Kirk, McIlroy and Mahan form FedExCup's top trio
September 02, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Chris Kirk leads the FedExCup after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Chris Kirk enjoyed playing with Rory McIlroy in the final two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He'll play alongside McIlroy for at least two more rounds this week. Kirk leads the FedExCup after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship, so he'll play alongside McIlroy and The Barclays winner Hunter Mahan in the threesome of the FedExCup's leading men.
"I've known Rory for a good many years, since amateur golf," said Kirk, who played on the 2007 United States Walker Cup team that beat McIlroy's Great Britain & Ireland squad. "And I've always been good friends with him, had a good relationship with him. He's a very enjoyable guy to play with."
Kirk and McIlroy both shot 64 in the Deutsche Bank Championship's third round to get in contention. Kirk fired a final-round 66 for a two-shot victory, while McIlroy closed with a 70. Here's a look at the featured groups to keep an eye on in the first two rounds of the BMW Championship, the third of four FedExCup Playoffs events, at Cherry Hills Country Club. Full tee times can be seen here. (Note: players' FedExCup rank in parentheses.)
Chris Kirk (1)-Rory McIlroy (2)-Hunter Mahan (3): Mahan and Kirk have won the first two FedExCup Playoffs events, respectively. McIlroy finished fifth at the Deutsche Bank Championship and 22nd at The Barclays after winning The Open Championship, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship in consecutive starts. Tee times: Rd. 1 -- 11:53 a.m. Central off 10th tee; Rd. 2 -- 12:48 p.m. Central off 1st tee.
Jimmy Walker (4)-Matt Kuchar (5)-Bubba Watson (6): This group features three players on the bubble for the all-important top five in the FedExCup entering next week's TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Any player in the top five controls his destiny at East Lake because he can clinch the FedExCup with a TOUR Championship win, regardless of how the other players in the top five perform. Tee times: Rd. 1 -- 12:59 p.m. Central off 1st tee; Rd. 2 -- 11:53 a.m. Central off 10th tee.
Jason Day (7)-Jim Furyk (8)-Jordan Spieth (9): Day arrives at Cherry Hills after finishing T2 at The Barclays and T7 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Furyk, who's seeking his second FedExCup, has finished in the top 25 in each of the first two Playoffs events, including an eighth-place finish at The Barclays. Spieth is one of two players at the BMW Championship who played Cherry Hills during the 2012 U.S. Amateur (Hideki Matsuyama is the other). Spieth's stay at Cherry Hills was short, though, as he lost in the first round to reigning NCAA champion Thomas Pieters. Tee times: Rd. 1 -- 11:42 a.m. Central off 10th tee; Rd. 2 -- 12:37 p.m. Central off 1st tee.
Rickie Fowler (10)-Zach Johnson (11)-Patrick Reed (12): Johnson is the defending BMW champion, having won last year's event at Conway Farms in Illinois. Fowler has finished in the top 25 in eight consecutive worldwide starts. Reed finished ninth at The Barclays. Tee times: Rd. 1 -- 12:48 p.m. Central off 1st tee; 11:42 a.m. Central off 10th tee.
Gary Woodland (29)-Hideki Matsuyama (30)-Harris English (31): This is the group of the TOUR Championship bubble boys. The top 30 in the FedExCup advance to next week's FedExCup finale. Matsuyama missed the stroke-play cut at the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills. Woodland is looking to make the TOUR Championship for the third time in four years, while English and Matsuyama are looking to make it to East Lake for the first time. English finished 31st in last year's FedExCup, missing the TOUR Championship by one spot. Tee times: Rd. 1 -- 11:31 a.m. Central off 10th tee; Rd. 2 -- 12:26 p.m. Central off 1st tee.