September 2 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
NORTON, Mass. -- Henrik Stenson assured himself of a position in the all-important top five in the FedExCup who control their own destiny heading into the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Sunday.
Not only that, he unseated Tiger Woods and took over the No. 1 spot with the win at TPC Boston. Woods is a five-time champ this season but Stenson now has one win, three runner-up finishes, one of which came at The Open Championship, and a third at the PGA Championship.
"I'm just going to continue to try to play my best," Stenson said. "And that's gotten me a very long way. It's going to be no different going to Chicago. I'm going to try my best there and then Atlanta. I've always been a pretty good front-runner. I always liked to think that the other guy is going to have to play better than I do, if I'm in the lead.
"So that's always been the mindset I've had."
Woods, who had been No. 1 since he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, now trails Stenson by 14 points. Adam Scott, who won The Barclays, drops from second to third while Matt Kuchar remains fourth and Canadian Graham DeLaet has moved into fifth.
"Well, we're just trying to play for position, going into East Lake," Woods, who tied for 65th, said. "Obviously it's the reset. ... Obviously after Chicago it's important that I'm in the top five, hopefully first."
Exiting the top five are Phil Mickelson, who came to TPC Boston ranked third, and Justin Rose, who clocked in at No. 5. Mickelson is now sixth while Rose is seventh.
SQUEAKING IN: Ernie Els was the 70th and last player to make the BMW Championship field. He finished the Deutsche Bank Championship with 823.467 points, while Ryan Palmer -- who missed the cut at TPC Boston -- finished with 823.000 points. So by less than a half-point, Els is headed to Conway Farms. " I kind of knew I was right on the line," Els said.
BUBBLE BOY: Lee Westwood moved up one spot to No. 30 when he tied for 27th.
MOVING IN: Kevin Stadler (now ranked No. 32), Brian Davis (43rd), Ian Poulter (52nd), Marc Leishman (58th), Nicholas Thompson (59th), Brendan Steele (69th) and Ernie Els (70th).
MOVING OUT: Palmer, Freddie Jacobson, Martin Laird, David Lingmerth, Kyle Stanley, Cameron Tringale and Tim Clark. All but Tringale missed the 36-hole cut.
QUOTABLE: "It's in the back of your mind, but it's not the end of the world. I've got my card for next year. I'm playing good. I've had a good one year ago, getting married, we're having a kid, retained my card, I'm playing in the third FedExCup event. Anybody that complains about that is just bad," Nicholas Thompson, who played his way to Chicago for the second time.