FedExCup update after The Barclays
August 28, 2016
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- Patrick Reed takes the top spot in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career after a win at The Barclays. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – One down, three to go. Here’s a look at all the movement in the race for the FedExCup after The Barclays.
We have a new FedExCup leader after Patrick Reed earned his first win of the season. Coming in at seventh in the standings, the highest of any player without a victory, Reed put a stamp on his consistent season.
His 10th top-10 of the year was his best, winning The Barclays by one shot over Sean O’Hair and Emiliano Grillo.
“That's awesome. I worked pretty hard with my coach this past couple weeks, and the game obviously shows that I'm moving in the right direction,” Reed said. “It's just been great to finally be able to close one out. It feels amazing. I haven't had that feeling in a while coming down the last couple.”
Reed earned 2,000 points for the win. He now has 3,575 points this season, 380 more than Jason Day.
Day tried to make a charge to defend his Barclays title on Sunday but ultimately fell two shots short, finishing in a tie for fourth. He now drops to second in the FedExCup race with 3,195 points.
Dustin Johnson (T18) drops one place to third with 2,907 points and Adam Scott comes in fourth (T4) with 2,523
Jordan Spieth rounds out the all-important top five with 2,255 points.
Those inside the top five heading to the TOUR Championship are guaranteed the FedExCup if they can win at East Lake.
The field for the Deutsche Bank Championship is now finalized with the loss of 25 players from the original 125 who qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs.
Heading to Sunday, 11 players still had to be formally eliminated from contention after 14 had already been given their marching orders.
Those unable to make a Sunday charge towards TPC Boston were Shawn Stefani, Graham DeLaet, Kyle Stanley, Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Peter Malnati, Robert Streb, Shane Lowry and Blayne Barber, plus major winners Lucas Glover and Keegan Bradley.
Anirban Lahiri, Brett Stegmaier, Robert Garrigus, Seung-yul Noh, David Toms, Luke List, Michael Kim, Cameron Tringale, Francesco Molinari, Mark Hubbard, Boo Weekley, Troy Merritt, Ben Crane and Andrew Loupe already knew their fate after either missing the cut on Friday or withdrawing.
It was likely a long weekend back home for Chad Campbell as he waited to learn his FedExCup Playoffs fate. Campbell, who started the Playoffs at No. 85, missed the cut at The Barclays but qualified for the Deutsche Bank Championship by the skin of his teeth. He is No. 100 in the standings, earning the last spot in the second Playoffs event.
Campbell finished just five FedExCup points ahead of Blayne Barber, who lost his place after a final round 4-over 75.
“I was watching coming in. I knew that bogey on 15 dropped me outside,” Barber said. “I was kind of watching the last four holes to see. But I didn't feel any pressure today. I was just playing poorly. I don't think the 75 was a result of any sort of added pressure.
“It is what it is, hard golf course. I didn't have it today, and that's what you get.”
TOUR veteran and 2017 Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker flirted with his place at TPC Boston after he sat 4-over on his round and the tournament through 17 holes.
A birdie on the last hole solidified his spot, and he'll now head up the coast to try to replicate his 2009 Deutsche Bank win.
“I am excited to go up there,” Stricker said after securing the 97th ranking spot. “I had the top 100 on my mind, so making birdie on the last was important. I bogeyed 17 before that, and I was throwing shots away left and right today which was disappointing.
“But being in is great because you never know what can happen. You get hot, you end up finishing high or win the tournament, and all of a sudden it changes everything.
“So there is a lot to play for at the end of the year. It is good that I can get in there and go to a course I have had success at before and enjoy playing.”
Stricker intends to spend a few days with wife Nicki and his kids at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York before heading to Boston.
Sean O’Hair started the week at 108th in the FedExCup, with his season literally on the line. He ended Sunday signing for a 5-under 66 and briefly had thoughts of victory after posting in at The Barclays at 8 under.
Patrick Reed would eventually finish a shot ahead of O'Hair, but O'Hair moved all the way to 15th in the FedExCup with his runner-up finish at The Barclays. The jump of 93 spots guaranteed O'Hair a spot in the third Playoffs event, the BMW Championship, and put him within striking distance of the TOUR Championship.
The four-time TOUR winner has only made it to East Lake once in FedExCup history, back in 2009, when he finished third in the season finale.
“It's funny, I always feel like I play my best when my back is up against the wall for some reason,” O’Hair said. “I don't know what that means. I don't know what I do differently. I just seem to play a little bit better. Obviously you know showing up, you can't play average. You've got to play well and that's what I did. So I was pretty proud of myself for that."
MOVING IN, MOVING OUT
Sean O’Hair was obviously the big winner of those who started outside the Top 100, moving from 108th to 15th with his T2.
Sung Kang showed just how important one round can be in the Playoffs with a course record equaling 7-under 64 shooting him up both The Barclays leaderboard (T18) and the FedExCup list. Kang started the week 122nd in points but his final round was enough to get him to 88th and a spot in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I actually booked a flight back to my house yesterday,” Kang admitted. I was really thinking after today, just go to New York and have some vacation and go back home and rest.
“But I had a great day today and looking forward to play next week.”
John Huh’s T31 moved him from 111th to 90th and a T41 finish was enough to boost Tyrone Van Aswegen from 104th to 93rd.
Derek Fathauer did just enough to survive at T31, moving from 118th to 99th.
Those moving out were led by Irishman Shane Lowry, who may now be ruing his choice of playing on the European Tour this week.
Lowry dropped from 87th to 102nd. Peter Malnati couldn’t do better than T78 at Bethpage and as such dropped from 93rd to 104th, Robert Streb and Lucas Glover both finished T70 to drop from 95th and 96th to 105th and 106th respectively.
Jonas Blixt, who started the week as the bubble boy in 100th, ended T74 to drop to 107th.
With everyone fighting for the ultimate goal of making it to the TOUR Championship, players who began the week outside the top 30 and moved in are Sean O’Hair (108 to 15), Emiliano Grillo (32 to 6), Gary Woodland (42 to 24) and Charley Hoffman (33 to 27).