Wyndham Rewards Top 10 Update: Brooks Koepka secures top spot with WGC win
July 28, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Brooks Koepka's news conference after winning WGC-FedEx St. Jude
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Brooks Koepka capped off a huge week in Memphis by claiming the top spot in the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 with his win at the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
Koepka’s win takes him to 2,887 points on the FedExCup points list before the regular season ending Wyndham Championship next week. He is more than 500 points clear of his nearest rival and as such cannot be taken off top spot.
Last season’s PGA TOUR Player of the Year will claim the $2 million bonus for taking top spot.
“To win the Wyndham Rewards is incredible. That's what you shoot for. You want to be No. 1, when the season's done and going into the Playoffs,” Koepka said.
“It's special. These last few years have been unbelievable. It's been an incredible run, been playing some good golf and I'm excited for what the future holds.”
Also locked in are second ranked Rory McIlroy and third place Matt Kuchar. McIlroy’s slide down the leaderboard on Sunday almost cost him his place in the $1.5 million bonus slot. The PLAYERS Championship and RBC Canadian Open winner overtook Kuchar by just two points this week.
Kuchar gets $1.2 million for finishing third.
Several other players are also locked in for a bonus, but just how much will be revealed after the battle at Sedgefield Country Club next week. Paul Casey, who sits eighth in the standings, is the only current top 10 player in the field. If he finishes in the top four he can make his way up the board all the way as high as fourth spot with a victory at the Wyndham Championship.
Xander Schauffele (fourth), Gary Woodland (fifth), Patrick Cantlay (sixth) and Dustin Johnson (seventh) will wait to see if he changes their fate and the amount of their bonus.
It will be an interesting week on the couch for ninth ranked Jon Rahm and reigning FedExCup champion Justin Rose who sits on the bubble in 10th. For Rose to hang on to his $500,000 bonus he needs to keep tabs on eight players in North Carolina.
Webb Simpson is 13th in the FedExCup and is just 104 points behind Rose. He can earn 110 points with an outright fifth. Given he won the event in 2011 and has a total of six top-10s in 10 tries, including finishing third and second the last two years, Rose may not sleep easy.
Chez Reavie, Charles Howell III, Sungjae Im, Scott Piercy, Hideki Matsuyama, Lucas Glover and Corey Conners all have mathematical chances of forcing their way into the top 10 with a high finish at the Wyndham Championship.
Collin Morikawa’s incredible win at the Barracuda Championship catapults him officially onto the FedExCup list and into the Playoffs. He ranks 46th now but is too far back, even with another win next week, to force his way into the top 10.