84), Brian Davis (85), George McNeill (86), Jason Day (87), Greg Owen (88), Ricky Barnes (89), Cameron Tringale (90), Blake Adams (91), Michael Thompson (92), Ted Potter Jr. (93), Tommy Gainey (94), David Toms (95), Sang-Moon Bae (96), Rory Sabbatini (97), K.J. Choi (98), Daniel Summerhays (99), Martin Flores (100).
NO. 1 WATCH: With his victory, Rory McIlroy moved from fourth to first in the FedExCup. McIlroy, who also happens to be the world No. 1, spent two weeks atop the FedExCup standings during the regular season. He was second after he won the PGA Championship, third entering the FedExCup Playoffs and fourth after he tied for 24th last week at The Barclays. McIlroy's ascension to the top meant last week's winner, Nick Watney dropped to No. 2.
BIGGEST MOVERS: Here are the biggest movers in the FedExCup standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship:
|Player||Scoreboard position||FEC rank last week||FEC rank after Rd. 3||Movement|
BUBBLE WATCH: The man on the hot seat entering the BMW Championship is Kyle Stanley, who tied for 42nd at the Deutsche Bank Championship and remained at No. 30 in the FedExCup standings. Only the top 30 at the end of 72 holes at Crooked Stick advance to play in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola where the winner of the $10 million bonus will be decided. Stanley is 17 points ahead of Robert Garrigus. Neither has ever made the field at East Lake.
TOP-FIVE WATCH: Only Tiger Woods remained the same among the top five players, clocking in at No. 3 in the FedExCup with his solo third at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Louis Oosthuizen, who finished two strokes behind McIlroy in second on Monday, is the only player to crack the all-important group, moving in at No. 5 and displacing Zach Johnson, who dropped to eighth. Brandt Snedeker fell from second to fourth. Oosthuizen is the only player in the top five without a win this season.
MOVING IN/FALLING OUT: Only the top 70 in FedExCup points advance to next week’s BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. Here’s a look at the players outside the top 70 who moved inside and the players who fell outside after the Deutsche Bank Championship.
|Moving in||Movement||Falling out||Movement|
|Jeff Overton||83 to 40||Josh Teater||64 to 73|
|Bryce Molder||93 to 45||John Rollins||58 to 74|
|D.A. Points||72 to 54||Scott Stallings||61 to 75|
|Troy Matteson||78 to 59||Ken Duke||60 to 76|
|Matt Every||75 to 63||Harris English||63 to 79|
|Chris Kirk||81 to 66||Jonathan Byrd||69 to 82|
|Charl Schwartzel||71 to 68||Spencer Levin||66 to 83|
|Charley Hoffman||86 to 69||Charles Howell III||68 to 84|
|Dicky Pride||96 to 70||Brian Davis||70 to 85|
ODDS & ENDS: Of the nine players who played their way into the top 70 and made the field for the BMW Championship, only two -- Charley Hoffman and Jeff Overton -- have ever played in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Hoffman finished sixth at East Lake in 2010 while Overton was 29th that year. Overton goes in ranked the highest at 40th while Hoffman, who started Monday’s final round projected at 42nd, dropped to 69th when he played the back nine at TPC Boston in 42. ...
Four 2012 winners -- Scott Stallings, J.J. Henry, George McNeill and Ted Potter Jr. -- were eliminated from the Playoffs on Monday. ...
Troy Matteson started the final round projected at No. 64 and actually moved up to No. 59 when he closed with a 69 and tied for 20th. Matteson, who came into the week at 78th, birdied three of his last four holes to seal his spot in Indianapolis for just the second time in the six-year history of the FedExCup Playoffs. He has never played in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. "There's been a lot of times where my FedExCup year ended this week," Matteson said. "To be going on next week and Just to be playing with 70 guys -- it's kind of my goal to get to the third one. I would love to get to the last one. But if I can get to the third FedExCUp event my year's been pretty successful. Obviously if I can get to the las one it will have been extremely successful."
Dicky Pride, who ended up moving from 96th to 70th at the Deutsche Bank Championship, has never made the FedExCup Playoffs prior to this year. He had added incentive to advance to the BMW -- his wife is from Muncie, Ind., and a good friend is the director of golf at Crooked Stick. But Pride's spot wasn't assured until John Merrick missed an eagle chip at the 18th hole. "I wanted to do it really badly," Pride said. "... I was real excited. I felt for John. I played with John the first couple days. I know how good he's playing, and he just missed doing it. It would have been tough, but I would have taken it." ...
Charl Schwartzel advanced despite a four-putt from 3 feet at the 18th hole during the third round. He birdied the same hole on Monday, though. After the round said he wasn't sure he would be able to play at Crooked Stick because the rib injury that sidelined him for a month earlier this summer had resurfaced. "Maybe we'll have to get some rest and maybe it'll be OK, but it's very uncomfortable at the moment,” Schwartzel said. The Deutsche Bank Championship was Schwartzel's seventh straight event, getting his total for the year to 15 so he could fulfill his TOUR membership requirements.
