Update: Who's in, out after Deutsche Bank?
September 05, 2016
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Billy Hurley moved from No. 77 to No. 51 and advances to the BMW Championship. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
NORTON, Mass. – After 72 holes of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, a total of six players managed to advance to the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Only the top 70 players in the current FedExCup standings are eligible to play in the BMW Championship, which begins Thursday at Crooked Stick.
There the field will be trimmed to 30 for the TOUR Championship, where someone will win the $10 million FedExCup bonus. The season-ender will be played Sept. 22-25 at East Lake.
Here are some of the notables from TPC Boston on Monday.
Billy Hurley – He came into the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 77th and moved to 51st when he tied for eighth. This is his second Playoffs appearance and the second time he’s reached the BMW Championship.
“After I won, (this) was kind of the goal. I felt like it would have been a little bit of a letdown to win and not make it inside the top 70. So certainly happy to play good this week and get it on in there.” Billy Hurley III
David Hearn – Also tied for eighth was Hearn (and his Playoffs beard). He started the week ranked 92nd and finished No. 59 in the FedExCup. This is Hearn’s sixth Playoffs appearance and his fourth trip to the BMW Championship.
“I think guys really enjoy the FedExCup format these days. I think they’ve got the points tweaked pretty well and you can have a good season and have a great Playoffs and really make it a great season. So it’s an exciting format for us, and an exciting format for everyone at home, too, I think.” David Hearn
Hudson Swafford – He moved 21 spots to No. 61 when he tied for 15th on Sunday. A year ago, he came in 81st and failed to advance in his only other Playoffs appearance.
“I’ve got nothing to lose. Next week’s just all gain so I’m really looking forward to it. It will be my first BMW so it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it and just play solid golf like I have this week and just see what happens.” Hudson Swafford
Vaughn Taylor: He started the week 79th and ended it ranked 64th in the FedExCup after a tie for 24th. Taylor has appeared in the Playoffs six times and this is the third time he’s reached the BMW Championship.
“It was a big day. I put my head down and just every shot I was like, come on, Vaughn, you’ve got it buddy. Come on. No time for negative thoughts or anything like that. So I was proud of myself for hanging tough all day.” Vaughn Taylor
Chris Kirk: Kirk, who won the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship, tied for 33rd at TPC Boston this week. But it was enough for him to move inside the top 70, jumping nine spots to No. 66, and moving to the BMW Championship for the sixth straight year.
“I always loved the emotions and nerves when coming down the stretch to win a tournament. But in this situation I definitely didn’t really feel like I was playing well. So it’s a lot of the same sort of nerves but you’re not swinging as well as you are when you’re trying to win a tournament.” Chris Kirk
Marc Leishman: He created a few anxious moments when he double bogeyed his 17th hole of the day. But Leishman moved up one crucial spot to No. 70 with his tie for 46th. He’ll be playing in the BMW Championship for the seventh time in eight Playoffs appearances.
“It’s nice to play well when you have to. I really didn’t want to miss the BMW two years in a row. Last year, obviously with everything that went on, a rest was not the worst thing for me. But this year I feel like I’m playing well and hopefully (I can) have a good week next week and see where it can get us as far as Atlanta goes.” Marc Leishman
TOP FIVE WATCH
Any player who enters the TOUR Championship ranked fifth or better in the FedExCup controls his own destiny and can with the $10 million bonus with a victory at East Lake.
1. Patrick Reed: He retained his grip on No. 1, which he gained with a win in The Barclays, when he tied for fifth at TPC Boston.
2. Jason Day: Day hasn’t had quite the Playoffs he wanted – yet – but a tie for 15th kept the Aussie ranked second in the FedExCup.
3. Dustin Johnson: The reigning U.S. Open champ rebounded from a disappointing third-round 75 by shooting 5 under on Monday and tying for eighth.
4. Rory McIlroy: The Northern Irishman cracked the top five for the first time this season when he won the Deutsche Bank Championship for the second time on Monday and jumped 34 spots. When he moved into the top five, defending FedExCup champ Jordan Spieth dropped from No. 5 to sixth.
5. Adam Scott: The Aussie saved his best for last, matching McIlroy’s 65 in the final round and finishing solo fourth. When the champion moved into the top 5, though, Scott dropped down a spot.
Here are the five biggest movers in the FedExCup standings after the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Paul Casey -- He moved 49 points to No. 10 with his second-place finish.
Rory McIlroy -- He moved 34 points to No. 4 with his victory.
David Hearn – He moved 33 spots to No. 59 with his tie for eighth.
Billy Hurley – He moved 26 spots to No. 51with his tie for eighth.
Hudson Swafford – He moved 21 points to No. 61 with his tie for 15th
Brooks Koepka fell from No. 26 to 30 with his tie for 57th at TPC Boston on Monday. That makes him the target at the BMW Championship since only the top 30 will advance to play at East Lake.
Six players moved out of the top 70 after Monday’s final round, and a total of 30 players were eliminated from the Playoffs.
Moving out of the top 70 were Ricky Barnes (68-71), Jerry Kelly (61-72), Martin Laird (63-77), Johnson Wagner (69-77), Colt Knost (65-79) and Chez Reavie (70-81). Only Barnes and Wagner made the cut at TPC Boston, finishing in a tie for 53rd and 63rd, respectively.
Chad Campbell, Patrick Rodgers, Harold Varner III, Steve Stricker, Scott Brown, Adam Hadwin, Jim Furyk, Bryce Molder, Spencer Levin and John Huh all started the week ranked outside the top 70 and played 72 holes but did not earn enough points to advance.
Patton Kizzire, Webb Simpson, Russell Henley, John Senden, Freddie Jacobson, K.J. Choi, Danny Lee, Sung Kang, Jason Bohn, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Vijay Singh and Derek Fathauer were eliminated when they missed the cut.
Alex Cejka and Danny Willett also were eliminated without teeing it up. Cejka had to withdraw with a back injury while Willett did not play.