September 4 2012
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.