By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods almost stole a golf tournament on Monday. He turned at 4 under and was just three off the lead, but he didn’t make another birdie until the 18 th hole. Woods drove it beautifully, hitting 11 fairways in the final round but he did not hit enough irons close enough over the final nine holes to have realistic birdie chances. There still seems to be a lack of commitment when the shot requires a draw, and there is still the occasional stroke where the putter does not release. But Woods played very good golf this week. His body language was excellent and I would be surprised if he does not win a Playoffs event.
Rare miss: This is totally unfair, because Rory McIlroy hit so many excellent shots in the final round, but he also hit one that was surprisingly bad. On the 15 th hole, the Ulsterman totally chunked the ball off the tee, hitting a good two inches behind the ball. The drive traveled 170 yards and left 236 to the hole. But he still made par. Next time you chunk one in front of your friends, remind everyone you hit it as well as McIlroy.
Karma: Louis Oosthuizen said something on Sunday that put me on alert. He said he felt bad making seven birdies in a row while McIlroy was not making anything. Oosthuizen is such a nice man, it’s hard to criticize that statement, but in sports it’s very dangerous to “feel bad” for anyone. As soon as you do, it seems fate intervenes and the player who trailed becomes the leader.
Drama: There were dozens of little dramas that played out on Monday afternoon as players struggled to finish in the top 70 of the FedExCup standings and qualify for the BMW Championship. Josh Teater was 3 under through eight holes only to play the remainder of the course in 7 over and finish outside the top 70. Indiana native Jeff Overton, meanwhile, earned a slot so he can play a PGA TOUR event in front of his Hoosier fans for the first time. Dickie Pride’s wife is from Indiana. He just barely qualified and is already looking for tickets for all of his relatives. But nobody provided more drama than Charley Hoffman. The former Deutsche Bank Champion was a lock to qualify for the BMW until the back nine. He bogeyed the 10 th, then tripled the 11 th. Hoffman also bogeyed the 13 th and 17 th. He needed a par on the 18 th to qualify and made a putt from 11 feet, 5 inches to sneak into the top 70.
Handout: Blake Adams did not have a good day. He shot even par to finish 3 over for the tournament, and did not qualify for the BMW. Adams was obviously discouraged as he walked off the 18 th green when a small boy asked for his glove. Adams stopped, signed the glove and handed it to the young boy, who had a both a souvenir and a story to tell his friends. Everyone in school this week will hear about what a great guy Adams is.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here .
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- The day before, Louis Oosthuizen set a tournament record by shooting a 7-under 29 on the front nine at TPC Boston. So when he made the turn in Monday's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 1-over 37, well ...
"Felt like I shot a 47," Oosthuizen said with a smile.
Oosthuizen had to settle for solo second at 19 under and a spot inside the top five of the FedExCup standings going into Thursday's BMW Championship. If Oosthuizen, currently No. 5, can maintain his position after Crooked Stick, he will control his own destiny in regards to winning the FedExCup at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
"It's a great spot for the next two tournaments," Oosthuizen said. "I'm more happy that I'm playing really well and I've got the game back the way I want it to be. It'll be great going into the next weekend in the finals. Should be good fun."
Oosthuizen was 1 under on his round through the first four holes and leading by a shot over McIlroy. But then he felt a twinge in his shoulder -- he was told it a problem with his pec minor muscle -- on his drive on the fifth hole and his whole round changed.
He double bogeyed the hole, with McIlroy tying him for the lead. Then McIlroy birdied the par-4 sixth and Oosthuizen different. Having lost the lead, Oosthuizen would never catch the world No. 1 again.
Oosthuizen's not concerned that the injury will linger.
"It was strange because it was just on that shot, and then I started thinking about it and felt it a little bit and on the back nine again nothing," Oosthuizen said. "I'll have a good look at it in the next two days, but I'm not worried about it."
Oosthuizen had a chance to tie McIlroy on the final two holes. But he matched McIlroy's bogey at the 17th when he misjudged the wind on his approach shot, and then couldn't make a birdie putt from 12 feet, 8 inches at the 18th to force a playoff.
"The 17th hole cost me," he said.
All in all, though, it was a good week for the South African, who hopes to build on the momentum at Crooked Stick.
"There's two more big events left," he said, "and I'm very happy with the way I'm hitting the ball going into those tournaments."
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods didn’t get the 75th victory of his PGA TOUR career. But he did reach an impressive milestone Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
By finishing in solo third place, Woods becomes the first golfer to win $100 million in career earnings.
Asked after his round about reaching that mark, Woods offered a perspective – he still hasn’t won as many career events as Sam Snead, who won a record 82 TOUR events.
“I've won fewer tournaments than Sam Snead has,” Woods said. “Obviously he was in a different era. It's just that we happened to time it up right and happened to play well when the purses really had a nice spike up.”
Obviously, Woods contributed to that spike. And at times this week, he showed flashes of his dominant play – a 7-under 64 in the opening round, a 4-under start on the front nine on Sunday. Finishing 18 under for the tournament and just two strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy is nothing to sneeze at. He started the week third in FedExCup points and remains in that position going into Thursday’s BMW Championship.
“My game is starting to come around,” Woods said. “I'm pleased with the progress I made this week and really pleased with the way I rolled it. I hit so many good putts all week long, so that's a positive.”
Woods said his target score on Monday was to get to 20 under. He was halfway there after shooting 32 on the front side, but he couldn’t manage another birdie until the par-5 18th. Still he played bogey-free golf; in fact, he was a collective 8 under in the final two days at TPC Boston with just one bogey.
“I certainly had my looks,” Woods said. “I drove it really well on the back nine and just didn't hit it close enough at all. The only one I stuffed there was at 17, I missed that one. The goal was to at least get to 20 playing the last hole and give myself an option to go 21 or 22. I thought that might be good enough to get into a playoff.”
Rory McIlroy won his third PGA TOUR event of the year, claiming the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Rory McIlroy won his third tournament of the year and moved to the top of the FedExCup points standings, shooting a 4-under 67 on Monday to claim the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McIlroy rallied on the final day to beat Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke. Oosthuizen entered Monday's round with a three-stroke advantage over McIlroy.
Oosthuizen had a chance to force a playoff on the par-5 18th but could not make his birdie putt from 12 feet, 8 inches. McIlroy, meanwhile, could only par the hole after making birdie or eagle at the 18th in the first three rounds.
McIlroy finished at 20 under, with Oosthuizen at 19 under. Tiger Woods finished solo third at 17 under after shooting a final-round 66. Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson tied for fourth at 14 under.
“I didn’t finish it off the way I would’ve liked,” said McIlroy, the world No. 1 who last month won the PGA Championship, “but I’m happy to get my third victory of the year.
“It’s good to get a victory in these Playoffs. It sets me up in a good position for the next two weeks.”
McIlroy is now No. 1 heading into the BMW Championship, which starts Thursday at Crooked Stick. He’s guaranteed to have one of the top five spots going into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and will control his own destiny at East Lake. Any player in the top five in points at the TOUR Championship can win the FedExCup by winning the tournament.
Nick Watney, the winner of The Barclays last week, is No. 2 in the standings. Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and Oosthuizen round out the top five.
Oosthuizen said a pectoral muscle affected him on several drives midway in his round, including at the par-4 fifth when he got into trouble off the tee and made double bogey.
But he said it was his failure to par the par-4 17th after finding the middle of the fairway that proved to be costly. Had Oothuizen made par on the hole, he would’ve gone into the 18th tied with McIlroy, who bogeyed the 17th.
“The 17th hole cost me,” Oosthuizen said, adding later that both he and his caddie “got the wind completely wrong” on his approach shot.
NORTON, Mass. – Early in Monday’s final round, Charley Hoffman was on fire. He posted three birdies in his first five holes and was projected to finish 35th in FedExCup points.
But then he started leaking oil. Lots of it. He dropped eight strokes – including a quadruple 7 at the 11th hole when his ball found a tree-- in the next 11 holes. He came to the par-5 18th needing par to advance in the FedExCup Playoffs.
He made the clutch par putt from 11 feet, 5 inches to survive. It was shaky but he’s in.
“Shooting 42 on the back nine, I don’t deserve to play next week,” Hoffman said. “… Little disappointed but I guess there’s a little lining on top, getting to play next week.”
Had Hoffman bogeyed the hole, PGA TOUR rookie Jonas Blixt would have claimed a spot inside the top 70. After Hoffman’s second shot on the 18th finished in area left of the hole, he barely chipped onto the green, then rolled his birdie putt past the hole – forcing him to sweat out the long par putt.
Hoffman finishes 69th in points, with Blixt at 71. Dicky Pride was the last man in at No. 70.
The top 70, in fact, is now completed. Players who played their way into the BMW Championship include:
Jeff Overton (was 83rd coming into week; projected
Bryce Molder (was 93rd coming into week; projected to 45th)
D.A. Points (was 72nd coming into week; projected to 54th)
Troy Matteson (was 78th coming into week; projected to 59th)
Matt Every (was 75th coming into week; projected to 63rd)
Chris Kirk (was 81st coming into week; projected to 66th)
Charl Schwartzel (was 71st coming into week; projected to 68th)
Charley Hoffman (was 86th coming into week; projected to 69th)
Dicky Pride (was 96th coming into week; projected to 70th)
NORTON, Mass. – Rory McIlroy’s lead has been reduced to one stroke as the final group heads to the final three holes Monday.
Louis Oothuizen made a birdie putt from just inside 11 feet to move to 20 under, one stroke behind McIlroy, who has parred his last three holes.
Tiger Woods is at 17 under but appears to be running out of time, although he does have the par-5 18th left.
Phil Mickeldon moved into solo fourth with a 4-under 66. He’s at 14 under. Brandt Snedeker is in the clubhouse at 13 under after shooting a 67.